Spheres & Cylinders
I’m absolutely in love with this trend! Spheres add a really conceptual, artistic vibe to any interior scheme, particularly when they’re combined with angular lines. Lee Broom’s infinite monochrome spherical lighting installation at his Shoreditch boutique during London Design Festival was one of the highlights of the festival.
I was also a huge fan of Giopato & Coombes’ display at this year’s Decorex, which contrasted burnished brass with paper thin transparent glass.
Another London Design Festival top trend was texture. It’s so important to me to incorporate texture into a room – the right combination can completely change the aesthetic.
Marianne Kemp showed some gorgeously colourful woven horse hair designs at Decorex. She uses small batches of horse hair, mixed with cotton and linen to create the most incredibly unique fabrics, window shades and woven light fixtures. I can imagine this on the wall of a contemporary hotel – adding just a touch of the bohemian.
Aquatic colours – think teal velvet for instance, or scalloped shell-like silhouettes which always evoke an idea of the 1920’s for me. I fell in love with this shell-shaped chair at this year’s Decorex – it would be the perfect touch of colour to any bar area.
Metals Cast as Wood
This year’s London Design Festival saw quite a few brands showing metals cast into the shape of gnarled tree branches or other styles of wood. Every scheme deserves a touch of the organic and I love this new twist on that.
Copper and rose gold tones have been dominating contemporary interiors for the last few seasons – it’s now the turn of satin brass, which is distinctly cooler in tone.
Stone & Marble Art and Accessories
There are so many accessories and objet d’art on display at the London Design Festival. I found that that this year, those that I stopped to truly take in, were those that juxtaposed the raw with the refined.
Roughly cut stone, combined with marble or glass, for instance, can work in almost any interior scheme, and is sure to make an impact.
I am always enthralled by straw marquetry. The technique requires incredible skill and attention to detail. For me, the team at Jallu Ebénistes are really raising the bar. They execute this centuries-old tradition incredibly, but give each piece a contemporary twist.