The West End Design District is the latest must-visit destination at this year’s London Design Festival, celebrating the best design in the heart of London’s iconic west end.
Leading design brands and stores have collaborated to form the West End Design District, a vibrant shopping destination promoted by designjunction and supported by Elle Decoration magazine and VISA Europe.
The West End Design District is an unmissable opportunity to see, savour and purchase the latest home products from dedicated brand showrooms, niche design boutiques, pop-up shops and larger department stores.
The Alessi company was founded in 1921, at Omegna, Italy, where it remains today as an international, family owned and run business. It has developed a policy of design excellence, which has made it one of the leading internationally renowned Italian Design Factories.
Another Country makes contemporary craft furniture in their workshop in Dorset. Their designs are archetypal, calling on the familiar and unpretentious forms of British Country kitchen style, Shaker, traditional Scandinavian and Japanese woodwork. It is the spirit and functionality of these honest forms of furniture that Another Country endeavor to re-interpret for a modern customer. Another Country was founded in 2010 and designs all the products in-house. It aims to deliver quality and longevity at fair prices – their products are built to last, in terms of construction, style and the environment, with everything made from FSC certified solid wood in the UK.
Founded in 1960 by Ernesto Gismondi, President, the Artemide Group is based in Pregnana Milanese and operates through 24 controlled and related companies and a distribution network that includes almost 60 single-brand showrooms in major cities all around the world. The Artemide products are distributed in 98 different Countries. With 5 manufacturing plants in Italy, France, Hungary, and the US, 2 glassworks, and 2 R&D facilities in Italy and in France, the Group currently employs about 750 units, including 68 involved in R&D activities, thus confirming the primary role of innovation as a key factor for the Group’s success.
Darkroom is an independent store and online shop based in Bloomsbury London, offering a carefully curated and eclectic mix of hand-made, unusual and one-off accessories for men, women and the home. Showcasing bold design from across the globe, Darkroom aims to bridge the divide between fashion and interiors.
Our role is to inspire customers with great products and knowledgeable service in an environment that is welcoming and stimulating. Our shop in Covent Garden offers a wide range of design furniture, lighting, accessories, tableware, kitchenware and stationery to contract and private customers. We focus on products that are functional, versatile, fun, unique and beautiful. We especially like to work with emerging talent through our Do Masters programme, where we select young designers from design school graduates and market their products in our store with most of the profits returned to the designers.
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DOMUS is building its brand new west London showroom in Eastcastle Street W1 and will open for LDF2013, in September.
Following on from the success of its showroom in London Clerkenwell, the new Domus West_1 showroom will be a convenient and inspirational hub for architects and designers to specify, a showcase of innovative materials presenting the very latest industrial designs of tiles, mosaic and stone, and the place to learn about cutting-edge hard surface solutions.
Founded in 1872, Fritz Hansen is one of the world’s leading design and manufacturers within premium furniture design. Fritz Hansen is renowned for its quality and collection of design icons through collaborations with some of the world’s most influential architects and designers.
Some of the most recognized designs within Fritz Hansen’s collection include the Egg™, Swan™ and Series 7™ chair designed by Arne Jacobsen, the China Chair™ designed by Hans J Wegner and the PK22™ and PK80™ day bed designed by Poul Kjærholm.
Founded in 1852, Hästens is Sweden’s oldest manufacturer of beds which started out primarily making saddles and carriage furniture. In the late 1980’s the present owner, Jan Ryde took over the reigns at Hästens and thus became the fifth generation to run the privately owned family company. Jan Rydes aim is that Hästens should provide as much benefit for the user as possible. A good night’s sleep gives a better day and in the long-run a better life.
Heal’s has been designing, making and selling quality furniture for more than two centuries now, so it’s no surprise that we’re known as ‘the home of modern and contemporary designer furniture. Starting out as a bed-makers in 1810, and later embracing the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement, Heal’s has a long history of collaborating with prominent designers. We’re as passionate today as we’ve always been about introducing new ranges, discovering stars of the future and pushing the boundaries of outstanding contemporary design. Heal’s may be 200 years old, but we’ve no intention of slowing down just yet.
Known for its collaborations with the foremost talents in contemporary design, Ligne Roset presents the consumer with a lifestyle choice, complementing its furniture collections with decorative accessories, lighting, rugs, textiles and occasional items.
The Roset Group is distinguished from other manufacturers by its tradition of close collaboration with both established and emerging designers. Matching its deeply-held belief in design with investment and technical innovation, it possesses the knowledge and ability to build and consolidate a worldwide distribution network.
Magma are a small group of independent shops providing an alternative collection of books and gifts. To compliment the shop, Magma work closely with artists and designers in commissioning and producing a hand-picked range of quality products.
The high-tech modernist furniture of British firm OMK was regarded as the epitome of British design during the late 1960s.
Formed in 1965 by Professor Rodney Kinsman RDI to market and sell his designs, OMK quickly became one of the leading lights of British high end furniture design in the 1960s and the brand has only increased in popularity over time.
Founded by Terence Conran in 1973, The Conran Shop’s roots are in London, where it was responsible for the revival of the historic Michelin House building on Fulham Road, Chelsea. The Conran Shop has since grown with stores in Marylebone and Paris to become a leading luxury retailer offering a covetable edit of furniture, lighting, home accessories and gifts from some of the most iconic and up-and-coming designers from around the world.