Nicola Holden Designs – Contemporary Interior Designer, London.

100% Design tends to be where the larger companies hang out, and there are light switches, staircases and pocket doors, surface finishes and office furniture on offer. However, it is still worth a visit as you never know what you might find nestled in amongst these stands.

Ethnicraft furniture is all about functionality, simplicity and quality. Wood is infinitely renewable, and Ethnicraft consider the consequences of their designs on the environment. I love the contemporary timelessness of their designs.


I have been keeping an eye out for flooring for my new living room, and was drawn to these metallic-effect tiles from Porcelain Tiles. They come in three colours and various sizes, including large format (1.5x3m), and the overall effect is simply beautiful!

Porcelain Tiles

Keeping to the theme of tiles, Antolini had the most spectacular stand at the show with these gorgeous marble tiles inlaid with brass strips – beautiful!


If the beautifully decorated basins I spied at Decorex are not your cup of tea, you might prefer these concrete basins from Kast Concrete Basins. Kast have developed a wide range with customisable options for size, colour and shape.

Kast Concrete Basins

Industville offer a fantastic range of vintage retro antique industrial lighting and furniture, and I am currently specifying several of their lights for a commercial project that I am working on.


Light switches don’t have to be boring white. They don’t even have to be chrome. Look at these little beauties from Focus SB! It’s these sorts of details that can make or break an interior design project. Mind you, I’m glad I’m not the decorator or electrician when it comes to these sort of switches!

Focus SB

I spotted quite a lot of South African design as I walked around the show, although most of it was gathered together on the South Africa stand. A couple of the exhibitors there included Studio 19, which had some interesting lighting and home décor pieces, and Aboda, whose gilded tableware and unique porcelain items caught my eye.

South Africa Pavilion

Another South African product that caught my eye were the handwoven rugs from Coral & Hive. Their range of rugs includes cotton, mohair and karakul wool.

Coral & Hive

Andrew Dominic is originally from Devon, but now creates simple yet beautiful pieces of furniture from his workshop in Cape Town – lucky him! I love the design of this server that features a playful mosaic of opposing angles that toy with light and shadows.

Andrew Dominic

How about these giant ceramic and brass insects by Mambo Unlimited Ideas? Their collection includes ants, beetles, praying mantis, rhinoceros beetles and crickets. One of these is definitely on my wishlist!

Mambo Unlimited Ideas

Next door to 100% Design was a new show, LuxuryMade – a collection of exhibitors all trying to answer the question of ‘What is luxury’. Held in Olympia’s Pillar Halls, many of the exhibitors were companies that I am already familiar with, but some did stand out from the crowd.

So, whilst we’ve got our quirky hats on, how about Emma J Shipley’s cushions? Inspired by the South African plains, her cushions are printed on a cotton and silk blend, and are perfect for adding some jungle exoticism to your home!

Emma J Shipley

But, possibly the best discovery of all at Luxury Made is that this beautiful wallpaper from Calico is now available in the UK! Hip hip horrah!


Well, that’s it from me for the London Design Festival. Now just to put all these brochures into my product library and tidy up my office. I promise not to bombard you all with such regular posts for a while, and hope to get back to my usual schedule of one or two posts a month. Until then…

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