Tom Dixon & friends
That table stacked with tons of lovely glassware is by iconic Parisian design outfit ciguë. There is also some of the linen collection that the store has become known for – though no bedding or cushion covers sadly – and some great industrial lighting, starting at just £15 (below, bottom right).
But the big launch news from here is the Brooklyn Tins wallpaper by Piet Hein Eek, based on ceiling tiles that are typical to the US – Brooklyn obviously. There are seven papers in the collection.
I’m considering nipping back to this shop for one of those classic French porcelain bathroom lights by the way, shown below.A new Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc is showing her work for the first time in the UK, in a surreal installation called The Cherry Orchard, which includes her lighting and toy cars.
While Mr Dixon is debuting his own new Eclectic collection, which is described as ‘everyday’ household objects. Lovely copper bowls and wooden chopping boards, plus those brogues (quite pointy aren’t they?).
The terrace outside the dock has several temporary huts given over to various designers. Here’s Tom’s with a group of his new scented candle next to a wall of wax that my brother would have loved (he still has a perfect thumb crafted from a melting candle circa 1982. QUITE WEIRD).
In one of the other huts, Naomi Paul is showing her fantastic crochet lamps, which are made from off cut fabrics from the fashion industry, alongside Yemi Awosile’s geometric felted rugs. A great combination.
And Finnish brand Tikau is also here, debuting in the UK for the first time, with the most incredible rugs handmade by artisans in India. The company tries to work with skilled craftspeople who are either in a low caste or no caste at all so there’s an altruist bent to its creations.
Finally I loved Studio TooGood’s Batch chairs and stools, which the company was showing alongside House Hightops that they’re making from felt in one half of the workshop. The idea is about showing people the creative process, the behind-the-scenes-stuff of a British company.