A sampling of new product launches and local design talent for you to consider for your next home styling or design project.
London Design Festival presented a plethora of events, activities and exhibitions this year. There is so much happening across the city that we really are a bit spoiled. Design and creativity literally poured out into the streets with incredible temporary installations and hundreds of brands, designers, and artisans revealing new collections of their handiwork and design expertise.
Each year it’s a challenge to map out the diary and take in as much as possible. NUA x DESIGN tried to see and experience our fair share and had a lovely time discovering fresh new artists, designers, and collections, as well as reacquainting ourselves with known talent sprinkled throughout the city.
At NUA x DESIGN, our ethos is to make design accessible to all while simultaneously promoting as many independent or local artists, makers, and designers as possible. With that said, we are always on the lookout for fresh new products and talent while visiting shows and design fairs. We always encourage clients to find at least one piece for each room that supports local and independent talent to propel local economies and bring a unique or investable piece into the home.
As a mover or home owner looking to perfect and personalise your home, we want to share some of our favourite finds as well as some fabulous brands we think might be relevant to you. We believe it’s important to make your home and dwelling unique, and what better way to do so than to select a beautiful piece of furniture or home decor that was designed or made by local or emerging design talent?
In no particular order, we highlight a handful of collections and designers that launched product during London Design Festival, as well as a handful of brands that are local to the UK...
EMERGING COLLECTIONS & DESIGNERS
We had the pleasure of chatting with Kam ce Kam founder and designer, Jehanara Knowles as she debuted the brand’s first collection. The collection focuses on beautiful forms created from craft techniques of the finest quality. Featuring terrazzo and cane weaving, the products are on trend and introduce fresh forms. The pieces work well together to create a balanced look yet each design is striking and eye catching on its own. Studio Story
Launching from London, Studio Story showcased at the London Design Fair for the first time. They are artists and makers creating accessories and home furnishings by exploring the relationship between form, material, and colour. At the fair they showcased products made from concrete molds where the process allows each piece to be slightly unique and the colouration will always vary from piece to piece. All of their designs are handmade in their experimental studio.
Hanna Lantto is an emerging Finnish designer who presented new pieces from her Piilo collection at the London Design Fair. Her collection focuses on adding playfulness to practical and functional pieces. These home organising designs are clean and contemporary with pops of colour to enhance and round out any design scheme. The news pieces consist of round shelving and mirrors that hide clutter while giving creative freedom to the homeowner to play with different arrangements and layouts. Piilo products are manufactured in Finland. Floor Story Rugs
Floor Story launched a new collection of rugs at the London Design Fair in collaboration with a handful of relevant and local designers such as 2LG Studio, Camille Walala, John Booth, and Kitty Joesph. The colours, textures, and shapes revealed were second to none and there’s sure to be a design to suit just about anyone’s taste. The price point ranges quite nicely as well to match many different budgets. Uniquely cut piles and organic shapes remain on trend with the collection and are becoming more and more prevalent in floor coverings.
Our fave material find at this year’s design festival was a lovely veneer material derived from heirloom Mexican corn husks. Fernando Laposse has been developing this material since 2016 in an attempt to transform a material considered as waste into a refined piece of design. The colour variation and texture in the veneer pieces creates a lovely visual effect, especially when the veneer pieces are tiled. With sustainability at the forefront of current design trends, we hope to see more innovative designs like this emerge and work their way into mainstream markets. LONDON & UK FINDS
The plywood furniture trend is here to remain. Lozi is a bespoke furniture studio based in East London. Their unique approach is a whole home fit-out where you can coordinate the materials and finishes in your kitchen to the light fixtures, wardrobes, shelving, tables, chairs, sofa - just about any piece you can imagine for your home. They produce a standard collection as well as completely bespoke items. Their unique finishes and attention to detail produce minimal and contemporary forms. Lozi also offers home accessories and small decor items. If a clean design style and matchy-matchy finishes are your thing, Lozi can fit-out your whole home! Konk
This Bristol based studio designs and manufactures beautiful furniture pieces using solid wood. For prices comparable to high-street retail you can get something handcrafted within the UK. Their looks vary between classic contemporary, industrial, rustic and are versatile to coordinate with many interior styles. Each piece is handmade to order and they are happy to take on both commercial and residential bespoke projects. Living Room Design Ldt
Launched in 2017, Living Room is a UK based furniture brand offering contemporary takes on British Mid-Century furniture. Their manufacturing is done in the UK and fabrics are sourced from British and European mills. Their collection offers sofas, beds, arm chairs, and a few cabinetry pieces with most pieces available in 8-10 weeks. All Living Room products are designed and manufactured with quality and longevity in mind. This brand is great for investing in sustainable and local products for staple pieces in your home. Altrock
For anyone looking for fun, innovative, and sustainable materials - you must check out Altrock Surfaces. They produce incredible handmade terrazzo surfaces in London. Their East London workshop uses 87% recycled material by utilising byproducts of local marble manufacturing to produce unique and durable surfaces. They can customise colours and designs to your liking, sure to produce a show- stopping piece in your home. These materials can be incorporated into custom furniture pieces, worktops, bathrooms, kitchens, backsplashes, and more. Solidwool
Through material innovation, Solidwool brings unique texture and strength to classic forms. “Think fibreglass, but with wool.” They use coarse wool fibres from the UK to produce beautifully crafted composite material which they are currently forming into contemporary seating. All of their manufacturing is done in Buckleighfast, a small town that once thrived from the wool industry. They hope to bring value back to their local materials and community. The chairs are lovely and the wool fibres create a beautiful visual texture within the composites.
If you made it out during London Design Festival yourself, we’d love to hear about your favourite finds or what you enjoyed most about the festival. Leave a comment below or drop us a line in the contact us tab above.
Remember to reach out to our design team if you're looking for any design advice or insight into your home furnishing projects. We're here to create new beginnings by design by helping you personalise and perfect YOUR home.