For us, a visit to London Design Week at the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour is as much fun as it is informative. We headed up to town earlier this week – it’s always good to see what everyone is doing, to soak up the vibe and come back home with some new, exciting ideas.
One of the things that caught my eye was the long skirt on a sofa at Nina Campbell. Starting at the top of the seat and with a longer than usual drop to the floor, it’s an unusual treatment and one we have done before on several pieces. It works particularly well in heavy linens and can set a piece of furniture apart beautifully.
For me, the stand out colours at the Design Centre were reds/orange and blues – surprisingly un-Spring-like and definitely not the ultraviolet that the colour-matching specialists at Pantone predicted would be their “colour of the year” for 2018.
We saw plenty of wonderfully striking stripes, too – these always work very well on Ottomans and footstools, making them great little statement pieces.
Another little detail I loved to see was the blanket stitch – it looks surprisingly simple and certainly adds something to edging. We would love to use this detailing on some of our scatter cushions.
Sticking to the edges, it feels as if trimmings are making a come back with some incredible wide braids and beautiful fringes on show. We have been using plenty of these on cushions recently.
One trend that we are also fully on board with is boldness with colour and pattern. We love that people are being more adventurous. We have recently made some wonderful cushions in a strong print in red and cream stripe with a shocking pink fringe. They work like you wouldn’t believe!
In Chelsea Harbour, we also saw quite an abundance of crewelwork fabrics. Namay Samay, for example, make the most beautiful embroidered borders. Check out their site. It’s a feast: www.namaysamay.com/collection/
We would love to use a border of theirs around one of our footstools. Each of their embroidered pieces is made to order so as an added bonus, it could be made as an apparently seamless footstool. Truly neat and elegant.
So much to think about!!