London goes a bit design crazy for a few weeks in September and this year marks the 16th London Design Festival with events spread over ten design districts and five exhibitions across the City. It’s a two week design fest of exciting events and I normally try to get as involved as I can in the proceedings!
First stop for me on Monday was Decorex International over in Syon Park in Richmond and I’m not going to lie, there are easier places to get to ….. walk to station, bus, overground, courtesy bus from tube… but I got there in the end and it was well worth the hike over and I got to spend the day with some of the gang from the IDC which is always a bonus.
I’ve found over the years that one of the best things about these design shows is they do put on some pretty inspiring leadership sessions and the panel discussions are always quite relaxed which is good. I whizzed into one as soon as I arrived which was being hosted by Daniel Hopwood - you probably know him best as one of the TV presenters of The Great Interior Design Challenge (a show which sees amateur designers put under enormous amount of pressure over a period of 2-3 days and somehow they survive and come up with some marvellous creations on an extremely tight budget #respect #ithinkiwouldcrumble) Anyway, Daniel runs his own Interior Design Studio and he shared a few of his designer insights into how to create a design concept for the blank canvass that is ‘the new build’ as lets face it, not everyone is blessed with a characterful double fronted Georgian manor. His client budgets were shall we say, ‘generous’ but he gave some interesting insight into how he manages the design process.
With over 400 international exhibitors at Decorex it’s a great opportunity for designers to see the new collections, meet the makers behind them and seek out new products as they showcase the finest displays of furniture, lighting, textiles, craft and accessories from emerging and some of the most distinguished names in interior design.
I was delighted to meet up with Alternative Flooring Carpets and see their amazing new collaboration with Zoffany. I popped over to say ‘hi’ to the ladies at V Interior who were displaying several gorgeous items from their wonderful selection of vintage designer pieces and to the team at sofa.com and timorous beasties.
One the highlights of the show for me this year was meeting Sophie Robinson, Interior Designer and TV Presenter. You never know how these TV folk are going to be when you meet them but I can honestly say she was absolutely wonderful and it was really interesting hearing all about her DIY SOS TV presenting. I would have happily hung out with her all day but she may have thought that a bit odd as we’d only just met……. maybe next time!