09 Apr London Design Week March 2020 – What a difference a year makes
With what seems a lifetime away, we have finally put finger to keyboard to finalise a summary of our favourite new product launches from London Design Week 2020. I have been reflecting on how fast the world is moving and things are changing, whilst our businesses stand still. With whole sectors of our local economy closed for business and only one topic dominating the news, we are all having to quickly adapt to ‘the new normal’.
Well, 2020 – what a year this is panning out to be! Just 4 months into the year, and already it looks as though this will be one of modern-day-society’s most fraught, sociological and economic disasters.
It seemed rather insensitive initially to be writing about luxury interiors when there are members of our society working themselves to the bone – saving lives on the front line. But the optimist in me hopes that perhaps this blog can deliver some slight relief and that it may be a light hearted distraction.
Please see what we found to be our most delectable hi-delights from the Spring show at Chelsea Harbour design centre. The show presented us with a truly international feel comprising of design inspired by the Orient, Africa and the English countryside. These simple glasses of champagne and chocolate treats seem a delicacy from a completely different era now.
Mark Alexander at Romo is one of our favourite textile design companies. The simplicity of the fabric and wallcoverings made up entirely of natural fibres never cease to delight. The first wallcovering collection we encountered was Paperweave, an elegant, handwoven wallcovering collection, drawing on traditional Japanese techniques.
The wallcovering consists of finely cut ribbons of paper spun to create a variety of yarns which are dyed with subtle tonal variation, then handwoven before being backed and trimmed. As ever the collection is completed in a range of natural hues – staying true to Alexanders reserved aesthetic.
The other collection of fabrics which turned our heads was Rhythmn. Taking cues from the rhythmic forms of West African textiles, this collection respects its inspirational source, while offering wholly original fabrics that would beautifully enhance any modern scheme. Balancing versatility, sophistication and rich colours, the collection features finely crafted linen embroideries and weaves that effortlessly combine for a curated interior scheme. This is an ethos that underpins Alexander’s well-travelled and lived-in aesthetic.
We also attended a talk given by Interior designer Emma Simms-Hilditch, who demonstrated her 21st Century take on an English country-house bedroom which formed one of the main ‘curated spaces’ at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre within the GP&J Baker showroom.
This beautifully created space offered a soothingly balanced scheme of symmetry and luxurious texture, with spring like hues of blue & green. A perfect retreat for those of us wishing and hoping to be able to spend some more time in our bedrooms over the coming weeks, during these uncertain times… maybe not me though – 2 young boys will put pay to that!
Emma Simms has used a beautiful large-scale fabric on the headboard of the bed, rather than the traditional small weave – in the eponemous Hydrangea Bird 2 design, in Emerald & Blue by GP&J Baker. Whereas the half tester is upholstered in a small weave. Psychologically, four poster beds and half tester canopies create the ultimate escape… and this bed definitely gives us that feeling!
The occasional chairs along with their gathered valance are upholstered in Pomegranate Denim from Coromandel and the oversized table lamps with pleated lampshades either side of the bed offer up a beautiful symmetry. The walls are adorned in a small scale chevron patterned Herringbone wallpaper Stone wallpaper from Signature II collection.
This luxurious wallcovering showroom is always a must see when venturing along to SW10 for London Design Week. This Belgian wallcovering company has been producing high end printed, textile & vinyl wallcovering of the highest quality for many decades. The new collection, Kami, is no exception. These textile designs take you on a journey of discovery to the Far East – where elegance, balance and sophistication are central. The colour palette is both bold and explosive, whilst using soft and subtle earth tones. The varied mix of material surprises really demonstrate the art of contemporary Japanese culture and craft.
The design Kimono incorporates six silk foulards with Eastern scenes. The colour explosion is perfectly balanced and creates one harmonious and panoramic whole – and a stunning wall mural. Whilst the Koi design gives an overall scene of a Japanese pond viewed from above, reflecting the lush natural beauty of water, this textile wallcovering demonstrates a silk look – representing elegance and refinement.
Here’s to hoping that my write up of London Design Week 2021 will come at a slightly more appropriate time – when the world is back to normal! Thank you for reading and stay safe everyone.