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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

September 22nd, 2015


“Traditional, artisanal & handcrafted” meet “Street art, geometrics & graffiti”

One of the events we always look forward to is London Design Week at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. We love the trends emerging this season. Not only is the harbour decked out in Tiffany Blue, but we can also see a clear resurgence in some of our favourite themes with traditional, artisanal and handcrafted influences continuing to feature strongly across fabrics, furniture and an array of other products. We also love the variety with the modernist, geometric and street art elements creating some dramatic design schemes at the other end of the spectrum.

The Design Centre Chelsea Harbour looking lovely in Tiffany Blue!

The Design Centre Chelsea Harbour looking lovely in Tiffany Blue!

Traditional, artisanal and handcrafted

This theme was already beginning to feature earlier in the year and has now continued strongly with many designs taking the best from the past and rooting it firmly in the present. Favourites included this collaboration between Victoria Bain and Whistler Leather with the intricately embroidered panels and tapes from Victoria Bain now adorning leather – we can see this working well on the back of a leather dining chair or across the drawers of a desk…

New collaboration between textile company Victoria Bain and Whistler Leather

New collaboration between textile company Victoria Bain and Whistler Leather

In fabrics GP & J Baker has just launched an artisan collection using the ancient art of hand blocked printing, while Kravet’s new Nomad collection looks to Mongolian tribes that hark back to the 13th-century.

The new "Artisan" collection by GP & J Baker and "Nomad" by Kravet.

The new “Artisan” collection by GP & J Baker and “Nomad” by Kravet.

The traditional theme continues across ironmongery (with brass making a much awaited comeback!) and in bathroom design. In another collaboration the brassware specialist Samuel Heath and Royal Crown Derby have launched this decorative new shower/tap collection combining hand finished brassware and hand moulded and intricately decorated fine bone china.

New Collaboration between Samuel Heath and Royal Crown Derby

New Collaboration between Samuel Heath and Royal Crown Derby

Street art, geometrics and graffiti

At the other end of the spectrum some of the more recent “painterly” trends have now morphed into these dramatic versions of street-art featuring a mixture of bold geometric and modernist designs. Again the key word here is “collaboration” – this time between contemporary textile brand Kirby Design and NYC based, British “doodle” artist Jon Burgerman to create the “rainbow scrawl” fabric you see on the far fight. The jury here in the office is still out on this one!

Collaboration between Kirby Design and Jon Burgerman

Collaboration between Kirby Design and Jon Burgerman

We do however love the new Street Art collection from Pierre Frey, working with a number of different artists and again taking inspiration from New York.

New street art collection from Pierre Frey

New street art collection from Pierre Frey

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February 2nd, 2014


Trend: artists+fabric houses+digital technology = some stunning results!

Take a look at this newly launched collection which caught my eye. It’s called DESIRE and is a collaboration between fabric house Romo and artist Jessica Zoob. It was launched last week at Maison & Objet, the renowned trade show in Paris as part of the “Black Edition” brand.

Romo has reproduced Jessica’s paintings full-size on three-metre wide fabric panels, as well as printed on linen and velvet by the metre, and cushions. The collection has a really timeless feel to it and I can see it working equally well in a country house or a loft apartment. I love the boldness of the designs!

Romo and Jessica Zoob Desire

The newly launched “DESIRE” collection – a collaboration between fabric house “Romo” and artist “Jessica Zoob” for the “Black Edition” brand.

Equally as original is this design (below left) by artist Melissa White who has joined forces with fabric & wallpaper house Lewis & Wood to create a dramatic “damask-y” fabric called ROCOCO.  Rococo is available as a wide-width wallpaper, a linen and a luxurious velvet. Melissa also designed the scenes of Venice in the new Tespi Collection by Zoffany.

"Rococo Linen" by artist Melissa White and fabric house Lewis & Wood.

“Rococo Linen” by artist Melissa White and fabric house Lewis & Wood.

Zoffany new

The “Tespi” range at Zoffany also designed in collaboration with artist Melissa White.

Another example is this wonderfully colourful pattern by fabric house Pierre Frey printing the work of artist Marie-Cécile Aptel on linen. I can see this one working really well in a city apartment, a children’s or teenager’s room or anywhere where you want to add a splash of colour and an element of fun.

"Arty" fabric by fabric house Pierre Frey and artist Marie-Cecile Aptel

“Arty” fabric by fabric house Pierre Frey and artist Marie-Cecile Aptel

Finally, this has recently become so much a trend that the Fashion and Textile museum has just opened an exhibition on the subject starting this weekend.

Exhibition at the Fashion and Textiles Museum

Exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum

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