My ‘Best Bits’ of the London Design Fair 2019

It’s the first time I’ve been to the LDF since I was a product design student 12 years ago! I decided to go this year because I was invited by Jane Langley, Founder of Blue Patch.

The Entrance to the LDF . The event ran from the 19th to the 22nd of September at the Old Truman Brewery just off Brick Lane in Shoreditch.

Blue Patch

Blue Patch is the name of the Sustainable British Makers Collective I joined earlier in the year.

It was amazing to finally meet Jane and chat to other members of Blue Patch. Their work was inspiring in its quality and vision.

Sarah from Hatton Willow grows and then weaves willow into beautifully intricate baskets. The ones being exhibited are willow handbag baskets.
The Gatti Chair by Full Grown. A unique collaboration between Nature and craftspeople that takes 10 years to grow.
Cushion and woven textiles by Melin Tregwynt – keeping the traditions of Welsh weaving alive.
The Curam chair – inspired by traditional Highland croft furniture from Namon Gaston.
Plastic free, natural paint from Edward Bulmer Paint. This is a product close to my heart as I use all natural paints and wood washes on my toys.
Seven Stem ‘Forest’ Lamp from Peter Lanyon Furniture – cleaved out from carefully selected logs, and shaped by hand using traditional tools and techniques.Even the shades are made of wood!

Highlights from the rest of the fair

The rest of my highlights are almost all ‘woody’ in nature. I can’t help it, I love the stuff! I’m always fascinated to see how others highlight it’s beauty and exploit it’s strengths.

The London Plane Project by Heliconia Furniture Design. A fascinating material exploration of the much over looked London Plane tree.

Charlie WhinneyStudio To be honest although Charlie’s steam bent forms are amazing what I was really taking a photo of was his benches. I love the juxtaposition of the machined planks against the naturally formed branch legs.

Say Cheese by RO.SE. This cheese ripening cabinet is made from LIGHTWOOD a composite material made from thistles and starch. The thistles are a byproduct of the cheese production process. The LIGHTWOOD can replace the pine traditionally used. It’s lighter, completely biodegradable and can even be fed to the sheep that produce the milk for the cheese.

I love this cabinet not for it’s looks but for the fantastic design problem solving it represents. It is a truly circular economy solution.

I had a wonderful time at LDF 2019. So much creativity and the chance to talk to the designers themselves. I have now set my sights on showing there myself next year. Roll on LDF 2020.

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