The 2010 London Design Festival is currently in full effect, and one of our favorite exhibitions thus far is MATILDA, which brought together 13 of Australia’s brightest emerging designers in the city's chic Shoreditch Design Triangle. The showcase stands out for its fresh eye-popping colors and range of materials, from sleek recycled plastics to sustainably derived hemp and linen textiles. This event marks the London debut of many of these designers, and it's an opportunity for them to show off their uniquely Australian combination of indigenous tradition and modern flair. Read on for our favorite finds from the show!
Brian Steendyk’s Yhi 720 bamboo pendant lamps use 18 watt compact fluorescent light bulbs, are 100% recyclable, and are flat-packed to minimize their environmental impact.
Luxxbox‘s Brainwash Bench is formed from a single piece of steel.
Trent Jansen’s Kissing Pendants remain off when the fixtures hang separately. When the Kissing Pendants are nudged together, a magnetic reed switch turns both lights on simultaneously.
These stackable dove stools by Brian Steendyk are a convenient way to introduce dynamic design to your home. Their space-saving forms are inspired by the flight of a dove.
Husque crafts their range of organically-shaped dishes from recycled Australian macadamia nutshells.
Julie Paterson (Cloth) finds abandoned furniture in the Australian Outback and up-cycles it into one-of-a-kind custom-upholstered creations such as the One Armed Farm Chair.
Marc Pascal‘s Orchid Light Shade is a beautiful bouquet created from hand-dyed pieces.