Blue Patch presented work by 10 members at London Design Fair: featured here.
Firstly the walls were painted a lovely Grey Pearl from Reborn Paints. These delicious ‘re-mixes’ of colour divert paint from landfill – an inspiring example of the ‘circular economy’.
Reborn was invented by scientist Keith Harrison and is primarily manufactured in Sussex. With a ‘distemper’ finish, these paints are a big hit with interior designers who want to use ethical paints.
By Lisa Watson also made the wall shimmer with intricate woven Folklore Fabric, reflecting universal folk patterns. Lisa is inspired by authentic British textile traditions as also seen in her 100% British Wool knitted blankets and sumptuous heirloom quilts.
Copper Dust London uses African fabrics for her upbeat, urban lampshades – a fusion of African pattern and London savvy, the lampshades are fringed, so they have movement. Vanessa’s shades come in different colours including a very lovely green and pink and a deep magenta.
Afid Design is designed and built by hand in Newcastle. Michael Armstrong uses FSC and sustainable woods and his silky smooth pieces are made to last. Michael is very happy to do commissions. If you would like to see more of his work in London, you can pop to The Collaborative Store.
Joanna paid us a visit just before the Blue Patch Awards where Juta Shoes won the Social Impact Award.
Denby Pottery, based in Derbyshire, use local clay and a glaze techniques that goes back over 200 years. Nicola Wilson, Senior Designer at Denby, with her beautiful ‘Studio Craft’ range in four colours reflecting English woods: Elm, Birch, Walnut and Chestnut. Visitors to our stand had many Denby stories to tell – the Pottery holds a special place in our culture.
Julia Langley’s paintings revive the faded images of plants found in old gardening and nature books. She’s available for commissions and has a real gift for colour.
Phillip from Fleetwood Fox popped by to test the comfort factor of his ‘overage’ rugs. These bespoke and semi-bespoke heritage flatweave rugs are woven in Wellington, Somerset, from wool spun and dyed in Yorkshire.
If you’re not planning to carpet your stairs just yet, but would love to own a heritage flatweave, these charming ‘overage rugs’ are hot of the loom of the finest flatweavers in Britain, properly finished at the edges, they look stunning on wooden floors and are ideal for small rooms!
Bruce Aitken’s clocks are handcrafted in Matlock, Derbyshire, from native English woods, Ash, Beech, Walnut and 4,000 year old Bog Oak (clock hands).
Fable & Base ‘Hedgerow’ is a brand new range of designs based on plants found in English hedgerows. The textiles are printed on eco linen in eco-friendly inks, available by the meter. Plants include Sea Buckthorn, Travellers Joy, Rosehip, Old Man’s Beard, Elderberry and Hawthorne. The cushions are filled with British wool and textiles are hand printed in Whitstable, Kent.
Studio Perki is a new company but designer-maker Ben Perkins is already building up a reputation for his ‘screwless and glueless’ sleek flatpack furniture sets, perfect for a designer lifestyle for people on the move. Our very last stand visitor – puppy Ralph.
Time to pack up – Studio Perki ‘flatpack’ comes into it’s own – we’d like to stow away our very last stand visitor – puppy Ralph, straight back to Blue Patch HQ.
The stand was designed by Melanie Callender who’s doing a Masters in Advertising, Branding and Communication at the University of West London. Thank you Melanie and good luck with your studies!
A few snaps from set up…
Ben from Studio Perki fitting Fran’s Fable & Base fabric.
Blue Patch aims to be super sustainable so Chris from We Go Clean Air Couriers provided transport. Chris is well on the way to creating a super low carbon transport system – we’re glad We Go are Blue Patch members too!
We hope you enjoy the work of our talented exhibitors. As well as having a stand exhibit The Blue Patch Awards were presented at London Design Fair – it was a wonderful meeting of friends and members!
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