London Design Festival 2011

London takes center stage in the design world every September with the opening of the London Design Festival. Over 300,000 visitors from 22 countries enjoyed a week of events celebrating fashion,design, art and all that is new and creative. The 2010 edition of the festival presented over 240 exhibitions open to the public, includingAudi’s spectacular Outrace installation in Trafalgar Square in addition to 20 new shows at the famed Victoria and Albert Museum.

egalité – suzanne trocmé

ven – claudia + harry washington

poolside at the historic haymarket

Bernhardt Design premiered four new seating concepts from leading international designers: Jaime Hayon, Jephson Robb, Monica Förster and Harry andClaudia Washington. The products were presented at the Pool and Shooting Gallery of the historic Haymarket. The unveiling of the new showroom in Clerkenwell provided a contemporary setting for the pieces. A retrospective featuring the work of Suzanne Trocmé, celebrating her five year collaboration with Bernhardt Design, was exhibited at EastLondon’s Andaz Hotel.

Illustrious designer Jaime Hayon’s Bardotsofa was inspired by the indelible images of French film star Brigitte Bardot. The seating collection was displayed in lipstick cherry stretch knit fabrics. Bardot is a generous sofa; its sexy lines and curves undoubtedly live up to its namesake.

bardot – jaime hayon

corvo – noé duchaufour-lawrance

Harry and Claudia Washington’s Ven chair delivers a dynamic punch in a very small package and is the perfect antidote for smaller spaces in our ever shrinking world. Ven has the scale of a dining chair while retaining the form of a club chair.

noé duchaufour-lawrance and jaime hayon


Vika is Stockholm’s celebrated designer Monica Förster’s first collaboration with an American company. In gleaming white fiberglass, the chair has the stature of a modernist icon, but strikes a current pose when dressed in bright fabrics and metallic leathers. Förster provides a canvas which allows the individual an opportunity to create a look that is uniquely their own.

loft – shelley shelley

Scottish product designer and artist Jephson Robb made his debut in furniture design with the Amri chair. Conceived to be a visually inviting and comfortable lounge chair, Amri meets expectations and delivers with the perfect pitch.

remy – bernett + dodziuk

amri – jephson robb