Notes from the London Design Festival

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The London Design Festival, conceived by Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans, is an annual celebration of design. It's a space and a forum which not only promotes the greatest designers, architects, retailers, and educators, but also creates conversation around creativity, art, and design through its multiple events, talks, exhibits, and installations. This year we were impressed by two design thinkers and practitioners, one from London and the other from India.

Discover&Deliver, masterminded by Isabel & Stephanie, is a luxury lifestyle emporium, dedicated to exquisitely crafted furniture, lighting, and accessories. Origin One is from New Delhi, India, masterminded by Pushkar Thakur, who has created an unapologetic collection of handmade stationery which we love. Here’s a look at some inspiration from the 2015 London Design Festival.

Discover&Deliver, the design-led lifestyle group, is a luxury emporium dedicated to exceptional interior design. For the London Design Festival, their Atelier D&D showcased some of India Mahdavis designs from her Jardin D’Interieur Collection, in collaboration with French manufacturer La Manufacture Cogolin. The 100% wool rugs and runners feature Mahdavi's signature bold style and bright colours, and we loved the sumptuous, hand-woven designs and geometric approach to the rugs. Head over to their website for expertly curated designs – and worldwide shipping.

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Image courtesy: http://www.india-mahdavi.com/1/news.html 

India Mahdavi is an internationally acclaimed interior and furniture designer, and scenographer. A winner of the Designer of the Year Award at the Maison et Objet 2004, she has two showrooms in Paris: one retailing high-end furniture and the other for small objects. 

Pushkar Thakur was also at the London Design Festival. The Grafiosi, his Delhi-based design studio, launched its Origin One line of stationery, and we asked him a few questions about his time there.

Tell us about the London Design Festival.
Pushkar: There was so much creativity. It was amazing being amongst so many brilliantly creative and loving people. The vibe, the conversations, the bonhomie, and the city itself are inspirational. So much history and tradition within its folds, with by-lanes of uber modernity - it's been a trip!

Whose art caught your eye there?
Pushkar: Klara Capouskova, Camilla Barnard, Yulia Badian, Iqrup + Ritz, Constanze Schweda and Ekta Kaul.
A lot of the Scandinavian furniture designers were up to some super cool stuff.

Grafiosi at the London Design Festival: why?
Pushkar: We are celebrating our tenth year in design, along with the international launch of our retail brand, Origin One.

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Origin One is a collection of limited edition everyday objects for the design-loving global nomad. Each product owns its individual identity, ranging from wall art and conceptual books to stationery and home décor. The store made its debut at a luxury beach resort in Goa and continues to retail online, and at pop ups and exhibits across the world. The stationery line is targeting anyone looking for quality without cheesy one-liners and stock vectors. It's thread bound, uber minimal, with gorgeous paper stock, and comes in lots of sheets and sizes.

 

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What does your studio look like?
Pushkar: My version of industrial grunge and shabby chic!
What does "Discern Living" mean to you?
Pushkar: Living a life enriched with attention to the smallest, most basic aspects, adding up to an amazing lifestyle.

 
Discern Tip: Use the colorful & vibrant digital artworks sold online on www.thegrafiosi.com, place it on a charcoal brick wall with a white linen sofa, flanked by an industrial bookcase and reclaimed wooden tables to create your own industrial grunge space.