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In case you missed it at Salone, here's Lee Broom's Time Machine, an exhibition celebrating his ten year anniversary.

 London Design Festival Logo

The annual London Design Festival began on Saturday, September 17th and will run until Sunday, September 25th. Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans founded the festival in 2003 with the concept of creating "an annual event that would promote the city's creativity, drawing in the country's greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to deliver an unmissable celebration of design."
Now in its 14th year, the festival has grown to over 400 events and has spread all over London.

Tom Dixon Harvest Festival Party

For this year's festival, designer Tom Dixon continues his running theme of "furnishing and food," bringing unique design and cuisine to London's Wharf Building at Portobello Dock in Ladbroke Grove. Dixon writes that their mission is "to design, illuminate and furnish the future with innovative lighting, furniture and accessories of longevity, simplicity and a materiality inspired by Britain’s unique heritage."

Tom Dixon and Goldfinger Studio collaboration

Dixon is also premiering a range of benches and tables named Trellick, designed as a collaboration with London based Goldfinger Factory. Goldfinger Factory is an award-winning design, carpentry and teaching platform centered around recycling materials, building bespoke furniture, and allowing artisans to become self-sustaining through craft.

Goldfinger Factory Trellick Building

The exclusive Trellick range has been named after the building in which Goldfinger Factory is situated.

Trellick Range from Tom Dixon and Goldfinger Factory

Tom Dixon's project at Portobello Dock will last the duration of the London Design Festival, from September 17th to the 25th. The Trellick product line is available through a crowdfunding project, which will help Goldfinger Factory expand and reach more members of London's artisan community.
Find Goldfinger Factory's crowdfunding project at http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fundfuturefactory 

Another site specific installation constructed for the London Design Festival is Omer Arbel's "44" design in London's Barbican Centre. Arbel, the creative director and founder of Bocci, has created a sculptural work comprised of over 300 free-poured aluminum forms, with intertwined lights. 

 Omer Arbel 44 at the London Barbican Centre

"As the sculpture, 44, descends into the space and expands, it punctuates the spaces of the Barbican foyer, engaging with notions of weightlessness and mass, craft and mass-production." Each unique aluminum form in "44" is cast by, pouring molten aluminum into a large canisters filled with rock-like resin shapes." They are then suspended from thin wire with low voltage electricity powering interconnected lights.

Close up of the aluminum forms in 44

Arbel's "44" will be on view at the Barbican Centre until April 18th, 2017.
Find more details at: http://bocci.ca/44barbican/

Moooi unexpected welcome

In central London, Dutch based Moooi celebates the design festival with a continuation of their Unexpected Welcome theme, along with the UK introduction of Paul Cocksedge's foam Compression Sofa.

Kit Miles custom Moooi carpet design for the London Design Festival

Also on display from Moooi is a custom Moooi Carpet design by award winning surface designer Kit Miles. Miles has created a 150 square meter carpet specifically for the entrance of the London Design Fair exhibition and explains that the abstract design is "based on the interplay of shadows and light, inspired by classic Mediterranean architecture, infused with the graphite and urban sprawl of London." 

Find Moooi's showroom at 23 Great Titchfield Street, London.

Lee Broom Opticality

For the London Design Festival, British designer Lee Broom is running a brief exhibition, titled Opticality, out of his East London flagship store. For Opticality, Broom has overloaded his store with his Optical collection of floor lamps and pendants and continues the Op Art theme premiered at Salone del Mobile.

Entrance to Opticality

Broom writes, "The store will become a surreal space inviting visitors to step into an immersive optical illusion. Visitors will become part of the installation as they journey through an infinity of reflections."

Inside Lee Broom Opticality

In Broom's Opticality, mirrors cover the walls and floor with a striped path down the center of the space, leading customers through what appears to be a never ending optical illusion.

Opticality opens on the 21st of September and runs to the 25th.

Find more details on the London Design Festival and those displaying at http://www.londondesignfestival.com/

Lee Broom and Phase Design in the Time New York Hotel's Penthouse

Architectural Digest offered an exclusive look at the Time New York Hotel's most expensive penthouse suite after The Rockwell Group's redesign.
For this multimillion-dollar revitalization The Rockwell Group furnished the living / dining area with several pieces from designers represented by Twentieth. Pictured are Lee Broom's Clear Crystal Bulbs and Pendants hanging in the charcoal-gray finished mirrored hutch and Phase Design's Bride's Veil Low Stools around a glass topped dining table.

Lee Broom in the changing room of the Time New York Hotel Penthouse

The penthouse's spacious powder room, which was "inspired by a jewel box [and] features gold accents and marbled wallpaper," is adorned with Lee Broom's Carousel Brass Chandelier.

As the Time New York's most luxurious space, this suite "sprawls out over three floors and has a 500-square-foot private terrace." The one bedroom includes "a king-size bed on the second floor; and a third-floor sitting room. Siberian oak flooring anchors the space, punctuated by rugs inspired by watercolor paintings."

Find additional shots in Architectural Digest's article: http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/time-new-york-hotel-penthouse

Wrapping up our Salone del Mobile coverage we've highlighted a few short films featuring our designers.

Salone del Mobile logo 2016


Lee Broom

Broom's exhibition, "Salone del Automobile" drove from London to Milan and once there continued moving. In this short film, Broom narrates that journey and shows better details of his new Optical series in that space.
Broom also announced last night that his "Salone del Automobile" was nominated for the Milano Design Awards 2016, marking it as one of the top 16 design shows out of the over 1500 installations!


Tom Dixon's Earth, Fire, Ice, and Water

Tom Dixon

Designer Tom Dixon, produced a short film covering his Earth, Fire, Water and Air lines, as well as his kitchen space collaboration with Caesarstone.


Lindsey Adelman with the Nike Nature of Motion Show

Lindsey Adelman 

Designer Lindsey Adelman is featured in this fun sequence from Vogue showing Nike's "Nature of Movement" exhibition. Adelman is pictured on the vertical video screen 4th from the left, moving brass objects alongside fellow participants in Nike's group show.


Moooi
And lastly, two interviews from Moooi designers on products being shown in this years Salone del Mobile. The first video features Moo
oi cofounder, Marcel Wanders, on the Space Frame Lamp he designed.

And the second with Arihiro Miyake, on the LED lit Coppélia chandelier, designed for Moooi.


Thank you for following our designers through Salone 2016. We look forward to bringing you products and events during ICFF in May.