Highlights from Design Week 2018

The Livingetc team's highlights from the fabrics, wallpapers and furniture launched at London's premier design festival

Last week saw thousands descend on Design Centre Chelsea Harbour to attend the bi-annual London Design Week which showcased the very best fabrics, wallpapers and furniture from London’s leading design brands. There were countless talks, demonstrations, workshops and events that celebrated the new season’s offerings. It didn’t disappoint. Here are Livingetc’s highlights from this year’s celebration.

Designers Guild

Designers Guild introduced their gorgeous collaboration with New York designer John Derian. DG founder Tricia Guild has known John for nearly 20 years and they had always talked of working together but this was their first opportunity. In many ways they speak the same design language but with different individual accents so it makes sense that the results, like both brands, are full of colour and pattern, featuring shells, paint palettes, flora and fauna on fabrics and wall coverings.

‘Picture book’ fabric and wallpaper collection, from £65/m,  by John Derian for Designers Guild

Osborne & Little

In celebration of Osborne & Little’s 50th  birthday this year, the O&L display team designed a huge birthday cake, complete with paper doily (made from wallpaper), a cake knife and enormous separate slice.

Measuring six feet tall, the celebratory gateau is made up of a mix of swatches from the past 50 years with layers of decorative velvet from Osborne & Little’s new Palazzo collection. It’s ‘iced’ with the new Torcello velvet and topped with gems made from Medici Satin. Scrumptious.

Cole & Son

The Livingetc team were bowled over by the bold lush greenery covering the back wall of Cole & Son’s showroom. It’s part of the super strong and striking new wallpaper collaboration with interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. The design, called Royal Fernery, is inspired by the Majorelle Gardens in Marrakesh.

Royal Fernery by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, 113/3009 £195 per 10m roll by Cole & Son

The collection also encompasses nine other designs, in a range of colour ways.

The Hollywood Palm, featured below, touches on Bullard’s LA influences and draws inspiration from Cole & Son’s archived Palm Springs designs.

Hollywood Palm by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, 113/1001 £140 per 10m roll by Cole & Son

Neisha Crosland at Artisans of Devizes

We like tiles that are colourful, shapely and covered in pattern, and Neisha Crosland’s work nails it on all counts.

Designed by Neisha Crosland for Artisans of Devizes, the collaborative collection plays with pattern and unusual tile shapes to fit together to create flooring that’s pretty fabulous.

Mac Maize by Neisha Crosland, £6.20 per tile, from Artisans of Devizes

Aptly named Jigsaw, the shapes fit together to create eye-catching patterns – even the simple square tiles create larger patterns through their colourful designs.

Hopscotch by Neisha Crosland, £8.50 per tile from Artisans of Devizes


Art Deco is the inspiration behind Zoffany’s The Muse collection. Think wallpaper prints that would look at home on an Ocean Liner or Jay Gatsby’s Hamptons pad, with oodles of gold and black and geometric pattern.

Wallpaper: Conway 312745 Chair: Quartz Velvet 331611 Screen: Ozias 332921 Cushion: Clio 332955

Epitomising the decadent spirit of the 1920s, Zoffany’s The Muse collection perfectly encapsulates the sophistication and decadence of this exuberant era.

Wallpaper: Taisho Lotus 312725 Sofa: Birodo 332417 Chairs: Leighton 332702 Cushions: Hepworth 332899, Brik 332880, Ozias 332921, Taisho 322645

Wallpaper: D’Arcy 312740 Chairs: Leighton 332702, Cushions: Hennings 332884, Ozias 332921

Powerful and luxurious, the colours build on the ‘Alchemy of Colour’ –  a sumptuous palette of colours based on jewel-like colours found within the Zoffany archive and distilled to their ‘essence’.

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