September I’ve been expecting you, but you still came around too quickly. I don’t quite feel over summer but in a few short days I’ll be back in Paris for Maison & Objet, then at the London Design Festival (LDF) and all the show’s and districts associated with that, and I’m then off to Italy at the end of the month covering Cersaie. I have also selected some interesting tile and paint options to go with Miss Print wallpapers over at the Reed Harris showroom in Chelsea which you can view mid-month and I’m supporting the NKBA and KBIS Global Connect London events. It’s all go. And quite possibly I’ve overcommitted, but these days it feels like feast or famine. It’s time for my monthly ones to watch on Instagram blog post and my Instagram tip for September is to follow the accounts of those who are going to show you the best of the September interiors shows. And these guys know what they are talking about! These aren’t just Instagram interiors accounts but wider design focused accounts that embrace everything from product design to graphic design and a million niches in between. September on Instagram will be an altogether bright and inspiring place.
THE FULL SPECTRUM // When you’ve been working on a project for five months and it’s finally here. The @london_design_biennale officially opens tomorrow but here’s a sneak peek. Such a joyful moment to see @flynntalbot’s Australian Pavilion ‘Full Spectrum’ – a celebration of love, inspired by the legalisation of same-sex marriage. The exhibition has well and truly blown my mind so make sure you pop down before 23 September! #LDB18 📸 @bellabellabee
First up is the account of Emma Jane Palin who’s actually on the social team for LDF. She has an infectiously colourful grid and can spot something interesting at 100 paces. She’s my top tip for LDF coverage and she’s also great all year round, not just September on Instagram.
Beautiful start to the day @somersethouse for the second @london_design_biennale 💫 Lovely crowd full of loads of our faves and a beautiful day to visit 40 countries showcasing works communicating Darwin’s 7 universal ‘Emotional States’. A really intriguing and unifying selection of people and projects. We’re here with @doganorway and their wonderful ‘No Isolation’ project representing Norway 🇳🇴 and @flynntalbot filming his LOVE installation representing Australia 🇦🇺 GO @_zetteler_ @zettelerfilms ❤️🎥
Sabine Zetteler’s account and that of her agency @_zetteler is wall to wall design inspiration. You’re bound to get a dose of colour alongside gemming up on design insiders. This LDF she’s back promoting Norwegian design among others.
And so it’s September, it’s definitely autumn in Cornwall, and that ‘back to school’ vibe is upon me. I’m really not sure I’m ready for the chaos that is September and October in design world though – anyone else feeling that way? Maybe some new shoes and a new pencil case will do the trick! 📸 @katietreggiden.1
Katie is a force to be reckoned with in the design world, writing for everybody from the Observer, the Sunday Times and Design milk and a multitude of other outlets. Did I mention she’s written a couple of books and used to produce her own magazine? She’s a goldmine of facts, and is currently completing an MA at Oxford University…. you know just in her spare time.
Sight Unseen is an online magazine that covers what’s hot right now in design and visual arts. Always great for colour inspiration, they’ll be keeping their feed full of LDF.
I think Martyn might just be one of the most prolific interior design event attendees I have met. He’s the one to watch for the inside scoop on the parties and the pre-launch sneak previews. I think he more air miles than me too!
I was up bright and early this morning for a colourful 🌈 start to the week at the preview of @london_design_biennale 2018. Saw so many great things – this rainbow beauty by @flynntalbot for 🇦🇺 was a highlight. Sure I missed some so will have to go back. Luckily it opens TOMORROW at @somersethouse and is on until 23 September. (Was great to say hello to @emmajanepalin too 👋- doing a fab job!)
If you like museums or think you should, you need to follow Maxwell Museums who I met at LDF last year. His shot of this year’s installation from Flynn Talbot at the London Design Biennale is rather epic as well. It started yesterday so make sure you head down to Somerset House and see it.
@AchilleSalvagniatelier is pleased to present Savanna, his new autumn exhibition inspired by the colours and textures of the African savanna. The show will introduce a pair of new curved benches, reminiscent of sand dunes, and new chair designs which playfully evoke the animal kingdom. Earthy tones will dominate the space, punctuated by drops of red, yellow and blue across a mixture of classic and brand new pieces, including a custom-made Berber rug commissioned from Jaimal Odedra. ・・・ #LDF18 #london #design #festival #achillesalvagni
Plus you can’t miss the official account of the London Design Festival either. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled this September on Instagram and I hope you’ll keep an eye on me too.