London, a city renowned for its visionary and forward-thinking ideas in interior design. This diverse melting pot of creative thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators is a global leader in realising the potential of tomorrow’s trends and bringing them to forefront of public interest today.
But away from the mega design brands based within London is an underbelly of young, hungry designers and retailers paving new ideas and philosophies in interior design. Showcasing their concepts at the latest edition of the London Design Festival, here are thought-leaders within the interiors industry developing the city’s latest trends.
Known for its elegant and characterful collections by leading international designers, European furniture brand Sé’s flagship showroom, located in the heart of London’s Brompton Design District on the Fulham Road, became home to a curatorial showcase of key pieces from Collection IV alongside complementary pieces from Sé’s existing collections.
Above: Timorous Beasties, Pinyin Superwide & Rorschash Ice Oberon Superwide Wallpaper
Scottish creators of pattern, Timorous Beasties returned to Decorex to present a range of new wallpapers and fabrics that combine both digital and hand-printing. The collection, Mental Experimental, showcases Timorous Beasties’ innovative, bold and diverse style, offering an array of striking wallpaper designs, fabrics and – for the first time – veneers.
Alongside the one-off creations, Timorous Beasties also presented brand new furniture and additions to their successful range of cushions in plush velvet, linen or 100% cotton.
Boasting an unusually broad range of contemporary designer products, concept store Silvera’s flagship store sits in London. For LDW, it hosted a space-themed rave to launch cc-tapis’ latest collection, Super Fake by Bethan Laura Wood. cc-tapis’ Trip to the Hyper Craft concept landed in London with a party in which guests were immersed in the surreal world of cc-tapis, the evening kicked off with a talk between Bethan Laura Wood and Fabrizio Cantoni.
Above: Stéphanie Coutas with her Montaigne Collection for THG Paris
A French manufacturer of bathroom fittings and accessories, THG Paris brings the highest levels of master craftsman ships to the design industry. evokes both master craftsmanship and industry at its highest level. It returned to Decorex International, to showcase three new collections never-before-seen in the UK.
With these three collections, THG Paris drew on its French heritage by inviting Parisian interior designer, Stéphanie Coutas, interior design duo, Gilles & Boissier and Paris-based illustrious artist Arik Levy, to create fittings that exude the city’s elegance, creativity and sophistication.
Above: pulpo, ‘Série Noire: The Last Chapter’
German design brand, pulpo; known for producing timeless and unique products, and East London maximalist design destination, W.A.Green, hosted a fun and eclectic installation, made in collaboration with artist and designer Lois O´Hara. pulpo returned to London Design Festival with a showcase of their colourful side.
The boldest and the brightest from pulpo’s collection were on display, including never-before-seen pieces such as the patterned ‘Marelle’ rug by Sacha Walckhoff, Creative Director at Christian Lacroix, and the innovative ‘Chou Chou’ stool by Lorenzo Zanovello.
Above: Ping by András Rigler for Petite Friture
French design brand, Petite Friture, celebrated their first year at designjunction with two exciting new launches: the outdoor ‘Week-end’ collection by Studio BrichetZiegler in twelve new colours and the ‘Ping’ series of containers by Hungarian designer András Rigler.
Created in 2009, the brand’s ethos is create elegant and accessible objects that in a simple and uninhibited manner tell a story – “objects that understand our daily life and invite us to savour it”, as it puts it.