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  • 28 Sep 2018
  • DESIGN INSPIRATION

Trends spotted at London Design Festival

Trends spotted at London Design Festival

Last week the Wicklewood team were out and about trying to soak up as much design inspiration as we could from London Design Festival. And, although there was an abundance of designs, styles and installations to 'ooo' and 'ahh' over, we decided to narrow it down and cherry-pick our top 5 trends that we spotted, loved and will be coveting this season. 

An explosion of colour

We know you know we love it, but colour, which was the theme for Focus/18, was definitely a constant through London Design Festival, especially exuberant and powerful palettes. Alongside playful rooms, products and installations, the Design Centre organised a series of workshops focusing on colour and exploring how it informs our design aesthetic, both consciously and subconsciously.

(Fun fact: Did you know that the colours you select for your home will have an effect on your mood?)

Colourful rugs designed by Kitty Joseph and Zandra Rhodes for Floor Story  
Colourful rugs designed by Kitty Joseph and Zandra Rhodes for Floor Story 

Craftsmanship

At Wicklewood we are mad about beautiful, handmade products so it was a feast for our eyes to see craftsmanship in all shapes and forms at LDF. We loved the different live demonstrations by amazingly talented artisans, like The Royal School of Needlework doing a live demonstration at Decorex below. 

Embroidery demonstration at Decorex 2018

Maximalism

More is more and less is a bore! Over the last few years, maximalism has been taking over not only our wardrobes but also our homes. We saw some serious pattern mix around LDF and particularly loved the Caribbean Pop Up Suite that Kit Kemp created for Turnell and Gigon showroom at the Design Centre.

Kit Kemp Caribbean pop up suite designed at Turnell and Gigon showroom for Focus18
 The Caribbean pop up suite designed by Kit Kemp at Turnell and Gigon showroom

Sustainable Design

The London Design Fair decided to spotlight plastic as the material of the year. Once a condemned material, plastic is now being repurposed in so many creative and useful ways.  From using hand-blowing techniques with mass produced PVC to 3D furniture pieces created with plastic waste.

Vases created by Kodai Iwamoto using traditional hand blowing techniques in plastic

Natural Textures

We can officially say that natural textures are here to stay. Their timeless appeal and relaxed feel are perfect for any kind of home or room and we spotted so many great examples during our outings last week. You can start with something small like a cork side table or a sisal rug. However, if you're looking for a bold statement, why not create a raffia covered room, like Henry Prideaux did at his Decorex installation?

Henry Prideaux entrance vignette at Decores. Image by @roozphoto

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