London Design Festival 2013: Creative Illuminations

From Indian-inspired modular pendants to woven willow chandeliers, eight lights radiating from the UK's annual furniture fair

Despite the recent infatuation with the Edison bulb, in the past few years there have been drastic improvements made to commercial incandescent lights; from miniature LEDs to the handsome, energy-saving Plumen. And while that remains an exciting and innovative field to watch, on our recent trip to London for its annual Design Festival, we were struck by the diversely creative ways in which designers are …

G by Gloria Guo

Creative collars, pendants and patches from a Beijing-based designer

Designer Gloria Guo has been fascinated by colorful patterns and handmade crafts since childhood. “As one of my first little hobbies, I used to customize my shoes and pants with small patches,” she says. “When I came to study in Beijing and discovered the marvels of local textile wholesale markets, my passion for handiwork became even stronger. I’ve been experimenting with all sorts of materials: …