Having handpicked the heroes from the show floor at 100% Design, we now turn our attention to looking back on a handful of highlights from London Design Fair, Design Junction and Biodesign at London Design Festival 2018. So come with us on a whistle-stop tour, and don't forget your toothbrush.
There's a small magnet in the neck of the toothbrush so you can store it handsomely and hygienically on the bathroom wall
Having just eaten a sticky bun, we conveniently stumbled upon a stylish leap in toothbrushing design at the London Design Fair. Dubbed the Usetool Toothbrush it consists of a sonic wave toothbrush, sterilizer and magnetic wall-mountable holder. Flipping your toothbrush on its head and sitting it in the the sterilizer keeps your bristles in rude health. Created by exciting up-and-coming designer Jiyoun Kim, the sleek minimalist forms and magnetic wall storage certainly make it a desirable bathroom buddy.
Made for the Usetool Company and launching in the US soon The sterilizer sits on a sleek wireless charger, with room for more Jiyoun Kim in his studio making sure every bristle lines up perfectly
The entire collection also includes the Container Kiwi bird-shaped storage and Rhino Lamp
"Kids furniture" doesn't usually grab us by the pigtails with excitement, but ecoBirdy is a new range that was turning heads at the show, including ours. The striking exaggerated curves of the Chair Charlie and Table Luisa give the pieces an almost animated and animal-like character, made all the better in the knowledge that they're made from 100% recycled plastic. The bods at ecoBirdy even smartly separate the plastic waste by color, which means they can give each product distinctly striking look. Time to request some adult-sized versions.
ecoBirdy has also started a school programme to raise awareness around plastic waste and recycling among kids All those curves mean serious knee-knocking and shin-smashing are out of the picture
Some objects, like the felt creation (far right) are designed for simple sensory games - there's a single little pearl bead nestled in one of the folds that children have to feel for and find
Another fascinating and child-focussed piece of design. This time to help children who have autism spectrum disorders. Paula Lorence is a talented graduate from the Riga School of Design and Art who has developed a set of beautiful and highly functional objects called Taktil that provide tactile sensory stimulation, designed to help autistic kids focus, overcome sensory sensitivities and soothes anxiety during therapy. Carefully selected materials and colors are used to make objects that are each individually crafted to carry out a specific functions or games. Currently a working concept Lorence is now looking to get support to help develop the product further.
There are three collections of Taktil objects, each set tailored for children with different types of autism This collection consists of stress relievers with lots of pleasingly squeezable and highly tactile surfaces that happen to be sculpturally charming too
Jun Kamei is a Biomimicry Designer and Material Scientist and the brains behind Amphibio
Easily the most mind-bending show at the London Design Festival, the Biodesign exhibition was a hive of live experiments and ideas associated with the exploration of designing new biological concepts. From growing sustainable mycelium based objects, to detecting DNA in your food at home, there was heaps of high-level thinking going on, and one particular out-there project ignited our imagination when we saw the working prototype in the flesh for the first time. Amphibio, a 3D printed amphibious concept garment that lets you breath underwater. How does it work? Well… "The gill accessory is 3D-printed from a microporous hydrophobic material, which supports sub-aqua breathing by extracting oxygen from the surrounding water and dissipating the carbon dioxide that accumulates in the system." Simple.
Designer Sinae Kim was displaying her collection of ceramics which are glazed with minerals extracted from human urine, dubbed Urine Ware Minima is a home DNA kit for your kitchen that uses biotechnology to help people with specific diets or folks just curious about their food to better understand what they're eating The team at Mycterials are creating sustainable fungal biomaterials using synthetic biology, engineering and design
The entire Childhood Series furniture collection (or playground). Designer: Wanghe Studio
Despite the name, Wanghe Studio's Childhood Series is aimed squarely at adults and wants you to go play. Whether that means swinging on the rocking stool or skidding the skateboard inspired clothes rack into a corner. Designed for small apartments, each piece either has a small footprint or is intended for dual use, like the Marshmallow Sofa with its integrated and detachable side tables.
Simply roll your hand up and down the oak dowels until you're happy with your abstract light pattern
It's playtime again as new designer Georgina Heighton aims to give us a casual excuse to engage in some spontaneous physical play "with no questioning or judgement" with her Kel Lamp. What's lovely about Heighton's creation is that it's pretty effortless to lose yourself in the satisfying motion of rolling a simple bundle of oak dowels up and down and creating all sorts of patterns of light. As with the Pluck & Hug light, there's certainly no shame in taking a minute to let a little ray of spontaneous light into your life.