Gems in London...whirlwind glimpses of design at London Design Festival
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Because London Design Festival is literally spread out throughout the entire city, we are inundated with the unique English manner of design and life. First, a stop into the V&A Museum which brings the English sensibilities right front and center. An incredible combination of juxtaposing the high end detailed style that is so famously quintessentially English with a pared down comfort. The V&A has implemented many installations that combine these two polar opposite principles to encourage guests to relax in the space, interact with the exhibits and just plain have a good ole English time.
painting the town red with a talented group of designers and writers, a smart, talented bunch.
street style, London
learning the ins and out of London
The Savoy Hotel, The London Eye
After the beautiful sightings, long walks and a few TUBE rides, we took in many wonders, ate great food and headed over to one of the many enticing design venues spread out throughout London during this week:
cutting edge wares at Tent London showcasing
works from emerging artists and craftsmen.
I have not seen a design show quite like this before.
a typical red phone booth served up London style
love the textures and patterns of the paper and fabrics from wallpapers to art to textiles in London. This fabric company offered up something beautiful, almost asian in feel as if taken from a silk kimono. The colors are vivid yet the patterns subtle and elegant. When chatting with Suzanne I learned she had lived in NYC years back and learned the trade in the fashion industry while working for fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi.
In addition to unique fabrics and textiles, I noted the wonders of paper used in many ways at Tent London, from origami art displays to unusual wallpapers! A play on old traditional papers but with a new twist from
cut out map of NYC!
wallpaper has come back into popularity quite some time ago after a bit of a dry spell. At Tent London there was an emphasis on wallpapers, stencils, paper in art and interesting yet unusual plays with textures and fabrics. Ever since my very first design job in 1993, I have loved wallpapers, and maybe it is how it promises to entirely transform a space. I especially enjoy using wallpaper in small spaces like bathrooms, offices and even closets. Of course I have my very all time favorites from the classic high end designs of Clarence House but the unique papers at Tent London are like a breath of fresh air. Lots of one color toile papers and hand painted unique looks.
quite an enticing group of fabrics and papers from
Original Little Bird. Maps yet re-configured into cool patterns, wallpapers and even hung art
delicate linen print of the beautiful "Pony Girl"
wallpapers caught my eye. These papers from the British Isles are very stylized
"Owls of the British Isles is a graphic design featuring 10 different owls. The barn owl, eagle owl, hawk owl, snowy owl, Tengmalm’s owl, scops owl, little owl, short eared owl, long eared owl and tawny owl. 5% of profits from this wallpaper will go to The Barn Owl Centre (barnowl.co.uk) to advance the conservation of the barn owl and other species of owl."