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27th Sep 2017

London Design Festival Trends report from our Barr Group Roving Reporters

We sent SB Interior Design team Kirstie Howard and Barr Group roving reporters Lucy Nannery and Rachel Barrett out and about for London Design Festival, to check out the latest trends (tough job ladies!). Events all over the capital saw the latest creations from interiors, fabric and furniture designers (UK and international). 100% Design at Earls Court, London Design Fair at Truman Brewery, Design Junction at Kings Cross and Decorex at Syon Park to name but a few.

So girls … what were the stand out trends this year?

FOREST GREEN VELVET AND FABULOUS FOLIAGE!  Still lots of greens in many forms, we were particularly spotting the forest green velvet and house plant variety!

PINK BACKDROP TO SET OFF YOUR LEAVES. Oyster, Blush, or Flamingo; pinks are adorning walls, particularly as a back drop to the new craze for palmy or wavy leaves - just ask your nan for advice on how to keep them alive!

BRIGHT AND BRASSY TRIMS; Gold trimmed cabinetry has pushed last year’s rosy copper tones aside  - BarrJoinery are already seeing the gold trim trend coming through in workshop commissions and, as the boys love mixing it up with materials, everyone is happy.

IT'S ALL GONE TO POT; Hand glazed ceramics from tiles to table wear have been paired with faded linens for bit of au natural chic. We have so many favourites; Love tiles from, Atelier Zelig’s ( Katie Gilliies’ amazing Terrazzo Tiles Also the hand printed linens at March and May (

ARBIRITUM OR AVERY – WE ARE WILD FOR IT! Following Timerous Beasties massive splash last year (they were back with fabulous new designs) there were creatures great and small crawling flying and jumping over wallcoverings and fabrics simply everywhere. We also loved where ecologist Susy Paisleys hand drawn designs were practically hopping off the wall.

HONED, STEAMED AND DECIDEDLY DANISH. White oiled oak furniture seemed to feature everywhere; easy on the eye (and easy on the sitter!); furniture aesthetics and ergonomics leant towards one thing -  stunning simplicity. Tom Raffield is still leading the way We also loved Stoft Studio’s hand crafted stools, cabinets, design objects from steamed wood and ply (

LUX FURNISHING AND EXTRAVAGANT ILLUMINATION. The lux trend holds strong; the more opulent the better (think palatial gin palace yacht interiors) Jet Class Interiors at 100% design had the plush lux look nailed ( Statement contemporary chandeliers – think glitzy and massive; single light fittings were literally taking up whole stands – make sure you have a high ceiling or they will be decorating your floor! For a fabulous lighting consultancy try Lighting by Plum ( 

Arriving back in the office bubbling over with ideas, loaded with samples and ready to wallpaper the whole world! If the brief for London Design Festival 2017 was to inspire creativity it certainly lived up to expectations.

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