Roundup of the London Design Festival 2017

We’re suckers for new, beautiful and well made designs so the London Design Festival is one of the highlights of our year. Browsing some of the stands we got to check out all manner of covetable objects. Countries from around the world come together to showcase some of their best designers in one place - this year at the veteran location of the Old Trewman Brewery in London.

This is practically a design feast so it’s ridiculously difficult to pick out the most stand out designs. Each country presents such varied materials, from South Korea with its angular, cool stationery by SOJI and Thence to the Modibag by Sungmook Lim to Finlands minimalist homeware and furniture by Himmee and Adea… there’s just SO MUCH to look at!

We had to start the roundup with the things we imagined that we’d have in our ideal Forbes & Lewis home… is there anyone that doesn’t do this? It was a great exercise in window shopping.

These glasses by Di Anna Maria Cardillo from South Italy are beautiful examples of how everyday household objects can be both beautiful and functional. That fits with the William Morris quote we wish we could stick to to “have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”.

The masculine but elegant furniture by Himmee from Finland is sleek and modern but substantial and classic. We love Danish, Swedish and Finnish interior style so this would be high on our wish list.



To go on the desk, especially when we’re designing our new bag collections, would be SOJI’s colourful stationary and kitsch notepads by Thence.

We’d keep our spirits and crystal glasses in the handcrafted SPAN cabinet by Temper, showing in the British Craft Pavillion, who’d we’d also get our office desks from too (the BEAM desk and drawers are gorgeous, we want one!).



 Modern Craft Workshop from also in the British Craft Pavilion has been so popular that all their Cornish stoneware has sold out, otherwise this would be what we’d be using in the kitchen along with functional but sculptural pieces from Scottish potter, Patricia Shone.



We’d finish our bathroom with tiles and stoneware from Huguet, based in the Balearic islands of Mallorca, giving it a clean mediterranean feel with a splash of colour.



Throughout the house there’d be Sugo Cork Rugs from Portugal. Long lasting and eco friendly contemporary designs made with materials sourced from Corticeira Amorim - the world’s largest producer of sustainable cork products. Made from blends of cork, cotton and wool, these smart but relaxed designs look great indoors or out on a patio or balcony a sunny day.