The May Design Series 2015 at London Excel was a truly pleasant experience for us here at Lamps and Lights and with brands never exhibited in the UK before it was very exciting to see some exclusive new products.
The hardest question was “Where shall we go first” ?
Our focus was obviously on lighting though there were plenty of unique furniture pieces that caught our eye along the way. But boy were we spoilt for choice with new lighting design; Striking 21st century light art from Haberdashery London Ltd could not fail to catch our eye.
With many of our trade customers exhibiting at the show we took advantage of this golden opportunity to meet as many as possible and we met some very lovely people, putting a face to the name is always a pleasure, but sharing stories, laughing and joking with them is even better 🙂
Jeff and Gwyn at The Light Yard were a delight to chat with and see their fabulous Alchemist Collection, hand crafted vintage lighting where ‘industrial rustic meets urban chic’ creatively designed with the highly in vogue SteamPunk ‘Victorian industrial’ theme.
Amongst many intriguing pieces the Shore Table by Journeyman Furniture with it’s subtly smooth recessed footprints imitating footprints in the sand and the curvature of the table edge reminiscent of the ebbing and flowing of the tide, and not forgetting the hidden detail underneath the table – the relief footprint – was a cheeky little surprise.
Also wall plates where your child’s hand and footprints can be replicated in wood to make timeless gifts. Perfectly timed for us, Nicholas was showcasing his prototype relief Footprint Table Lamp and we had a lovely chat with him answering his questions of how come up with a suitable solution using our lamp fittings.
It was great to see our products also in use at Storm Furniture and Felix Lighting Specialists chatting with them and listening to the designers, what they like, don’t like and what they need from their suppliers. We took samples of our new fabulous coloured switches and plugs which were very well received and shall be winging their way onto our website shortly. It’s always extremely helpful for us for finding out what new products we should source and stock in the future.
We loved the subtlety of the hand painted lampshades from TMO Lighting When the lamps were turned off the shades, a piece of art looked harmoniously gentle, yet once lit, the layer upon layer of colours sprang into life and gave great depth.
There was nothing subtle about the ostentatious Ostrich Legs lamp from Temple & Ivy, the gregarious bright orange feathers match perfectly with our vibrant orange fabric flex and drew our eye immediately.
The stand that stood out the most was Tatt Light.
I’m not sure there are enough adjectives to describe the wonderfully unique designs and the joyful creative people we met at this individual stand. Vintage style lights inspired by tattoo art, we were definitely illuminated!It was a great pleasure to meet Blottworks founder, Dan Morrison.
Blottworks’ bird lamp series, inspired by birds of prey and the towering cranes found on construction sites with beautiful filament bulbs hung ‘prey-like’ were stunningly smooth engineering feats, but my personal favourite was The Clam Shell Alchemist Lamp. I fell in love!
A plethora of talent under one roof (albeit a pretty big roof, but the sentiment is genuine 😉 and we have to confess we were just an incy bit excited when we realised we were stood next to a fave design guru, Naomi Cleaver. Roll on next year!