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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

March 13th, 2014


Top 5 Trends at London Design Week 2014

If the recent reappearance of the sun and spring like weather has given you the urge to start decorating, here is some must-have inspiration from London Design Week 2014.  The London Design Centre at Chelsea Harbour looked amazing this year with the main theme being “hot pink” and providing a real feel-good factor with the sun shining after a winter of floods and grey skies! As always, huge effort and creativity had gone into the displays…

London Design Week 2014 hot pink

The “hot pink” theme and cloudless skies left you with that “Spring has sprung” feeling…

London Design Week 2014

Geometrics

Geometrics are featuring on a huge number of products this season, cleverly applied to fabrics, wallpapers, carpets and even tables. GP & J Baker has just launched the Iconic David Hicks by Ashley Hicks collections featuring some very useable and timeless designs. The designs were taken from the original archive patterns and produced in collaboration with his son, Ashley Hicks.

The iconic David Hicks collection just launched by GP & J Baker

The iconic David Hicks collection just launched by GP & J Baker

GP & J Baker wallpapers

Geometric designs also featuring strongly on wallpapers at GP & J Baker

How clever and striking is this “Honeycomb” table by lighting specialists Porta Romana, taking the trend for geometrics and interpreting it in their own unique way…?

Porto Romana London design week 2014

The “Honeycomb” console table by Porta Romana

Botanicals

“Botanicals” in all shapes and colours, predominantly bright and large scale, also dominated the showrooms. Take a look at Woodville by Zoffany for prints and embroideries, Manuel Canovas for large scale designs with a distinctly tropical feel and Sanderson’s “voyage of discovery” for a slightly “safer” interpretation of the trend.

The new botanical and rainforest ranges from Sanderson

The new botanical and rainforest ranges from Sanderson

... and some welcome respite from hot pink with a bright turquoise stylised design from Manuel Canovas

… and some welcome respite from hot pink with a bright turquoise stylised design from Manuel Canovas

I loved this quirky take on a "botanical" theme by Sahco

I loved this quirky take on a “botanical” theme by Sahco

Artists, “painterly” and the textile revolution

I have to confess, I have already featured this trend a couple of times (see posts in February and last November.) One of the biggest fabric launches this year to date is the “DESIRE” collection – a collaboration between artist Jessica Zoob and fabric house Romo.  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. There are cushions too! I love the boldness of the collection and would even go so far to say that it is arguably leading a textile revolution! I am hopeful that we will see more exciting launches along these lines.

"DESIRE" a collaboration between artist Jessica Zoob and fabric house Romo

“DESIRE” a collaboration between artist Jessica Zoob and fabric house Romo

Gold is the new black!

Whilst chrome continues to be the finish of choice and bronze is a very strong current alternative, inevitably the taste for metallics has precipitated a trend for “gold” from high shine to more subtle matt. I found these tiles below in the Anne Sacks showroom. The Nanz Company were also featuring the return of gold/brass ironmongery in their display window.

Gold and bronze metallic tiles from the Anne Sacks showroom

Gold and bronze metallic tiles from the Anne Sacks showroom

Where did “grey” go ?…  and hello my favourite timeless blue

Following the launch of the winter ranges back in the Autumn last year no one could dispute the predominance of grey. Paint specialists Little Greene had unveiled twenty eight new shades of grey,  Farrow & Ball had included five in their nine new colours and around fifty percent of the rooms in the recent “Great Interior Design Challenge” were painted in grey!  However, it has now been well and truly banished for Spring/Summer 2014 and for anyone finding the brights and patterns all a bit too much,  I loved this timeless collection in the GP & J Baker showroom of soft muted blues. It’s still bang on trend with a geometric pattern and botanical designs – but this time embroidered and with more muted colours!

Blues GP & J Baker

 

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