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March 14th, 2015


Top picks from London Design Week 2015: “Artisanal” and “Fun”

One of the events we always look forward to is London Design Week at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour.  A place we know well, the harbour is always transformed during their annual Focus/trade exhibitions. At over 145,000 sq ft, you’re never short of sourcing what you need. Individual events, workshops, talks and forums allow for market/product updates and exciting exchanges between fellow designers and brands.

It’s a visual feast and this year the Harbour was decked out in a “Spring Green” theme with “George the Giraffe” adding to the feeling of fun and anticipation.

"Spring Green" theme and one of the centre pieces "George the Giraffe"

“Spring Green” theme and one of the centre pieces “George the Giraffe”

Much to our delight there were two strong new themes flowing through many of the new ranges; “Artisanal or hand made” and “fun”. Several window displays set the tone for the “artisan” theme. We loved these two, featuring vintage spools and hand spun flour sacks by fabric specialist Abbott and Boyd and Tim Page Carpets.

Artisanal-themed window displays by Abbott and Boyd and Tim Page carpets

Artisanal-themed window displays by Abbott and Boyd and Tim Page carpets

In fabrics and wallpapers the theme was reflected in lots of new embroidered designs, rich colours and textures. These designs with all-over embroidery from Zimmer and Rohde caught our eye…

 

New "artisanal" collection from Zimmer and Rohde

New “artisanal” embroidered collection from Zimmer and Rohde

… as did the newly introduced collection of wide-width wallpapers from Lewis and Wood. Not only did we love the designs, they can also be customised/scaled to fit your scheme. We think this hand-crafted Porta Romana wall lamp would look stunning on a plain wallpaper design!

New wide width wallpapers from Lewis and Wood and the Ivy Shadow Wall light from the Tord Boontje Collection at Porta Romana

New wide width wallpapers from Lewis and Wood and the Ivy Shadow Wall light from the Tord Boontje Collection at Porta Romana

The other theme we mentioned was “fun”. Here the Cole and Son showroom was our favourite with the new “Whimsical” collection. The Paddy & Louis Border made me smile “providing a witty take on a classic Cole & Son archival paper, it features two mischievous cats and an elusive mouse hiding atop a regency style block moulding.” I’m looking for an excuse to use this. We also admired the addition of the busby style lampshade to the updated design classic “Duck Feet” lamp by Porta Romana!

The "Whimsical" range from wallpaper specialists "Cole & Son" and design classic "Duck Feet" lamp from Porta Romana, this time featuring a new busby hat shade

The “Whimsical” range from wallpaper specialists “Cole & Son” and design classic “Duck Feet” lamp from Porta Romana, this time featuring a new busby hat shade

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