Complete guide to BIID at London Design Festival 2018

The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) will be celebrating London Design Festival 2018 with a number of talks and events across the city. Taking place between 16-23 September, the festival will feature a programme of world-class design exhibitions with an exciting mix of designers, products, talks, installations and innovations, positioning London as the design capital of the world.

BIID President Gilly Craft comments: “On behalf of the BIID, we’re delighted to be involved in London Design Festival this year and supporting the creative community in the capital. I’m looking forward to what is set to be a fantastic celebration of the quality and diversity of design and hosting some lively, informative discussions alongside our members this September.”

Your guide to BIID at #LDF18:

Decorex International 2018 at Syon Park
September 16-19

Decorex has established itself as Europe’s leading interior design event, providing an unparalleled opportunity for interior design professionals to discover the finest in furniture, lighting, textiles, craft and accessories, with over 400 international exhibitors.  

On September 18 at 11am, BIID President Gilly Craft will be chairing a BIID panel discussion as part of the expert talks programme at Decorex this year. Entitled ‘Deconstructing the brief: the importance of form, function and understanding your client’s vision,’ Gilly will be joined by BIID registered interior designers Henry Prideaux and Beata Heuman, and bespoke furniture maker Neil Stevenson. 

Together, the panellists will discuss the essential job of establishing and truly understanding a client brief, exploring the importance of finding out exactly what the client requires at the earliest stage in the design process, and interrogating the brief so that expectations match the results of the finished project.

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BIID member Sue Timney (pictured above) will also be taking part in a panel discussion at 11am on Sunday 16th September. Sue will be joining John Allsopp, Reda Amalou and Rodrigo Moreno Masey for a talk on ‘The relationship between the architect and designer,’ exploring how designers and architects can successfully work together. The panellists will be discussing the challenges they have faced and will share invaluable tips and advice to ensure the best working relationships. 

Focus/18 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour
September 16-21

Bringing together the worlds of interior design, architecture and style, Focus/18 will take place at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour this year with more than 100 experiential sessions on offer. 

OnSeptember 17 at 5pm, BIID members Audrey Carden and Eleanora Cunietti of Carden Cunietti will be taking part in a panel discussion with Philip Bershad, president of Phillip Jeffries and The World of Interiors’ social media & network editor, Sophia Salaman. They will be speaking on the importance of creating a design identify while being able to adapt to today’s changing trends.

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Darc room, Shoreditch, London
September 19-20

Returning for its second year in a new venue, Darc room is a curated, creative lighting exhibition for specifiers and designers taking place at the Nicholls & Clarke Building on Shoreditch High Street. 

BIID member Cinzia Moretti of Moretti Interior Design Ltd will be speaking as part of the darc room: live programme onSeptember 20, which features over 38 speakers talking on a range of lighting related topics. In her 15-minute talk at 1:20pm, Cinzia will be discussing how to improve the perceived value of the interior with good lighting and how this can affect human psychology. 

100% Design at Olympia London
September 19-22

This year, 100% Design returns to Olympia with a renewed vision to highlight its position as the unmissable show for design, innovation and emerging talent in London. With a number of new projects and collaborations, the event will also feature at the newly launched West Kensington Design District, attracting architects, specifiers and designers from across the globe. 

As part of 100% Design’s highly coveted seminar programme, Talks with 100% Design, BIID President Elect Harriet Forde will be chairing a panel discussion on ‘Starting Your Own Design Business.’ Taking place on September 22 from 3.30pm to 4.15pm on the main stage, Harriet will be joined by BIID registered interior designers Emma Hooton and Daniel Hopwood. 

The discussion will see panellists explore the necessary steps to building your own design business, using their own personal experience. They will discuss the essential skills and support needed to manage your business as a professional interior designer, how to market yourself in the industry, and the challenges and rewards of starting a business.

Designjunction at London’s South Bank
September 20-23

Designjunction returns to London Design Festival this year, moving to the cultural hub of London’s South Bank. The event will take place across three different venues, covering 200 international brands and boutique shops, product launches, outdoor installations, and interactive talks. 

On September 21, BIID President Gilly Craft will be hosting a BIID members’ breakfast and venue tour at designjunction from 8:30 – 10:30am. Providing members with an informal tour and preview of the venue, exhibitors will also be on-hand to discuss their furniture, lighting and retail designs with BIID members in more detail. 

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BIID member and founder of Zulufish Interiors, Caroline Milns will be taking part in a panel discussion as part of the designjunction seminar programme. Taking place on  September 21 at 1pm, the panel will be chaired by Ben Spriggs, editor of Elle Decoration magazine, with designers Sebastian Cox, Ini Archibong and Magnus Wastberg of Skandium joining the speaker panel.

The talk is entitled ‘Craft 2.0 – Fighting For Material Authenticity’, and will see panellists discuss how craftsmanship remains at the core of creativity, whether that’s championing local design or working internationally across cultures to celebrate age-old arts and crafts.

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Havwoods Manchester outlet reflects cultural heritage

Located in central Manchester, Havwood’s new 1060 sq ft showroom is well worth a visit. The company’s fourth UK location (joining Clerkenwell, Chelsea and Carnforth), it promises a destination experience, and adopts an industrial design that reflects the city’s cultural heritage.

The design brief commanded a space that reflected the personality of the city. Inspiration was drawn from Manchester’s iconic music scene,  showcased across the showroom’s colour theme of black and yellow; a clever reference to Factory Records, the local record label responsible for some of the 80s’ most iconic acts, including Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays.

The black and yellow theme also celebrates one of Manchester’s best-known symbols: the worker bee. Adopted as a motif for the city during the Industrial Revolution, it has since been embraced as a visual symbol of unity and strength.

The Havwoods logo has also been given a Manchester makeover to celebrate the showroom opening. Industrial references continue throughout the new showroom, exposed brick walls, steel beams and metal-framed displays, embracing the history of the old mill site and nearby architectural railway arches.

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Gingko Sky Bar a focus for VP Plaza de España Design

Gingko Sky Bar a focus for VP Plaza de España Design

It’s difficult not to be impressed by the Gingko Restaurant and Sky Bar, located on the 12th floor of the new VP Plaza de España Design, in Madrid.

The terrace, which offers wraparound views of the city, features a premium pool and eatery, with extensive use of Gingko leaf motifs. This botanical theme, a favourite of the hotel chain, runs throughout.

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The bar (but not the sundeck) is open to the general public, as well as guests, and features bold geometric pattern design. Floor to ceiling windows make sunset bookings a must. The menu is a showcase for modern Spanish cuisine (octopus carpaccio, baby squid served with wok-fried vegetables, Galician sirloin with roasted piquillo peppers).

The pool dovetails with a central design element of the hotel, a 25m metallic waterfall created by Catalan artist Pere Gifre, well known for such sculptures. This tumbles from the bottom of the swimming pool to the ground floor of the hotel.

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Is this the world’s best looking music system?

Is this the world’s best looking music system?

British Hi-Fi outfit Naim Audio has unveiled a champagne finish edition of its celebrated Mu-so audio system. The model is exclusive to John Lewis until October 4, after which it receives wider distribution.

The Mu-so’s metal anodised body sports the new colour finish, complicated by a matching front grille.

The sound system has been widely hailed for its audio-engineering and industrial design. The Mu-so features six 75 watt amplifiers driving an integrated speaker array, delivering a total of 450w. A 32-bit digital signal processor handles audio decoding.

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The Mu-so needs to be connected to a home Wi-Fi network in order to stream music  from a connected PC, NAS storage device or streaming audio services, such as Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music. There’s also support for Apple AirPlay 2 .

The system can also perform as part of a larger Naim multiroom set-up. Naim’sMu-so, Mu-so Qb and Uniti all-in-one players can all play the same song in-sync in up to five rooms.

Additional inputs include Bluetooth aptX, USB (for charging and playback of portable devices), a 3.5mm analogue input plus digital input for use with external music systems.

“This beautiful new finish has been selected as it ideally represents both a ‘celebration’ of the continuing success of the Mu-so family, but also because it delivers a unique appearance that oozes sophistication and exclusivity from every last detail” says Simon Matthews, Group Design Director.

“The Champagne Mu-so special offers a highly desirable and unique aesthetic, appealing to those music lovers who do not settle for second best when it comes to luxury in the home.”

The Mu-so Special Edition Champagne Finish is priced £995, available now.

Flatter your fireplace with Gerald Culliford stone

Flatter your fireplace with Gerald Culliford stone

If you’re longing forward to warm winter nights, then maybe it’s time to embellish your fireplace with fine quality stone from Gerald Culliford. Specialists in natural and man-made surfaces, the company is offering a selection of materials suitable for use on a fireplace surround that are certain to make a design statement.

If you’re looking to make heads turn, consider detailed coloured marble such as Rainforest Green (above) or Verde Luana. Adding a touch of glamour and sophistication to your scheme, a white marble such as Bianco Covelano will also create a beautiful frame for your fireplace.

Alternatively, the subtle textured finish of the dark Lundhs Emerald Norwegian natural stone will provide a sleek and contemporary finish to any interior.

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Gerald Culliford yard in Kingston-Upon-Thames houses a stock of materials from all over the world including a wide range of surfaces that are suitable for use on fireplace surrounds. Well worth a visit, we say.

Upper 5th Shoreditch rooftop bar serves New York chic

Upper 5th Shoreditch rooftop bar serves New York chic

The Capital has a cool new rooftop bar. Upper 5th,in Shoreditch, occupies the 5th floor  of the newly  opened Courthouse Hotel, and treats visitors to some spectacular views of the London  skyline.

The design vibe sets out to emulate contemporary New York, with a little London opulence. There’s room for up to 180 guests, with standing tables and lush scenery. The Garden is a reservation only area, with table service and inviting cabana sofa-­‐bed seating.

Both areas offer a cocktail menu, devised by resident mixologist, Danut Fundulea.
The menu features a variety of small plates and sharer options.

Upper 5th is open  from  3pm  (midweek) and 12pm (weekends) till  11pm. Virtual  DJs  spin dance tunes and house every weekend.

Architettura Sonora marble speakers available in Harrods

Architettura Sonora marble speakers available in Harrods

Italian designer loudspeaker maker Architettura Sonora has formed a distribution partnership with the NuConnect Bang & Olufsen group that will see its unique high-end loudspeakers available through Harrods.

Visitors to the premium store’s third floor technology department will have a chance to to a closer look at the brand’s spectacular outdoor audio solutions. On display are six Architettura Sonora loudspeakers, including the new cube 2LV 2000W subwoofer, finished in Nero Marquina marble, and exclusive to Harrods, the Spherina range in gilded finishes with the brand’s new LED Mood light integration feature (pictured above).

Architettura Sonora, part of the B&C Speakers Group, has been making speakers for 70 years, at its factory in Tuscany.

These ceramic tiles have a natural-wood aesthetic

These ceramic tiles have a natural-wood aesthetic

Now you can combine the beauty of natural wood with all the practical benefits of porcelain, making muddy paw prints a problem of the past.

The latest introduction to Gemini Tiles’s wood-effect range, Aspenwood provides organic textures and practical features designed with modern lifestyles in mind. Taking inspiration from the depth and character of timber, the collection features a statement wide plank design, measuring over a metre long by twenty centimetres wide.

Available in ten unique finish options, choose from the rich tones of Cherry, opt for a pale finish with Beige and Mink or go dark with the charcoal hues of Dark Greige and Anthracite.

Whether you decide to go light or dark when it comes to your flooring, the detailed finish recreates the distinctive texture and aesthetic of natural wood albeit with a durable, glazed porcelain surface that’s easy to maintain.

Aspenwood can be used on walls to zone a space or create an urban setting reminiscent of Scandinavian log cabins. Our suggestion would be to opt for a single, statement flooring finish across your home or mix and match colourways for a subtle yet playful approach to pattern.

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Gemini Tiles can be found in 105 showrooms across the country and 2000 independent retailers.