Best in Show

It is during September that we designers don our comfortable flat shoes, bag our notebooks and pocket cameras and get set to tour the London Design Festival trade shows. There is a vast array across the city and it is difficult to pick and choose if one is to carry on any semblance of a normal working life, but ooh, is it exciting! There is nothing better than coming across a new find, either a product or a fledgling company, and this year did not disappoint. So, from visiting 100% Design, Decorex and Focus, I bring you my favourites. Starting with Merian Palm wallpaper from Timorous Beasties. What a show stopper!timorousbeasties_Merian%20Palm__1412164565_82_44_156_71 I fell for the new luxurious range of upholstery from Talisman, a company I already adore for its groovy antiques, and in particular their Swivel Love Chair. How could one walk past without taking the weight off ones feet?Swivel%20Lovechair_Talisman__1412167151_82_44_156_71 An interesting and elegant bench that would sit beautifully alone in an unadorned corner comes from Slow Wood, based in Milan, where I cut my teeth in interior design. Introducing the D.R.D.P. I forgot to ask what the letters stood for!DRDP-Slow Wood I was thrilled to come across Blackpop, a wallpaper and fabric design company relatively new to the interior design scene. In particular I was really taken with Duprez. Duprez_wallpaper%20by%20Blackpop__1412164429_82_44_156_71Lighting is an area of particular interest to me, and I found a great example in the Pugil floor lamp from Bert Frank. BERT%20FRANK%20PUGIL%20S__1412167831_82_44_156_71A cheeky little addition to my picks is the Milo from Lightovo. A pendant light and greenhouse rolled into one for fun.LightovoPenultimate pick is the Angel dining chair from Tom Faulkner, a beauty finished in bronze. Still a prototype, but shown here with the Angel Table.Angel table & chairsAnd, leaving the First Prize til last, is the 17 branch chandelier from Gtable. Swoon……Chandelier%20Gtable__1412163701_82_44_156_71My feet ached, but it was worth it.