Next week the London Design Festival kicks off, with a dizzying circus of events, launches, installations and talks organised across the capital from Brixton in the south to Islington in the north. Now in its 15th year, it’s bigger and more colourful than ever with blockbuster projects including print-maestro Camilla Walala’s playful Memphis-inspired Villa Walala in Broadgate’s Exchange Square and Flynn Talbot’s orange and blue illuminations flooding the V&A’s Prince Consort Gallery with an immersive spectrum of light.
Experiential events aside, this is the optimum time for showrooms to introduce new design brands to launch, so even if you can’t make it to the Festival you can still browse these homeware arrivals.
Oxbow chair by Namon Gaston, £1095 at Author CREDIT: GRANT ANDERSON
New e-tailer Author is the one-woman vision of Scottish interior designer Jane Adams who has spent several years visiting British workshops and studios seeking out handcrafted pieces that “make a house a home”. Twenty years of designing residences has taught her how to add character, she says: “you can give someone a perfect, hotel-like interior but it’s the layering with interesting, textural and quirky well-made pieces that makes it special.”
Author features 28 makers — from furniture brand the Galvin Bros and cabinetmaker Hugh Parsons, to purveyors of art-inspired velvet fabrics and wallcoverings Blackpop and ceramicist Katie Spragg. For additional inspiration Adams has grouped products into 10 themed collections such as Winston, tailored for a study or the more decadent Woolf for an elegant lounge. She’s aiming to expand her own-brand products from the debut series of metal oval side tables. If you already love The New Craftsmen and Another Country then take note. Preview Wednesday 20th September, 3-8pm at Blacks Club in Soho, 67 Dean Street, W1; authorinteriors.com
Hunt & Hope at Decorex
Headboard upholstered in deco embroidery by Hunt & Hope
Stitching up a storm of gorgeous new embroidery patterns from their Kensal Rise studio are Isobel Hunt & Emmie Hope, whose new brand offers needlepoint-like fabrics which can be adapted for use on cushions, seating, and headboards. A trip to India following her degree in English and Law, saw Hunt learning the ancient skills of needlepoint and she returned to study at the Royal School of Needlework, going on to launch Isobel Hunt Embroidery Kits which were sold in John Lewis and elsewhere.
Meanwhile Hope swapped her City career for interior design before the pair joined forces to liven up this traditional craft. Choose from 12 designs in up to 420 colours, from the fierce Tiger and block geometrics of Alhambra to the funkier camouflage Camo and beautiful star-spangled Deco. Bespoke designs can also be created. From 16.5p per sq cm, or £1650 per sqm. Hunt & Hope launches at Decorex, Syon Park, 17-20th Sept; huntandhope.com
E&Co at Thomas Goode & Co
Epicurean Collection by Christopher Jenner for E&Co CREDIT: MICHAEL FRANKE
Interiors and product designer Christopher Jenner’s forte is resurrecting heritage brands by introducing new contemporary ranges. These are often produced by combining the traditional craft expertise with cutting-edge techniques such as laser and CNC-cutting. He’s worked with Globe-Trotter and Penhaligon’s and is now polishing up silverware with his Epicurean Collection created by Sheffield-based specialists E&Co, aka Elkington which was first established in 1824.
Silverware is very much back in vogue and these pieces — which include a cheese knife, butter dish and honey pot — are pared back and minimal and often mixed with other tactiles materials such as Dartington crystal and richly grained timber. Definitely family silver you’ll be proud to use. Epicurean Collection from £120-£1200, on show at Thomas Goode & Co, 19 South Audley Street, London, W1 from Monday 18th-22nd Sept; elkingtonandco.com
Ipse Ipsa Ipsum at 100% Design
Udaipur sofa in antique brass by Ipse Ipsa Ipsum
The debut collection of furniture, lighting and accessories from recently launched Singaporean brand Ipse Ipsa Ipsum embodies a restrained east-meets-west aesthetic in local materials such as hand-forged steel, marble, solid brass and leather. Founder Saurabh Mangla’s philosophy is to “create products that contain elements of surprise and nostalgia”. Designed by local talent Nathan Yong — who has in the past designed furniture for Ligne Roset — there are some stunning pieces, many referencing Indian motifs such as the Udaipur sofa that incorporates tables, a mirror, storage and light, all crafted as exquisitely as jewels and the freestanding Sangli mirror cleverly conceals shelving at the back. From £76-£3,020. Ipsa Ipse Ipsum launches at 100% Design, Olympia London, 20-23rd Sept; ipsaipseipsum.com
Nolii at Design Frontiers
Nolii collection tech accessories
Homeworking, coworking, remote-working — we’re increasingly professional nomads it seems and Nolii is a new lifestyle tech brand aimed at those of that are constantly on the move, but who still need to remain connected. It’s the brainchild of Benjamin Hubert, whose company Layer hit the headline last year with its 3D-printed wheelchair, together with entrepreneur Asad Hamir and there are five products available.
Characterised by the design simplicity we associate with Apple, Nolii is billed as “an eco-system of accessories for Apple and Android products that solve everyday challenges”, such as running out of juice, portability and USB storage. Bundle looks particularly clever with its integrated loop that helps to store the cable, but can also fix to a Bundle base, eradicating messy loose cables that often get lost, or damaged. They’re the kind of functional, dual- and multipurpose gadgets that could change your life — the website goes live today with “early bird” prices too. From £25-£120. Nolii at Design Frontiers, Somerset House, 18-24 September.
&Ratio at Design Junction
Globe Sconce and Globe Lamp, £160 and £200 respectively by Metalware, andratio.co.uk
Founded by female duo Jehanara Knowles and Yassaman Bayat, modernist inspired brand &Ratio’s furniture and accessories is made by artisans in New Delhi. Dark polished woods are combined with canework, brass and marble to striking effect in finely poised chairs and geometric-inspired tables. Their e-commerce site also shows products by five other design studios, Metalware’s lighting is well worth a look as is Portuguese brand Studio Gud’s mirrors. &Ratio, is at Canopy, Design Junction, Kings Cross, 21-24 Sept; andratio.co.uk
Karakter at SCP
Domo table lamp in black, by Joe Colombo for Karakter
If you love a dose of modernist implicity, head to SCP in Shoreditch, as they’ve just started stocking lighting and glassware by Copenhagen-based manufacturer Karakter. Specialising in both sculptural and functional designs by luminaries such as Aldo Bakker and Castiglioni — Sheridan Coakley has snapped up the Domo Table, Floor and Wall lamp, a Sixties design by Joe Colombo and lovely glass domed table lamps Tripod by Gils Bakker among others. Karakter at SCP, 135-139 Curtain Road, EC2; scp.co.uk
Sonder Living at Harrods
Ornate églomisé, mixed marquetry, faux shagreen and honed marble — Sonder Living furniture is clearly aimed at affluent homeowners, as its launch — exclusively — at Harrods confirms. This high-end brand originates in Hong Kong but is clearly aiming for global reach, since it already has showrooms in the US and Asia. Some pieces are designed in house under the name Maison 55 — the Copeland range is good — but Sonder Living is also relying on the pulling power of established talents with their designer collections by talents such as Kelly Hoppen, Andrew Martin and Tracey Boyd — look out for her brass-framed velvet upholstered B chair and sofa. sonderliving.com