One of the highlights of the London Design Festival, for Modenus was the Tramshed exhibition in Shoreditch. It was one of the smaller sites but packed full of interesting design of a very high standard. One of the companies which made it so worth while was De La Espada who say about their collection: ‘Human made, designed by a human, crafted by a human, and made for human interaction. Design with the human in mind.’ We think that’s pretty human of them . The emphasis was on natural materials and meticulous craftsmanship, but with an eye on the real prize – exceptional design. A selection of our favourites follows.Hide chair by Matthew Hilton. So comfortable that we nearly didn’t make it to Tent. Apart from looking good there is something about these that zaps the will to stand.
Lily Family by Leif.designpark. Tables for people with knees they don’t want to tangle up in table legs. A great example of design doing simple things well.
Flower Cup Chair, also by Leif.designpark. Chairs with great visual impact that are great to sit in. So that’s at least two boxes ticked. They are also beautifully made. So that’s three.
And if the chairs were hard to leave this made it very close to impossible, the aptly named Hug 2-seater sofa, again by Leif.designpark. Everyone fights to be in the corner when they gather on the family sectional. This sofa only seems to have corners. Not so much a place to sit as a sofa to live on. Could someone pass me a cup of tea?