London Design Festival 2019

30 Sep 2019  |  People  |  Innovation  |  Design  |  Trends

Various Sketch team members attended both 100% Design at Olympia and the Design Junction back at Kings Cross, both part of the larger London Design Festival.

Whilst it is widely acknowledged in the industry that 100% Design has perhaps suffered in recent years with both the calibre of exhibitors and attendance, we found it to be buzzing – albeit if you were there to source new furniture for residential or hospitality. Sadly, for the commercial interiors sector, with the exception of British manufacturer Boss Design, the representation by both UK and European brands was noticeably lacking. We did however appreciate the leather craftmanship on the Jess Design Stand and the clash of colours employed by Hache. The influence of biophilia on nearly all stands was also very prominent.

Design Junction, in recent years the more popular choice for the workplace manufacturers was also noticeably quiet, maybe this was to do with Friday being a less popular day with visitors, but the empty spaces upstairs in the furniture tent were very noticeable. Icons of Denmark a long-time supporter of Design Junction had a large stand promoting their move from being a representative of brands to self-manufacturing and we also enjoyed seeing the rise of sustainable products exhibited by brands such as Sixteen 3.

Not wanting to mention the “B” word but it was clear this had had an effect on the appetite of manufacturers to spend their budgets on events such as design week. We will still return next year as we always relish opportunities to interact and learn from our supply chain and we hope to see the festival more reinvigorated in 2020.

By Sally Rice, Operations Director

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