Homes with a Heart at London Design Fair 2023

From across the UK members of Blue Patch’s sustainable design community gathered together to showcase their products. London Design Fair closed due to the pandemic in 2020 – three years later LDF is back with style!

Blue Patch, the UK’s Sustainable Design Community, presented two projects; Homes with a Heart, styled by design writer and consultant Roddy Clarke and a collaboration between Angus Ross, Scottish furniture designer and maker and the heritage Welsh mill Melin Tregwynt.

Roddy Clarke studied at Cambridge University’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership and looks at the social and environmental impacts of design. It was a pleasure working with Roddy and inspiring to see how small makers and heritage manufacturers can be unified into one welcoming installation – we even had a few children settle in for a play!

Our homes should reflect who we are personally and by sourcing from independent makers, we form connections, especially those from places we visit or are local to us. This adds to the narrative of our home and we enjoy our spaces on a deeper level. As a result we’re treasuring items for longer and this reduces the risk of succumbing to trend-led, throwaway habits. 

Roddy Clarke

London Design Fair is an accessible and energetic show, with the interconnected halls of the Truman Brewery lending themselves to a sense of discovery. The East End’s crowded streets lend an ambience to the event, giving it a buzz.

Members of the Blue Patch community met architects, interior designers, buyers and students. This year the general public were certainly heading to the fair to see what can be bought directly from our sustainable and heritage makers and manufacturers.

With a very different shaped economy from the last time we exhibited at London Design Fair in 2019, we were pleased at the genuinely interested visitors and it was great to be back out meeting people again.

The big bonus of Blue Patch is members’ getting together. Connected through a common ethos, they meet new clients and, at the same time, come up with ideas for collaborations – it’s like an incubator for the future.

Jane Langley

The exhibitors:

ANGUS ROSS furniture  Beuzeval Furniture   PLYable Design  Judi Archer Coldharbour Lights  Goldfinch Brookes Furniture  Denby Pottery  Edward Bulmer Natural Paint JOHN EADON Madder Cutch & Co. The Soho Lighting Company Haines AARVEN gomi LORFORDS CONTEMPORARY Storm Flowers Garden Alternative Flooring ONE NINE EIGHT FIVE Melin Tregwynt

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