When the Design Centre at Chelsea Harbour put on events, they don’t do things by halves. The same goes for the current London Design Week, which takes place from 15th-17th March, following a successful Trade preview. The theme is The Science of Design and so I have found the most unusual fabrics and furniture that are likely to be on display this year; from the weird and whacky to the cool and contemporary, 2017’s luxury interior Design Week promises to be a futuristic and incredibly eye-opening display.
This elephant print, aptly named ‘Bazaar’ is from Lee Jofa’s new collection for GP & J Baker and is one of the most wonderfully creative and colourful creations in recent collections. Available in six colour ways, each more vibrant than the last, this fabric would be such a breath of fresh air in a home. Less is often more when it comes to bright colour so consider this fabric on a Bathroom blind or as cushions in a children’s room. Don’t go mad and suddenly upholster a whole sofa in bright orange as with colour…less is often more.
Lee Jofa at GP&J Baker
Bazaar fabric from the Lily Pulitzer II collection
£59 per metre >
2. Wall Light
With The Science of Design comes connotations of space and Porta Romana’s Constellation wall light in Galactic gold is perfectly in keeping with this theme. More of a sculpture than a lamp, this is a wonderfully contemporary way of dressing up a bare wall. Each section of the light is backlit, creating a very unusual lighting effect and the gold finish gives a subtle but warming glow. Available in either left or right facing, these are works of art in themselves, which will lend an extremely modern and out-of-this-world look to any space.
Constellation Wall Light in Galactic Gold
Design giant Nina Campbell’s name is synonymous with beautiful design. I love the combination of function versus fun in this backgammon table. Available in several colours and bespoke top finishes, this table is a twist on the traditional coffee table. Ideal in a Drawing Room or Study, the bespoke options allow for glass inlays so that you can make this table fit with your home and have something truly unique. The simplicity of the overall design will make this table work well in rooms that have a lot of colour and/or texture and is sure to add a homely quality wherever it’s placed.
Backgammon Table by Oomph
The most colourful fabrics, rugs and wallpapers have, until now, been reserved for the Children’s collections. New products from fabric houses are featuring colourful patterns and vibrant hues so that even the adults can have pops of colour within their interiors. A perfect example is this Mr Fox rug from Harlequin and Scion. Available in a great range of both subtle and brighter shades and in three sizes, it’s fun and unusual without being too ‘kiddy’. I particularly like the Blush and Silver colour options for Bedrooms; these are often the rooms that end up being the plainest but the Mr Fox rugs bring just the right amount of life to a room and adding texture is a great way of cosying up a space.
Mr Fox rug
This Zeta desk is fabulously contemporary. Lacquered in polished brass for an excellent gold shine, this is a modern piece of furniture that screams luxury. Invisible brass-lined drawers mean that this desk is practical too, but with its clean lightning-bolt shape, it could easily be a stand-alone sculpture. The Zeta needs to be seen to be believed; keep the surface as de-cluttered as possible and perhaps think of it more as a decorative console than as a desk to work at. Despite the modern design, the desk would easily work in a more traditional or period home; it just needs to be more carefully placed.
London Design Week promises to be a fascinating insight into the design world, with science at the forefront of the show and the most comprehensive range of exhibitors. Visit www.dcch.co.uk/London-Design-Week for more information.
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