Textile design is one area that is always a strong indication of where interior trends are heading and this year was no different. Next season, colours are looking bright. “I really thought we were going to see a lot of pastels,” says Becky Metcalfe, PR manager at DCCH. “But everything has gone a lot brighter.” Collections across the board embrace vibrant palettes, using oranges, turquoises, pinks and greens. For many, this came across in bold stripes. Harlequin for example presented Zing from its Soul collection and Brunschwig & Flis had a heavy rainbow striped velvet called Soyeux Stripe in Ruby.
Going in a different direction to the rigid stripe, many collections featured a more free artistic feel. Arty by Pierre Frey takes the bold colours and used them in big, bold brush strokes across the fabric for example, while Forte by Zimmer & Rohde looks like a watercolour artist’s palette and Splash, also by Zimmer & Rohde, recreates paint splatters in embroidery.
The ‘nature’ edge to many of the prints on display translated into a more natural feel to some of the textiles as well. The looser, more relaxed stitching and earthy tones in Jim Thompson’s Chinese Tracery at Fix Linton for example.
The furniture dotted around the preview, in contrast to the vibrancy of the textiles, was very monochrome. Davidson and Interior supply presented solid black pieces with sleek, high gloss finishes while Peter Dudgeon’s sofa was upholstered in a black velvet striped with silver called Zig Zag from Colony.
As varied as the interior trends for spring/summer seem to be, so too will the inevitable programme for LDW 2014 be. SYD will bring you more news on what to expect as the full program is revealed and will be reporting on the event during the week.
Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour