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Design Geekery; Home London

Katie investigates London's newest interiors show...

Design Geekery; Home London

Bright, happy colours and things designed to make you smile were prominent too – perhaps also in reaction to all the doom and gloom out there in the real world...

There’s a new design show in town. Showcasing interior accessories, lighting and occasional furniture, Home London launched at Earl’s Court on 15th January and started 2012’s design calendar with a bang.

With show director and co-founder of 100% Design and TENT London, Ian Rudge, at the helm, you’d expect nothing less. It’s a small show, but rather than feeling like it lacked anything, it just felt incredibly well edited.

And the atmosphere was almost serene; calm yet inspiring – what more could you want from a design show?

Here are a few of my favourite things…

Design Geekery; Home London

Soft, comfortable and cosy is definitely a key trend for these recessionary times, and warm winter blankets were everywhere. Grey is clearly still a big colour too – or maybe I just see it everywhere because I love it!

  1. Selection of three grey blankets from Foxford
  2. Bronte blankets
  3. Donna Wilson’s new blankets for SCP
  4. Zeena bird motif blanket (I spotted Zeena’s work at Craft Central a few weeks back, so it was great to see her here too.)
Design Geekery; Home London

Bright, happy colours and things designed to make you smile were prominent too – perhaps also in reaction to all the doom and gloom out there in the real world. For now, I’m more than happy to inhabit this little world instead!

  1. Rainbow brights from Koziol – and you can’t argue with a strap line like “better design, bigger smile”
  2. Another new product from Donna Wilson; launched at the show. With an invitation like that, who could refuse to help with the drying up?
  3. More lovely products from Zeena
  4. And you couldn’t have a ‘colourful and happy’ selection without including Jonathan Adler – on fine form as always.
Design Geekery; Home London

There was also a lot of retro glassware around and these products from iittala and wireworks particularly caught my eye. I hadn’t come across wireworks before, and their products seem really well thought through in terms of functionality and aesthetic, so definitely worth a look.

  1. iittala glass bowls (stocked at Skandium)
  2. wireworks glass domes with wood or metal base
  3. wireworks storage jars that can be opened with one hand – genius!
  4. More iittala glass bowls, viewed from above (stocked at Skandium)
Design Geekery; Home London

Finally in no particular order, I also loved…

  1. Rob Ryan’s height chart for SCP “the village grew into a town and the town grew into a whole city…”
  2. wireworks again, this time with a gorgeous Scandinavian-inspired bathroom accessories set – I love the combination of wood, grey and white used here
  3. More Scandinavian style, this time from Design Stockholm House, stocked at Skandium
  4. And just a little bit more from Donna Wilson – sorry! But it was my favourite stand, and I do love her work.

Overall I was very impressed with Home and look forward to it becoming a regular event on the design calendar.

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