LDF2011: Designer’s Block

Well, what a week it’s been: first appearing in Heart Home magazine, the UK’s first digital interiors publication (more on that later – but I’m on p78!) then a wonderful week of London Design Festival madness. My brain is overloaded to bursting point and my flat is overflowing with complementary canvas tote bags, but I shall endeavour to bring you my highlights of all the shows I’ve visited this last week.

First up, Designer’s Block. Set in Clerkenwell’s amazing Farmiloe Building (a former Victorian iron and glass merchants now used as a location space and recently featured in Batman Begins) the space was something of a macabre playground of never-ending spaces, providing a perfect foil for some of the more experimental pieces from show week. Also tucked away in a room up top was design authority Barbara Chandler. An interiors journalist and long-time photographer, she launched her first photobook, Love London, earlier this month, and has even collaborated with ceramics lovelies The New English to emblazon some of her most iconic images onto an array of plates and pots. Unfortunately all my photos of that were way too blurry to post so do click through the links, but here’s my less-fuzzy highlights of everything else:

Top three pics: student work from recent graduates of Sangmyung University, Seoul. Neon “lashed” chairs, Ornella Stocco. Bottom, “Mom’s” Bowl by Gayeun Kim / Jaewoo Kim / Boram Choi

Knit stools, Claire Anne O’Brien. Are You Sitting Comfortably? cushions, Imogen Luddy. Neon light, Charlie Sekers.  Incandescent Yolk bulbs, Chris Stoneman. Ceramic creatures and flowers, Malene Hartmann Rasmussen.

Cross Stitch table and tableware, Imogen Luddy (complete with my co-incidentally co-ordinating shoe peeking in). Salt and pepper shaker (bottom), Munire Kirmaci for Munirek.

Printed chair, Fernando Mialski. Tables, Samuel Sheard. Light frames, Donna Walker Design.

Amazing chandelier by Nottingham Trent graduate Nadine Spencer 

Upcycled chairs, Jo Gibbs. Mama light by Moon-Jung Kim. “Show-off” cabinet/coat tree and “Wedgehog” door wedge, Taylored by Edward Taylor.

{All images copyright Joanna Thornhill}


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About Joanna Thornhill

Freelance Interior Stylist, Author, Writer and Crafter working for a range of magazine titles and commercial clients. Author of Home for Now (CICO Books 2014)

One response to “LDF2011: Designer’s Block”

  1. debra finn says :


    Designers Block was certainly my highlight for the LDF – you seem to have pictured most of my favourites here. What a great collection of talent was packaged in that awe inspiring building. Thanks for letting me relive what was a most enjoyable afternoon.


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