London Design Festival 2018: Review

28 Sep 2018  |  People  |  Design

London Design Festival recently took place in various venues across the city. Sally Rice, Operations Director at Sketch Studios, gives us her thoughts on 100% Design and Design Junction.

Sketch Studios attended two of the larger shows of London design week; 100% Design based in its usual venue at Olympia and Design Junction at its new location at Doon Street, off the Southbank. Despite the former receiving some negative press in recent years, there was still a noticeable industry attendance although granted more of attendees than exhibitors. Over the years 100% Design has expanded to cover various sectors outside of the contract market and this shift was more noticeable this year than any previous, with the furniture stands being dominated by products aimed more at a residential market, the one exception to this being the exhibitors dedicated to meeting pods which were many and varied. Despite this we were impressed by products from Loll Design, represented by The Collective Agency, as well as Established & Sons and Verpan.

Design Junction was notably busier, attracting a more diverse crowd of student, designers and general public. The lower floor of the Doon Street site was dominated by smaller craft businesses and the largest representation of lighting we have seen at any previous show. There were several familiar and well-planned contract furniture stands on the upper floor, although noticeably few manufacturers were presenting new products with the Orgatec furniture fair only being a month away. Despite this, there were some attractive pieces being displayed particularly by Erik Jorgensen & Lammhults; despite the designers choices on the finishes of the Lammhult’s stand being a little questionable!

Were we glad we attended? Yes – we relish the opportunity to catch up with our suppliers and to pick up any new emerging trends. Were they shows not to be missed? – Perhaps not this year, with Orgatec around the corner, we didn’t see any new products that were going to set the furniture world on fire. Saying this, if lighting or meeting pods were on your agenda the two shows showcased both of these extensively.

Until next year London Design Week!

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