Tom Dixon’s speech during designjunction in Milan last April brought up the need to offer visitors the possibility of seeing and buying readily available products. To follow, the exhibition did exactly that during this year’s London Design Festival. Brands installed pop-up shops around the space where their products could be seen for purchase.
Graphic designer, printed textile designer and design director Inca Starzinsky presented her digitally printed, laser cut and partly hand-finished jewelry. Other designers, such as Jeanne Marell with her minimalist jewelry, also seemed ready to add stylish flare to visitors.
Vivid prints and textiles by London-based design brand Kangan Arora offered passersby the chance to purchase comfort from their line of cushions, rugs and blankets. On the path of accessories, we saw One We Made Earlier and British paper goods brand Ola.
To pique our artistic interest, studio Rokos displayed their creative, sculptural products. One of our favorites was the tilting vase Gauge, mouth-blown and free-formed by hand in England, without the use of molds. The brand won the 2012 Red Dot Design award for its wine decanter.