Hi all! This is one of my favourite weeks of the year in London – the London Design Festival. A lot of these events are open to the public and offer a great opportunity to pick up amazing things from lesser known vendors, or hear some of the figureheads of the design industry speak. I thought I’d share what I’m planning to see – bump allowing of course.
Wednesday: Heal’s London Design Festival Party
Live music and cocktails at one of my favourite retailers in London? Yes please. Even though I can’t partake in the martinis, I’ll certainly be poking my nose in to see the latest wares at one of the city’s most iconic design hubs.
Thursday: Design Junction, Tent London
These exhibitions are packed with loads of innovative vendors and the latest in design. Worth a wander for lots of inspiration, but also take your wallet. You might nab a bargain. What’s more, Alberto Alessi is speaking at Design Junction at 11:30am. I’ll be getting there early to nab a seat.
Friday: 100% Design, V&A
100% Design is another mix of amazing furniture, hardware, lighting and soft furnishings for both residential and public places. Forward thinking, this is a great way to spot up and coming trends. My favourite find last year was Buster + Punch – furniture designers that blend edgy attitude with classic lines and luxe materials. The V&A has loads happening too, but I’ll be heading over just to see the amazing ceiling wrapped in mirrors.
Saturday: Open House London
When I was little, our home was on the market for over a year, which meant we spent a lot of weekends visiting open houses. I loved seeing how other people lived, and to this day prefer to see real homes over the uber-styled ones in glossy magazines. Once a year, some of the best architectural gems in London open their doors for free, and I’ll certainly be taking advantage this year, but sticking close to home. Here are the three places I’m hoping to visit – descriptions are taken from Open House London 2014, where you can go to search for homes in your area or just see what’s on.
21st Century Span House
50th anniversary reimagining of 1959 Eric Lyons interior via a modern timber/glass design along original Span principles. Exhibited at the RA and NLA, published in Wallpaper*, Architects’ Journal. Saturday only, and pre-booking a must.
A fresh, contemporary end of terrace house that makes clever use of a small site by using a simple form to offer privacy combined with open plan living. Sustainable features include recycled newspaper insulation and breathable walls. Sunday 9:30 – 12:30
Voted UK’s Top Eco Home on the Guardian online, this is an uncompromisingly modern house in the Blackheath Conservation area adjacent to Grade II* listed Pagoda. Features include Code Level 5, full home automation, verdant gardens and open plan living flooded with natural light. Saturday 10:00 – 17:00