On Wednesday night we were invited to the Habitat Design Reunion party at the Platform exhibition level of the King’s Road store to celebrate the brand’s 50th birthday. The concept was simple yet enormously effective and the installation itself was really beautiful – a great launch to throw amongst the London Design Festival mix!
For the launch, Habitat welcomed back acclaimed designers to create exclusive designs and statement pieces for their AW14 collection. The designers included Shin Azumi, Tord Boontje, Sarah Campbell, Claire Norcross, Simon Pengelly and Aaron Probyn.
The display was hugely effective – we were taken through a blackened maze where behind each corner another designers work emerged. Each piece was presented with a narrative, whether that was through the lighting, an image or a video installation.
Tord Boontje’s ‘Bouquet’ lights for instance took you in to a fantastical enchanted jungle. Boontje actually collected leaves and flowers that were then pressed, scanned and modified all of which were the basis of the piece.
Continuing with the flora designs, Sarah Campbell’s ‘Fifty Leaves’ rug was exactly what it said on the tin. Adorned with 50 coloured leaves the rug would make for a beautiful statement piece in the home. With a leaf for each Habitat year, Sarah truly celebrates Habitat’s birthday with her interpretation of candles on a cake.
Other highlights included the simplistic design of Shin Azumi’s ‘Waku’ bed, Simon Pengelly’s ‘Wing’ extending dining table (who’s accompanying butterfly video, which you can see above, perfectly reflected the piece) and also Claire Norcross’s ‘Crystalline’ chandelier…
But it was Aaron Probyn’s ‘Tessellate’ golden geometric light formations that we’re truly coveting. The wall lamps come in blocks meaning they can be multiplied to create varying structures or simply as one visual installation. At £275 per formation, they’re not the cheapest but what an amazing investment and statement piece they’d make for the home.
The Design Reunion collection has now launched and is available from Habitat stores as well as online.
Thanks for having us Habitat and Happy Birthday!
David & Mark x