A selection of the best new designs from London Design Festival

London Design Festival 2017 saw dozens of unsual installations and the launch of various new products.

London, UK


img.0 Dhow Cabinets by Bethan Gray.
img.1 Dhow Cabinets by Bethan Gray.

Dhow Cabinets by Bethan Gray

British designer Bethan Gray has updated the ornate cabinet series she launched last year with different colours and patterns. Each piece combines vibrantly stained wood and brass marquetry.
"For the Dhow collection, I have taken inspiration from the dhow sailing boats of the Gulf region," said Grey.
"Traditional dhows were propelled by large triangular lateen sails made of cotton and sewn together in strips. The sails were bound to the hull using ropes made from coir, which created a unique and textured lineation. This lineation informed the distinctive elegant curved patterning found on the Dhow pieces."
img.2 Crinkle light by Samuel Wilkinson for Decode.

Crinkle light by Samuel Wilkinson for Decode

Samuel Wilkinson showed a new LED lamp with an irregular crinkled surface, aptly named Crinkle.
"The lamp was designed as an antithesis to the usual sterile offering of linear lighting products, so is very suited to both domestic and contract markets," the designer said.
img.3 Pop Rugs by Deadgood.

Pop Rugs by Deadgood

British brand Deadgood presented a range of new products, including a new dog-inspired dining chair, but our favourites were a set of rugs featuring bold patterns and pastel shades, designed by the brand's in-house team.
"We want to keep the range fresh and continually experiment to create a timeless collection of cutting edge future classics," said brand co-founder Dan Ziglam.
img.4 Stand Out Coat Stand by Friends & Founders.

Stand Out Coat Stand by Friends & Founders

This minimalist coat stand was designed by Ida Linea Hildebrand, creative director at Danish brand Friends & Founders, in collaboration with designer Katrine Bjørn. It features a slim black frame anchored by a marble block, and comes with a set of hangers in different geometric shapes.
img.5 Voronoi III by Tala.

Voronoi III by Tala

Patterns formed by overlapping forest canopies informed the shape of Tala's new LED lighting product, billed as "world's largest sculptural bulb". The Voronoi III is made from mouth-blown glass, with an LED fitting that curves around a central column.
"LED technology has enabled us to challenge the form of the light bulb and push the boundaries of mouth-blown glass for the first time," said Tala co-founder Joe Armitage.
img.6 Ballot Chair by Barber & Osgerby for Isokon.

Ballot Chair by Barber & Osgerby for Isokon

Barber & Osgerby's Ballot Chair for Isokon comes 21 years after the design duo and brand first collaborated, on the Loop Coffee Table. The chair is made from solid oak, and can be stacked for easy storage.
"The Ballot Chair is simple and tactile," said Ed Barber.
img.7 Jesmonite vessels by Olivia Aspinall Studio and Ornamental Grace.

Jesmonite vessels by Olivia Aspinall Studio and Ornamental Grace

Two materials of the moment – Jesmonite and terrazzo – have been combined by Olivia Aspinall Studio and Ornamental Grace for this range of colourful vessels. The patterned surface of each limited-edition piece is created by pigmenting Jesmonite aggregate pieces, and adding them to a main base mix.
img.8 What Lies Beneath by Jan Hendzel Studio.

What Lies Beneath by Jan Hendzel Studio

Hendzel's latest collection explores reclaimed timber, which is designed to show the different grains of woods in unusual patterns.
"On the surface, decorative inlay and marquetry allows abstract patterns and topographic reliefs to build," said the designer. "What results is a poetic juxtaposition between shapes, textures and woodgrains."


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