There is still two days left of the London Design Festival – and still so much to see. But for those of you who live far away or who simply want a distilled view from the comfort of your own home, we asked our favourite tastemakers to share their findings from a week spent running madly around London. Here’s the colours they’ve highlighted as either big trends or just shades that spoke to their creative souls…
by 2 Lovely Gays
“We are going with mint! From 100% Norway to Focus to Design Junction it was everywhere! It’s fresh playful and lovely to live with. It works equally well in a Scandi home or a period property. Gorgeous with gold of the moment and the monochrome trend that’s been dominating,” says Jordan Cluroe of 2 Lovely Gays.
Yellow (black and white)
“This yellow is definitely a favourite of all the Triangle team, and was spotted all over Design Junction used by some of the most exciting emerging young designers. It’s a great shade for the Autumn / Winter season, reflecting the stunning colour changes of nature, but also providing a warmer, uplifting tone for the darker months. Paired with grey shades and black it provides a striking modern look, with strong mid-century references,” says Victoria (Tory) Mullen from Triangle.
Triangle concept store opened its doors in Hackney in 2013 and sells a delicious edit of design pieces for the home both on the shop floor and online.
“Irish design shines at Tent with black, white and yellow patterns from Mourne Textile and Andrew Ludick ceramics and also rugs for Ceadogán,” says Sarah Bennett Marketing Coordinator, Aram who also loved….
“I’m always drawn to orange details and love this Unearthed range of porcelain tableware by Sevak Zargarian at Tent. They look good enough to eat as well as serve from.”
Aram, which needs no introduction, is presenting the beautiful new lighting from designer Michael Anastassiades at its Drury Lane shop during the Design Festival. This is the first time the pieces are shown in the UK.
“Whilst we are overwhelmingly aware of the onward march of the pastels through LDF15, we can’t help but be drawn to the monochromes, particularly what we’d call ‘compressed black’. This is a colour that comes from a natural material or element being isolated and machined in some way. Two standout items I’ve seen during the festival was the board game designed by daPaor — each piece made from compressed Irish Peat – and an object by Paul Elliman, which is the result of melting the Lead in car batteries. The draw for me is that these processes create both a deep and extremely heavy black that also holds a certain iridescent quality. The knowledge that each material holds a certain history adds to the charm of the final colour produced,” says Rhonda Drakeford from Darkroom.
Darkroom celebrated it’s Fifth birthday this week at the shop on Lamb’s Conduit street and launched a new collection of monochrome enamelware and blankets available at the boutique, the Selfridges concession and online. They also collaborated with Floor Story on a collection of rugs on display at Design Junction.
Faded colours of nature
by Unique Style Platform