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March 19th, 2016


Top 5 picks from London Design Week 2016 – “Travel, colour, curiosities, orange and a lot of geometric”!

The winter has seemed particularly long and grey this year so it was with some welcome relief that I headed up to London Design Week to check out the new season Spring/Summer ranges. I wasn’t disappointed, being greeted by this colourful and highly inventive floral display by renowned florist Philippa Craddock, which picks up on the season’s geometric theme.

Eye-catching floral display by Philippa Craddock

Eye-catching floral display by Philippa Craddock

Five hours later I was happily trying to distil the mass of colour, pattern and products into some key themes; here are my top five picks:

Travel

I loved the simple new range of washed linens from Nobilis and how the colours (and even the way the fabrics were hung) reminded me of one of my favourite places, Portofino Harbour. See the similarities below with a recent holiday snap! There is a coordinating range of wallpapers (right), with a more luxurious feel contrasting against the linen.

New range of washed linens from Nobilis and a recent holiday snap of Portofino!

New range of washed linens from Nobilis and a recent holiday snap of Portofino!

Continuing the theme of travel and holiday snaps, I also spotted this new fabric from Manuel Canovas with a “Rooftops of Paris” theme (left), this time reminding me of the view that I can’t resist snapping (see below!) from the Musée D’Orsay in Paris. The range also includes this fun fashion themed design, Le Parisienne Noir et Blanc (right).

Two new fabrics from Manuel Canovas "Les Toits de Paris Ardoise" and "La Parisienne Noir/Blanc".

Two new fabrics from Manuel Canovas “Les Toits de Paris Ardoise” and “La Parisienne Noir/Blanc

Colour

Colour continues its strong comeback, this time in the form of orange, pink, zesty lime green and turquoise…

Colourful geometric rugs from Mahout, a newcomer to the Design Centre, alongside fabrics from Jim Thompson and Manuel Canovas

Colourful geometric rugs from Mahout, a newcomer to the Design Centre, alongside fabrics from Jim Thompson and Manuel Canovas

Curiosities

Below is another striking set of new designs from wallpaper specialists Cole & Son, as beautifully and cleverly presented as always. It’s called “Curio” and is a knock-out combination of malachite and gold, inspired by the “rarities and objets d’art of nature”. The geometric feel of the hexagonal Mineral design and sharp edged Quartz contrasts with  the botanical Seafern patterns and the softly marbled Zebrawood design.

The new "Curio" collection from wallpaper specialist Cole & Son

The new “Curio” collection from wallpaper specialist Cole & Son

Orange

“Orange” is huge this season. We like it best when used sparingly, preferably with teal or dark blue! I loved this design in the Fox Linton/Jim Thompson showroom for impact. It’s a lovely recreation of an 18th Century Chinese embroidery, the pattern is traditional but the colour combination is contemporary and lively.

 Broderique   Bonsai of the vanities /  Jim Thompson       An innovative recreation of an 18th Century Chinese embroidery. The pattern is traditional but the colour combination is contemporary and lively; the peonies positively burst forth in four vivacious colorways

Broderique, Bonsai of the vanities by Jim Thompson

Geometrics

Last, but not least, the popularity of geometric designs continues. For maximum impact there are many in monochrome tones, such as this new design by Thibaut, which is part of a colourful range of graphic patterns in both large and small scales.

New range of large and small scale geometrics by Thibaut

New range of large and small scale geometrics by Thibaut

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