LONDON DESIGN WEEK 2017

Are you on the lookout for design inspiration? Do you need to stay on top of the latest interiors trends? With 120 showrooms, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is an essential destination for you. We spent a happy day there during London Design Week 2017 (12 to 17 March), browsing the latest launches from many of our favourite brands – here’s our pick of the best.

Ardmore, Cole & Son’s new collection, is receiving a lot of attention – and justifiably so. Entering the showroom was like stepping into an exotic paradise! It was wonderful to see the wallpaper designs alongside the exquisitely painted Ardmore Ceramic Art pieces that directly inspired them. 

 Leopard Walk, Ardmore collection, Cole & Son – £80 per roll

Leopard Walk, Ardmore collection, Cole & Son – £80 per roll

 Ardmore Cameos, Ardmore collection, Cole & Son – £100 per roll

Ardmore Cameos, Ardmore collection, Cole & Son – £100 per roll

We would never miss an opportunity to visit the Arte International showroom. With so many innovative wallcoverings on display, it really is a treat for the eyes! Its four latest collections continue to push boundaries in very different and exciting ways. Vertigo is a glistening, reflective moiré design in a range of metallic colourways. We love the way the random pattern shimmers and shifts in the light: 

 Moire, Vertigo collection, Arte – £172 per linear m

Moire, Vertigo collection, Arte – £172 per linear m

Spectra features three-dimensional designs with a soft, tactile finish – Carrelage was displayed in the showroom in a show-stopping orange finish. A fittingly daring, cutting-edge backdrop for the legendary David Bowie!  

 Carrelage, Spectra collection, Arte – £229 per linear m

Carrelage, Spectra collection, Arte – £229 per linear m

The contemporary geometrics of Oculaire are hand woven from sisal, giving them a textured finish that elevates them from the whimsical to the decidedly sophisticated:  

 Metric, Oculaire collection, Arte – £145 per linear m

Metric, Oculaire collection, Arte – £145 per linear m

And finally, the textures and patterns of Revera are inspired by the fashion industry:

 Patch, Revera collection, Arte – from £29 per linear m

Patch, Revera collection, Arte – from £29 per linear m

Next we made our way to Lewis & Wood, whose beautiful wallpapers we install on a regular basis. Its new collection is based on fabrics made by 18th-century silk weavers in London’s Spitalfields, which are now on display at the V&A. We’ll be exploring the story behind the prints in more detail in a future blog post – watch this space!

 Stephen Lewis introducing Lewis & Wood’s new Spitalfields collection during London Design Week

Stephen Lewis introducing Lewis & Wood’s new Spitalfields collection during London Design Week

Also on display in the showroom was a beautiful new nature-inspired design called Cinda Roses. This was designed by first-year university student Lucinda Rogers, who was announced during Design Week as the winner of Lewis & Wood’s first wide-width wallpaper design competition. What an amazing feather in the cap of this budding young designer! Hats off, too, to Lewis & Wood for championing new talent. 

 Lucinda Rogers with her winning design, Cinda Roses, which retails at £58.80 per m

Lucinda Rogers with her winning design, Cinda Roses, which retails at £58.80 per m

Fromental unveiled its new-look showroom for London Design Week, and it didn’t disappoint. Fromental is, of course, known for its chinoiseries and the fully embroidered design now on display in the showroom is one of the most beautiful examples we’ve seen. The work that must have gone into it is mind blowing – we can’t imagine ever tiring of looking at it!  

 Paradiso embroidered chinoiserie in Sapphire, Fromental – price available on request

Paradiso embroidered chinoiserie in Sapphire, Fromental – price available on request

It was Bruyère, however, that was pulling in the crowds. Inspiration for this fabulously bold hand-painted silk wallcovering includes the tapestries of French artist Jean Lurçat, and a poem by Jacques Prévert. Again, we will be expanding on its story soon, so be sure to revisit the blog next month. The coordinating Majorelle cabinet seen here is the result of a collaboration with furniture designer Justin Van Breda

 Bruyère, Fromental – £875 per sq m

Bruyère, Fromental – £875 per sq m

The Wells team had been hard at work installing some new wallcoverings at the Altfield showroom, so we popped in to see the results. Recently launched designs include Alcantara’s Wanderlust collection, which is a collaboration with designer Sebastian Herkner; and Weitzner’s Clara, which has an on-trend pearlised finish. 

 Telemachus, Wanderlust collection, Alcantara at Altfield – £220 per linear m

Telemachus, Wanderlust collection, Alcantara at Altfield – £220 per linear m

 Clara, Contesseration collection, Weitzner at Altfield – £290 per linear m

Clara, Contesseration collection, Weitzner at Altfield – £290 per linear m

We also enjoyed seeing – and touching – samples of Phillip Jeffries’ recent coastline-inspired launches – St Bart’s Serenity, which is made from dried and laminated water hyacinth, summoned up images of beach houses and palm trees, while the interlocking veneer of Yacht Club is inspired by luxury ships on the French Riviera and fits neatly into the ‘wood on walls’ trend.    

 St Bart’s Serenity, Phillip Jeffries – trade price available on request

St Bart’s Serenity, Phillip Jeffries – trade price available on request

 Yacht Club, Phillip Jeffries – trade price available on request

Yacht Club, Phillip Jeffries – trade price available on request

Last but not least, we got our first peek at Apostrophe, a new Nobilis collection designed by Paris-based interior designer Sarah Lavoine. The colourful, graphic designs are full of personality – the ombré effects of Au-dela caught our eye in particular, as did the geometrics of L’Illusion, which have a hand-drawn quality to them.  

 Au-dela, Apostrophe collection, Nobilis – £299 per roll

Au-dela, Apostrophe collection, Nobilis – £299 per roll

 L’Illusion, Apostrophe collection, Nobilis – £303 per roll

L’Illusion, Apostrophe collection, Nobilis – £303 per roll

We also fell for this fun new addition to the Cosmopolitan collection. The contrast between the simple outline of the foliage and the vibrant detail of the tropical birds reminds us of the mindfulness colouring books that have become so fashionable recently! 

 Amazone, Cosmopolitan collection, Nobilis – £238 per roll

Amazone, Cosmopolitan collection, Nobilis – £238 per roll

Have these gorgeous designs whetted your appetite? We recommend heading over to Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour to take a closer look.

InspirationAbi Fawcus