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London Design Festival 2016


London Design Festival is over for another year, so we thought we would share a few of the things we found inspirational and that reflect the undercurrent of this year’s show.

Urban Splash

Brick Lane is a sea of colour, from Bengali bakeries, sweet shops and textile merchants to the swathes of east London’s finest street art. London Design Fair this year started its show on the streets and choreographed a collection of discordant and jarring seventies inspired colours placed amongst the graffiti. Cobalt blue, acidic brights, neon-perspex paired with natural pale wood grain was a heavily repeated theme.

Cobalt Blue

Blue in its purest cobalt punchiness was everywhere. Used as a zingy contrast against white, or as a mood lifter in more sombre Nordic room settings. At its best it was accented with black, offset against burnt dusty pink and given a shock with acid lemons.

Folds

Precise, layered crafted textures were also prominent. From the beautiful, silky, folded textiles on show in the China Pavilions, to the dark, twisted modern origami from Naomi Macintosh of Crafts Scotland.

Wood is Good

LDF was awash with pale wood in all its neutral glory. Birch, Ash and Pine were all prominent. Naturally oiled, naked, and stained were all used widely. From the majestic Danish Dinesenblonde planks forming the entrance desk at Design Junction, to the beautiful ‘Knall’ pendant light by Linnea Werme of Sweden’s Carl Malmsten Furniture Design Course – which offset raw, open grained pine with silky smooth surfaces.

Oiled and Stained

Rich, near black chocolate browns and inky black stained woods were everywhere. Beautifully pared back, modernist shaker forms from UK makers studio ‘headandhaft‘ along with the elegant minimalism of Lavitta, which is the first collection from Finnish studio Poiat were our favourites. 

Sugared Almonds

We love colour, and this lovely range from Ommo was a great example of the balance of form, function and fun. Slightly muted brights combined with crisp, folded forms and produced in a beautifully satin melamine and polypropylene.

This post is part of  more detailed colour, material and trend report looking at Domestic Interiors. If you would like a more detailed debrief then please drop us a line via hello@rodd.uk.com and we can set that up.

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As always, all images are on our Pinterest so please take a look.

Enjoy.


Daniel Farmer


Meet Dan, who is fresh out of south London, but returns to his native south coast having gained consultancy experience at both Seymour Powell and Curventa.
He has a rounded industrial design portfolio, working with both corporate and start-ups, a fresh face with a can-do attitude.
Dan is the first in a series of new hires and joins us to strengthen our industrial design offering.

INSIGHT | IFA 2016 Review


We travelled to Berlin and IFA 2016 which, for those that don’t know, is the place to be for the ‘what’s new’ and ‘what’s next’ of global consumer electronics and home appliance giants.

Here are our top three take-outs:

Virtual Reality/ It has been around for a while but this year showed that VR is here to stay, even if you are a sceptic there is no doubt that the immersive experience is something to behold. Whilst the value proposition is yet to be fully explored, there was no doubt that this was this year’s BIG thing.

Connected Home/ Coming to a fridge door near you! Whilst the Asian power houses had a singular fridge-centric view of the connected home experience, many of the major players showcased comprehensive connected home solutions.

Green Juice/ Building on the celebrity endorsed green juice phenomenon this year saw a rebirth of ‘slow juicers’. In terms of Home Appliance, ‘Slow Juicing’ is on the rise with many leading brands extolling it’s virtues, along with electric spiralizers and what now seems mandatory, the kitchen ‘robot’.

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