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London Design Festival

De La Espada at Tramshed 2011

From 22-25 September as part of London Design Festival, De La Espada and our seven designer-led brands will exhibit at Tramshed 2011, launching over 20 new products. We proudly launch collaboration with two new brands at the event, Søren Rose Studio and Benjamin Hubert. New products include:

Søren Rose Studio

Søren Rose Studio launches collaboration with De La Espada through the outstanding Park Avenue Collection. Nine products will make their debut at Tramshed 2011, combining the best of the Scandinavian furniture tradition with a New York contemporary feeling. The collection exhibits true craftsmanship while exploring new material combinations including cork, marble, aluminum, brass, fabric and natural wood. Using solid, beautiful materials, the collection is simple in nature yet obsessive in detail, resulting in long-lasting, timeless pieces that offer a fresh take on modern living.


Studioilse will show the Companions family of furniture, designed to support daily life. The family includes a bed and bedside table available in white oiled chestnut with cork bowls as storage for private bits. In addition is a slim writing desk, proportioned to fit in the spaces in between. Also launching are the Sidekicks, a series of small occasional tables that live throughout the home to accommodate our different activities.

Matthew Hilton

Matthew Hilton will launch two new products to his eponymous brand. HAL is a glass top coffee table with an interlocking Corian base. Available in two sizes and a choice of black or white Corian. Also launching is Maia, an object of non-specified use that can be used as a side table, stool or step. Maia is made from solid wood and features complex joinery created by CNC technology. Both products reflect Matthew Hilton’s signature attention to detail and love of craft - both technological and traditional.


Autoban will launch six new products manufactured by De La Espada. Daisy Coffee Table and Daisy Lamp have organic forms crafted from solid oak or walnut. Pill lamp is a tabletop lamp available in three sizes, with an industrial form that casts striking ambient light. Zenovitch is a luxurious chandelier in painted and gold-plated steel that reinterprets historic Turkish influences through a contemporary lens. Slice chair is a slatted solid wood chair inspired by garden furniture, available with or without upholstery. Suite Bed features a dramatic wrap-around timber headboard softened with upholstery. The products reflect Autoban’s signature aesthetic, which combines diverse influences, textures and materials to create bold, statement pieces.


Leif.designpark will introduce the first bed to their collection, Suu, which combines timber, upholstery and storage options for a quiet, comfortable, and functional bedroom. Also launching is Al lamp, a painted aluminium pendant available in two sizes. New options for existing products include painted versions of Tone Kids Table and Tone Kids Chair, and a marble tabletop for Lily Family.

Charlene Mullen

Charlene Mullen will launch new cushions from the Plectrum range, featuring bold shapes created with tapestry wool couched down onto natural linen. Largely monochrome, the motif is broken up with a light dose of vibrant colour. Also launching are new colourways of existing designs including Chicken Wire, Big Jax and Small Jax.

Benjamin Hubert

Benjamin Hubert will launch a range of furniture and lighting in collaboration with De La Espada. Inline with Benjamin Hubert’s material-led design process, the project utilises a range of natural materials including, granite, ash, marble, blown glass and leather in a celebration of the handmade. The raw materials are given an industrial edge with an emphasis on new construction techniques, a progressive typology and a function-led minimal aesthetic.

Tramshed 2011

The Tramshed event returns to the London Design Festival for its second year. A complete lifestyle event, Tramshed 2011 offers everything from furniture and lighting to cookware, cosmetics, textiles, ceramics, music, and fantastic food housed in an artful pop-up cafe. A departure from traditional trade exhibitions, the event aims to inform and entertain both professionals and the public alike.

The Tramshed 2011 Seminar Series is a provocative and entertaining series of discussions with designers, manufacturers, producers, and journalists intended to stimulate conversation and foster connections. Conducted by Sam Grawe, former Editor-in-Chief of Dwell and regular speaker on design, it will address the broad scope of issues facing the contemporary design field and highlight the diversity of approaches being undertaken.

The Tramshed, 32 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3LX
Find out more about Tramshed 2011 and download the Tramshed Guide here

The Living Room exhibition

From 17 September until 2 October, Matthew Hilton exhibits his Kimble Windsor Chair as part of The Living Room exhibition at London Design Festival. The Living Room showcases products, furniture and printed works that have been designed and made in Britain. The hand-picked products transform the gallery space into a comfortable living room.
Luna & Curious, 24-26 Calvert Avenue, London E2 7JP

The British Design Awards

Matthew Hilton, Studioilse and Benjamin Hubert have all been shortlisted in the British Design Awards 2011 as follows:
Benjamin Hubert: Best Product Design and Designer of the Year
Matthew Hilton: Best Product Design
Studioilse: Best Product Design and Best Interior Design
View the shortlist and cast your vote here

Other Design Events This Week

Valencia Fair, Spain

From 20-24 September, as part of Spain's Feria Habitat Valencia, Azul La Casa Contemporanea will hold an in-store exhibition including products from Matthew Hilton, Autoban, Leif.designpark, Studioilse and De La Espada.
Azul La Casa Contemporanea, Pintor Sorolla 11 Bajo, 46002 Valencia, Spain

Inside Design, Netherlands

From 23-25 September, our Amsterdam retailer, Suite Wood, will exhibit as part of the most inspiring design event in the Netherlands, Inside Design. Presenting work from Autoban, Leif.designpark, Matthew Hilton, Studioilse and Charlene Mullen.
Diemerparklaan 79, Haveneiland West, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Matthew Hilton Film

In a new film by Dutch filmmaker, Juriaan Booij, Matthew Hilton discusses his inspiration, love of photography, eponymous brand and relationship with De La Espada. Featuring rich colours, textures, and music, the film beautifully communicates Hilton's approach to design.
View the film on Dezeen Screen here

Recent Press

Recent editorial coverage includes features in Dwell, Wallpaper, Elle Decoration, World of Interiors, Evening Standard, and Belle. Find further press here