2016 London Design Festival Trend: Raw Beauty

Smooth, chiseled or sandy. Beauty is in the raw material itself, sometimes further enhanced by chiseling to create shadows, patterns and color variances.

Experiment in making forms from metal scraps using hot compaction process. This process is also used as alternative method to remelting.

Experiment in making forms from metal scraps using hot compaction process. This process is also used as alternative method to remelting.

The subtle print effect makes this tile even more interesting and three-dimensional. Timeless collection by Porcelain Tiles

The subtle print effect makes this tile even more interesting and three-dimensional. Timeless collection by Porcelain Tiles

Splits are okay. It is not an imperfection, but beauty of a living material. Vessels by Forest + Found

Splits are okay. It is not an imperfection, but beauty of a living material. Vessels by Forest + Found

Vessels by Forest + Found

Vessels by Forest + Found

Basket-weave type pattern. Notice the light and dark contrast from the grooves. Hedonism collection by Petra Antiqua

Basket-weave type pattern. Notice the light and dark contrast from the grooves. Hedonism collection by Petra Antiqua

Machined, but random texture creates shadows that reveal a mountain landscape. Hedonism collection by Petra Antiqua

Machined, but random texture creates shadows that reveal a mountain landscape. Hedonism collection by Petra Antiqua

Another interesting pattern from the shadows. Hedonism collection by Petra Antiqua

Another interesting pattern from the shadows. Hedonism collection by Petra Antiqua

Flexi-Stone collection by Mountskape

Flexi-Stone collection by Mountskape

2mm stone veneers made by applying chemicals to different stones, making them pliable enough to strip off thin layers. Each sample shown here is the natural color of the stone, not painted. They are flexible just like wood veneers. The sales rep said their stone veneer is used by Bentley, however the Bentley website only mentioned a Mulliner brand. Flexi-Stone collection by Mountskape

2mm stone veneers made by applying chemicals to different stones, making them pliable enough to strip off thin layers. Each sample shown here is the natural color of the stone, not painted. They are flexible just like wood veneers. The sales rep said their stone veneer is used by Bentley, however the Bentley website only mentioned a Mulliner brand. Flexi-Stone collection by Mountskape

Raw marble is carved super thin for a soft glowing lamp. Foxfire by Raw Material

Raw marble is carved super thin for a soft glowing lamp. Foxfire by Raw Material