Key Trends from 2013 London Design Festival

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October 7, 2013
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  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.
    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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  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.
    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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  Over at independent trade show designjunction, the bold color combinations of Barcelona-born, London-based Cristian Zuzunaga's Labyrinth blankets caught our eye.
    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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  Young Norwegian design studio Vera & Kyte presented a playfully postmodern collection of geometric bookends that combine granite and bold blocks of colorful lacquered steel.
    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.
    More of the Memphis-inspired collection of pedestal tables in granite and stainless steel by Vera & Kyte.
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  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.
    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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  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.
    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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  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
    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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  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.
    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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  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.
    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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  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.
    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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  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.
    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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  Inspired by Brazilian modernist architecture, the precise lines of Alexander Mulligan's Sol Light are crafted from laser cut and folded brass.
    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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  Over at 100% Design, architect Alex Meitlis launched a new sculptural collection of polished brass accessories for silversmiths, Hazorfim.
    Over at 100% Design, architect Alex Meitlis launched a new sculptural collection of polished brass accessories for silversmiths, Hazorfim.
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  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.
    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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  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.
    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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  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).
    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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  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.
    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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