SBID Members at London Design Festival 2019
Held on 14th – 22nd September 2019, London Design Festival is an annual event, designed to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community. The event stages several major trade shows, known as ‘Design Destinations’ throughout the week. These are the commercial pillars of the Festival and are key meeting places for designers, manufacturers, buyers, specifiers, the media and design enthusiasts to discover new product releases and identify current trends. We’re sharing exciting news from some of the SBID Members which are set to exhibit with their latest releases and collection launches during this year’s London Design Festival.
100% Design: 18th – 21st September
Arper returns to the 25th edition of 100% Design from 18-21 September as sponsor of the show. To mark this occasion, this year Arper will be hosting the Arper Design Lounge, a soft, inspiring area where visitors of the show can come together, share ideas and read magazines by the show’s official media partners, while enjoying free charging points. Arper Design Lounge is a central feature of the show and will include a showcase of iconic Arper collections within an engaging setting, perfect to unwind, meet and network.
At 4pm on Friday 20th September Arper Design Lounge will present a live episode of Icon Minds: My Life in Design, in collaboration with Icon Magazine. Icon Magazine editor Priya Khanchandani will engage in conversation with London-based artist Camille Walala to discuss her professional life and the main influences in her work.
Elite Stone exhibits with a single area characterised by colours. The materials used are precious such as Breccia Pontificia, Sahara Noir and Calacatta Borghini; representing the best selection in Italy and in the world, all Made in Italy. The elegant and sophisticated atmosphere is inspired by the lobby of luxury hotels around the world for a contemporary and cosmopolitan atmosphere. The architecture of the stand focuses attention on the book-matched realised in Breccia Pontificia and the floor too, which invites you to enter and discover the Elite Stone World.
FCI London, the UK’s largest contemporary furniture showroom, will be showcasing two of its most popular Italian brands, Gamma and Naos, at 100% Design 2019 – the unmissable destination for design. Gamma is renowned for its innovative sofa collection and for being the ‘leather experts’ with their love and knowledge for the material. On the other hand, Naos challenges the laws of motion with its extending dining and coffee tables, that move effortlessly through their unique mechanisms. Both these brands have distinguished themselves in the international markets for their high-quality products, innovation, research and their love for elegant designs. They also wish to further the “Made in Italy” identity, not only in design but also in manufacturing by having as much of the product made in-house as possible.
The product line-up for 100% Design includes the latest furniture and stellar accessories from Gamma, Naos as well as some other exclusive brands. You can admire FCI London’s curated display at stands B9 and B10.
Designjunction: 19th – 22nd September
Leading bathroom brand VitrA has chosen to premiere Equal, its latest designer collaboration, in the UK for the first time at designjunction 2019. This year VitrA will be showing Equal and Origin, as well as unveiling the latest additions to Plural by Terri Pecora. The new Equal collection by Claudio Bellini makes use of geometric shapes and monochrome tones. Using clean, minimal borders and industrial, metallic accents, Bellini’s designs emulate the structures found in modernist architecture. The collection features a mirror with integrated LED lighting, a selection of storage and washbasin units, and a wall-hung WC. The contemporary and versatile nature of the delicate, structured design makes it ideal for both commercial and residential spaces.
Terri Pecora’s award-winning Plural collection will also be showcased. For this range, Pecora reimagined the washroom as a living space, using smooth, rounded edges and solid woods to emulate furniture usually found in other rooms of the home. The set will feature the free-standing vanity unit and wall-hung WC, paired with Vetro flush plate. VitrA will also be showing the Origin collection of brassware, including a newshowerhead, shower mixer and range of basin mixers. Available in four different finishes (Brushed Nickel, Chrome, Copper and Matt Black), Origin offers an integrated and charming finishing touch to the bathroom.
Two five metre-tall interactive sculptures, designed by multi-award winning British designer, Steuart Padwick will be erected in King’s Cross shortly for this year’s designjunction event (19-22 Sept) as part of London Design Festival.
The giant cuboid figures have been created in support of mental health anti-stigma initiative, Time To Change, and have been skilfully formed using Douglas Fir to convey warmth and humanity, using off-site construction technologies. However, it is the imposing, interactive ‘concrete’ blocks – representing their ‘emotional burdens’ – that truly bring these dramatic, public art spectacles to life. These cubes have been manufactured from HI-MACS® natural acrylic stone (in colour G555 Steel Concrete), supplied by main UK distributor, James Latham and fabricated by Preston based, We Are Limitless Limited (WALL).
For all visitors to the London Design Festival and designjunction, James Latham is holding a one-day HI-MACS® walk-in workshop on 19th September at their Design Showroom in the Business Design Centre, Islington, just one tube stop away from Kings Cross. Here, visitors can learn more about the product and witness inspirational demonstrations of thermoforming, sublimation and more.
London Design Fair: 19th – 22nd September
Leading Spanish manufacturer of surfaces for architecture and design, Cosentino, is delighted to be celebrating London Design Festival with the ‘Carved in Stone’ installation’. Leading architects were invited to put forward their proposed designs in line with the theme: ‘Life on Mars‘, with five winning entries hand selected by a panel of judges, including members of the Cosentino and Cuellar families.
These entries will be brought to life by craftsmen from Cuellar Stone in Spain, who will carve these intricate sculptures out of blocks of Macael Marble, measuring 500 x 500 x 500mm. Marble has been chosen as the material as it signifies the very beginning of Cosentino. Historically, some of the greatest designers in history have used marble, from Agra’s Taj Mahal, London’s Marble Arch and Michelangelo’s ‘David’.
The five marble sculptures will be on show at the Cosentino City London showroom for visitors to admire throughout London Design Festival. The designers will be visiting the showroom during the week to offer visitors a glimpse of the inspirational stories behind their fantastic designs.
Armani/Roca will be exhibiting at this year’s London Design Fair as part of an exclusive new exhibition. The Bathroom Gallery, which is in partnership with Elle Decoration, will bring together leading bathroom brands and is the first and only event at LDF dedicated solely to the bathroom industry.
On the stand, visitors will have the chance to see the new Armani/Roca Baia collection in a truly unique setting. With the new Baia collection, Giorgio Armani once again shows his commitment to promoting comfort and wellbeing, expressing his vision of the bathroom environment through a combination of elements that allow maximum flexibility and adaptability. Particular attention has been paid to the ergonomics of each piece. The aesthetic intentionally references the past, but the retro styling has been interpreted in a modern manner and incorporates avant-garde technology. The result is a new versatile bathroom collection, which manages to be both contemporary and timeless, in accordance with Giorgio Armani’s well-known design philosophy.
The Bathroom Gallery is an exclusive exhibition taking place on the second floor of the Old Truman Brewery from the 19th – 22nd September. Armani/Roca will be in Hall 11 and on stand number 11.
Craig & Rose marks its evolution from one of the UK’s oldest luxury paint manufacturers to paint protagonists by way of a special colour installation for the 2019 edition of the London Design Fair. To celebrate the launch of 11 new shades, the progressive Scottish brand will unveil a creative structure which nod’s discreetly to this year’s overarching theme of ‘Bauhaus’, whilst honouring the design movement’s modernist principles of ‘honesty’ and ‘simplicity’. The aim of the presentation is to ‘free’ architects and designers, empowering them with clear contemporary colour direction, all suitable for practical adoption. With two immersive areas, the installations take the visitor on a special journey to experience, explore, and develop their own personal relationships with a series of carefully curated combinations.
Adopting this approach, Craig & Rose has commissioned the creative colour agency, Calzada Fox to spearhead the overall concept and lead on art direction. The result of this will be a highly distinctive and interactive space devised to challenge existing perceptions around colour. In addition, East London’s architectural practice Studio Shaw, best known for its original approach, has also been tasked with executing an exciting three dimensional structure amplifying the ideas within.
Leading luxury outdoor furniture brand, Sutherland Furniture, has collaborated with global design icon Vincent Van Duysen, to launch The Otti Collection, a collective of 11 intuitive pieces of furniture available Autumn 2019. The Otti Lounge Chair and Otti Dining Armchair feature lightweight aluminum powder coat frames with Perennials rope base and back. The intriguing weave from base to arm pushes the boundary of minimalist design into Van Duysen’s essentialist style. Similarly, the Otti Three-Seat Sofa embraces Van Duysen’s fluid design approach with a slender seamless frame. The body of the sofa is formed by intersecting Perennials ropes that offer both comfort and support, while imposing architectural elements. The resulting woven design perfectly encompasses Van Duysen’s spatial aesthetic.
Meet Vincent Van Duysen and David Sutherland for the new collection launch on Monday 16th of September, 10:30am at Sutherland Perennials Studio, 3rd Floor Centre Dome, Chelsea Harbour Design Centre!