London Design Festival: The Highlights

Navigating London Design Festival with a four month old baby on the blistering September city streets was no mean feat, but hell bent on getting my design fix during the design worlds version of fashion week, I was determined to make it work! Here are my highlights from the week’s festivities.

Newbie Taiwanese Studio IF ‘s striking chandeliers immediately caught my eye at Tent London with its simple and intuitive beauty. Delicate copper and glass combined to create ethereal clouds of bubbles which when used with a pulley system lit up in a whimsical sequence.

British designer Sue Pryke launched a covetable collection of hand-carved Oak chopping boards with leather details in collaboration with outdoorsy brand Wild and Wood, I love their stylish simplicity.  Prices start from £30.


Cute contemporary hand mirrors by Czech brand Oaza.


I wrote about being taken by illustrator Louise Wilkinson’s work last year when she had just launched her first collection, so it was lovely to rediscover her again at Tent. She exhibited a beautiful range of patterned textiles with a fun folksy feel which on closer inspection contained witty narratives hidden within!


Estonian brand Tamma Design‘s Solid Spin was a delicious collection of glossy lamps, made using slipcast moulding. The lamps were inspired by the silhouettes of objects spinning in long-shutter images and videos.

Glasses and Shoes lamp 2

I loved textile designer Mary Goodman’s cosy but stylish knitted accessories. Especially cool were her wool spheres with metallic patches.


London designers Matteo Fogale and Laetitia de Allegri showed a range of furniture and tableware that looks like stone, but was cleverly made from composite materials comprising recycled denim, cotton and paper.


I was excited to see new British homeware brand Native and Co.stocking one of my most sought after Japanese brands Futagami, who specialise in exquisite brass objects [chopstick holder sets shown here]. Dedicated to supplying high quality, crafted home products sourced from Japan and Taiwan, i’m bookmarking them as a one to watch!


Inspired by traditional Indian dining vessels, new brand Tiipoi showed a collection of stackable containers, mixing bowls, serving trays, spice boxes and glass storage jar in tactile materials. Brass, copper, glass and ‘Neem’ wood transformed utilitarian objects into luxury items. Beautiful!

‘I love it! What is it?’ are comments often uttered in the design world and this collection of stools by New York based Amma Studio was no exception. Here, rock salt, sand, coffee, silica and pink himalayan salt were fused with more traditional materials such as cement or plaster – to create striking marbled patterns on furniture. I want!


Cute new homeware brand Patternbooth showed Midcentury inspired textiles with clean graphic patterns. Particularly brilliant were magazine racks for office spaces which hook onto desks to save space.


Lastly – Custhom, the London studio founded by two former Royal College of Art students, based their latest textiles on the Hayward Gallery a classic of the Brutalist architecture movement, translating the architecture of the building into patterns of grids and solid blocks.




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.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at

3 Comments on London Design Festival: The Highlights

  1. mlleparadis
    Monday, September 29th, 2014 17:15 at 5:15 pm (8 years ago)

    Thanks so much for this! I was there but resolutely decided to stay “on vacation” so did not do all that schlepping in the lovely weather. Great choices tho’, especially the textiles.

  2. Native & Co
    Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 20:52 at 8:52 pm (8 years ago)

    Thank you for visiting our stand and thanks again for featuring us on your blog! We’re opening our first shop in November, do come join us at the shop launch event!

  3. Rohini:TheBeatThatMyHeartSkipped
    Thursday, November 6th, 2014 21:36 at 9:36 pm (8 years ago)

    Mlleparadis – ahhh sad to have missed you! x

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comment *

(Spamcheck Enabled)