London – The Treasures of Interior Design
London Design Week 2017 is an opportunity for designers and showrooms to swing open their doors and showcase their newest and most exciting collections.
The day began at Chelsea Harbour home to many of the big names in the design world. Each showroom offered canapés and fizz to entice you in along with bucket loads of pencils and sample request forms so you could order any fabric in any colour way you could ever want. From lighting to rugs and bath tubs to fabric, both for your home or even your yacht, Chelsea Harbour has all you need to ensure your interior projects are completed to the highest standards.
The stand out trend this year was Chenille, it was out in force in most showrooms. Chenille is great for creating texture, especially mock cut velvet. Below is an example of using Chenille to create a textured fabric. Woven on a silk warp with a cotton Chenille weft, this gives the impression of a cut velvet fabric.
From Chelsea Harbour I meandered down the Kings Road where I stumbled across fabric collections by Cloth & Clover, Guy Goodfellow, and Penny Morrison. The Kings Road is bursting with beautiful, show stopping designs – whether it is independent clothing boutiques, one off speciality restaurants or interior design showrooms. It’s a haven for the creative eye.
Osborne & Little had a pop up studio of artists in the basement showcasing illustrations on wallpaper and fabric all set up in nooks and crannies. This Rabbits at teatime installation was a favourite of mine, if not a little hectic.
The Fulham Road is home to Farrow and Ball, De Gourney and Colefax & Fowler along with many other home designers too. Continuing along The Kinds Road to Sloane Square, and just beyond is another Gem in the crown of London’s design scene – Pimlico Road. With a more intimate feel than the Kings Road, Pimlico has a more British ambiance to it with less hustle and bustle. Colefax and Fowler have recently relocated here from the iconic 39 Brook Street Showroom. With Joanna Wood, Soane Britain, Linley, Robert Kime and Nicholas Haslam all within a stone’s throw of each other, Belgravia is one of the best places to show for the finest interiors in the Capital.
London Design week is running up until 6pm on the 17th March and with a complimentary Jo Malone hand massage, it would be a shame to miss out.