Design fête at Douglas + Bec

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Design fête at Douglas + Bec

  Image: Jeff Brass

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Douglas + Bec is a very small boutique so when faced with the prospect of Designday’s huge crowds, they sensibly decided to bypass squashing everyone into the small rooms and opened up the courtyard in the back. Decked with yellow bunting, this outdoor space felt fun and free. Though there was a blow up tent, everyone was pretty relieved, I would imagine, that the weather held – design fetes don’t have the same carefree fun when drenched.

What worked so well with this installation was that the soul and feel of the products transferred into the entire creation. It was sweet and fun, clean, fresh and elegant, just like the designs that Workroom create and Douglas + Bec stock (but they managed this without overtly pushing the product, so to speak). Design was central, but their installation also showed that high-end design could be soft and friendly. A focus on timber, and coloured metal gave the whole courtyard a cohesive atmosphere and as one peeked through the windows into the set pieces, it felt like you were looking into fantastical worlds that you wanted to take home.


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