Retailer David Alhadeff represents the British furniture company Pinch—created by the husband and wife team Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon—at his store Future Perfect in New York. The two parties continue to collaborate and have now brought Martyn Thompson Studio’s Accidental Expressionist Collection of fabrics into the mix. Thompson’s fabrics can now be specified on Pinch’s newest pieces, the Pendel Sofa and Leta Chaise.
Photograph courtesy of Pinch
Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, colleagues who met while studying textile design at Glasgow School of Art, founded the Scottish company Timorous Beasties in 1990. The pair has produced whimsical patterns of fabric and wallpaper, all considered unique works of art, including Kaleido Splatt, now available in wallpaper.
Photograph courtesy of Timorous Beasties
The wallpaper consortium Commonroom, launched by Kate Hawkins and Sarah McClean, were newbies to Decorex this year. Starting in 2014, the women have commissioned a range of talents to create original wallpaper designs. This year the duo behind The Grantchester Pottery—inspired by the Bloomsbury Group and the crosshatch patterns of Jasper Johns—created a new blue and black wallpaper called Stony Point.
Photography by Lou Liddiard-Imeson
EK Colours founder, ceramicist, and Central St. Martin’s grad Esther Khang created a new range of hand-finished ceramic tiles available in letters of the alphabet in a fun, historically inspired font that are a perfect fit for kitchens or hospitality projects.
Photography courtesy of EK Colours
Opticality is Lee Broom’s experiential and experimental installation utilizing wall-to-wall mirrors juxtaposed with dozens of his monochrome Optical Floor Lamps. The effect was dizzying yet mod.
Photograph by Luke Hayes
Burberry, the fashion brand known for its riffs on tartan and tailoring, relocated its headquarters this year. An exhibition called Makers House opened following Burberry’s September fashion show, highlighting demonstrations of Old World techniques in partnership with The New Craftsmen, a collective highlighting British craft. The presentation was staged on two floors: upstairs showcased the collections for Spring/Summer 2017 while the downstairs presented bookbinding, stitching, sculpting, silk-screening, passementerie, and calligraphy, along with the handiwork of Aimee Betts, a mixed-media designer showcasing traditional embroidery techniques that bring to them the vanguard of contemporary design.
Photograph courtesy of Burberry
Cole & Son debuted a collection of Damask wallpapers with their interpretation of historical and ornamental themes featuring Pushkin, offered
in colorful combinations like emerald and lime.
Photograph courtesy of Cole & Son
If you’re craving a nip, a toot, a tot, a half, or a wee one, then look no further. New York-based designer Joe Doucet created a new collection of lead-free clear crystal whiskey decanters called Alba, masterfully handcrafted by the Istanbul-based Nude Glass.
Photograph courtesy of Nude Glass
Aptly named Smile, the cross-laminated sculpture in the courtyard of the Chelsea College of Art was created by architect Alison Brooks in honor of the festival. Constructed of American tulipwood in the form of a cantilevered arc, the windows offer vistas at either end. Brook’s firm partnered with the American Hardwood Export Council and ARUP, the British-based engineering company, on the piece.
Photograph courtesy of London Design Festival