It's design week this week in London and there are not just one but two design festivals in the capital this weekend; Design Junction and the London Design Fair. Design Junction was set up in 2011 by industry experts and seeks out works by the most interesting, design-focused brands in the world.
We love exhibits like these as they are packed full of products that perfectly marry design and function which is something after our own heart. We headed down to Design Junction for some design inspiration and here are some of our favourites products. Like moths we certainly seem to be drawn by the lights... but the lighting was particularly special this year.
Tala is a British lighting brand that focuses not only on looks but also environmental responsibility. They design stunning filaments and lights but they are also focusing on forestation. Their lights are built to be sustainable with the latest LED technology but they are also committed to planting ten trees for every 200 units sold and so far that's equated to 9000 trees - which is a pretty impressive orchard!
See more of their products at www.talaled.com
Ham is basically our design guilty pleasure. We love the frivolity of their imagery which follows the adventures of one active bunny (which sadly has many more talents than us!)
Set up by Joanna Ham, a graduate from the prestigious Ruskin College in Oxford, in her own words she is "creating a world where the characters offer social commentary by immortalizing our daily rituals." We love their sense of adventure and their simplicity and have our eye on the superhero bunny - will he fly or will he fall? Let's go with flying.
Have a look at her collection here: https://hammade.com/
More lighting... but isn't it beautiful. At Hill & Ellis HQ we are slightly obsessed with copper at the moment as you are likely to find out with our new collection and as it seems are Artifact lighting. These stunning copper lights (they have others but we couldn't see past these beauties) are designed in the industrial hub of Southampton and handmade in the UK. They come in a range of colours and you can see the rest of their work here:
Our friends are Dashel launched their handsome bike helmets at the show. Founder Catherine has been tirelessly developing these unique helmets for years without compromising on her original vision. The helmets are uniquely designed with an original protective padding which offers excellent protection whilst also allowing a sleeker aesthetic. The unique padding design also enables the helmets to be seriously light - just coming in at just 320 grams. The Medium and large are available now and the small will be out soon.
Have a look at their range here: https://www.dashel.cc/
Tamasine Osher designs stunning wooden lighting made from beech wood which allows the beauty of the grain to shine through and we love the texture and detailing in these works. Natural beauty and design at its best. Like all good brands they are also into their bikes and although not exhibited at the show they have a stunning shelving and bike holder unit in their product line.
One Nine Eight Five is a homeware brand which supports British manufacturing and we were draw like magpies to their tassel cushions. Hard to put down and stop stroking but we were getting looks. Lovely rich colour combinations as well.
Don't forget the plants, all the evidence suggests that a happy home or office has greenery and at Design House Stockholm they have designed these chic greeneries for your most adored plants, allowing your most exotic of plants to be happily convinced they are still in the tropics. we might join them in there!
These are our highlights but there is so much much more to see. It is still on today for the last day at Granary Square, London and tickets can be purchased online https://thedesignjunction.co.uk/
Whilst we are talking about beautifully crafted wood products we also have our eye on this stunning drinks cabinet (or possibly a book case) by Ted Wood.
Sustainable and handcrafted to order... and the surface feels like silk.