Over at Future and Found HQ we are still recovering from the excitement/ madness that was London Design Festival. We can’t deny it was pretty full on, what with exhibiting at Design Junction Kings Cross, having our Tufnell park shop included in the Icon Design Trail for a second year running and a plethora of parties and private views to attend (not to mention our own little design week party at our shop). But now we’ve had a little time to reflect we thought we ought to give you a little round up of our favourite bits of the festival.
Now its possible we might be biased because we know Kangan Arora well and know how lovely she is… but we thought the This is India pavilion at the Old Truman Brewery, designed by Arora, was a real highlight, the observers by claymen were a particular favourite of ours. Kangan was also commisioned to create Shapescape a bold installation to adorn the Hanbury Street facade and guide visitors through the old truman brewery… which we loved! So much so that we even nabbed (with permission of course) a few of the shapes at the end of the show so watch this space for shape styling fun in Tufnell Park. It makes sense that one of our favourite parts of London Design Festival was Design Junction in its gorgeous new home in Granary Square, partly because we were lucky enough to be exhibiting there but also because all the other great brands that were exhibiting alongside us. We particularly enjoyed the offerings from Kirkby design, this checked sofa was a monochrome lovers dream… which anyone who know us will know we are. The latest incarnation of VG&P ‘s classic canteen chair where legs and seat are both coloured was a very pleasing sight.100% Norway curated by the talented Max Fraser was without a doubt the highlight of the week for us. Bringing together 17 Norwegian designers, some just starting out and others more established, the exhibition gave a great insight into Norway’s ‘contemporary design story’. We fell instantly for Wood crafter turned ceramics designer Ann Kristin Einarsen’s beautiful ceramics, the Rolla two tiered plant pot with a clever spout in the tray to pour away any excess water was unstated and beautiful. And of course we couldn’t resist getting a picture of the Organize storage system from dare to dream studio… pegboard perfection! All in all we’d say… What a week, we can hardly contain our excitement for next year!