Last Friday, a spectacular new launch kicked off London Design Festival that gave everyone the feeling of the iconic design weeks of yesteryear where brands pulled out all the stops. A collaboration with between prolific Danish design brand HAY and London-based designer Sebastian Wrong, showcased furniture, accessories, textiles and lighting in a beautiful London townhouse.
The elegant and playful designs sat alongside 18th Century tapestries and busts, each one illuminating the other. The collection was spectacular and had everyone buzzing as they left.
What really set the tone of the launch for me was an additional venue we were ushered a few doors along to – a beautiful pop-up restaurant by a Westminster townhouse. The pop-up serves as a showcase for both the new collection which you drink, sit and dine on – and the very cool south London eatery which specialises in simple and delicious charcuterie, cheeses and hearty French and Italian inspired dishes – alongside good wines, beers and cocktails.
The food was fresh and innovative and it was such a unique experience to be able to use the exciting new products inside such an amazing venue. The whole experience was beautifully executed. I would thoroughly recommend hotfooting it down during design week, you won’t regret it!
WH Pop-Up Restaurant by Peckham Refreshment Rooms
14 – 22 September
34 Queent Anne’s Gate,
London SW1H 9AB
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
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