25th Sep 2018
London Design Week last week celebrated the great and the good of the British and International design world.
With a stunning new collection of raw fleece wall hangings and rugs, the Mourne Textiles set made us look... and feel! Based on an original 1970's rug design, created by the master weaver daughter of Mourne textiles' founder, the designs combine hand-selected fleece from local rare-breed sheep and traditional hand weaving techniques.
Also sharing the Barr Group ethos of doing things differently, Ali Robinson exhibited at Decorex with new pieces from his freestanding furniture collection. His love of mixing materials and design-led attention to detail had BarrJoinery director Josh Hudson hot footing it down to their Southwark Studio.
As always we were drawn to the produce from the Balearic design hub of Mallorca - in fact we stumbled across several artisan designers and crafts-people from the island. La Percera, having recently featured in Wallpaper and Architectural Digest have already piqued the interest of the international design world. The ‘Robusta Chair’ was featured on their stand at London Design Fair but unfortunately it didn’t fit into our handbags! Made in natural oak - with a bulrush, palm or leather finish it makes a comfortable place to fall when you find yourself swooning over their beauty.
These amazing "Lamps from Chile” were exhibited at LDF and are the product of a design based artisanal rescue project, in the region of Maule in Chile, by Mitsue Kido. Artisans created a number of luminaries using local traditional crafts. Led by designers Paula Corrales and Mitsue Kido, the project aim was to maintain the traditions and productive processes of craftsmanship reflected in a contemporary design product which is unique, authentic and eminently desirable… expect them to be appearing in Barr Design projects soon!
Continuing on the theme of natural materials, Beatrice Larkin also made an appearance at LDF. Beatrice specialises in modern woven textiles, accessories and interior products and, despite the current block trend, Beatrice inky line drawings and broken geometrics have a timeless quality. Woven in Lancashire on jacquard looms from extra fine Marino wool - we totally struggled to put them down.
The Geometric block colour trend was expressed in different ways through London Design Week by so many interior and product designers - to name but a few Archidreamer, Darkroom and Envisions. Darkroom followed the success of their cafe at Truman Brewery last year with a striking set, perfectly exemplifying their love for the bold and the brave, the crafted and the curious - whilst always questioning the norm (and that’s just one of the reasons we love them!).