Surprising Materials at London Design Festival 2018

From sisal beasts to printed bacteria and salmon skins, all at this year's magnificent event

At this year’s London Design Festival (LDF), designers worked with surprising materials to showcase projects employing everything from high-tech solutions to unexpected but traditional fibers. Plastics were repurposed, as were the skins of fish. As-yet-unseen materials were printed. And so much more came to light. Here are some of our favorite projects and pieces from the festival’s King’s Cross Design Route, the London Design Biennale …

London Design Festival 2015: Interview with Patternity

We speak with a co-founder about their new book, collaborations and—of course—patterns

The last time Cool Hunting spoke with Anna Murray, the co-founder of Patternity (along with Grace Winteringham), it was 2013 and the pattern-obsessed duo had just launched their Pattern Power festival in the Londonewcastle Project space on Redchurch Street, London. Two years later, that very same space just hosted their latest Festival of Pattern during London Design Festival—and the launch of Patternity’s first book, “A …

London Design Festival 2015: Jesmonite

Designers use the material in creative ways for coffee tables, mountain sculptures and even jewelry boxes

One of the most exciting things about big design events like London Design Festival is the opportunity to see which materials designers use to make their dream creations come alive. Typically, there’s at least a few unusual materials and interesting combinations that grab the viewer’s attention. This year at London Design Festival, it was the creative use of jesmonite—a water-based acrylic composite—that stood out. Three …

London Design Festival 2015: Highlights

From neon lights to luxury dressers and pouffes, our picks from this year's impressive event

This year’s London Design Festival felt bigger and more comprehensive than ever—with galleries, museums and showrooms all over the city opening their doors to an enthusiastic, design-savvy crowd. Two of the threads that ran through the festival were playfulness and interactivity, with Memphis-inspired designs something of a favorite and many designers creating colorful, captivating pieces. Established names and newcomers alike played with neon and pastel …

London Design Festival 2015: Lee Broom’s Flower Shop

The designer debuts his Podium vase collection among a floral wonderland

Cool Hunting favorite Lee Broom always puts a tremendous amount of thought into how his unique designs are displayed. Earlier this year, at Milan Design Week, Broom created his own department store. For London Design Festival, he chose to showcase his first collection of vases—called “Podium”—in his flagship store in Shoreditch, which has been converted into a flower shop for the duration of the festival. …