Since it’s inception sixteen years ago, the London Design Festival has become one of the most celebrated events in the design lovers calendar. The festival permeates most corners of the city with vendors from all over the world showcasing their latest products and ideas. With such a vast spectrum of things to see and do, the London Design Festival is pure inspiration and provides a preview into the trends that will dominate the design industry in the year ahead.
This year’s London Design Week was a riotous celebration of pattern, print and colour… I have written before about the trend for tropical prints, well this trend shows no sign of stopping and if anything seems to be getting bigger and bolder, encompassing all elements of both flora and fauna. Colours reigned supreme this year design festival, whether it comes in the form of Black Pop’s multicoloured rugs, or Pierre Frey’s latest range of wallpapers in vibrant shades and Matthew Williamson’s latest collection of fabrics for Osborne & Little, featuring a multicoloured large scale pineapple design.
Designs were bold bright and decidedly cheerful. Millenial pink, which many predicted would be a passing trend, is very much entrenched as the new neutral. And why not? It is as calm as beige and grey but with a more optimistic vibe. There was not quite so much rose gold as there was last year but gold, bronze and brass have certainly replaced cooler metal tones as the top choice for hardware and lighting. If you were in any doubt Exuberant Maximalism reigns supreme.
But the most significant new element was an obsession with trim. Bullion fringe, tassels and braid seemed to be everywhere!!!
Passementerie as they are officially termed was originally used for furniture as a way to keep textile trims from unravelling, fringe has a long history in home decor, from Victorian lampshades to hippy 70’s curtains.
This year, passementerie was used to adorn everything cushions, lamps and upholstery. From dainty, bell-like tassels to relaxed, boho leather trim. Fringe is back and flowing loud and proud!