Copper Dust at London Design Fair
Posted on 09 October 2017
It has been a whole year since our first trade show at Top Drawer, in Kensington Olympia. Since then a lot has happened, we thought we would share our latest experience with you.
This year we tried something a little different and teamed up with sustainable collaborative group Blue Patch. Blue patch supports independent British Designers, with the aim of fostering sustainability and encouraging a positive change. We joined the platform earlier this year, so when the opportunity came to showcase at London Design Fair as a part of London Design Festival, we jumped at the chance.
It was great to have a network of brands showcasing alongside each other, a great support system, as well as sharing the workload. It also gave our stand, an edge and stood out from the rest of the booths. First and foremost, was the curation of the stand, I brought on board Melanie Callender Brand Strategist, with previous experience with Londsdale Satchi and Satchi. In the beginning, it proved to be difficult, trying to match various products pallets with one another. Once the theme of botanicals was organised it was more or less a free-flowing curation.
As by now you may have noticed, we have had a few events, so prepping and organisation, was done with military precision, with the inclusion of a plan B incases all failed. As we were only featuring 3 lampshades, set up was relatively easy. Another great aspect of a collaborative stand was not to feel guilty when leaving the stand, as it was in safe hands, each brand rotated shifts of when to man the stand.
With that being said, this gave us the perfect opportunity, to waltz through the rest of London Design Festival, to see what else was happening. The first step was checking one of our all-time favourite designers, both at the Africa Centre and Citizen M hotel. As always he did not disappoint. Full of colourful charisma, we were thoroughly impressed. Continuing the theme of magical colour was designer Camille Walala, who took over the back of Liverpool Street station. There was so much to see at this years LDF, we managed to squeeze in Decorex, Design Junction as well as our home for the week London Design Fair. One of our highlights at Design Junction was bumping into fellow Blue Patch member Eleanor of One Nine Eight Five. Beautiful fringe cushions and wall art, as you know we love a bit of fringe detailing.
Overall we enjoyed our collaborative experience, and would highly recommend brands to give it a try, some great opportunities are bubbling away, we shall keep you informed.
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