This year's London Design Festival was a revelation of newness. From the conceptual — to the darn-right practical — the pieces presented by experienced and newly-graduated designers alike opened my eyes and captured my imagination.
Some of my favorites from the recent show:
1. Framed — a conceptual showstopper by Stuart Haygarth that features lengths of colored picture frames bracketing a marble staircase.
2. Modern sustainable cedar chicken coop from Noog. I don't have a chicken, but if I did, I'd definitely get one of these!
3. Tubular club chair and solid bronze side table from the Sé Collection by Jaime Hayon. Several versions are available, but this one is pure glam!
4. Bend Sofa by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia is squashed in the middle, giving the illusion that it's been sculpted by hand.
5. Fantastic. Plaid Bench from Raw Edges — a set of three different benches interlock to form one large bench.
6. Bicycle parts come together in a quirky take on the stag's head. Oh, deer…love this! Designed by University of the Arts London graduates Sung Kug Kim and Bi King, as part of Hands On: Design Brought to Life by studioXAG.
7. A dresser from Zoe Murphy that has been restored and printed with drawings from the Margate seaside. So charmingly retro…
8. Sticks & Stones & Broken Bones by Studio Toogood features hardware cast from designer Faye Toogood's personal collection of found objects. Mixing and matching has never looked so cool.
9. "Reggie" the Eco Rocker — a sustainable, flat-pack cardboard rocking horse by Shell Thomas. 100% recyclable.
10. One Light Only by Lee Broom is a pendant collection inspired by Art Deco jewelry and late 1970's fashion photography — so Studio 54!
11. A truly interactive design, the Mark-Maker Table by Ed Swan is a ubiquitous coffee table that has been covered in fifty layers of paint, sanded down and personalized by festival visitors. Endless possibilities.
12. The Pressed Chair by Harry Thaler is a super-lightweight, stackable chair that is bent into shape and uses the most minimal of materials. I can't decide if I like this chair better "before" or "after"…
13. Noite Escure by & Then is a sofa and ottoman collection eccentrically modeled after a grand piano.
14. Genius! Forget jotting numbers down on a scrap of paper to keep track of them while you calculate. Calculator by Alexander Hulme features a memory button that will do it for you.
15. Depending on the angle from which it's viewed, the Thin Black Lines chair by Nendo switches seamlessly from two-dimensional to three-dimensional in appearance. A true shape shifter.
Images: as linked above