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March 14th, 2017


London Design Week 2017: We’re talking Texture, Tweed, Spring Greens, Marbling and all things Exotic

Spring has just about sprung, London Design Week is in full swing, so we started the week with a visit to the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour to see what the new season has in store.

London Design Week Spring 2017

London Design Week 2017

There’s a TEXTURE takeover…

“Texture” is huge this season and is being used across a wide range of products from fabrics to ironmongery. We love it, as it’s seeing the re-introduction of a range of muted, natural colours allowing the texture to do the talking. The new range from Larsen below does exactly this.

Lighting is also embracing the texture trend. Many pieces in the new collection from Porta Romana take inspiration from the cratered textures of the moon.

We also love NATECRU! This term apparently combines the two words: “naturel” and “ecru” and it’s the new Pierre Frey collection of various textures using natural fibres only and just a few neutral colourways. Hemp, linen, wool, cotton, silk, and cashmere are all embellished by the quality of the yarns, the weave and the finish.

From top left: New Collection from LARSEN; Lighting by PORTA ROMANA; PIERRE FREY new NATECRU collection of neutrals and textures

From top left: New textural collection from LARSEN; Lighting by PORTA ROMANA; PIERRE FREY new NATECRU collection of neutrals and textures

With texture comes a very modern TWEED…

Tweed is no longer conjuring up images of traditional country houses… it’s been reinvented in an array of colourful and interesting weaves, many of which would look equally at home made up for London Fashion Week. Manuel Canovas has taken its trademark colour palette of bright orange, pink, yellow, turquoise and applied it to this fun new range of tweeds and textures.

TEXTURE continued

New brightly coloured tweeds from Manuel Canovas; textured Coco Shell tiles from Elits; lighting from Remains

… and these unusual Coco Shell tiles

… which are both unusual and striking from Elitis. We spotted them in the Abbott and Boyd Showroom, beautifully made and in any colour you could imagine. The potential range of applications is huge, we’re thinking bathrooms, table top etc.

Spring Greens

With the Pantone Colour of the Year being “Greenery” there’s a lot of it about, in every shape and form. Our favourite this season is the collection from Abbott and Boyd, it’s easy on the eye, we love the patterns with an almost ethnic feel and the lack of palm-trees! The collection also comes in monochrome.

Pantone colour of the year Greenery at Abbott and Boyd, London Design Week 2017

“Spring green” collection from Abbott and Boyd at London Design Week 2017

Marbling

Marbling continues its renaissance and is working well in lighting design as well as on wallpapers and fabrics. These marbled shades at Porta Romana caught our eye, as did this “Italian paper” fabric by Beata Heuman.

"Italian Paper" fabric by Beata Heuman, Marbled lampshades from Porta Romana

“Italian Paper” fabric by Beata Heuman, Marbled lampshades from Porta Romana

All things exotic

A final theme this season is “Ethnic”.

Wallpaper specialist Cole & Son has launched a particularly “wow” range of wallpapers in collaboration with Ardmore Ceramic Art celebrating African traditions and culture. Below are “Khulu Vases”, “Leopard Walk” and “Singita”. It is matched in its vibrancy by another ethnic inspired range from Etamine, part of Zimmer & Rohde called Marché Dakar. We love its originality; the designs conjure up the atmosphere of a crowded marketplace in an exotic location, the perfect antidote to a grey London day!

COLE AND SON ARDMORE

New Ardmore collection of newspapers from Cole & Son

Zimmer and rohde etamine

Marché Dakar collection from Étamine

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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