Key trends from 2013 london design festival

First staged in 2003, the London Design Festival is one of the world’s most important annual design events.

The Festival programme is made up of over 300 events and exhibitions staged by hundreds of partner organisations across the design spectrum and from around the world.

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One of the key trends in london design festival was according to the New York Times, the Escher-inspired structure designed by London architects dRmm with the engineering firm Aru. The structure made its debut outside of the Tate Modern.

Standing at 25 feet, the structure was closed to the public at night but illuminated with a lighting installation by Seam Design. This was listed by the London Design Festival as one of its landmark projects, which is different every year.

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This year most of the artists’s work broke away from the darkness, exhibiting a rebirth of colors in bright shades, pastels, candy colors, neons and earth tones. Pastels seemed to be the most popular colors, recently being displayed in spring and summer presentations worldwide. In fact, leading designers like Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung, Christopher Kane and Burberry Prorsum all showed their colors.

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The exhibit by Dutch designers Scholten & Baijings was a perfect example of this trend. Their ”Dinner party/True-to life designs” show a lot of pastels and extravaganza. In Shoreditch, furniture designer Lee Broom debuted his first retail store and Fulcrum candlesticks made of solid crystal reflecting the neon base.

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The geometric is also a big trend, Moder Memphis is an example with  geometric shapes and clashing colors brought a postmodern feel to this year’s London Design Festival.

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A Festival highlight, London store Darkroom dedicated its new season collection to the post modern era, with home and fashion accessories inspired by Italian design hero Ettore Sottsass.

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