Atypical Home

London ended summer and started autumn with a lot of design activity. I heard about a variety interesting sounding events but didn’t make it to many; just due to lack of time and preparedness. However, I did make it to designjunction and DreamHouzz within around a week of each other and both were pleasant, well-organized events. The thread between the two that I took away can easily be explained by my own preoccupation with the small, cute, and sometimes quirky items that I have scattered about my flat like toys for a grown up. Little things that may be useful or may just fill a space unobtrusively.

The Doon Street location for designjunction was spread over two floors. “Small” items and lighting were traded and displayed on the ground floor and furniture was on the top level. This felt like the opposite of what I would have expected but it worked.

I browsed on the ground floor and picked up a few small items and spent my time upstairs talking to the exhibitors about what they do, their brand concepts; and overall just enjoyed looking at the lovely pieces of furniture.

DreamHouzz popped up this time in a warehouse in Bermondsey. Full rooms were decorated following a detailed brief/profile of the inhabitants. Bedrooms, living rooms, and dining areas were expertly styled with recognizable themes and cohesive bold colour palettes.    

Happily; I found my preferred interior aesthetic of small/eccentric items dotted about on shelves and tabletops on display at DreamHouzz and purchasable at designjunction. Quite a departure from the minimalist styling that has taken such a foothold in the world of interiors for many years. In their own way, these objects give texture to the space that minimalism would instead flatten or smooth out.

Earlier in the summer I read “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick and was introduced to, and quickly became fond of, kibble which in the world of the story are useless objects that somehow multiply and take over living quarters long after they have been abandoned. I hope this current, minor trend of “small things” in interiors multiplies, and continues. Not least because these items make excellent gifts and once summer is over; isn’t everyone already thinking about Christmas shopping?

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