LDF 2017 – Upcycled Highlights

My time was limited at the London Design Festival this year, I need to book an Airbnb for three nights next year to get around everything (pretty sure I say that every year so I may have to book now whilst it’s on my mind), because of this I had to do my research and head to the LDF district with the most to offer in terms of recycling and upcycling…this year that district was Shoreditch. You can view the full details of the Shoreditch Design Triangle here.

My first stop was the My Warehouse Home apartment in Perseverance Works, designed styled beautifully by Sophie and the team to showcase everything the My Warehouse home blog and book is about. The brick walls were painted in bold, industrial hues that created the ideal backdrop for the vintage furniture and accessories.

My particular favourite details (although I loved the whole space enough to move in tomorrow) were the bulkhead lights framing the bed, a really clever idea and the huge dining table set invitingly for dinner.

I also finally got my hands on the My Warehouse Home book that I’m really looking to getting stuck into this weekend, I had a quick flick through on the train home & it looks sure to be one of my coffee table books.


Next up I headed to Restoration Station on Shoreditch High Street, a social enterprise which runs workshops for people in recovery, teaching them furniture restoration skills and selling the upcycled pieces on in the workshops on site store. Restoration Station collaborated with designer Yinka Ilori to create a collection of chairs in his signature style, the chairs are for sale in a silent auction ending on Tuesday 26th September, you can bid and read more here).

I had a quick tea break in Ace Hotel alongside a preview of their Ready Made Go exhibition which is this year based on sustainably recycling plastic in a design led and fun way! I LOVED the pieces and could happily of brought one of each home with me. The great thing about Ace’s LDF installations is that they stay long after the festival ends as useful pieces of the Hotels collection. In the cafe the coffee pots have recycled plastic lids in a marbled finish, very cool white cake stands and these unique stools which are all slightly different due to the plastic mix used for each one.

In the lobby are these beautifully crafted coffee tables, made from recycled plastic too with some stunning simple detailing.

Ace Hotel London, Ready Made Go 3, photography courtesy of Jørn Tomter, tomter.net (19)

Outside the front of the hotel the sculpted plastic really comes into it’s own in this gorgeous garden style installation…imagine this set up in your garden!? I’m considering adding a piece to my outdoor living space.

Ace Hotel London, Ready Made Go 3, photography courtesy of Jørn Tomter, tomter.net (17)

And lastly I couldn’t visit the area without a quick look around Boxpark could I? Lots of the stores there had something going on as a part of the festival, there were some amazing window displays going on.


What we’re your #LDF17 best bits? If you’ve not caught the above exhibitions yet there is still chance to be inspired today.

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Natalie Lockwood Interiors has been showcased at Grand Designs Live and Ideal Home Show as well as being featured in national newspapers and magazines.