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Our 35 Favorite Finds at the 2019 London Design Festival

The start of the London Design Festival always makes us a bit nostalgic — first because it heralds the end of summer and start of fall, and second because we can’t help thinking back to our early days as design journalists, when London’s biggest up-and-comers had formed a supergroup called Okay Studio whose shows almost singlehandedly made LDF one of our favorite fairs of the year. Of course there’s still a lot to discover at each year’s festival, we just have to work harder to discover it all; this year we combed through images from dozens of exhibitions and launches to ferret out the works we were most excited about, from rainbow tables to iconic reissues to lots and lots (and lots) of wavy furniture. Check out all of our picks below.2019_09_16_T+T18304 2019_09_16_T+T18215 2019_09_16_T+T18242

Theodora Alfreðsdóttir and Tino Seubert

Tino Seubert and Theodora Alfreðsdóttir have joined forces to curate a show at 19 Greek Street that includes their new collaborative lighting series, Corrugation (pictured above and at top), plus paintings by Fabrice Lachant and their own past work.
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Studio La Cube

The Madrid duo Studio La Cube debuted charmingly wonky floor lights called Untitled Pink at Mint Gallery.
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Max Lamb at Gallery Fumi

For his Urushi Wajima exhibition at Gallery Fumi, Max Lamb worked with more than 22 Japanese urushi lacquer artisans to create high-gloss tables, cabinets, stools, and bowls. LDF_MDR_Hem_HouseOfCards LDF_MDR_Hem_HouseOfCards2

Bertjan Pot for MDR x Hem

Joining Modern Design Review‘s accessories collection for Hem is The Incredible House of Cards, a decorative object by Bertjan Pot. LDF_VernerPanton2 LDF_VernerPanton1 LDF_VernerPanton3 LDF_VernerPanton4

Verpan

Verpan, the Danish producer dedicated to Verner Panton reissues, has just released the Reflect light, the Hive light, and the Flex chair based on previously unrealized drawings found in the Panton archive. LDF_MAH_Dello_PhotoBenAnders1 LDF_MAH_Dello_PhotoBenAnders2 LDF_MAH_Dello_PhotoBenAnders3 LDF_MAH_Dello_PhotoBenAnders4

M.A.H. x Dello Studio

Modern Art Hire, the art rental service we profiled recently on Sight Unseen, commissioned Dello Studio to create a series of one-off furniture pieces “inspired by an unlikely marriage between Greek and Roman architecture and The Flintstones, then create an installation around them for its Shoreditch showroom. LDF_SellaConcept_Huckletree_GenevieveLutkin30 LDF_SellaConcept_Huckletree_GenevieveLutkin31 LDF_SellaConcept_Huckletree_GenevieveLutkin29

Public Hall by Sella Concept

Being unveiled during LDF is a new coworking space created by Sella Concept inside an 1884 historical building in Westminster. LDF_Adorno_Turkey_StudioKonstantin1 LDF_Adorno_Turkey_StudioKonstantin3Studio Konstantin / Turkey LDF_Adorno_Turkey_BuketHoscanBazmanBuket Hoscan Bazman / Turkey LDF_Adorno_Mexico_Ayres3 LDF_Adorno_Mexico_Ayres1Ayres / Mexico LDF_Adorno_Belgium_studioplastique2 LDF_Adorno_Belgium_studio plastique 1Studio Plastique / Belgium LDF_Adorno_Switzerland_AdrienRoveroAdrien Rovero / Switzerland LDF_Adorno_Finland_Merit Milla Vaahtera_Mobile No. 49Merit Milla Vaahtera / Finland LDF_Adorno_Italy_Draga&Aurel_TransparencyMatters_PhotobyGiulioBoemDraga & Aurel / Italy LDF_Adorno_France_CharlotteJuilard_IntiMirrorPink-LDCharlotte Juilard / France

Adorno Crossovers exhibition

The Danish online design gallery Adorno put its program of location-specific design exhibitions on overdrive for this year’s LDF, presenting collections from not one but 10 different countries.LDF_LegacyProject_MaxLamb LDF_LegacyProject_RawEdges

Legacy Project

The American Hardwood Council and Benchmark furniture asked 10 designers to create a legacy piece — “an object of personal or professional relevance that they would like to pass on to a family member or the institution they lead” — out of American red oak. Max Lamb (above top) made a valet for the director of the Tate, and Raw Edges (above below) made a bookstand for the Whitechapel Gallery.LDF_Foscarini2 LDF_Foscarini1

Foscarini

Foscarini has turned its new Mix&Match series of blown glass lamps into an exhibition called Metaphysics, at Oneroom Gallery in Shoreditch. LDF_Mint_RAW_A Space_The Source 1 LDF_Mint_RAW_A Space_The Source 3 LDF_Mint_RAW_Jesper Erikson_Coal 2

RAW at Mint Gallery

Mint’s LDF exhibition this year is called RAW, focusing on projects that incorporate sustainable practices or materials in some way — including A Space‘s forms made from volcanic rock (above top) and Jesper Eriksson‘s coal furniture (above bottom).LDF_MLXL-Alpi-George-21 LDF_MLXL-Alpi-George-16

M-L-X-L x Alpi

In addition to curating an exhibition of designer-made masks at SEEDS gallery, M-L-XL is also debuting a new table there, made by sandwiching together sheets of discarded Alpi wood and adding a bumpy carved edge as a playful reference to Nakashima.LDF_Uruguay_ToscaLDF_Uruguay_MarcosVillalba LDF_Uruguay_EstudioDiario2 LDF_Uruguay_EstudioDiario

Poetic Forms

Matteo Fogale has once again curated a show of Uruguayan design for LDF, this one inviting 9 young studios to each interpret a poem by Juana de Ibarbourou, including Claro (terra cotta vases), Tosca (mirror) and Diario (wooden vanity objects). Relay Design Agency_Arcade Collection #01_London Design Festival 2019_Image Credit Plastiques Photography_Lewis Ronald 05 HAHA_studio_Rainbow_Lamp Arcade Collection_Silo Studio_Shelf_white

Arcade Collection

The Relay Design Agency — which promotes the work of other furniture and lighting brands — for the first time released its own collection of objects, commissioned from some of our favorite designers: Attua Aparicio, Robin Grasby, HAHA Studio (lamp above), Jochen Holz, Richard Healy, and Silo Studio (bookshelf above).
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Calico Wallpaper

At SCP, Calico Wallpaper launched Prism, made by collaging various photographs of prisms bouncing rainbows of light onto the wall. LDF_WANGAN_T_QRT_01LDF_WANGAN_T_QRT_03

Wangan

The Istanbul interiors studio Wangan launched its first collection of furniture; we liked this Three Quarter Lamp made from stamped metal.

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MONOLOGUE LONDON

To celebrate its 5th anniversary, the London shop debuted its first-ever in-house design, the Solar Table, as well as an exclusive yellow and blue edition of Federica Elmo’s Ondamarmo table for Bloc Studios.