Every September, the design world comes together for London Design Festival – a celebration of both new and established brands from the world of interiors. Alongside a selection of high-profile shows – such as Decorex, 100% Design, Designjunction and the London Design Fair, London plays host to a series of smaller events and exhibitions in its various design ‘quarters’ – Chelsea, Brompton, Bankside, Mayfair and Clerkenwell, amongst others. This year, various members of the Roost hit the mean streets of our capital to bring you their highlights…
Decorex is one of LDF’s longest-running shows. Each brand exhibiting undertakes a rigorous process of application before their stand is accepted; meaning visitors can guarantee that every time they step through the marquee in the grounds of Syon Park, they are truly seeing the ‘best of the best’. Traditionally recognised as the home of fabrics and wallpapers, this year Decorex hosted its widest selection of brands to date – including our very own Bisque Radiators!
Bisque’s stand resembled a sweet-shop of choice; its iconic Classic in a vast array of colourways lined the back wall, while a selection of new Volcanic and Matt Black finishes sat alongside a range of brushed brass and warm copper tones for those after a slightly more subtle shade. Furthermore, Bisque was demonstrating its unique colour-match service on its stand, where it can partner to leading paint brands such as Farrow & Ball and Little Greene. Plus, Bisque’s mascot was out in full force and it seems Pinchy the Lobster proved incredibly popular throughout the day!
Later that week, our Izzy flirted with the best of West London’s design districts. A particular highlight came from Chelsea, where The Rug Company celebrated its 20th anniversary by presenting a unique selection of designer collaborations to mark its impressive milestone. The British brand partnered with leading designers – such as Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and Alexander McQueen – to bring a fantastic fushion of fashion and design, with each rug drawing inspiration and mimicking exact prints seen on each brand’s latest respective catwalk collections. Our Izzy was rather partial to this floral Alexander McQueen design, which included a poignant tribute to the late designer alongside its display.
The Warehouse Home Apartment
Next up, our Emma headed east to check out Warehouse Home’s airy, loft-style apartment situated in Perseverance Works – which we were immediately in love with! The large, Victorian windows soaked the open space in light, effortlessly complementing the apartment’s midnight blue walls and dark varnished wood furniture and patterned flooring.
Taking pride of place, greeting visitors at the apartment’s entrance, was a cream FAB5 and a FAB30 from Smeg. The retro styling looked flawless against the contemporary, chic design of the space – proving that Smeg doesn’t just suit country homes, but can also suit those a more modern space, without looking out of place. A KLF03 kettle and TSF01 toaster also kept guests fed and watered throughout the day.
We were particularly a fan of the gorgeous ‘bedroom’ set up; a Heal’s Furniture bed frame was laden with cleverly mixed neutral hues and pastel coloured furnishings, including a exquisitely tactile, silk bedspread from Once Milano which beautifully offset the harsher elements of the stone-effect paint and darker walls. We also couldn’t help but notice the industrial style lights from DCWeditions, which added a seriously cool design statement!
Last but not least, our Lewis travelled to Kensington Olympia to peruse the design delights of 100% Design. The largest and longest-running design trade event for industry professionals in the UK housed a plethora established and emerging brands from the worlds of kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and workplace.
Brands that particularly caught our eager design eye included trippy plasticine lighting made from Stephen Johnson Design and avant-garde furniture from Portuguese brand Stabord. We were also particularly taken by pieces from Ciara O’Neil. Made from corrugated polypropylene, essentially a super flexible lightweight plastic which look like paper, the lighting fixtures are skillfully hand-crafted and come finished in a wide range of natural fabrics.
Of course, a visit to 100% Design wouldn’t have been complete without visiting our friends at Smeg. The luxury Italian kitchen manufacturer’s stand was kitted out with the latest products including the stunning Dolce&Gabbana SDAs plus the quirky Dolce Stil Novo hobs and pan stands.
To top this all off a DJ was positioned high atop a foliage covered centre point playing some of the greatest disco and Motown hits with a modern twist. Lewis couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon looking at the latest in lighting and listening to the likes of Luther Vandross.