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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

You can see more highlights from Focus 2015 on our Twitter feed https://twitter.com/hilaryjwhite

September 21st, 2014


DECOREX 2014

It’s hard to believe another year has gone by and here I am again at one of London’s leading design shows, DECOREX, with literally hundreds of exhibitors launching their new ranges for the season ahead.  One of the good things about a blog is that it acts as a diary, in a strange kind of way. In last year’s DECOREX post it was all about technology, monochrome and the interior world’s obsession with “grey”. One year on, many of the trends have come full circle – technology is still playing a major part in every corner, but there is definitely a return to more “traditional”/”hand-made” designs with a focus on colour and texture, especially among many of the “newcomers on the block”.  So without further ado (and in no particular order!) here are some of this season’s favourites…

First up is another striking design by Tom Faulkner, the newly launched “Vienna Chair”. Great with a desk or for dining and super comfortable.

The newly-launched Vienna Chair by Tom Faulkner

The newly-launched Vienna Chair by Tom Faulkner

Contrast this contemporary design with another more traditional favourite by Victoria Bain. Use these embroidered tape and panel designs on cushions, chairs and curtains to add a classic and  elegant design “twist”. Victoria has added several new contemporary colourways, including the dark taupe and raspberry red below.

Embroidered tapes and panels by Victoria Bain

Embroidered tapes and panels by Victoria Bain

The new Jaipur collections from Zoffany were next to catch my eye as they signal a trend towards updating designs traditionally used in English country houses, this time using Indian and Persian themes. The collection is highly coloured and textured.

New collection from fabric house, Zoffany

New collection from fabric house, Zoffany

At the other end of the scale, is this equally highly coloured and textured display (just that little bit more quirky!) from House of Hackney – loved it, but not for the faint-hearted!

Wonderful fun display from House of Hackney, Decorex 2014

Wonderful fun display from House of Hackney, Decorex 2014

 

House of Hackney, Decorex 2014

House of Hackney, Decorex 2014

Continuing the theme of colour and texture were several relative newcomers Korla (colourful and contemporary design partnership founded in 2011), Melodi Horne and “A Rum Fellow”.

Bright and contemporary designs from relative newcomer "Korla"

Bright and contemporary designs from relative newcomer “Korla”

 

Lampshade and cushion range from Melodie Horne

Lampshade and cushion range from Melodie Horne

 

A Rum Fellow

A Rum Fellow

A Rum Fellow

A Rum Fellow

And finally, you may be wondering if I’ve forgotten the technology theme – its impact on bathroom design continues to amaze me. This stand from Bard & Brazier shows that pretty much anything is possible now in terms of both finish and design. Pleased to see we have lime green, not avocado.

Bard and Brazier, Decorex 2014

Bard and Brazier, Decorex 2014

And finally, finally, I loved the DeGournay stand for the sheer luxury of the bathing experience!

De Gournay, Decorex 2104

De Gournay, Decorex 2104

 

June 15th, 2014


Trimmings, two-tone and giving soft furnishings the edge!

Mention “trimmings” and many people will look at you in horror, remembering the 1980s and over-elaborate furnishings, swags/tails and tassles. Since then many companies have spotted gaps in the market for producing trims that have a design edge, which means that those who would not normally consider trimmings or tassles because of their “stuffy and traditional” image are attracted by this contemporary twist.

Here are some of my favourite suppliers of contemporary and traditional trims…

Trimmings and tassels etc

“Two-tone” is also enjoying a renaissance and adding a trim or contrast fabric as a leading edge is a great way of making largely plain curtains or blinds more interesting or tying in other colours of the room. Here are some examples of how they can be used to literally transform otherwise plain curtains/blinds/cushions and whatever else you wish to apply them to!

Trimmings and tassels etc2

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