Reporting on this year’s London Design Festival for The LuxPad, Emma Jane Palin discovers the next big ideas on the horizon for your interiors in 2019…
London Design Festival celebrates London as the design capital of the world. The 9-day-long event was first conceived by Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans in 2003 and has since been built year upon year to include over 350 events promoting creativity and drawing in the country’s greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to deliver an unmissable celebration of design.
From a takeover at the V&A to installations at Trafalgar Square, Somerset House, Broadgate London and Fortnum & Masons, 2018 was bigger than ever; filling the design world with inspiration and sucking in those originally clueless about the celebrations at hand.
Unlike Milan which sees the trade element happening primarily under one roof, London Design Festival has a total of five design destinations which take place throughout the week. These include: Focus/18, Decorex, 100% Design, designjunction and London Design Fair. While I didn’t have the time to make it to them all, I did spend a good day walking around designjunction and London Design Fair (no small task, believe me) to spot some of the next big ideas on the horizon for 2019. Much of the same trends apply from my forecast back in April, but these are the additions that the Big Smoke has snuck in – allow me to take you through them.
Mid-century Modern has been an ongoing staple in most homes since, well, the fifties themselves, but mostly we have seen this come to light in simple styles referencing designers such as Eames and Knoll. 2019 will see a jazzed up approach to MCM – think Megan’s touch of glam in Mad Men. We’re going to be seeing a lot more textures and high-quality finishes with luxe lighting to boot. Elnaz Namaki Studio hit the nail on the head with its shearling Luuna Collection and the reimaging of the 1960s telephone seats, while Amara stocked brand Petit Friture. nailed the accessories with its Vertigo Pendant Ceiling Light, Francis Mirror and Shearling Chair.
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Abstract shapes were coming out in all forms at both designjunction and London Design Fair, with some taking on painterly qualities and others being organic in their process. Geometry was also popular, but once again in abstract formats as opposed to grid-like layouts or modular structures. Ensemble, a collective of six makers, stole the show with their organic arrangement of terracotta-toned wall pieces and block colour soft furnishings. Studio Kristel Laurits also added her own spin with a collection of wavey 3D-printed objects in daring colourways.
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“If your sofa isn’t a piece of architecture, are you really that bothered by interiors?” That’s what they’ll be saying next year, because it appears that everyone has decided that a standard backrest just will not do and cylindrical shapes are the way forward. Alternative sofas and chairs took over stands with some of the best being presented by Deadgood, Petite Friture and Mijo Studio. Disco Gufram took it to another level with its fashion-inspired plaid and shearling ‘Charly’ sofa by Atelier Biagetti. Watching TV, will never be the same again…
Go Big or Go Home Lighting
The lighting game at designjunction this year was notably strong and while not a specific stylistic trend in sight, there was certainly a theme when it came to size. Large lighting pieces took centre-stage on stands; some in spherical forms and others referencing the “Geometric Bohemian” style that I alluded to in my Milan round-up. Brands to watch out for are alp design by Annick Petersen, ANDlight and Hollands Licht collection.
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In the Pink
When I visited Milan earlier this year, I spoke of the earthy pink tones that had taken over much of the Italy capital; and yes, while they remain, things seem to have a got a little sweeter. Cotton candy pink has returned and many products featured various hues of the colour, particularly rugs and textiles. Shades of pink were given an edgier feel by using linear patterns to segment the colours as seen in this Zebra Rug from Junior Monarch. Floor Story also presented a number of rugs designed by Zandra Rhodes and Catherine MacGruer that fit the bill when it came to adding a sugary touch to a room.