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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Aptly named Jigsaw, the shapes fit together to create eye-catching patterns – even the simple square tiles create larger patterns through their colourful designs.
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.
Epitomising the decadent spirit of the 1920s, Zoffany’s The Muse collection perfectly encapsulates the sophistication and decadence of this exuberant era.
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’.