• London Design Festival 2014 highlights

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    Another brilliant festival of design and creativity, LDF2014 was the biggest and the most action packed yet. Here’s some of our highlights…

    1. Carousel Wall by David David and Johnson Tiles

    David David and Johnson Tiles created a stunning 50 square metre mural inspired by Islamic geometric designs at the V&A’s tunnel entrance, (above & below). Made up of more than 1,700 ceramic tiles covering two walls of the tunnel,the design is based on an adaptation of Carousel (2011), the Jameel Prize-nominated artwork by David David co-founder David Saunders and will be on display until January 2015, so plenty of time to catch it. Photography by Tim Ainsworth.

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    2. Simplified beauty at SCP

    SCP‘s exhibition of contemporary design at its East London store was ‘a celebration of things, made as they should be’. The store showcased pieces by Brooklyn duo Fort Standard, Ishinomaki Laboratory, a community workshop established in the wake of the 2011 Tsunani, and new pieces from SCP’s Autumn/Winter collection. We especially loved the carefully curated edit of utilitarian everyday objects from Japan, including kitchenware and utensils. All products are available to buy in store and online.

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    Lean-To Shelf, Ishinomaki Laboratory, £550 SCP

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    Fort Standard’s Standing Bowl £99

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    Ishinomaki bench, £240

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    Aluminium kettle, £45

    3. Carl Kleiner at Atrium

    To celebrate its new architectural lighting range, Flos collaborated with Swedish photographer Carl Kleiner in a series of abstract artworks made with lighting components. The works were on display in Flos’ showroom, Atrium, along with ‘making of’ videos, revealing how each image was constructed.

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    4. Yoo Home at Harrods

    Created by property entrepreneur John Hitchcox and renowned designer Philippe Stark, the home and hotel design practice Yoo has arrived at Harrods. Featuring a stellar line up of brands including Fritz Hansen, Roche Bobois and Bethan Gray, Yoo home has also launched  its first own-label line of furniture, inspired by its portfolio of 63 global projects. Highlights of ours included Bethan Gray’s gorgeous pieces such as her leather clad Stud Dining table, below, and Stephen Burk’s Traveller chair for French company Roche Bobois, below, which incorporates an incredible 800 metres of cord!

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    5. Eley Kishimoto at Decorex

    Fashion duo Eley Kishimoto have brought its signature quirky, eye popping patterns to walls in a range of new wallpapers.  There are 12 designs in total, including geometrics, damasks, kitsch-tastic prints and tromp d’oeil, and we love them all!

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