Food and furniture were the order of the day at the exhibitions in the Brompton Design District at this year’s London Design Week. Offering a wonderful array of delicious treats and a handful of delectable design products, Brompton didn’t fail to cook up a five-star feast for the eyes, which included an amazing mushroom installation at Super Natural complimented by FoodMarketo’s freshly brewed coffee themed work. But it wasn’t all about treats and eats, there was also more than a handful of green furniture pieces on show that caught our eye, including in the Craft Council’s ‘Chairs and Tables’ exhibition and the ‘13 Chairs’ show at Mint. Jump ahead for a look into one of the coolest collections of work on the West End!
Studio Toogood created a unique space for the design festival titled Super Natural – a space which combined three elements: a fantastic mushroom installation where an in-house expert named Mrs. Tee encouraged visitors to learn and explore; Assemblage 1, the studios latest collection; and best of all, the Bramble pop-up cafe by Arabeschi di Latte where visitors were invited to sample some of the delicious mushrooms as they sat atop bails of hay. Definitely a standout spot, we loved visiting this natural exhibition for its unique and inviting space.
FoodMarketo also had a great pop-up cafe and exhibition going on that featured a number of coffee themed designs. We loved this little piece Coffee to Share by Arabeschi di Latte, a group of Italian designers who seek to improve the way that we interact with and appreciate food.
We also loved Deborah Elsaesser’s ‘Re:Piled Tables and Chairs’ exhibition at the Craft Council. Not only was the collection stunning, but we were giddy over the fact that her entire collection is made from waste material and wood chips. By combining a variety of wood types, the colors that gave way were nothing short of magical, giving each piece a distinct style and aesthetic.
Far from the typical trade show flurry, the smaller West End exhibitions showcased a range of work from both graduates and emerging designers. We were more than impressed by the innovative spirit that permeated the pieces at Mint, which also thoughtfully referenced familiar forms in nature. Bambi, anyone?
Mint also had a number of other peices of work on display, including an eye-catching table made from recycled planks that certainly pulled a look more distinct of industry than the great outdoors.