Our creative teams recently visited several prestigious design shows in London so we thought we’d share their thoughts with you, as well as a ‘best of’ presentation which you can download and look through at your leisure!
(20-23 September 2012 – Old Truman Brewery London E1)
Tent London was a buzz of energy and creative talent. From the outset the galleries were well laid out so you can browse and interact with each designer at your own pace and be inspired. There was something for everyone as the design festival catered for every creative aspect from illustration work on well designed furniture to reclaimed items turned into bespoke lighting features. It felt like a showcase for new ideas whilst still being a trend setting influential destination with all creatives in one place.
(20-23 September 2012 – Ground floor of the Old Truman Brewery London E1)
This four day event at a new venue has allowed the show to double in size from last year, cementing its position as one of the biggest players of the London Design Festival. Presenting 40 international exhibitors to over 20,000 international trade buyers and designers alike.
This exhibition had a celebratory atmosphere. A diverse arrangement of exhibitors showcased there products in an engaging way. With an emphasis on browse time, the areas had less staff in, allowing more space to appreciate the clarity of the product.
(Earls Court London 19-22 Sept 2012)
100% design had a lot to offer. With a more corporate feel the categories (including interiors/office/kitchen and bathroom) had a ‘future living’ theme throughout. The entrance housed an impressive social bar area. Live seminars were held in an open format with Q&A time afterwards. Guest speakers covered talks on ‘The future of retail’ and offered insights on various other subjects like European market trends. More established brands were situated next to new innovators, allowing for a real mix of talent. Inspiration was round every corner in this exhibition. A common theme that ran through a lot of the actual exhibition displays was the use of invisible boundaries. The seminar area was framed using thin wire work, creating a non-intrusive destination for the talks.
Browse through our edited selection of great design examples and trend highlights here.