The best of London Design Festival

This September, designers, architects, interior designers and design lovers gathered in London to celebrate the city as the capital of design.

Design showcases, installations, product launches took place all over the city at the London Design Festival.

RotaGiorgino, interior designer and architectural studio based in London, Luxembourg and Milan, had an extensive look around London Design Festival for the whole week, and here below you can see what caught our eye.

The first stop was our favourite gallery in London, Gallery Fumi.

Coloured vases at Gallery Fumi Interiors

Max Lamb’s exhibition at Gallery Fumi

The event was for the opening of the URUSHI Wajima, an exhibition of new work by Max Lamb for Gallery FUMI.

The oldest urushi object is about 9,000 years old and was found in Hokkaido, Japan.

Urushi is a Japanese technique that applies coats of lacquer that are then perfected by a final polishing, which gives the inimitable shine of urushi.

Max Lamb applied this technique to some objects such as tables, stools, bookshelf, cabinets… and many other objects that we look forward to specifying in our interior design projects in London.

Laquered coloured vases
Max Lamb’s exhibition at Gallery Fumi

On a Tuesday we continued our London Design Festival visiting Salvatori, highly known for its transformation of stone into beautiful and surprising textures.

In their amazing showroom in London, which has great interiors, they hosted a discussion between John Pawson and Kuchar Swara.

A great evening immersed in outstanding design pieces by Salvatori and a great inspiration for the best interior designers and architects in London.

Marble wall with textures

Salvatori Showroom 

Marble hooks

Marble hooks at Salvatori Showroom 

Marble design objects

Marble accessories at Salvatori Showroom 

Marble shelves

Colonnata by Piero Lissoni at Salvatori Showroom 

On Wednesday during the day we visited 100% design.

Definitely not a fair comparable to the bigger European cousin Salone del Mobile in Milan, but it was still useful for our interior design projects.

Here, it was great to stop by Haberdashery, the London based lighting designer.

We could appreciate great products such as the innovative Dusk to Dawn and the outstanding After Dark, both part of the Evoke Collection.

Modern dark lights

Dusk to Dawn by Haberdashery

In the evening we visited The Conran Shop which was hosting a party for the LDF.

The Conran Shop joined forces with contemporary art gallerists Hauser & Wirth to present a curated edit of works from both institutions’ indomitable roster of artists and designers.

Always a pleasure, visiting such a creative shop with all its iconic design pieces ranging from Knoll, to Vitra, to Artek, to Cassina and many others.

All great pieces to compliment any modern interior design scheme and perfect one stop shop for interior designers in Mayfair.

The Conran Shop table and window

Hauser & Wirth Installation 

Table inside the conran shop

Hauser & Wirth Installation 

We also managed a quick visit to the Artemide showroom.

The Italian lighting manufacturer is definitely one of our highly specified lighting fittings in our architecture and interior design projects.

The masterpieces pieces like Nessino, Alfa, Arrival, Callimaco, Chimera… are always some of our favourites pieces.

Artemide window shop in London

Artemide shop window

White tube light in letters by Artemide

Artemide tube lights

The following day was a busy day meeting most of our London clients and discussing their interior design and architectural projects.

We then dedicated the evening uniquely to events around the Brompton Road Area, where the best shops and showrooms for interior designers in Kensington and in London are.

Our first stop was in Chelsea, at the Saatchi Gallery for I-MADE, the first exhibition in London solely dedicated to Italian design. I-MADE will highlight exceptional design, quality and inspiration from Italy, but showcasing pieces which are perfect for interior design schemes worldwide.

The list of designers, interior designers, and architects exhibiting their prices included big names such as Cappellini, Patricia Urquiola, Jasper Morrison and renowned brands such as Cassina, Poltronova, Driade, DePadova, Molteni, Flexform and many others.

Face shaped chair in red

Poltrona Nemo by Fabio Novembre

Coloured rug

CC Tapis rug by Patricia Urquiola

Dusk in London

Saatchi Gallery in London 

We then moved to the South Kensington area, around Brompton road, where there were events in some of the greatest showrooms, such as DePadova, Boffi, B&B Italia, Cassina, and many others, which all became the place to be for interior designers and architects in London.

Another amazing and inspiring installation and design worth to mention was Lee Broom’s Kaleidoscope Installation.

Definitely a very positive and inspiring week here in London, very useful for our interior design project in Knightsbridge which is due to completion soon.

Interior design showroom in Chelsea

Interiors of DePadova Showroom in Chelsea

Lighting installation

Kaleidoscopia Installation by Lee Broom 




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