What a week! The London Design Festival is always an exciting time of the year with trade shows, one-off exhibitions and parties popping up over the city, all in the name of design. We kicked it off this year with our own Pre-Design Week party on 17th September held at the vibrant Material Lab on Great Titchfield Street.

It was an evening of mixology, nibbles, and insider information on designers and brands to look out for at LDF from the renowned interiors journalist Katie Treggiden*. We were delighted to see so many of our Interior Design community there and be able to introduce them to some of our brands and designers.

We were also excited to announce an exclusive gift promotion to celebrate LDF. In collaboration with a selection of our brand members, people who place their first order through eporta during October will be able to choose a fantastic free gift. See below for further details and log in to eporta or request membership to get sourcing.

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Aneeqa Khan, (CEO and Founder of eporta) welcoming a full house at Material Lab.
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Natasha giving a demo of eporta.
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Katie Treggiden giving insider tips on what to see during LDF.
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Even our CEO, Aneeqa Khan, and BIID President, Daniel Hopwood, were unable to resist the unique ‘eporta’ cocktail!

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During the Festival itself we had stands at both Decorex and 100% Design. The compliments quickly started flowing in for the supplier products on show, as well as the range of brands we have available online. There was an undeniable feeling of excitement across both events and we were inundated with membership requests from buyers wanting to get started!

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Our stand at Decorex featuring pieces from Thomas Whittingham Furniture, Cangini e Tucci, April Russell, Tom Dixon, Sarah Colson Ltd, Puik Art, Gum Design, Studio Lunarium, Claire Gaudion, FunkyDoris, Philip Watts Design, Alexandra D. Foster, Rose Uniacke, Splinter Designs, Sarah Christensen Design, JAM Design, Melina Xenaki and James UK, as well as contributions from Karndean Design Flooring and Material Lab.
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We were also able to showcase many of our brands online catalogues to buyers.
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One of our two stands at 100% Design featuring designs from Bellamy Design, James UK, BigDesign, Cangini e Tucci, Another Brand, Jason Heap Furniture, Sarah Christensen Design, FunkyDoris, A Rum Fellow, JAM Design, Boeme Design, Claire Gaudion, Puik Art, Melina Xenaki and Splinter Designs, as well as a social wall to discuss #designmatters.
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Our demo area featured Tom Dixon lighting and a table designed especially for us by Lydiates. Products were also featured from Mar-den, Avivo Lighting and Martin Huxford. Special thanks to Modulyss Carpets from Innerspace for the fantastic flooring.
A selection of the gift promotion items as well as energising snacks to keep the momentum going at 100% Design.
A selection of the gift promotion items as well as energising snacks to keep the momentum going at 100% Design.

All of this would not have been possible if it weren’t for our fabulous sponsors. Huge thanks goes to: Black Moth Vodka, DuvelLiefmansBloom & Wild, JING Tea, 9 Bar, Scheckter’s Organic Energy, Propercorn, Urban Fruit and Icon Design Trail as well as Princi and Babelle for some great food throughout the week.

Finally, click here see what everyone was saying about eporta during the London Design Festival.

* Katie Treggiden is the editor of award-winning blog, confessions of a design geek, and new independent magazine, Fiera.

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