Highlights From London Design Festival 2020
The month, London came to life in a magnificent display of design innovation. The London Design Festival of 2020 saw many firsts taking place with an array of trends and highlights on offer to the world.
In a Covid-19 conscious world, LDF needed to innovate and so they did. London Design Festival marched ahead with virtual launches, public modern art projects, art installations, and tightly-controlled, socially-distanced exhibitions throughout the British capital. Inspiration and ideas were at the heart of the festival incredible novelties of modern furniture, art exhibitions, and modern design in general.
Some of the highlights included:
The Maestro Modern Chair
In a dramatic virtual presentation that enlisted an orchestra performing with social distance for the first time since lockdown, designer Lee Broom presented the Maestro modern chair. The designer unveiled a chair that pays homage to musical instruments, commissioning an orchestra to perform music by Debussy while seated on the chairs for the virtual launch.
The Maestro chair was currently on at London Design Festival, in a window installation at his shop in Shoreditch.
Ion lighting collection by Bohinc Studio
An ongoing exploration of geometry inspired by the rings of Jupiter gave rise to Ion, Bohinc Studio‘s new lighting collection launched during London Design Festival. Ion, (meaning ‘going’ in Greek), continues the studio’s research into shapes, which originally produced the Jupiter vase (September 2019); brass within an arrangement of solid, parallel carved marble rods, each echoing the other’s arc.
Envisioned Comfort armchair by Vytautas Gecas and MarijaPuipaite
Plush, tufted velvet seats are drooped over complex frameworks of interlocking wooden poles in this furniture collection by Marija Puipaitė and Vytautas Gečas, which takes design cues from horse saddles.
The furniture series, titled Envisioned Comfort, features a saddle chair, an armchair, a stool and a console table.
The base of each design comprises a structure of numerous beech dowels held together with wood-and-brass clasps. The poles are cut at different lengths to form undulating, ergonomic surfaces that fit the shape of the user’s body.
Puck glassware by Tom Dixon
Using the basic forms of geometry, such as cylinders, cones and spheres, Puck is a collection that’s resilient enough to survive in a professional cocktail environment. Anchored with a satisfyingly thick base that’s reminiscent of game pucks.