London Design Festival

As quickly as London Design Festival came this year, it was over again.  All across London there were events to go to and I tried this year to get round as many as I could. Here are a few of my favourite highlights that made last week one i'll remember for a long time!

The Heal's annual dinner with the designers was an eventful evening.  There was lots of both new and familiar faces to chat with over a glass of champagne.  TOG were there to launch their new collection which is now on sale in the UK exclusively in Heal's.  Philippe and Jasmine Starck, Sebastian Bergne and Nicola Rapetti were all there to demonstrate how playful the new collection is.

I was lucky enough to grab a photo with the man himself after he picked up one of my postcards. 

The Victoria & Albert Museum was alive with the theme of design. Barber Osgerby's Double Space features 2 huge polished panels rotating inside the Raphael Gallery, and was staggering to behold.

Up next is the Candela, an immersive rotating installation that glowed bright green with patterns charged by the vertical light in the centre.  As the charge faded, so did the light. it was then re-charged which highlighted a different pattern.  Designed by Felix de Pass, Michael Montgomery and Ian McIntyre, it was displayed in the ambient tapestries gallery.

The Wish List: Barnby & Day's 'Table Turned' for Alex de Rijke was beautiful. The video they had on display showing the making of it was just as impressive, and I really like the bowl detail in the centre of the large circular top.

Felix de Pass designed these kitchen stools for Alison Brooks.  Very simple and very well made.

These CNC cut vessels by Gareth Neal for Zara Hadid really emphasise her style of work. A great example of craftsmanship and technology combined.

The Established & Sons studio looked fantastic.  I really liked how the dimensions of the displayed pieces were featured on the studio floor.

These Neon table lights by Minimalux were my favourite piece in their collection diplayed at their modern townhouse in Shoreditch.

Designersblock had a particularly interesting venue this year.  Plumen filled out one of the rustic rooms in the Old Sessions House with a tree covered in their new bulbs.

Trafalgar Square was home to 'a place called home' during LDF which featured 4 different interpretations of what the chosen designers would want to make them feel more at home.  My pick was Jasper Morrison's 'House of a Pigeon Fancier' because, as Jasper said, who else would want to live in the middle of Trafalgar Square? 

Dezeen's Mini Frontier section at Designjunction was an area that generated a lot of interest.  I found Lucy McCrae's 'prepping the body for space' installation to be the most interesting.  Lucy was kind enough to let me have a go but I don't think it was designed for people over 6 feet in height (I never thought I could be an astronaut anyway).

On the saturday morning Barber & Osgerby hosted a really inspirational discussion about their recent 'In The Making' exhibition at the Design Museum. They also spoke about the new London Cross Rail they are currently working on.

The Heal's Discovers stand at 100% Design looked really good and I feel lucky to of been a part of it. 

Sunday morning after the stand had been packed up, its fair to say I was broken, already looking forward to the same again next year though!