The September London Design festival offered up interior design shows with plenty of exciting stands from new and existing design companies.
The mood certainly seemed more positive and upbeat than we have seen in a few years – a reflection of the upturn and gradual return of confidence in our economy perhaps?
As an interested observer of colour trends, I like to keep an eye out for any recurring popular or emerging themes. Last year, I highlighted designs with a much bolder use of colour, which this year emerged in embroidered or woven bold graphic and ‘folk’ designs. In particular, the work of designer Bethan Laura Wood and A Rum Fellow caught my eye.
A Rum Fellow’s pieces are rooted in heritage techniques. In particular, Mayan embroidered textiles in vivid kaleidoscopic colour ways.
The Guadalupe Daybed designed by Bethan Laura Wood is covered in Divina, an exquisitely appliqued Kvadrat wool embroidered by Laura Lees.
An interesting and lively colour combination popped up on various exhibitor stands in furniture and fabric displays – orange and turquoise/blue.
I love this combo, it’s both fresh and upbeat! Earlier in the post I mentioned how this years’ shows reflected a more buoyant mood?
Two years ago I was talking to students about the colour orange, and how I felt it would become popular post-recession. Orange is a colour which conveys a spirit of fun, comfort, abundance and feeling safe. Together with this brighter-hued blue, it creates a wholly positive vibe and captures the current spirit of optimism as we emerge from the challenges of the last few years.