De­sign Week de­lights

Lanas­sir Lawes has re­turned from Lon­don in­spired by the new sea­son trends

EDP Norfolk - - NORFOLK BY DESIGN - Lanas­sir Lawes, Swank In­te­ri­ors, Nor­wich

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]­in­te­ri­ 01603 617229

All the big names are at Lon­don De­sign Week

ABOVE: Charm­ing trompe l’oeil books wall­pa­per from Cole & Son

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