The Shoreditch Design Triangle is one of the most vibrant Design Districts, not just during LDF, with the Old Truman Brewery sitting at its centre. I am a constant visitor including going for Tent London every year, which as of this year has evolved to become the London Design Fair. Three floors of designers exhibiting new product designs for everything from lighting to ceramics, from collectives, crafter, european design studios and more.
With something for everyone and lots of familiar faces for me I get to find something exciting and new as well as see how my favourite brands have developed.
AMY isles FREEMAN
Challenging the concept of functional objects also being art, Amy’s lovely painted pieces are covered in bright patterns over professionally turned wooden vessels. Naive content and repeating motifs make her work simple but very enjoyable. Check out more of her work at:
Arran st east
This fresh and yummy display from our neighbours in Dublin, who make hand thrown stoneware, with a crisp architectural shape present especially in their mugs. Tucked away in the Victorian Fruit & Vegetable Market there are plenty of inspiration that comes across in their products.
I love running in to the team from Bohemia Designs their Vintage Wool Pots are one of my must have homeware items. Perfect for hiding awake ‘stuff’ while also looking very chic. Always best to shop for in person as the colour ways are pretty vibrant.
Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise that supports craftspeople as they become businesses, several of those talented people I know! Lucky me. Their showcase at the fair was a collection of their artists from textiles to furniture, they are celebrating their 30 year anniversary and flourishing.
This collective of clay artists are a super talented bunch: Clara Castner, Duck Ceramics, Imahiko Ceramics, Planet Ceramics & Sevak Zargarin all graduates who create opportunities to exhibit at trade & retail shows together.
Kate draws from a architectural background to create bespoke sculptural polymer clay jewellery. Described like exotic eggshells they are chunky & lightweight in a variety of pastel colours. Each a little bit unique but with plenty of trend points.
NORDIC design collective
The Nordic region is pretty famous for design style, Maria Richardsson put together NDC to showcase some of that talent and provide a platform to buy products from. I walked away with several bits from a variety of artists and a promise to check out their online shopping platform.
Another international contender this time from Montreal, founded by Natasha an avid outdoors women who combined a functional item with great heritage patterns. Bold colours and now available with a water ready finish. I kinda want one for above the fireplace…
THE maker place
The last exhibitor to make the list is another great online platform/ collective for designer maker products, if you want something for your home that has a little bit more thought behind it this is the place, literally.
I think that was a really good mix to get your started but as always find the full list of exhibitors at www.londondesignfair.co.uk