London Design Week: Five trends you need to know about

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March is well known for the first day of Spring, blooming daffodils and Mothering Sunday. But, in the design world, one of the most talked about happenings is of course London Design Week. Across six days, the world’s finest designers, creative talents and interior design brands gather to showcase new launches, pioneering ideas and trend predictions. Little Red Rooster hit the ground to scope out the hottest new trends, so you don’t have to. Read on to see what made our shortlist.

 

BRONZE IS THE NEW COPPER

Copper exploded onto the scene several years ago, and whilst its popularity hasn’t waned, for many it’s the marmite of interior décor – either passionately loved or ardently hated. But, in 2019, copper has had a sophisticated make-over. Say hello to bronze! With its deeper and darker undertones, bronze furnishings are immediately at home in both industrial homes and modern hotel designs.  In fact, we’re well informed that Bisque is launching a striking Brushed Bronze finish on its immensely popular Arteplano radiator. This simple, yet striking design will complement many contemporary interiors – so watch this space!

 

Bisque Arteplano in Brushed Bronze

 

TIME FOR TEAL

This is not the first time that teal has proved popular where colour trends are concerned. In fact, this hue often has a resurgence, and, in 2019, it’s back with a bang. First appearing at Milan Design Week in 2018, this colourway was everywhere at LDW. Initially spotted by our team in Romo’s showroom, they spied a beautiful teal sofa, which had softer undertones and worked in partnership with the prominent teal wallpaper.

 

Romo’s Showroom – Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

 

Next up, our very own Victoria + Albert Baths tapped into this colour trend with a dedicated window display and Colour Psychology event, to celebrate the launch of 194 RAL colours to its entire collection of baths and basins. The window display featured the brand’s elegant Ravello freestanding bath in a deep, bold shade of moss green, or RAL 6005 to design aficionados.

 

Victoria + Albert Baths Showroom– Design Centre Chelsea Harbour – Ravello bath in Moss Green

 

Whilst our next teal highlight wasn’t technically launched at London Design Week, we felt that it would be rather rude not to include this delightful design; introducing Smeg’s iconic FAB28 fridge in a stunning new emerald green finish. If you head over to Smeg’s flagship store on Regent Street St. James’ you can see this glorious new colourway for yourself as it takes pride of place in a new window display, along with ruby red and taupe, to mark the launch.

 

Smeg’s new FAB28 fridges – Smeg flagship store, Regent St, St. James’

 

CURVED FURNISHINGS

Taking inspiration straight out of the 70s, one of the most notable trends at London Design Week was that of curved furnishings. From curvy armchairs to rounded mirrors, these soft and shapely designs appeared far and wide. Starting in Arte, rounded mirrors and retro fabric displays could be found in 2019’s hottest hues, Living Coral and Teal. Next up we found retro inspired rounded armchairs in Romo, which we can confirm were not only stylish, but also incredibly comfy!

Arte Showroom – Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

 

Romo Showroom – Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

 

A TECHNICOLOUR DREAM

This year, brands and designers alike are becoming more experimental with colour. So, it’s no surprise that showrooms were awash with bright and vividly noticeable technicolor designs at this year’s Design Week. From colourful floral wallpaper in Colony to Bisque Radiators’ new ombré colour service offering, bold hues are here to stay.

 

Colony Showroom – Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

 

MAKE WAY FOR METALLICS

Not to be confused with aforementioned coppers and bronze, metallics had a huge presence at London Design Week, and for good reason. From understated brushed finishes to dazzling chrome surfaces, its clear that designers are embracing this material in their creations. Samuel Heath showcased eye-catching brushed brassware, which would work suitably well for anyone wishing to tap into the industrial trend in their bathroom space. We also saw metallic finishes on wallpapers. Pictured below, Lelièvre Paris showcased a truly unique wallpaper design, that managed to combine iridescent silver undertones, with distressed markings for an industrial look and feel.

 

Samuel Heath Showroom – Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

 

Lelièvre Paris wallpaper

Fancy learning more? Why not check out what we got up to with our client Victoria + Albert Baths during London Design Week – head to our most recent blog here.

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