With the best interior design shows in Europe now under our belt for another year, we bring you our insider’s trend report including everything that inspired us and everything we will be lusting after this season. Light up your life with statement lumieres or go bold and play around with patterns – no matter which trend you choose, make sure you do so with the help of the design shows’ greats.
Statement lighting can make just as much of a impact in a room as its furniture or artwork and it’s a really easy way to update the look and feel of a room. A low-hung pendant light – like our offering by Verpan – over a table acts as a definite focal point whilst an oversized floor lamp in an open plan space or even a small living area will instantly grab attention. We always love the out-of-the-box thinking of Decorex exhibitor Delightfull whose use of unique design and asymmetry is an effortless way to work the trend. Look out for our soon-to-be-launched collection from Ingo Maurer whose oeuvre features Campbell’s soup cans and lightbulbs finished with feathered wings.
iWoodesign’s all-wood stand at Decorex – complete with wooden motorcycle – reignited our love for the au naturel aesthetic. The advantages of using natural timber in interiors is that even the lightest of woods can create an instant feeling of warmth and comfort. The well-crafted wooden designs seen this year used clean lines and perfect finishing, choosing instead to enhance the material’s natural grain and unique imperfections which add character and individuality. From the opulence of a high-gloss ebony maccassar or the lightness of Scandi-style blonde woods, crafted timber can be stained to match the colours of your interiors or simply left unfinished a la Portuguese brand Wewood.
As the dust from this year’s inescapable Art Deco whirlwind settles, it seems metallics – an instantly recognisable staple of the covetable style – are here to stay for the long haul. Exhibited as recently as the Spring Summer 2014 catwalk shows of fashion powerhouses like Givenchy and Tom Ford, Tent London was very much flying the flag for the not-just-for-party-season aesthetic as well. From Nick Munro’s form-conscious stainless steel tableware to Duffy London’s quirky gold balloon-supported table, the show was our favourite place to spot the latest and greatest ventures into the metallic world. With their see-your-face-in-them surfaces, flawless finishes and slick hues these shiny picks are how we’ll be working the trend this year.
Whether you believe it or not, every room can benefit from a bit of pattern play and September’s design show season was proof. Textile genius Margo Selby’s visually textured designs in autumn-perfect hues confirmed our belief that she can do no wrong whilst perennial pattern master Missoni’s stand displayed a combination of muted checks and florals with the brand’s colourful trademark stripes. Our go-to pieces this year are bold and geometric which can hold their own when it comes to clashing.