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Home London Trade Show Highlights

From bikes to minimal lamps to cosmic-themed dinnerware, our picks from the impressive design fair

by Cajsa Carlson
on 16 January 2015

At the most recent edition of London’s Home trade show, held in the beautiful Victorian Olympia exhibition space earlier this week, a huge number of designers and brands gathered to showcase their latest products to buyers and press. The fair offers up an impressive selection of the latest design news in the homeware and interior accessories world, with products ranging from novelty gifts to beautiful investment pieces. Among the exhibitors were some design heavyweights showing new lines, as well as smaller brands looking to make an impression. Below is a collection of some of the products that caught our eye.

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Apollo W Lamps

The Apollo W lamps from London’s International Studio are ingeniously constructed, a “modular system of light shades” that can all be combined with each other for different layered combinations. Spun from one-millimeter thick aluminum thread, Apollo comes in four different forms and International has previously created them in a range of colors. At Home, the design studio showed the newest version, the Apollo W in all white. While the older versions allow you to create fun mix'n'match styles, the all-white Apollo really underlines the lamp’s styling cut-out design. The different combinations also let you modify and manipulate the strength of the light as it’s filtered through the shades.

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Diesel Living + Seletti

Italy’s Diesel doesn’t do things by halves, so it stands to reason that a Diesel Living crockery collection would be an innovative take on tableware. Together with Italy’s Seletti, Diesel Living has created everything you need for a decadent, industrial-inspired table setting. The Machine Collection is a “ceramic interpretation of the cogs and gears of industry” and features plates and bowls with toothed edges that look like they’re part of an intricate dinner-machine. Diesel Living + Seletti also showed the Cosmic Diner, a selection of plates representing the nine planets as well as the sun and moon, and its DIY cutlery that seems to come straight from the toolbox. Kooky and fun, parts of the collection were out of this world.

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Skagerak’s Georg collection

Scandinavian styles were going strong at Home, with Marimekko, Sagaform and Iittala all taking part, but it was Skandium’s stand that really brought the goods. On show was Danish label Skagerak’s Georg collection (designed by Christina L Halstrøm) which is now available in black. The subdued line consists of tables, clothes hangers, mirrors, a stool and a bench, and really stood out with its simple, yet stylish design. Graphite grey pillows offset the black wood of the bench and stools for a sombre, classic look, while rubber-band-like fastenings add a playful, contemporary touch.

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Leff Amsterdam

“Nobody really needs a clock.” True words from Leff Amsterdam—as many of us spend most of our working days in front of screens and on our mobile phones, time is just a glance away. But that just makes creating clocks that people want to buy more of a challenge for the Dutch design studio. At Home, they showed a selection of clocks made by contemporary designers, including Erwin Termaat’s beautiful vintage flip clock “Brick," which is made of welded and hand-brushed stainless steel. The collection also features a felt clock by Sebastian Herkner and the latest offering from Leff, designer Piet Hein Eek’s “Tube” series.

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Velorbis

Everyone who’s visited Copenhagen knows that cycling is the transport mode of choice for people in Denmark’s capital. The Velorbis bikes on show at Home were created for exactly these customers, urban commuters looking for cool, classically styled bicycles. The sturdy and elegant bikes can be kitted out with a full line of accessories, including leather tool bags, a wooden front carrier and a wood crate for the rear rack. Velorbis is so far only sold in three UK stores, but hopefully their bikes will soon become more readily available as the stand at Home drew plenty of curious visitors.

Images courtesy of respective brands

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