Where better to start my round-up of Home London than with the best in show? And not just in my opinion either; HAM won the award for Best Stand on the opening night. That, together with the launch of the fabulous new design above, and Jo’s brilliant mentoring of the coadg bursary shortlisted designers, made Home an absolute triumph for HAM. Look out for my interview with Jo on the blog tomorrow.
With a couple of exceptions, I’ve focused my round-up on the Homegrown area of Home London, an area dedicated to new British designers, so of course I can’t get much further without mentioning the confessions of a design geek bursary stand. WinnerJessica Hogarth had her own stand, as well as being part of the shortlisted designers’ stand alongside Joss Barton, Stolen Form, Thorody and Psalt Design.
All the designers had a fabulous time at their first mainstream trade show. I think their products looked fantastic on the stand. I got loads of positive feedback on the selection and on the designers themselves from people who met them at the show, so I wish them all the best for 2013.
It was also great to see some of the designers I’d interviewed in the run up to the show as part of my Home London coverage.
I love Room 39‘s Knit Knit cushions even more in the flesh – especially the yellow ones! This design is also available across a range of bed linen.
It was great to see Louise Wilkinson‘s work, inspired by her childhood in the Yorkshire countryside and her love of animals and the natural world.
I love the knowing juxtaposition in Melody Rose‘s work between the elegant bone china and their slightly sinister decorations. I would love to serve afternoon tea on these!
I hadn’t come across Waffle before, so it was lovely to chat to Ciara McGarrity about her hand finished cushions which are made with organic fair trade cotton and decorated with colour yarns. They have a grown-up aesthetic which I really liked.
I’ve seen the New English at trade shows before and particularly like their various iterations of the human heart, embellished with precious metals – this platinum one is my favourite.
I met Lindsey Lang for the first time at Pulse in May of last year, so it was really good to see her back at Home, having had a successful year and launching new designs. Her new work uses a darker colour palette, with lots of lovely greys and I really like the direction she’s taking it in. Definitely one to keep an eye on this year.
Margate based textiles designer Maxine Sutton was another new one for me and to be honest I was smitten from the moment she started painting her stand in this rich navy blue. Her excellent taste in colour continues throughout her work and she can definitely count me as a fan.
I’ve long been a fan of Linda Bloomfield‘s work and I love the cosy mugs with their knitted warmers – perfect for an early morning coffee on a wintery morning like this one!
Another designer I interviewed in the run up to the show was Kiran Ravilious, a designer and printmaker who specialises in hand printing on fabric. She carves her designs into Japanese lino and hand prints them directly onto the fabric – or paper in the case of these gorgeous notebooks. I’m a huge fan of block printing and love her bold graphic designs.
This print by James Brown featuring a quote from William Morris caught my eye; “Give me love and work; these two only.” I like the sentiment as well as the 1930s and ’40s inspired typography and colour palette. And finally, Mini Moderns, whose stand looked awesome as always, which is just as well, given that they were stand design mentors for the coadg bursary winner Jess Hogarth! I love their Whitby design below – I know it’s not Cornwall, but it could be!
A massive thank you to the very talented Yeshen Venema who shot the show for me and whose beautiful photography I’ve used in this post. If you are looking for a photographer please visit his website – I can definitely recommend him!
Further reading for the especially geeky: