Basking in the Beauty of the London Design Festival 2023

November 28, 2023

Last September 16-24, The London Design Festival occurred and it was bigger and better than ever! This year's festival featured hundreds of events and installations across the city, showcasing the best of British and international design.

As an interior designer, I’m always excited to see what the London Design Festival has to offer. It's a great opportunity to discover new trends and ideas, and to be inspired by the work of some of the world's leading creatives.

This year, my attention was captured by the following exhibitions:

Poured Staircase by Ian Davenport

This one was one of my favourite! “Poured Staircase” is a reimagining of the river Thames in a lyrical and poetic manner. The choice of beautifully bright colours running parallel to each other made it an immersive experience that shows water’s fluidity and expressiveness. This not only makes the staircase a functional element but also transforms it into a visually stimulating piece of art. Quite a statement piece, indeed.  

Image credit: Victor Frankowski
Image credit: Victor Frankowski

Hypermobile by Tom Dixon

Another installation that I really liked was Tom Dixon’s Hypermobile. Hypermobile was very sleek and it really showed how portable lighting allows us to entertain, work, and play in brand new ways - all thanks to movement.

Image credit: Peer Lindgreen
Image credit: Peer Lindgreen

Spirit of Place by Simone Brewster

Spirit of Place is another favourite of mine. These large, totemic cork vessels were a fun visual experience that captured the essence of a cork oak forest in Portugal. The choice of cork as a material not only adds an element of sustainable and eco-friendly design but also brings a tactile and sensory experience to the space. I think the playfulness in their design also adds a delightful touch of whimsy to the space.  

Image credit: Ed Reeve
Image credit: Ed Reeve

Nice to Meet You Again by Morag Myerscough

Finally, I’m a huge fan of colour (I think you can tell by now) and how it can be used to evoke a certain feeling. Myerscough’s creative signature is, of course, her vivid use of colour, and so it’s no surprise that her collaboration with Mini in this immersive installation called “Nice to Meet You Again” was definitely bright and bold. All these colors certainly gave me a boost of positive energy.

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These are just a few of the many exciting exhibitions that happened at the London Design Festival this year. Which one was your favourite? And if you’ve found inspiration for your homes in any of these exhibits, feel free to drop me a line so we can get started on transforming your home according to what inspired you!

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