Guest blog: Kelly Rice, BA (Hons) Interior Decoration, Design & Styling.
BA (Hons) Interior Decoration, Design & Styling students hit London for Sleep…and we’re NOT talking naps, we’re talking Europe’s prestigious hotel design, development and architecture event.
With imaginative designs and thought-provoking debates, first and second year Interior Design students made their way to the capital, where they attended the 12th annual Sleep, as well as visiting Chelsea Design Centre, a hub of interior design excellence, home to 120 showrooms and 600 of the world’s most prestigious luxury brands.
On Tuesday morning we made our way from the Generator Hostel to London’s Business Design Centre in Islington, where we were able to visit and network with Sleep’s exhibitors, all leading professionals in the hotel design, development and architectural scene.
"The show provided fabulous inspiration for all contract type interiors, and it was so helpful talking to experts about what they do, design and create."
Among displaying brands were Ligne Roset, manufacturers of contemporary furniture and decorative accessories; Designers Guild, designer and wholesaler of furnishing fabrics, wallcoverings, upholstery and bed and bath collections (worldwide run from London), and founded by Trisha Guild; Ercol, High quality and high design UK furniture makers; Shaw Hospitality, USA based flooring specialists that are able to digitally print carpets on a mass scale, along with Romo Group, six established groups providing a comprehensive range of fabrics and wallcoverings along with many more.
We were then fortunate enough to have a meeting at Allermuir, the high-quality furniture manufacturer, in London’s Design district Clerkenwell. A member of their team, Jane, gave us an informative talk about their designs, and what goes into the furniture they create for offices, receptions, breakout areas, hotels, restaurants and hotels.
After this, we went on to Vitra, the design giant, notorious for having the design rights for some of the most famous design classics in the world, such as Charles & Ray Eames Lounge Chair. We were given a tour of their studio and were allowed to take photos of their amazing showroom.
Clerkenwell is renowned for being London’s Design district, so we made the most of it whilst there, visiting Moooi, which was founded in 2001 by Dutch designers Marcel Wanders and Casper Vissers. The name is derived from the Dutch word ‘Mooi’ that defines the concept of beauty in a broad sense. The pair added the extra ‘o’ to distinguish from the original meaning and add value to the brand’s concept.
Moooi has become internationally recognised for taking standard furniture and giving it a fun and playful twist with their bold designs. Featuring pieces such as chairs, sofas, cabinets, lighting and a range of accessories.
We also visited the Material Lab, whose main objective is to resource and research an extensive range of current innovative materials. The studio’s in-house materials library is a whole new level of inspiration and magic! It was created in 2006 in response to what the architect and design community was asking for, by the UK’s leading tile manufacturer Johnson Tiles.
The trip was highly relevant to our modules, for both the first and second year, and it was loads of fun… other than the train getting stuck in ‘slippery rain’ on the way home! Oh, and my suitcase wheel falling off under the weight of my newly refreshed brochure library!
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