Home London 2015: highlights

Wednesday, 14 January 2015


[Alfred & Wilde, Alicja Patanowska]
Last weekend I embarked on the epic journey from Berwick-upon-Tweed to London for the opening of Home & Top Drawer 2015. Whilst I am usually attending tradeshows on a freelance basis, it was nice to visit on behalf of Dursk just as little old me. I began at the Spotted corner where new talent is showcased; Alfred & Wilde were an obvious favourite of the fair with gold geometric printed mugs and textiles, and Alicja Patanowska wowed with her avant-garde collection of vases and vessels, a conceptual combination of glass and ceramic.

Called plantation, this was one of my favourite collections of the tradeshow and with an intriguing concept. Based around the idea of using up discarded materials, Alicja foraged around the streets of London in the aftermath of the vibrant nightlife, finding discarded pint pots and glasses. She then crafted ceramic components for each glass in order to grow plant-life, transforming the bog standard glass into a new functional object of design. The concept creates new styles of ornamental glassware and ponders upon the subject of new accessories for the home.

[Heidi Nicole Design]
Heidi Nicole Design was a statement stand with witty slogan cards, typography prints and I loved her decorative pin board; a lovely way to style her Brit-lux stationery.

[Kreis Design, Taz Pollard]
Kreis Design by Nikki Kreis was a stand brimming with woody textures and practical design. I loved the oversized peg board displays making blocky accessories an eye catching wall feature. This continued into new notions of design, such as the knobbly plate; a contemporary replacement to the fruit bowl. Taz Pollard expands upon the dipped and brushed trend with literal drips of pink and blue upon white ceramics, quite a contrast and with the ultimate hand made touch.

Scandi Favourites 

[Skagerak, Case Furniture]
Danish brand Skagerak dominated the home hall with a wide range of interior set ups, furniture and accessories. Sold in well loved Skandium, I particularly liked the small stools and benches that look almost like a cushion is held on with an elastic band - clean and simple design. The black and white display was stunning, with a tiled back drop and an arrangement of minimalist wooden hangers, wall magnets and basic mirrors. Lap Shelving by Marina Bautier for Case was practical in design with slotted trays, shelves and compartments; all removable in order to create a shelving unit that fits around your personal objects.

Universo Positivo again consisted of products focusing on slender lines and clever design. This wall shelf looked almost like the metal holding it in place was a suspended strap, and I liked the simplicity of this exposed bulb desk-lamp with a statement wire frame, ideal for any interior. The natural grain of wood also became the focal point for cubic stools, with the tops being just an exposed chessboard of beautiful woody pattern.

The cork lanterns by Authentics were some of my favourite items spotted at the fair, I just love the opposing combination of textured cork and clear glass. Antlered coat hangers for the wall and suspended glass lighting were also an impressive feat of this contemporary corner.

A brand that I have previously raved about on Dursk, Jansen + Co showcased it's newest collection, Loop. It's just as beautiful in the flesh as in my previous post (here), and I loved the addition of the copper blush tray. A lovely and well presented stand!

If you visited Home, what was your favourite stand/designer? I try to cover as much as possible but it's so easy to miss the hidden gems!

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