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29th Sep 2016

Decorex; A Visual Feast of the Latest Interiors Trends

As always, the seasonal design circuit has been full of exciting trends. September's London Design Week hit us with the latest stunning styles. Some, already existing, have evolved to come back even stronger, whereas others were totally new and exciting.  The SB Interior Design Team (SB// ID) took some time out to visit Decorex, London Design Week’s interiors exhibition, which is fast becoming the event of the season.   Here is a little heads up on the resounding trends for 2016/17.

Green Should Definitely Be Seen  What’s that phrase “green and blue should never be seen”? Strike that; apparently green should be seen everywhere and with absolutely everything! Upholstery, case goods, marble, accessories, fabrics…  Julian Chichester’s stand was the champion of the colour this year with a gloss vellum sideboard and emerald green curved sofa which incidentally was seen on the stand of Parisian furniture brand Christophe Delcourt. The expert of luxury contemporary furniture opted for green and matched it with a contrasting marled fabric. Lapicida’s green marble Lara Bohinc collection was sheer perfection

Fractured to Perfection  Barely an intact surface in sight, mirrors, walls and furniture were all exhibiting a carefully fractured exterior. The cracks and crackle effect is new and bang on this year, resulting in a true visual feast. Offering a less-than-perfect intrigue, the look has been nothing short of mastered by surface designers Solomon & Wu (@solomonandwu) who featured cracked metals and natural stones filled with mesmerising fractures. Fabric house Casamance took the look into the realm of softs with a contrasting tangerine and electric purple rendering. Over at the Future Heritage exhibition, the cracked earth installation of Katie Spragg manifested itself in delicate ceramic and spoke of beauty shining through difficulty. 

Darling and Wild; Wall Coverings are Bigger Than Ever  No one could deny the power of the painter’s touch after experiencing this year’s show. A visit to the Suzy Hoodless VIP lounge presented an intimate view of de Gournay’s ‘Amazonia’ wallpaper and the Thé Gournay by Nicky Haslam cafe was an interactive masterclass in the art of traditional hand-painted wallpaper. Boeme Design’s modern approach hung from the ceiling and covered a modern loveseat – its wispy watercolours representing the new age of painterly designs alongside Silo Studio’s primary colour-infused marble tables.

Flat Lighting (shape not luminosity!)  It seems trends in lighting are turning a little flat – literally. CTO Lighting’s stand had at its centre a cascade of wafer-thin handmade glass discs which provided a different angle, a different twinkle from every turn. Serip’s designs were much more structured (as was Bert Frank’s stacked Triarc range) and took the form of wall sconces and a matching canopy pendant

Oyster Shell Pink and Rose Gold  The show’s four Crafthouse installations (curated by the) aimed to explore the fundamental characteristics of what makes a home. In 2016, what makes a home (or a bathroom at least) is clearly all pink everything. The Bathing section of the New Craftsmen bathroom installation incorporated a barely-there salmon neon light, a powdery jesmonite side table and a handmade crinkled shell pink fabrics.  Rose Gold was quite literally everywhere and it is definitely SB// ID’s new favourite material.  Luxury upholsterer Lacaze went pale and interesting with key pink pieces like this blush ruched sofa accessorised with pale blue cushions and a simple sea foam green stool – a key piece for this year...And it’s little wonder that Aiveen Daly’s new collection won her the Best Craftsmanship Award. The microfine silk pleats which have been carefully handset into her ‘Quiet Palm’ panel is a beauty. A sophisticated mauve and grey colour palette is enhanced by the addition of feminine salmon pink in a nod to this year’s biggest interior colour trend.

Velvet Lux  Fitting for the upcoming winter season, velvet is very much still the call of the day for foundational luxury upholstery. At once soft and sensual with an unapologetically glamorous edge, the material is the perfect base to be accessorised and works well with accent fabrics (this teal Jo Littlefair London design was a particular highlight). Ever the glamour squad, Koket decked out their glittery space with a chic black velvet number and Suzy Hoodless’ VIP lounge olive green banquettes and salmon armchairs were the ultimate trend fusion.  Our minds were first drawn to classical influences when we heard that 1508 London’s champagne bar would take on a “Deconstructed Classicism” twist. The heart of the installation, a black geometric canopy, houses the apparent inspiration – a Quintessa artwork of the Pantheon. Other classical elements include the very classic alabaster which reinvents itself in pendant light form by Atelier Alain Ellouz and the ancient Greek tradition of the spherical Earth is represented by a David Harber sculpture. A simple but effective Atkey & Company display revived our interest in classical crown mouldings and cornicing whilst a show-stopping offering by candle brand OOUMM – a favourite amongst cool design enthusiasts – had us rethinking the capabilities of classic marble.

Herringboned or Steamed: How do you like yours?  Whether seamed, smoked, or ‘herringboned’, wood was looking more beautiful than even. We were particularly blown away by Tom Raffields stunning steamed sculptural pieces.  Inspired by the natural environment, with each piece hand shaped using a pioneering form of steam bending.  Don’t miss him out on Grand Designs this week (Wed 5th Oct 9pm, Channel 4). The Ted Todd Fine Wood Floors stand was also incredibly effective. The two colossal, facing walls showcased two of the brand’s newest designs – an exquisite reclaimed wood creation and this glistening copper herringbone. Phil Cuttance and his three dimensional surface work transformed something traditional into something resolutely of-the-moment with his contribution to the Future Heritage exhibition whilst Koket’s Opium sideboard bore all the signs of being a favourite amongst the glamour set – Art Deco palette, hammered metal frame and high-gloss finish.

We brought the inspiration straight back to Field Farm, where it can be seen reflected in the newly renovated BarrKitchens showroom.  Grand opening: Sat 8th October as part of the BarrGroup Home Show. 

Thanks to LuxDeco, official sponsors of Decorex, for lending us their exhibitor synopsis and links.

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