Susan was recently in London for the 21st edition of the London Design Festival. Here, she shares a few thoughts about what she saw – and what she absolutely loved.

September brings London Design Festival...a favorite event of mine. Although this year’s programming was somewhat dampened by torrential rains, the venues did not disappoint.

A Myriad Chandelier by Gabriel Scott, seen in the designer’s beautiful showroom.

The glorious lower level of the APPARATUS Studio showroom.

It was interesting to see so many American studios opening in London: APPARATUS, with their consistently magnificent light fixtures in a sultry and sensual showroom; BDDW showcasing their outstanding furniture amidst whimsical and beautifully made accessories and fashion pieces; and RALPH PUCCI showing the work of Elizabeth Garouste, whose shapely collection incorporating the company’s proprietary Plasterglass looked quite at home amongst the elegant furniture Pucci is known for. All were impeccably styled and presented magnificent product. 

Notable moments from BDDW.

Elizabeth Garouste’s gorgeous work at RALPH PUCCI.

Visits to my favorite retail spots were also on the agenda. Tom Faulkner, Mint, SCP, Gabriel Scott (Oh Canada!), and The Conran Shop...their new showroom in Sloane Square is serenely delicious. Each contributed to a renewed inspiration and excitement for the season ahead.


Tom Faulkner's Pimlico Road Showrom 

The Conran Shop in Sloane Square.


There were also several events on during the Festival including The Chanel Exhibit at the V & A, the “Aura” installation by Pablo Valbuena at St. Paul’s Cathedral, and “Join, Assemble, Hold” at The New Craftsman.

A glimpse of the “Join, Assemble, Hold” exhibition at The New Craftsman.

Pablo Valbuena’s “Aura” installation at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

A look from the Gabrielle Chanel Fashion Manifesto exhbition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

There is a magic to London that is difficult to quantify…. But it is a week I enjoy, savour and always look forward to.