London Design Festival 2014

It’s that time of year which we have been eagerly awaiting here at Design Clarity. Now in it’s 12th year, and after the success of London Design Week last year, the design team in our London studio went to check out world-renowned design destinations Super Brands & Tent, and Design Junction held last week.

Now in its 4th year, Design Junction has fast become a must stop destination during London Design Festival. The previously derelict building which Design Junction occupies had laid dormant for 10 years before it opened its doors in the Old Sorting Office in Holborn. It’s a fantastic space and really sets a great scene for a show, which we feel stands out above the rest. Both Design Junction and the shows Tent & Super Brands located in the Old Truman Brewery are a great chance for us to get out and marvel at some of the latest developments in the design world.

Take a look at some of our observations within some key emerging trend categories from this year’s design festival…

Material trends have continued to evolve this year with the same general principle of honest and natural or unfinished aesthetics remaining at the heart of what we saw.
Copper is still present but has evolved into additional warm metallic hues such as brass and gold.
Smink Thinks range of hand-cut tiles with screen-printed glazes and digitally printed wallpapers because of the company’s use of traditional processes combined with modern technology,
The General: To celebrate the year of the bus, TFL formed an exclusive collaboration with the East London Liquor Company to create a London transport inspired restaurant space. Menus were shown on digital bus stop screens and walls were covered with large vintage transport maps.
Paul Smith for Anglepoise: Paul Smith’s latest venture has been to design a special edition Anglepoise using the classic Type75. It features his usual colourful approach highlighting individual mechanical components in the iconic lamp’s design.