London Design Festival ’14

2 blog posts in as many days – told you we’ve been busy! Lots of blog-worthy goings-on.

Mid-September saw the Tangram team visit the London Design Festival which was inspirational as ever. An opportunity to escape our desks and see what’s happening in the wider world. London was bubbling with enthusiasm and excitement for all things ‘design’ and we managed to cram in an impressive amount in 2 short days.  Here come the highlights…

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B&B Italia in Brompton Road – Another chance to see the amazing Husk sofa which we loved in Milan, delighted to report it is as comfortable as we thought and the great people at B&B have even been so kind as to reduce the prices slightly from when it was launched!  We also loved the Tabano chair also designed by Patricia Urquiola.  Even from the image you can no doubt see how comfortable this piece is – the perfect reading (snoozing) companion.

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Visiting the Viaduct showroom – always an inspirational stopping point and this year was no different with a brand new chair called Tokyo designed by Niels Bendtsen for Bensen.  Simple and extremely comfortable with an oak frame and bent back and natural leather seat.

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We also loved the This Chair and That Lounge Chair by Stefan Diez for e15, they were beautiful and will be on display in our showroom soon.

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Having coffee with Terence Woodgate and Donna Skuse to discuss their new Solid light fitting and all things LED.  We set Terence the challenge of simplifying lighting technology and straight forward comparables between old incandescent wattage as we all knew it and LED equivalents…….watch this space.  We will also be displaying the Solid lights in the showroom over the next few weeks. Made in either marble or oak the detailing is beautiful and the packaging has also been very well considered.

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The Bocci installation in collaboration with Mallet Antiques at their Ely House Gallery was stunning.  A great opportunity to see some amazing pieces of antique furniture in an amazing space.  The 57 series looked amazing down the centre staircase and a 38 series had been installed in a special finish of white with white powder coated copper wire.  The contemporary lights mixed with unique, antique furniture really show how old and new can work perfectly in harmony.

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Design Junction in the Old Sorting Office contained a mix of pop-up shops, manufacturers with new product launches and lots of lighting.  We loved the Mute Coupe designed by Joel Karlsson for Mitab, it provided an ideal quiet spot to hide from the hubbub – as soon as you sit down, the noise stops. What’s not to love?!

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The Hazy Day light designed by Uli Budde for Marset was lovely, sand blasted on the inside and with a delicate drop shape at the bottom, this would look brilliant in so many locations.

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Last but by certainly no means least, Foldability is a new company established by GSA graduate Kyla McCallum.  All products are based on 3D origami techniques and use Italian parchment papers which are then hand folded in the UK to create some amazing results, definitely one to watch.

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