The Modenus DESIGN HOUNDS set off to London this Fall for The London Design Festival and some amazing antiquing in the English country side with Toma Clark Hanes of the Antiques Diva fame for their first ‘DESIGN HOUNDS’ tour. Their mission: To find out what’s trending and discover great design finds. Veronika Miller and her team from Modenus, the premier digital resource for design professionals and enthusiasts, brought several American designers to scout, find and report on what’s trending this year over the pond.
I adored our hotel, The Rookery. I have stayed in several topnotch London hotels, but this one was by far, the most enchanting. I felt like I was in a Charles Dickens’ novel. Here are some of the design details. .
Attending Decorex is always a beautiful assault on the senses. One stand-out product for me were these cabinets introduced by Luisa Peixoto. Dubbed her “Drop” collection, the face of the cabinets have lovely texture that evokes the sense of a droplet of water on a smooth pool. Aah tranquility..
There were many interesting objects seen on our day antiquing in the Cotswolds with Toma Haines, The Antiques Diva, and Lorford’s Antiques, but this collection of artists’ palettes really spoke to me. I love the color, and I am intrigued by how they represent an artist’s creative process. I should have taken them all home.
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
The trade show, Tent London, always has creative new introductions. Here, I was drawn to the handsome fireplace tools by blacksmith James Price.
Not only were the tools done in copper—a hot metal finish seen throughout the London Design Festival—but good looking fireplace accessories are exceptionally hard to come by. Once my husband and I find our hunting retreat in upstate NY, these babies will be mine
THE FLORA TABLE
by Marcin Rusak is composed of selected and processed flowers that are submersed in a specially-developed resin technique all of which is framed with cast aluminum. This is pure artistry, innovation and craftsmanship. I love the still-life-art quality of this piece. Discovered at Decorex.
The bespoke textiles of Fameed Khalique offer endless possibilities for curated interiors. Varnished copper wire, woven on a jacquard machine, is transformed into luminous panels and can be imagined as wall panels, screens or blinds, or as insets on furniture. Trapped in glass, the textile could be transformed into an extraordinary backsplash. Discovered at Fameed Khalique, Kings Road, London.
THE VICTORIA & ALBERT
What is luxury? The extraordinary. This chandelier is composed of dandelion seed heads that are individually applied to LED lights. To avoid wiring, the lights are powered by an innovative three-dimensional bronze circuit which conducts electricity. The fusion of nature and technology is poetic. Musings at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
A personal invitation to the studio of Fameed Khalique became a highlight of the tour. The studio represents artisans from around the world for a vast collection of the most inspired surface designs including tile, stone, metals, wood, textiles and more. Opening a NYC studio in the near future.