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Design from Across the Globe

Updated: Feb 12, 2020

The London Design Fair 2019 presented an inspirational, hand-picked line-up of superlative contemporary design, offering visitors a truly absorbing and informative experience.

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The highly creative exposition will once again transform the much loved Old Truman Brewery into a thrilling centre of original, innovative and aesthetic design.

Housed under one impressive roof, this year’s Fair will host an extensive range of brands, global country pavilions, and a fresh edit of new components. International design collaboration Adorno will present Crossovers, a showcase of dynamic works selected by ten curators from ten countries, in what is billed as ‘a cross-cultural collectible design journey’.

Crossovers celebrate those global designers and communities around the world fighting to keep local design and craft alive. The International Craft Pavilion will make its debut at the Fair, taking the place of the British Craft Pavilion. Established just three years ago, the British Craft Pavilion became the must-see exhibit for high-end craft during the London Design Festival.

In 2019, the newly named International Craft Pavilion responds to a call for the greater global representation of craft.

An entirely new element of this year’s Fair is The Bathroom Gallery. In partnership with ELLE Decoration UK, this bespoke exhibition will spotlight some of the world’s foremost bathroom brands, including Laufen and Roca. Now in its third year at London Design Festival, creative lighting exhibition [d]arc room has a new home at the Fair. With a dedicated hall on the 19-22 September 2019

Old Truman Brewery

Old Truman Brewery’s second floor, [d]arc room—a creative undertaking by arc and darc magazines—understands the necessity for brands to show lighting in an imaginative way.

Using pods, lighting products will be presented in a pared down manner, helping visitors to better understand the utility of architectural and decorative lighting. In addition, ‘[d]arc room: live’ promises an amazing array of speakers, talking about a variety of lighting-related subjects. Moreover, ‘[d]arc room: workshops’ will offer an interactive, hands-on series of workshops in which participants can get to grips with the most recent issues in lighting technology.

Very much looking forward to the Fair, Jimmy MacDonald, Founder and Director of London Design Fair, remarks: ‘This year we have been exploring elements not yet adequately incorporated into the either London Design Festival or the London Design Fair. We are launching The Bathroom Gallery, a curated exhibition in partnership with ELLE Decoration UK, and we will host the [d]arc room lighting exhibit—two extremely well edited and executed trade elements. I’m also excited about Crossovers, the collectable design exhibition by

Adorno: ten curators from ten countries with sixty pieces—wow!’


The London Design Fair 2019 will host an exceptional list of talented brands, both well known and recently discovered.

Described as ‘east London’s friendliest rug dealer’, FLOOR_STORY has built an enviable reputation as a maker of unique and ethically manufactured hand-knotted and hand-tufted rugs. At this year’s Fair, FLOOR_STORY will launch new designs in collaboration with Sebastian Wrong, John Booth, Kitty Joseph and Camille Walala.

Finnish design brand Made by Choice will present Kolho, a series of tables and chairs created by American artist Matthew Day Jackson in collaboration with leading surface solutions brand Formica. The series is inspired by the surface of the moon and named after the small town of Kolho in Finland, which is home to the Formica Group factory. The Kolho series plays with both plywood forms and a Formica laminate designed by Jackson, that subtly replicates the surface of the moon.

Polish design studio works with designers to create beautiful and functional furniture pieces and accessories that accompany people throughout their day. It is the brand’s belief that our spaces impact our well-being, shaping how we perceive the world around us.

Established in 2016, Seoul-based design studio Hattern—meaning ’Happy Pattern’—is curious about colour tones and material combinations. Known for creating colourful geometric shapes from acrylic, this year Hattern has been experimenting with a terrazzo-like material made using a combination of concrete and acrylic. Hattern will use this unique material to create new products, launching exclusively at the Fair.

With its origins in Taiwan’s metalware industry, Taiwanese brand ANTOU designs and manufactures a collection of products for contemporary office environments. Viewing the office as a playground for today’s modern worker, ANTOU’s smart and sustainable office solutions are imaginative, playful and long-lasting.

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