After a dash through Berlin a few weeks back (see previous post here), I jumped on another plane and flew to London to drop into London Design Festival for the first time. It was great. You gotta go. London is a beautiful, bustling place with a vibrant and very different design tradition than the US. I scoured Design Junction and Tent London, skipped 100% Design (didn't get a good review) and, in between, walked the streets. Here's an overview.
London! The airport is beautiful, new and clean
>> London Design Festival is a week long celebration of design, within which the following shows are for furnishings and home:
>> 100% Design
>> Design Junction
• Highlights from our own Claire Bock
• Agape Design
• Pinch Design & Eoq Design
• Anglepoise and Jake Dyson
• Conran & IO Kids Design
• Demelza Hill & Ercol
• Another Country and Toyko Bike
• Authentics & Native Union
Why aren't all cabs like London cabs??? The design seems far superior to me. They're more spacious, easier to get in and out of and it's much easier to load luggage in and out as well.
LIGHT English breakfast in Kensington. It's so nice not to worry about only being able to speak English.
The Pelham Hotel
Drowsing on the Tube.
Pelham Hotel, red flowers and doubledecker bus.
Great clothing store I'd never heard of! YMC - You Must Create
Very tall London style outside of Design Junction
Design Junction's main lobby... This year DJ was the best show I saw (and other's concurrred) as it was a mashup of a few shows, including last year's Tramshed.
Favorite new home store in London - Ben Pentreath
Just another design head at Design Junction London
Pure English styling here at the Pelham Hotel in South Ken
Pure London Tube
Pure inside of London Tube
Girl on the Tube, London
In work mode at Design Junction, London - Sept. 21
One more from Design Junction London