Sanderson's Manila Green/Ivory and Capuchins Boysenberry

UK, London. This week saw Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour (DCCH) host a preview of the spring/summer interior trends that will fill its showrooms during London Design Week (LDW) next year. Set to take place 9 March to 14 March 2014, LDW promises to once again be an unmissable event for designers and architects. Always an excellent opportunity to get a sneak peek at upcoming trends in the interior designer world, the LDW preview puts forward the textiles, furniture and lighting designs and carpets that the DCCH showrooms will present next spring.

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.

Brunschwig & Flis' 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.

Arty by Pierre Frey

The bright colours lent themselves well to another trend that permeated several collections, that of the jungle. There was an exotic feel to several designs, with Sanderson particularly embracing a tropical feel with its Manila Green/Ivory linen and its Capuchins Boysenberry print. In fact, some of Sanderson’s prints took it to the next level with the strong botanical leaning in its Cocos Multi/Brights linen and Coral & Fish.

Cocos Multi/Brights by Sanderson

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.

Sofa by Peter Dudgeon Ltd, upholstered in Zig Zag by 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.

Related Links:

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour