Editor’s Pick: Trends from London Design Festival

London Design Festival – A Bold Use of Colour

London Design Festival - A Bold Use of Colour

While much on show at this year’s LDF drew inspiration from highly diverse sources (although it was gratifying to see plenty of MIX Magazine trends translated into product, in particular Wild and Vibe), it was bold use of colour that proved to be this year’s overarching trend.

London Design Festival - A Bold Use of Colour

The Onion Farm, V&A, image Andy Stagg

From the dramatic combination of deep red and emerald at V&A installation The Onion Farmby Henrik Vibskov, to the neon red lion by Es Devlin glowing against a rainy sky in Trafalgar Square, London chose to be brave and unexpected with its colour choices. The interplay between and colour and light was deftly explored at the Foscarini Rooms, while Cameron Design House, collaborating with LA balloon artist Geronimo, explored total colour immersion with an installation formed from emerald coloured balloons. And at London Design Biennale, Flynn Talbot’s rainbow coloured full spectrum design for Australia trailed 150 strands of fibre optic life, surrounding visitors in a rainbow wash of colour.

London Design Festival - A Bold Use of Colour

London Design Biennale, Flynn Talbot, image ©Mark Cocksedge.

There was further consolidation too of brave, slightly uncomfortable colour combinations, with work by Hayche at 100% Design and at a colourful urban oasis created by Studio Appétit, the Flip-Book Garden. Finally, building on themes seen in Milan, elegant solutions for plastic waste made their mark at London Design Fair with work by Charlotte Kidger and Weez & Merl, at design junction with work by Joy Merron, and at the Plasticscene exhibition with stand out designs by Wendy Andreu and Dirk Vander Kooij, among many others.