While today marks the end of London Fashion Week, you shouldn’t avert your attention away from the cosmopolitan city just yet — as it’s still hosting one of the world’s most exciting festivals, the London Design Festival. Reaffirming London’s status as the design capital of the world, the annual trade exhibition brings a blockbuster schedule of installations and events across the city as it celebrates its fifteenth year from 16 September to 24 September.
Just last week, Paris Design Week took over the awe-inspiring streets of the City of Light — establishing itself as a platform for both existing and emerging architects, interior designers and design connoisseurs. If you’ve missed it, don’t fret. We took the liberty to pick out five emerging French interior designers we think you should watch for.
London Design Festival is no different, as it has been helped put several world-renowned brands on the world’s radar in the past. One of its cornerstone events, 100% Design, have even been the launchpad of several names you might be familiar with by now — such as Ella Doran, Tom Dixon and Barber Osgerby. So we’re definitely excited to see the emerging talents this year’s edition have in store.
If you’re looking for new brands and designers to adorn your interiors with, look no further than the talents showcasing at London Design Festival. From a Singaporean furniture maker which features pieces by designer Nathan Yong to one offering minimalistic yet colourful chairs for your home, check out these emerging brands which are launching at this year’s festival.
Hong Kong-based premium home furnishings and lifestyle concept, Sonder Living, is set to launch exclusively at Harrods this London Design Festival. Expect to find luxurious pieces for your home made up of premium materials such as ornate églomisé, mixed marquetry, faux shagreen and honed marble.
While some pieces are designed in-house under the name Maison 55, the upscale brand also curates a selection of stunning pieces by established designers such as Kelly Hoppen, Andrew Martin and Tracey Boyd.
Singaporean brand Ipse Ipsa Ipsum is showcasing its debut collection at 100% Design. The pieces from the collection are designed by designer Nathan Yong, who has designed furniture for brands such as high-end French design company Ligne Roset.
The collection was inspired by Yong’s trip to India, resulting in pieces that reference Indian motifs such as the Udaipur sofa. The sofa incorporates tables, a mirror, storage and light — all crafted exquisitely, with the mirror concealing the storage space at the back.
While this young German design brand was established in 2006, London Design Festival marks Pulpo’s debut tableware collection. Its Fabulously Awesome Tablescape (or FAT) collection will be showcased at a small pop-up store at the festival.
For this collection, Pulpo collaborates with designers such as Frankfurt-based designer Kai Linke, German designer Meike Harde and French designer Ferréol Babin to produce beautiful pieces — ranging from Memphis-style glassware to”fat lava” glazed ceramic vessels.
Scottish interior designer Jane Adams started new e-tailor Author after spending several years visiting British workshops and studios seeking out handcrafted pieces. Author will feature 28 unique makers, such as furniture brand the Galvin Bros, cabinetmaker Hugh Parsons, ceramicist Katie Spragg and purveyors of beautifully-designed velvet fabrics and wallcoverings, Blackpop.
Launching at 100% Design this year is Portuguese start-up of contemporary furniture, Thirty Line Design. The brand offers pieces that use locally-sourced materials to give us a glimpse of Portuguese culture. One of the pieces we love is the table, which comes in two different sizes and is made of pine and black agglomerate cork to create the perfect centrepiece for any living room or outdoor environment.
Making its debut at London Design Festival’s Emerging Brands showcase is Citradi, an Oxfordshire-based company founded by designer Holly Hughes. The brand offers stunning colourful chairs, with each product boasting a combination of London style and Cotswold comfort, drawing design inspiration from nature and organic curves that surround us.
&Ratio, founded by female duo Jehanara Knowles and Yassaman Bayat, is a modernist-inspired brand that offers furniture and accessories made by artisans in New Delhi. The brand’s collections feature chairs and geometric-inspired tables made up of dark polished woods, brass and marble.