Looking forward to 2020

With all the doom and gloom and craziness both UK and world-wide, this time of year should be a time of escape for me. London has been calling last month and this with Design Week/s and all of its/their wonderfulness.

However, another year of truly bad health finds me recuperating at home and unable to attend ūüėí
That, however, is NOT going to damp my spirits since I can and will take the time to re-group my design mind and live vicariously through the posts of other design geeks out there ūüėä When I’m back on form, my goodness will I be raring to go!

So, here goes. What have I missed? What am I missing:

FOCUS AT CHELSEA HARBOUR¬†(September 15th-20th) –
Alongside luxurious brands there were prolific talks and demonstrations to pique your designer interest.
Focus is a good opportunity to catch up with suppliers and pick up ideas and samples for current and future projects.
This year was no exception with new Showrooms on the block such as Cotswold-based David Hunt Lighting and a pop-up by the truly inspiring Tollgard Design Group 

I always love this as it’s small and contained, with places (with coffee) to just sit and mull and take it all in.

(If you ever have the opportunity to hear Staffan and Monique Tollgard (or either) talk design then go. Their wealth of experience and stunning creative talent is always apparent in the way they talk about design, from how to set up a design business to what makes them tick on a creative level. Always generous with their advice).


UK and global brands in an¬†Uber-cool setting. What’s not to love?¬†

The Italian Loft featured this year with 20 brands from across Italy represented.

DECOREX¬†(October 6-9th) –

So Decorex had a new home this year which I’m sure was a welcome relief to¬†those who, in past years, have had to factor in crazy travel time on top of crazy travel time.

Olympia¬†hosted this year and it will be interesting to see what the take on this was. I’m already excited to attend next year at the same venue.

Seminars for 2019 looked up to par with past years and included¬†‘Commissioning¬†Bespoke Items’¬†with the panel including the inimitable¬†Beata Heuman¬†¬†a topic I love as I am asked more and more to design bespoke furniture for my lovely clients; a way of making a home uniquely theirs¬†
(Bespoke Furniture Design EPI)


I’m a big fan of this (fairly) recently re-vamped area of London which is perfect for this event with¬†Coal Drops Yard¬†at its hub.

Lots of cool pop ups and talks including¬†Elle Decoration’s¬†pop up cafe,¬†Clippings-sponsored series of talks at¬†Everyman Cinema¬†(Britain Can (Still) Make It¬†–¬†Matthew Hilton: furniture and product designer;¬†Richard Blackwell:
Executive Director, Bisley – discussing the future of British Manufacturing /¬†Wellness In The¬†Workplace – Is It Anything More Than A Passing Fad?¬†–¬†Mark Eltringham: Founder of Workplace Insight;¬†Rosamund Pomeroy: Workplace Scientist and Co-Founder of brainybirdz;¬†Sevil Peach:¬†Interior Architect;¬†Michelle Wilkie: Director of TP Bennett).