What CONRAN saw – London Design Festival 2011

‘So much to do so little time’ was the general call from many of the Conran team this time last week as the London Design Festival 2011 swung fully into action with the opening of many of the larger shows around the capital.

This year Tent and designersblock in the ever-fascinating Farmiloe Building seemed to showcase a more raw, up and coming talent whereas Tramshed and designjunction housed some of the design world’s most interesting and creative brands with a easy going but professional vibe. 

A group of us went along to the opening party of designjunction, which debuted in Milan this year, showcasing ‘the best in global design’. Fascinating to see inside the Victoria Building on Southampton Row too. 



Another Country was a highlight with current classics presiding over a small selection of exquisite new ideas including a set of diminutive desktop accessories and stylishly simple ceramics by British potter Ian McIntyre in the darkest, earthiest, chocolate-coloured terracotta with strokably flat handles and glazed interior.


Benchmark boss Sean Sutcliffe clearly felt the need to test out the strength of their amazing 11m long table by walking up and down on it – the parallels with London Fashion Week across town were evident.

We had a good chat with some of the guys from Jake Dyson  where we had a very diverting demo of his new CSYS LED light

Studio Conran MD & Creative Director Emma Booty went to the inaugural ‘Penguin Pool’ social event at Arup, tying in with this year’s LDF. Simon Waterfall delivered a keynote speech – with his digital snap, crackle, pop – he begged a return to ‘craft’. Punctuated by canapés and wine swinging, it provoked much discussion long into the evening, with the purists amongst these design engineers echoing an ‘I told you so’

Click here to see a video of the event.

The team covered as much ground as possible including, of course, The Conran Shop’s party on Thursday night – check out their new Playzone! Here’s a little selection of images showing what else they saw…

Few & Far on Brompton Road, owned by Terence’s sister Priscilla, always a favourite – beautiful products, enticingly styled and displayed.  And is that design journo, photographer and prolific twitterer Barbara Chandler we spy chatting to designer Russell Pinch outside? We think so…!

Mint shop just around the corner was also looking fab – check out this cool round-up via Artsthread of their in-shop exhibition

Love these skyline cabinets...

Here’s how The Conran Shop’s looking!


Check out The Conran Shop blog for proper pics of the party and more of those super cool playzone ping pong tables, gadgets and games…

More on LDF 2011 to come…! We even held our own event here at Conran HQ – more about that next week. Watch this space….

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  1. Pingback: What Conran saw: LDF 2011 Part 2 | What's going on at CONRAN?: The CONRAN blog

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