Design Week delights
Lanassir Lawes has returned from London inspired by the new season trends
Having just returned from London Design Week I’m bursting with excitement and happy to share some of the things that I have seen. Design Week is a trade event held every spring where interior design suppliers launch their new product ranges of fabric, wallpaper and lighting.
There are also interesting talks by world-famous designers who inspire and it’s a time to catch up with other designer friends from different regions.
Interior trends are influenced by everything that is happening in the world around us whether it be the economic situation of the country or the latest film release. Designs were generally much busier, brighter and bolder than they have been in recent years with lots of colour with a definite nod towards ‘maximalism’.
Big chintzy florals are definitely making a comeback with several companies launching oversized prints in updated colours, there are a lot of rich golds and burnt oranges. Clashing colours are completely acceptable too!
Another trend that I remember from the start of my career in the early 90s that has reappeared is trompe l’oeil style, this time as wallpaper that mimics shelving in a cocktail bar, library or sitting room as seen in the latest collaboration between Cole & Son wallpapers and the Italian design brand Fornasetti.
The designs don’t have the same realism as other brands but they have a classic charm about them. This is one of the best collections I have seen for a long time of very usable, highly patterned wall coverings that can add real theatre and grandeur to a room of any size.
Collaborations are another trend as we see designers working alongside different creative sectors in the industry.
Arte wallcoverings have also collaborated by teaming up with innovative design company Moooi and the result is a very on-trend dark, playful, leafy botanical that incorporates extinct animals. The leafy patterns remain very prominent and this particular design is already earmarked to add a little more drama to my own home!
Continuing on from the trompe l’oeil within the ‘faux luxury’ theme are some really good wall coverings that look like marble, wood and burnished metals.
The Designers Guild range of marbles are very soft and subtle with a hand painted look. Some of the vinyl wallcoverings that emulate silk and linen are embossed and textured giving a durable realistic finish that doesn’t have to be limited to walls but can look fabulous inside panelling on cabinetry too.
I can’t wait to receive some of the samples and get creative!
This column is sponsored by Swank Interiors, Norwich stu[email protected]interiors.co.uk 01603 617229
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ABOVE: Charming trompe l’oeil books wallpaper from Cole & Son