London Design Festival 2022: 18 design moments we loved


Barber Osgerby x Fredericia

Design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby lent their industrial design flair to Danish furniture brand Fredericia for the Blueprint collection, which includes minimalist and versatile chairs and tables that take into account the circular economy. The tables, for example, are topped with Kvadrat’s Really Textile table tops, which recycle textile waste, and rest on black brushed steel bases that can be easily deconstructed.


The “First Impression” exhibition at the Charles Burnand gallery

Photograph courtesy of Charles Burnard

“First impression”

Although the collectible design pieces that typically appear at Charles Burnand, such as Linda Boronkay’s alluring veiled chair in silk velvet and cast bronze, were on display, Fitzrovia Gallery’s “First Impression” group show was ultimately a bold start. Glass works were the star, such as the tonal stacked sculptures of Dawn Bendick, the fantastically blown pieces of Fredrik Nielsen and the slender, underwater creations of Binghui Song, a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art.

A tree at the SCP

Modern furniture brand SCP has converted part of its Shoreditch showroom into an exhibition for One Tree, the enduring effort sparked by the discovery by SCP founder Sheridan Coakley that one of the trees in his garden was succumbing to ash dieback, a chronic fungal disease. Rather than chopping down the tree, he invited designers and artists to craft unique objects from it, resulting in such organic marvels as the loveseat turned into a trunk by Faye Toogood, a three-seater bench by Wilkinson & Rivera and side tables sculpted by Sarah Kay that illuminate rich grain variations.

Side tables by Sarah Kay, part of SCP’s One Tree collection

Photo: Robbie Wallace

Icon of the 1950s, the Van Cleef & Arpels Zip necklace is honored in the new Design Museum exhibition dedicated to the French jeweller.

Photograph courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels

To discover at the Design Museum

After this summer’s Tiffany exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, the Design Museum in Kensington today delves into the poetic jewelry collections that have defined Van Cleef & Arpels since the house was founded in 1906. Passing through Shenzhen, China , “The Art of Movement , Van Cleef & Arpels” (on view until October 20) captures grace in pieces that draw inspiration from nature, dance, couture and abstract movement. The uplifting vibe continues in “Yinka Ilori: Parables for Happiness” (until June 25), an excerpt from the British Nigerian designer’s colorful universe shaped by his West African roots.


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