One of the highlights of attending LDF for me these days is spotting designers and companies that are either new or have so far alluded me. Quite how I had failed to notice the Kristjana S Williams Studio up until now I’ll never know because her work is not exactly quiet. It is in fact an explosion of colour, strong graphic lines, intricate drawings and all manner of cavorting creatures. Whether it’s a wall mural, an upholstered chair, a cushion or a piece of art, you will see very intricate collages of materials that have been collected from Victorian engravings, photographs, found objects and real leaves and twigs.  A limited selection have been delicately adorned with gold leaf in order to create an utterly desirable and innovative piece of work.

Kristjana S Williams Studio - Red Parrot Tapestry Chair

Kristjana S Williams is first and foremost an artist whose experience spans illustration, interiors, fashion and design.  She is inspired by nature upon nature ‘the symmetry in all things living‘ which stems from her childhood growing up in Iceland.  As a child growing up with a stark landscape, she was always craving colour and natural wonders, and now looking back she admits she can see the true unique beauty in her homeland which adds ever more inspiration.

Kristjana S Williams Studio - Lear Blue Stripe

Kristjana S Williams Studio cushions


Kristjana S Williams Studio - House Plant Wall Mural

Kristjana S Williams Studio

Kristjana S Williams Studio

I’m talking about this beautiful new line of porcelain tableware from Ilaria Innocenti.

Ilaria Innocenti via Clippings

Each plate is hand embellished with delicate designs and geometric textures in black and gold. The decoration is a collage of impressions and objects redrawn freehand which together form a series of small stories. 

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Too pretty to eat off.

Available via Clippings.

I Spy – Imogen Heath

June 29th, 2012 | Posted by deardesigner in I Spy | Interior Design - (0 Comments)

Imogen Heath is a Surface Pattern and Textile Designer based in Brighton and Hove, East Sussex and she very kindly sent me some photographs of her work this week.  She launched her textiles business just a year ago and already her work has been snapped up by The Design Museum and Heals and it’s easy to see why.

Her designs are so fresh and vibrant and her colour palette is just right for livening up a neutral decor.

My favourite is the Viaduct Blue design (pic 3) inspired by the viaduct in Brighton.

For anyone who wants to know more about Imogen there’s a really nice interview with her that was conducted last year by Katie over on the Heart Home blog.

I am so in awe of Camilla Meijer’s intricate and detailed illustrations.

Camilla was born in Sweden but is now based in London where she set up her brand in 2006.  I can remember being drawn to her amazingly colourful wallpaper designs at 100% Design in 2010 and I’ve been following her closely ever since.

Her recent designs are less colourful but no less lush.  Inspired by nature as always, they have a very strong contemporary feel.  Appropriately fresh for summer, I would love these napkins for a celebratory lunch set up in the garden perhaps.

Can’t you just see why Camilla won the “New Designers One Year On Award” in 2007, was shortlisted for the British Design Awards, Elle Decoration in 2010 and  was one of 10 Women Designers to Watch in 2011 on Apartment Therapy USA?

I Spy – Zeena Shah

February 10th, 2012 | Posted by deardesigner in I Spy | Interior Design - (3 Comments)

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Zeena on her stand at Home London. Her dazzling smile was hard to resist and so were her designs.

 She graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2007 and has since worked in both the fashion and interiors textile industry and continues to work as a freelance textile designer.  She also runs a programme of craft workshops which she hopes will inspire more people to get stitching.

All of her products are hand crafted in the UK and each piece is individually silk screen printed making it truly unique.  Her fabrics are either locally sourced or vintage.  She supports small UK businesses.

The designs themselves are inspired by her love of paper cutting, printing, drawing, sewing and making.  Birds and hearts feature prominently.

Well, as you can see, she has stolen my heart.

100% Design opened today. 

Probably my favourite exhibition of all during The London Design Festival.  So many great new products and some old favourites too.  I’ll be there over the weekend and one of the stands I’ll be visiting is Miss Print who will be launching their new fabric and wallpaper designs.

Aren’t they fabulous?

100% Design  Earls Court, London. 22-25 September.

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