Cutting-edge designer Tom Dixon was the mastermind behind a multi-designer showcase presented in conjunction with the Festival at Portobello Docks. Installed inside a new development complex in Ladbroke Grove and spread over 40,000 square feet, the Dock contained Dixon’s wares, his new shop and his recently renovated design studio. Here, the floating teacups hint at the modern whimsy inside.
Tom Dixon’s new shop highlighted his pressed cast-glass pendants in three shapes, including Bowl, seen here.
In the Canal Building at Portobello Docks, Hidden Art presented a pop-up shop, where Cornwall-based Charlotte Tangye exhibited variations on her nautical Falmouth Harbor collection of dishware, which is based on drawings of ships. Hidden Art is an organization that offers a platform for designers to exhibit and sell their work to key markets, as well as the public.
The White House, a curated building filled with fresh local talent, featured this modern playground stocked with Formica-covered structures reminiscent of Memphis Design from the 1980s and the Hatch, a pop-up café where eggs were the ingredient of choice. The exhibition was produced by Faye Toogood of Studio Toogood.
Monica Hughes’s wispy lights and lamp shades were made from shredded, recycled plastic shopping bags. Here, catch a glimpse of Confetti, a multicolored wall lamp.
The Art Car Boot Fair presented more than 20 artists who created portraits of visitors in a variety of mediums, from charcoal to photography. At outdoor stalls dealers sold original art, prints, vintage furniture and contemporary design objects straight out of the back of their trucks and cars.
A chalkboard was erected in the halls of 100% Design for visitors to scratch, scribble and doodle on.
The Capsule Collection designed by Ziglam & Brook consists of seating made from “offcuts” (recycled fabrics). The upholstery comes in a variety of colors and textures and is adorned with irregular-size buttons. The capsule-shaped forms create a comfortable and engaging seating system.
Thelermont Hupton is a partnership between designers David Hupton and Yve Thelermont, who combine their backgrounds in furniture-making and art. They presented interior accessories, lighting and tableware, as well as their Painstaking cabinet, a twist on a 1750s armoire in a lacquer finish.
Philip Watts, who is known for his “ironmonger” line of hardware and bath fixtures, showcased dynamic new lighting fixtures. His Blimpy pendant light was presented in a cluster, which gave the lights real presence. Blimpy comes in white, red or orange glass.
The Quirico Company presented Bokja, a line of furniture by Beirut-based Hoda Baroudi and Maria Hibri. Each one-of-a-kind piece is upholstered with rich floral vintage textiles from Central Asia. Taking the popularity of ikat and suzani patterns, the mix is incredibly appealing.
Ayme Fitzgerald’s digitally printed wallpaper and textiles are vivid, colorful and wild. Her oversize floral and animal prints include this Wildside Funky Butterfly wallpaper. Fitzgerald also creates bespoke papers and patterns.
Shade and base in one, the Motley 3 Collection contains lamps with solid plywood bases that blossom into unique ribbed shades. Channels Design is a British furniture design and manufacturing company that emphasizes organic form.
Five-year-old Established & Sons stayed close to home this year. The firm showed its latest furniture and lighting collections, which included launches from this year’s Milan Furniture Fair in shades of gray, black and white, in its office on Wenlock Road.
Penelope Batley, a recent graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, has come up with playful and inventive lights, including her Big Bling and Chandelier Earring lights; her collection won a Conran Foundation Award. The lights can be hung or used as floor lamps.
German-born Gioia Meller Marcovicz impressed the crowds with her folding Recline chair at Torsten Neeland’s studio. Made from tanned leather and stainless steel, the Mies-like design folds, making it both portable and comfortable.
The New Zealand partnership Scott, Rich and Victoria debuted the spectacular Moscow Road Collection at the show. Unit24, a folded, creased and rolled lamp shade, is inspired by traditional pleated-fabric shades and is offered as a pendant and floor lamp.
Julian Mayor is a young British artist and designer who graduated from the Royal College of Art and then headed to the U.S. to work with IDEO, the California industrial-design firm. His quirky fractal Frame light was manufactured from spruce and plywood and made in an edition of 20.
Porcelain has been the focus for London-based Bodo Sperlein for most of his professional career. This year the Munich-born designer switched gears and launched a stunning furniture. While his Contour table is made from walnut, its fluid movement defies the rigid medium.
Continuing to expand his portfolio, Bodo Sperlein’s new tea collection includes teapots and cups and saucers, along with silver-plated tea strainers and infusers. The delicate pieces were developed in conjunction with restaurateur Alan Yau for Yauatcha Atelier.