The london design festival – five favorite designers from design junction


My Fall began with a wonderful 6-day trip with MODENUS BlogTour to the London Design Festival, an almost overwhelming citywide, design extravaganza with hundreds of venues exhibiting the latest and greatest that lasts 2 weeks.  Today I focus on Design Junction, set in the old sorting postal office on New Oxford Street – the perfect industrial setting with 3 floors of the coolest international brands of furniture and lighting.



But that was not all.  Laufen Bathrooms invited us to a culinary diversion at Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa pop-up restaurant at the venue.  That was one delicious place and a gastronomic highlight of the trip.

And while the venue was chuck-full of design, I always scout these places for items that are beautiful, perfectly thought through and immaculately made.  And so my eye was largely captured by novel lighting design, with a couple of innovative and fun furniture pieces to boot.



More in line with my general polished aesthetic, but still contemporary and very luxurious, are the lighting fixtures from London-based CTO Lighting.  I particularly am in love with their wall sconces – the Abstract of satin brass (or nickel) that is adjustable – first photo – and the Pierre (above), also in satin brass with a linen shade.  I would buy any of these for myself!



Another showstopper for me was the lighting from Atelier Areti (2 above), founded in London in 2008 by two very eager, enthusiastic, curious and humble sister designer/owners.  This is precisely the type of designer that I like to encourage.  With that spark in their eyes, I know they will do very well.  Two designs I dig are the Periscope, with its moveable globe and the Up-Down pendant light  – two modern fixtures that were a delight to see.



From Norway, Northern Lighting had more in the way of interesting lighting pieces.  To my liking, the Seed reading light was fresh and interesting, maneuvered by sticking your finger in the loop for adjustment.



Batting for the home team, London-based Innermost (below), a lighting and furniture design laboratory, showed the Portland pendants by James Bartlett, looking like blocks of raw cement playfully brought to life by the coloring in their interior and the Poke Stacking stools.  The latter are perfect for a child’s playroom!



And my last pick, was the Sway stool from Switzerland designed by Burkhard Vogtherr.  The standing seat is height-adjustable, swivels and also inclines.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve broken 4-legged chairs with the bad habit of rolling onto the front 2 legs or 2 back legs while seated! (I have since weaned myself off THAT habit). The Sway gives you enough support to sit there and fidget in pure comfort without hurting yourself (or the chair).



richard rabel
richard rabel: interiors + art
interior design and art advising
new york city

image credits (from top to bottom): CTO Lighting (wall sconce); Barbecoa; CTO Lighting (wall sconce); Atelier Areti (pendant lights – 2); Northern Lighting (reading light – 2); Innemost (Portland pendant); Richard Rabel (stacking stool); Girsberger (stool).