Celebrating design

By Hannah Mellow on 3 November 2017

We're celebrating design with a #throwback post to September. It didn't just mark the start of autumn, it was a month where we visited Open House London, London Design Festival, Design Junction and the Knoll factory in Italy. We gained inspiration from people, buildings and work across the creative industry and have shared some of our highlights here.

Open House London (16th - 17th September)

Every year in London, for two days only, hundreds of private buildings are opened up to the public to celebrate architecture and interior design.

De Beauvoir Block: A new development of workspaces for the creative industry within characterful Victorian warehouse buildings in Hackney.

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Scenario House: The architects' Victorian house presented an opportunity to test their architectural methods and ‘practice what they preach’. The photo is of a climbing wall in the childrens’ bedroom.


Paxton Locher House: A modern courtyard house that makes use of its restricted site. A retractable glass roof brings in natural light and opens the house to the sky in dry weather.


London Design Festival (16th - 24th September)

London Design Festival (LDF) is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community.

Cliptomania: Stationery purveyors, Present & Correct, launched Cliptomania in their London showroom – a typology of 150 clips celebrating form and function. 


Pigeon Service: Kvadrat and Christien Meindertsma's Pigeon Service installation at Somerset House paid homage to the homing pigeons used for espionage during World War I.


PLANTPOT2017: Designer, Hello Marilu, hosted a ceramics workshop at Smug, a design-led boutique in Angel.


On Repeat: A slatted-timber pavilion was slotted between two buildings in Shoreditch to provide a retreat for people working locally. The Office Group and Universal Design Studio collaborated to build the temporary structure for the design festival.


Design Junction (21st - 24th September)

As a part of LDF each year, Design Junction is held in Granary Square, King's Cross. It connects over 200 brands with some of the world’s leading architects, interior designers, specifiers and buyers.

Villa Walala by Camille Walala: Walala's positivity, optimistic typography and bold use of pattern and colour transformed Granary Square in King's Cross. Her work draws on influences from the Memphis Movement, the Ndebele tribe and Victor Vasarely.


Gateways: Turkishceramics and Adam Nathaniel Furman collaborated on the design of this ceramic installation of four 4m-high and colourfully-tiled gates. The gates draw people to walk through them and experience the rich history of ceramics in Turkey.


Omkstak: OMK founder, Rodney Kinsman, re-launched some of his original retail furniture designs (including his Omkstak chair, T1 chair, Orbit mirror and Tokyo stool) at Design Junction this year. 


Knoll factory visit, Foglino, Italy (28th - 29th September)

Our interior designers, Jane and Pamela, were invited by Coexsistance and Knoll to visit the Knoll factory in Foglino, Italy. Here are some of their highlights from the trip...




And while they were out there, they also visited a heritage site in the town of Assisi.


Topics: interior design, furniture, september design month, design month, london design festival, ldf, design junction, ceramics, knoll factory, knoll foglino