Each year in the design world, September marks “Show Time!”
It is one of the busiest months in the London Interiors social calendar and my favourite time of the working year.
The Fashion Industry has London Fashion Week but we have London Design Festival where we get to indulge in a mix of luxury products, textiles, interior design sets to die for, talks by the industry celebs and all the Prosecco you can muster.
But here’s the thing…..it’s a series of gems mainly for the trade.
Some of the shows do have public days so it’s well worth taking advantage of these if you’re not in the trade as you won’t be disappointed.
London Design Festival is made up of a series of events and shows within some of London’s trendiest areas, demonstrating the best in the industry, whether you are looking for furniture to style your latest penthouse projects or luxurious fabrics for those crucial finishing touches. But it’s not all about styling to impress. You will be privy to the latest technology as well as insights into the current trends, be it colours, patterns or functionality.
Now, the main shows are concentrated within a period of one week but there are lots of individual participants offering sneak previews of their new collections, extending the period for a few more days.
So who are the main contenders?
One of the largest shows in the UK, Decorex embodies the most luxurious products in the interiors market and attracts many visitors from all over the world. Many design houses premier their latest products here as the reach is massive.
Guest speakers, demonstrations, workshops you name it. Showrooms teasing us with design inspiration and new collections. Gorgeous fabrics for curtains, upholstery and soft furnishings, bespoke furniture, beds, carpets, lighting, home technology, tiles, bathrooms and kitchen options. It’s all there, under the glorious domes that are the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour.
Great source for new design features and discovering new brands. A must for emerging talent.
London Design Fair
Located in East London, London Design Fair had around 550 exhibitors from around the world putting on exhibitions and more.
Showcasing some of the worlds iconic design brands.
This years smaller shows and individual contenders:
London Interiors Show
Interior fabrics, trimmings and window fixtures such as poles and tracks for all your soft furnishings needs.
Farrow and Ball Colour Stories in Shoreditch’s Village Underground
Colour curator Joa Studholme took us through the inspiration for her latest paint colours within titivating areas arranged to surprise and intrigue, demonstrating the use of colour within the home.
Dream Houzz Pop Up
Room displays exhibiting furniture and items that can be purchased via Houzz. Featuring the Luca bed and Tilda sofa from one of my favourite designers, 2LG Studios, in collaboration with Love Your Home UK.
Made Talent Lab
Open house during the Festival offering an exclusive look at the TalentLab collections and workshops.
Tom Dixon flagship store in Kings Cross hosted Electroanalogue. A series of digital innovations through events.
V&A – Official Design Festival hub
Celebrating 10 years as the official London Design Festival hub and for the first time this year, access to the Members room designed by architects Carmody Groarke.
A beautiful store selling everything for the home such as furniture, crockery, bedding, accessories you name it. For the Festival they held a series of live artwork, in store.
This list does not do the Festival justice. There were so many places and contributors to visit, it was just not possible to do them all in a week.
My tip for making the most of your time exploring what’s on offer, pick out a couple of the essential ‘must sees’ for you, then a few of the smaller shows and try to keep them within easy travel distance from one another so you can possibly fit your choices into 3-4 days.
Roll on London Design Festival 2019, I’m just about ready for you….