THE News - clerkenwell design week 

Home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, Clerkenwell hosted its eighth design festival this week; a three-day extravaganza that has become one of the most important dates in the London design calendar. Here are some interiors trends we noticed:

 

 ob&B

ob&B

Luxe materials

Our obsession with marble, brass, copper and velvet shows no signs of abating. We loved these squishy, comfortable velvet chairs with elegant brass frames by ob&b.

Luxe materials look even better when they’re mixed up together like these copper, brass and marble serving trays and lidded pots from Grace Souky.

Terrazzo is the new kid on the block. We love this material. It’s more reasonably priced than marble and made from chips of glass, stone, marble or seashells (!) set in concrete or resin and polished to give a lovely smooth, cool-to-the-touch surface.

 grace souky

grace souky


soft sell

There was a definite softening of furniture forms, from gently curving dining tables and lighting, to gorgeously shaped sofas.

Strong geometric patterns also seemed gentler. We liked the blurred edges of these throws by Beatrice Larkin.

 tacchini

tacchini

 friends founders

friends founders

 beatrix larkin

beatrix larkin


 devol

devol

new-ish colours

Dusky pink and emerald green are still the hot colours. And not just for living rooms and bedrooms. We loved the use of them in this kitchen by DeVOL and these Bang & Olufson wall hung speakers.

 bang and olufsen

bang and olufsen


going green

We’re plant obsessed here at Louise Holt Design. Nothing gives life to a space more than greenery, so we got excited when we saw this living garden in a frame. It would make a lovely looking, easy herb garden for a kitchen, especially if you don’t have much space.

There were also lots of beautiful outdoor living rooms on display, complete with coffee table, rug and ambient lighting. Our favourite was this one by Cecile Manz for Gloster (there’s that pink again!).

 urban roof gardens

urban roof gardens

 urban roof gardens

urban roof gardens


wood got weird

We loved some of the quirkier workings with wood on display. Particularly this iPhone amplifier and these wonky shelves.

 mr knock series for channels

mr knock series for channels

 resound by camilla lee

resound by camilla lee

 

 giovanna ticciati

giovanna ticciati

furniture creatures

Our favourite chair at the festival, and believe me we tried them all, was the super comfortable Elephant Chair by Norr 11

We also loved these leggy side tables by Giovanna Ticciati. They look like they’re about to glide out of the room. Anyone who has seen the film Arrival will understand this.

 norr11

norr11


best in show

Our overall favourite piece was the spectacular ‘Work Series’ table by Another Country. Just look at the little plant holders, the Lazy Susan, the cute pinboard. Perhaps a little on the large side for the study at home, but perfect for our new office!

 another country 

another country 


Written by Tara Germain  Tara@Louiseholtdesign.com