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October 7, 2013
The annual London Design Festival attracts both emerging and established creatives, who gather each fall to present their latest creations. Here, we pull together the key shapes, themes and materials seen across Britain's capital city.
Darkroom Ettore Sottsass London Design Festival 2013 trends Memphis patterns
Modern Memphis Loud patterns, geometric shapes and clashing colors brought a postmodern feel to this year's London Design Festival. A Festival highlight, London store Darkroom dedicated its new season collection to the post modern era, with home and fashion accessories inspired by Italian design hero Ettore Sottsass.
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Nathalie Du Pasquier Memphis HAY Sebastian Wrong London Design Festival 2013 trends pattern
Danish brand HAY has delved into Memphis designer Nathalie Du Pasquier's archive to reissue a series of printed cotton textiles as part of its Wrong for HAY collection. Here is Sebastian Wrong's Curve chair upholstered in a bold blue, green white and black pattern called Ice.
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Cristian Zuzunaga designjunction blankets Memphis pattern London Design Festival 2013 trends
Over at independent trade show designjunction, the bold color combinations of Barcelona-born, London-based Cristian Zuzunaga's Labyrinth blankets caught our eye.
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Postmodern Memphis Vera & Kyte bookends shelving wall storage London Design Festival 2013 trends
Young Norwegian design studio Vera & Kyte presented a playfully postmodern collection of geometric bookends that combine granite and bold blocks of colorful lacquered steel.
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More of the Memphis-inspired collection of pedestal tables in granite and stainless steel by Vera & Kyte.
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Schneid Eikon lamp ash wood pendant lamp London Design Festival 2013 trends
Stylish Stacks Colorful components were stacked together into modern totems to create one-of-a kind lighting, furniture and accessories. German designers Schneid presented the Eikon lamps, turned-ash pendants with interchangeable metal shades that are simply attached with magnets.
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Inger Steinnes Dupla cake stand London Design Festival 2013 trends
Specially developed by Norwegian designer Inger Steinnes for the café at the Norwegian National gallery, the ceramic components of the Dupla cake stand can be stacked together in different combinations to create unique cake stand compositions.
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Studio Jon Male upcycling Rebay floor lamps London Design Festival 2013 trends
Made up of old glass shades sourced through eBay, Studio Jon Male's up-cycled Rebay floor lamps made for an impressive display at TENT London
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Gavin Coyle wooden Jac table London Design Festival 2013 trends
Decorative Wood Intricate inlays, colorful resins and cleverly cut timbers were spotted on the stands of both established and emerging designers. The Douglas Fir used to make Gavin Coyle's Jac tables is sawn and stacked together in a carefully constructed sequence that transforms the timber's annual growth rings into a decorative feature.
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JO Nagasaka wood resin table Established & Sons London Design Festival 2013 trends
A thick coat of resin provides a tactile tabletop on one of Japanese architect Jo Nagasaka's new pigmented resin pieces for Brit brand Established & Sons.
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Lightning and Kinglyface wood inlay tables London Design Festival 2013 trends
London-based designers Lightning and Kinglyface presented a collection of three tables made from a variety of exotic hardwoods, including Zebrawood from West Africa and Tiger Fig from Brazil. Called Zebra, Tiger, and Larch, the table's tops each feature an intricate geometric inlay pattern.
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Rodrigo Bravo copper vessels London Design Festival 2013 trend
Brass and Copper In keeping with the fall season, lighting and accessories made from polished brass and copper finishes provided warm accents across London Design Festival's exhibitions and trade shows. Copper is a plentiful natural resource in Chile, which is why Santiago-based design studio Bravo chose to create its beautifully crafted new line of 'Base' storage vessels from Chilean copper and locally-sourced wood.
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Alexander Mulligan brass Sol Light London Design Festival 2013 trend
Inspired by Brazilian modernist architecture, the precise lines of Alexander Mulligan's Sol Light are crafted from laser cut and folded brass.
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Alex Meitlis brass tabletop accessories Hazorfim London Design Festival 2013 trends
Over at 100% Design, architect Alex Meitlis launched a new sculptural collection of polished brass accessories for silversmiths, Hazorfim.
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David Derksen TENT London Design Festival copper pendant lighting trends 2013
At the TENT London exhibition in east London, Dutch Designer David Derksen exhibited a collection of multi-faceted Copper Lights made from etched and folded copper sheets.
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Vitamin pendant lamps incandescent bulbs LED 2013 trends London Design Festival
Feature Filaments Even though LED has taken center stage in lighting design over the past several years, it was once again the humble incandescent bulb that featured in three new pendant lights launched at the show. An incandescent bulb shines out from within a smoked-grey, hand blown glass shade and conical wire frame on the Hooked Pendant Lamp by London studio Vitamin.
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Buster + Punch filament Edison bulb pendant lamp London Design Festival 2013 trends
British brand Buster + Punch showcased a line of beautiful bulbs that replicate the old Edison filaments. Designed to be exposed, the bulbs are available in spiral and teardrop shapes and look particularly good when teamed with Vitamin's lamps (previous slide).
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Mark Douglas Melbourne glass pendant lamps London Design Festival 2013 trends
Over on the Australian Pavilion at 100% Design, Melbourne-based designer Mark Douglas exhibited a line of two-toned blown glass pendant lamps fitted with incandescent bulbs.
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Darkroom Ettore Sottsass London Design Festival 2013 trends Memphis patterns
Modern Memphis Loud patterns, geometric shapes and clashing colors brought a postmodern feel to this year's London Design Festival. A Festival highlight, London store Darkroom dedicated its new season collection to the post modern era, with home and fashion accessories inspired by Italian design hero Ettore Sottsass.

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