London Design Festival Showcases Top Design
London Design Festival is one of the UK’s longest running and most prestigious events for the interior and product design industries.
First staged in 2003, the festival is a mammoth experience, with over 350 events and exhibitions staged by hundreds of partner organisations from Britain and beyond.
After wrapping up for 2014 earlier this week, we decided to take a look back on some of the best designs from this year’s event.
Designer Paul Kelley, a former guitar-maker who now specialises in bespoke furniture, took the recent festival as an opportunity to launch his new range, BOB.
BOB is a modular system that can be arranged to create wall dividers, platforms, benches or sculptures. Each box weighs 4kg and is composed of an MDF core and an aged copper exterior. The copper is not only beautiful, but means the boxes can be knocked around without damaging them. An ingenious magnetic system allows every side to connect, allowing for an endless number of compositions.
As part of the Future Stars? exhibition, James Shaw revealed his Plastic Baroque, a hand-formed structure of molten thermoplastic that is both raw and intricate. As well as this side table, the range also includes a coffee table and candelabras.
The Cutting Edge chair also made an appearance at the Milan Design Fair earlier this year, but still managed to impress as part of the Elements of Craft Exhibition and the London Design Festival.
Designed by Martijn Rigters, the piece uses prototyping methods in a more playful way. A large block of foam is forced through four hot wires, a process that is usually carefully and precisely controlled, but was conducted more randomly by Martijn. The benefit of hot wire foam cutting is that every movement of the user will get translated to the design, causing the unique rippled effect in the sofa.
When completed, the couch was covered in a polyurea coating, making it suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
Formafantasma for Established & Sons
Marble has been used extensively in recent years as its popularity in the design world grows. Design duo Formafantasma decided to look at the material with fresh eyes in their new series, using its natural features as integral components of the design.
One particularly impressive example is the Formafantasma clock, which tracks the movement of time using the natural veins in white Carrara marble instead of traditional hands and number, for a stunning and clever interpretation of an everyday object.