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We always look forward to the month of September. This is partly because we know that autumn is just around the corner, when we are reasonably permitted to indulge our desire for cosiness that the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ encompasses. Also, London Design Week, which is naturally the highlight of any interior designer or company’s calendar, falls in September. This year’s Design Week was even more special for AUTHOR.
It is always fantastic to gain recognition for what we are achieving with AUTHOR. For that reason, we were truly thrilled that The Daily Telegraph highlighted AUTHOR in its coverage of London Design Week, describing us as one of the “best new brands” to be seen at the event.
If you did not manage to read our Telegraph feature, you can find it here.
Decorex and 100% Design are the two main trade fairs held during Design Week and where many of the big brands exhibit. Well-known names in interiors typically choose to launch their latest collections and products to the industry at Decorex.
Charlotte James makes beautiful chairs for the AUTHOR collections, and this year at Decorex the furniture maker unveiled a feast of mustardy yellow toned fabrics. Decorex also sees the launch of some interesting new collaborations including the one between another of AUTHOR’s makers, Scottish designer Iona Crawford, and Gleneagles Hotel chef, Andrew Fairlie. Their beautiful new collection, ‘Our Secret Garden’, features wallpapers, prints and fabrics inspired by the Perthshire garden in which Fairlie grows rare and remarkable produce for his Two Michelin Star restaurant.
It is always lovely to meet old friends during London Design Week but this year we also had the exquisite pleasure of making many new ones. The opening night of the London Design Fair, which is part of the Design Festival and located in Old Truman’s Brewery, afforded us the valuable opportunity to make the acquaintance of some less well-known craftspeople.
The evening was alive with the buzz created by people of all different nationalities and from a whole range of trades and expertise; from textile designers to ceramicists, chocolate makers to cutlers. This is one of the most invigorating aspects of Design Week
the coming together of designers and craftspeople from a variety of occupations and creative industries in one wonderful big melting pot to collaborate, promote and experiment.
Work by some of AUTHOR’s own makers was also exhibited at the London Design Fair. Craft Scotland, as part of its Scotland Craft and Design Pavilion, displayed stunning pieces by AUTHOR makers David Watson, Namon Gaston, Myer Halliday and Harry Morgan. We were delighted to have the opportunity to support our makers at this event.
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