This week members of the NoChintz team travelled South for London Design Festival 2017. Now in its 15th year, the festival acts to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world, through a series of events and installations across the city.
The first stop on our list was Design Junction, an exhibition of over 200 brands from the fields of furniture, lighting, accessories, materials and technology alongside pop up shops, installations and talks. Stand out products for us were Olivia Aspinall Studio’s innovative range of terrazzo accessories, ANDLight’s minimalistic lights, and Deadgood’s new range of patterned rugs.
The following day we made our way to Design Frontiers at Somerset House, an exhibition showcasing 30 international designers pushing the frontiers of the of their disciplines: from automotive to fashion, product design to graphics, digital to performance. Our stand out pieces were Pentagrams Domenic Lippa: Facts and Figures and Kvadrat’s My Canvas whereby 19 artists from around the globe were challenged with creating a product using the company’s staple textile Canvas 2.
We continued with a visit to the V&A, one of the key collaborators for this year’s festival, with a range of design installations, talks and exhibitions. Perhaps the most photographed of the whole Festival itself was Flynn Talbots immersive light installation Reflection Room. Some of the team went on to attend a talk by world famous Stage designer Es Devlin, on her designs for events such as the 2012 London Olympics.
Our trip concluded with a visit to Camille Walala’s inflatable installation Villa Walala in the height of Broadgate. A fitting end to an inspiring 48 hours!