Every September, London becomes a design mecca for both the fashion and art worlds. In addition to London Fashion Week, which that just wrapped up, the influential London Design Festival is underway this week through September 22. An annual event for the last 11 years, the London Design Festival brings together the work of top designers across all genres from around the world to celebrate their ingenuity, beauty, and creativity. Every year, I look forward to following the exciting developments in interior, furniture, and architectural design!
One of the highlights for me was the exhibit by London designers Matteo Fogale & Laetitia de Allegri, who launched a new furniture collection for the Festival. The collection of furniture and tableware look like finely polished granite or marble, but are made entirely from recycled post-industrial scraps of denim, cotton and paper.
I love the clean lines and simple abstract shapes. The pieces remind me of Joan Miro paintings or a Calder mobile sculpture, whose work I admire very much. These would would work well in any minimalist modern space.
The elegant, organic shapes and compelling textures of works like the fruit bowl above are poetic in how they mimic natural materials, yet are entirely man-made. There is a flawless synthesis between practical and aesthetic elements.
Additionally, that they are made from reclaimed post-consumer and post-industrial waste demonstrates the beauty that can be achieved in sustainable design.
I encourage you to take a look at the London Design Festival, and let me know your favorites in the comments below!