Published on September 23, 2019

It’s a busy time to have a vested interest in interiors. No sooner had Maison & Objet wrapped in Paris than London Design Festival kicked off in full swing, gathering the best of the best in international design from September 14-22across the city. With exhibits popping up everywhere from the streets of Shoreditch to the Victoria and Albert Museum, it was sensory overload in a good way—and luckily, we have our Editor-in-Chief, Jessica Romm Perez, to walk us through it.

Over the course of a few days, Romm Perez bookmarked every technicolor textile (spoiler: there were a lot) and stopped by more than a few installations. The most notable: A Camille Walala-designed outdoor lounge situated smack in the middle of Mayfair on South Molton Street. 

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Photo by Jessica Romm Perez
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Photo by Jessica Romm Perez

While we unfortunately can’t take home one of Walala’s color-blocked benches, there were plenty of other moments from the festival that are a little more portable. Romm Perez shares her favorites:

The Vibrant Textiles

Pattern play has never looked brighter: “I spotted layered color combos and handwoven textiles by young British talent Lydia Forman on this vintage Ercol chair,” says Romm Perez. Head to Forman’s site to place a custom order. 

The Scalloped Rug

“The new rug collection by 2LG Studio for Floor Story is in the best pastel palette, and channels big Ettore Sottsass vibes,” says our EIC. Each one is hand-knotted in Nepal.

The Hardware Update

Wall dimmers may not be high on your list of accoutrements, but that’s because you haven’t seen The Conran Shop’s take. “The light switches come in shades inspired by Le Corbusier,” Romm Perez points out.

The Woven Chair

Kenyan designer Arjun Singh Assa is definitely one to watch—not least because of his incredible “Weave” armchair, which is meant to eliminate the excessive materials used in upholstery (no foam or fabric here). Keep checking his Instagram to be the first to know when he releases it for sale. “It feels like Marni’s outdoor collection meets vintage Danish modern design,” says Romm Perez.

The Paint Palette

“Plain English launched the coolest paint collection in collaboration with London design star—and former Domino decorating editor—Rita Konig,” says Romm Perez. Try the marigold yellow for a sunny kitchen update. 

The Dining Room Star

“I love everything, from the upholstery to the dining chairs, from Shoreditch-based SCP Design,” says Romm Perez. If she had to pick just one standout, it would be this brutalist table, whose design was actually a nod to wine barrels. 

Ready your wishlists; after all, holiday gifting season will be upon us before we know it. 

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