From the 21st to 24th September London invites the international design community to the 2017 London Design Fair in Shoreditch. Bringing together the largest collection of exhibitions, designers, brands, country pavilions and galleries, the fair invites guest to showcase their best work.
Here at DesignCurial we can’t wait, so in hot anticipation we have compiled a list of what is not to be missed at this year’s fair.
- Guest country USA, Assembly: Sight Unseen brings the best of the US to London Design Fair
Following the success of last year’s first Guest Country Pavilion: ‘This is India’, this year the Design Fair have chosen to shine a spotlight on the USA. ‘Assembly’ will be curated by Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov, founders of the pioneering online magazine Sight Unseen. They have decided to focus on the resurgent US design scene and plan to bring together 13 independent US designers. One of which is Fernando Mastrangelo. Mastrangelo is a sculptor and designer who works with everyday materials such as salt, coffee, sand and glass to create unique furniture pieces, balancing the rugged with the refined.
Finland: Finnish Form
Curated by east London style and culture magazine, ALVAR, Finnish Form will bring together a selection of Finnish brands.One of those brands includes Hakola, a third generation family business that creates Nordic inspired wares. Based on Finnish tradition, Hakola uses local materials to create its designs. Alongside Hakola, celebrated Finnish company, littala, will be showcasing its work. Littala is renowned for its long lasting design. Since it’s humble beginnings as a glass factory in 1881, the company has worked with famous names such as Kaj Franck and Alvar Aalto.
Poland: City of Lódz
Lódz Design Festival is a huge deal in Poland and is organised by Lódz Art Centre, one of the country’s largest international art centres. ‘Poland: The City of Lódz’ brings a number of design pieces from Polish studio’s aiming to reflect the industrial city’s influential design credentials. Vola will be a part of the Polish Pavilion this year. The company beautifully embellish glass and porcelain to create some truly special crafts.
Scotland: Craft & Design Pavilion
Hynd and Halliday
Craft Scotland and Emergents return to the London Design Fair for the second year running. Their pavilion will showcase a range of talented designers working with ceramics, lighting, glass, mixed media, furniture and textiles.Design and textile duo Hynd and Halliday will be presenting their projects that combine ceramics, leather and metal with good design to create some stunning pieces.
- British Craft Pavilion
Forest + Found
Making a welcome return to the fair, The British Craft Pavilion brings a full spectrum of talent including various crafts and specialities. The Pavilion will be curated by London craft magazine Hole & Corner. Julia Jarvis, Events Curator at Hole & Corner magazine said: "We are delighted to have been invited by the London Design Fair to curate the second edition of the British Craft Pavilion.Together, we have selected a range of talented makers across disciplines, including furniture, textiles, leather, print and ceramics, with the aim to create a lively and interactive hub that represents contemporary Britishbased makers."
The Pavilion will include work from Stoke-on-Trent-based ceramicist Reiko Kaneko and East London Studio, Forest + Found, who but an investigative spin on traditional craft making.