Barbara Chandler writes about Invisible City & London Design Festival

Thank you for your kind words B!

“Here in London we’ve survived death by design – but only just. The London Design Festival put on six major shows in ten days, not to mention all the smaller events. No wonder everyone in the design world – from makers to buyers, with the odd hack hanging on – was exhausted by the end of September……….

If truth be told, furniture around the rest of the Festival was serviceable enough but not terribly exciting. There is a plethora of “mid-century modern” stuff with slab cushions and wooden frames with splayed legs. Bloggers were raving about fashion designerOrla Kiely’s huge new furnishing collection (with its rich brown stains and flat abstract prints launched at DesignJunction in an abandoned Post Office Sorting Office). But they were obviously not old enough to remember the gloom of orange and brown first time round. My favourite pieces were the cupboards designed by Simon Moorhouse for his company Invisible City. Simon has a stunning eye for colour – the door/drawer fronts for each piece come in an exclusive mix of colours.”


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