September is here and that means one thing; its interior design show season. Just like London fashion week, the interior world celebrates all that is new and up and coming for 2019 in a cornucopia of shows encompassing everything from paint, to lighting and to our new best friend fauna. The UK interior word truly springs to life this month and to kick proceedings off we have the London Interior Show at The Chelsea Harbour Hotel, where I have had the pleasure of attending this weekends trade only pop-up. The London Interior Show is a newcomer to the London Design Festival, launching this year, this independent pop-up trade only event focuses on the manufactures and designers not normally seen in this area. The show aims to help those in the know uncover new designers and manufacturers and engage with those without a London Design Centre presence alongside some of the worlds most established design brands.
The trade exhibition ends on Monday 17th September however the space is open to the general public from Tuesday 18th - Friday 21st September with exhibitors; House of Hackney, Cole & Son, Sacca carpet, Stark Fabric amongst any many more taking residency in the space for the whole of September, so even though the interior show is over its still wort a visit. You can plan your journey and find a comprehensive list of the exhibitors etchere.
Below you will find a run down of my favourite exhibitors of the day and a my top five picks of things to see and do at the exhibition. This blog post will feature new pure luxury and opulence from the always outstanding House of Hackney, a stunning range of florals from Cole & Son alongside an exciting 1920's inspired wallpaper range from Atre. So sit back, grab a beverage of your choosing and take a few minutes to immerse yourself in some of the finest new interior ranges on offer.
House of Hackney
Oh the beauty that is House of Hackney. I love everything about this distinct maximalist brand. From clashing animal prints to big bold florals, everything that House of Hackney does is unashamedly striking. There is no mistaking H of H for anyone else, its style so coveted that the high-street is desperately trying to cash in on its too cool for school style. Urban outfitters have recently added a tiger bath mat to their home collection which is suspiciously similar to House of Hackney's Saber collection, no surprise that the bath mat is constantly sold out.
Today House of Hackney unveiled a spectacular collection of wallpaper, fabric and home accessories created in partnership with renowned and historical French wallpaper house, Zuber. Delving into the fascinating archives at Zuber's enchanting headquarters in Rixheim, France, House of Hackney discovered the celebrated scenic wallpapers, friezes, borders and architectural trompe l'oeil designs the brand is known for.
This collection sets out to remaster, recolour and revive a handpicked selection of Zuber prints that resonate with House of Hackney's ethos while remaining loyal to the original design ideas. A generous dose of House of Hackney's famed colour treatments breathes vibrancy into the collection, heightening a distinctly Moroccan mood.
You may look at the offerings from Kit Kemp and have a sudden feelings of deja vue. You rack your brains trying to remember where you have seen this style before and why it feels so familiar to you. Kit Kemp is an award-winning interior designer known for her stylish and witty interiors. With her husband, Tim, Kit owns Firmdale, a group of luxury hotels in London and New York, including the Whitby Hotel, which opened in New York in 2017. Kit has also collaborated with Anthropologie, Wedgwood dinnerware, Chelsea Textiles, Christopher Farr, and more to produce a range of products and today Kit launches her new range, Folk Tales, in collaboration with Andrew Martin.
Inspired by the romance of folk tales, this collection encapsulates youthful imagination and the magic of design. It consists of six fabrics and five wallpapers depicting scenes of mythical lands in dusky colours accented with contemporary bursts of bright orange, blue, yellow and green. With one eye in the past and one in the future, the collection founds itself on harmonious contrast, forging a scheme which is fresh with surprise, and which tells a new and exciting story of its own. I enjoyed the play with colour in this range, everything is bright without being garish or overpowering. The colours seem muted in a way,i attribute this to the depth and quality of pigment. Although muted this does not detract from the vibrancy and strength of colour the range gives. Pictures really don't do any of the range justice and I would urge a visit to see and feel these wonders. Available now via Andrew Martin.
Cole & Son
What a wonder the Cole & Son exhibit was. The space was awash with their new botanical print wallpaper which is the perfect autumnal feast for the eyes. Launched today this range is a seasonal exploration of the English landscape – from the captivating beauty of cultivated gardens, to the enchanting allure of rolling meadows and wild woodlands, this charming collection is a study in the magnificent transformation of nature throughout the seasons.
“One of the things I’ve always loved about the English landscape is its distinctive seasons. The innate beauty of nature and the magical allure of its transformation through the year. Each season offering its own unique array of colour and variety. Botanical ~Botanica~ is our ode to nature. We wanted to explore both the unkept beauty of forests, fields and meadows, as well as the love and attention given to cultivated gardens.
We didn’t have to look hard to find inspiration; from local forests and woodlands to annual flower shows such as Hampton Court Flower Show where we were as much in awe of the magnificent blooms as we were of the form and structure of their arrangements, to our own vast design archive, with the exploration of flora and fauna playing a major part in our design history. We started sketching, finally deciding upon 15 unique designs paying homage to our British roots. Each design was hand-drawn and hand- painted to scale capturing the inherent beauty of the subject itself.”
- Carley Bean, Head of Design.
Don't miss out on seeing this range up close and personal to truly appreciate the beauty of this wallpaper. Free samples of this collection (plus all other ranges) are available on site and with purchases / samples you'll receive a free and very fetching Cole & Sons Botanical tote bag, so if the new range isn't enough of a pull to get you in there then the free bag may just swing it for you...
Now Arte where by far my most exciting brand of the day. Their Insolence range launched today and its a real stunner. Taking inspiration from the roaring 1920's: the decade that will forever be known for the rise of radio, cinema and jazz music. Fashion is provocative and interiors more opulent than ever before. Fast-forward to the present day, where the luxurious new palazzo style is an unstoppable trend. We see many typical Twenties elements making a comeback, although in contemporary form. That combination of new palazzo and the lavish style of the Twenties forms the inspiration for the Insolence collection.
There are 8 wallpaper patterns in this collection with Shiver and Swing being my favourite. Inspired by the flamboyant Charleston dresses! Fringes are literally everywhere again: in fashion, jewellery, handbags and in modern interiors. Make your choice of non-woven with a realistic textile effect (pattern Shiver) or authentic fil-à-fil with soft velvet touch (pattern Swing).
This brand is not a current instagram favourite however this range is sure to catapult it on to every insta interior designers hot list in 2019, due to its complete uniqueness and ability to add texture and depth to any room without adding bulk or clutter. And lets face it the Shiver range is an eye catching beauty, (one that I've got my eye on for my bedroom...) easy to photograph and will certainly be a talking point in your home. This is another piece that is best seen in the flesh as you get to touch it and feel the strands of fibre that make up the paper. If you can't make it down, Arte also have area managers that can come and pay you a home / site visit with samples. See Arte-internantional.com for details.
My Top 5 things to see and do;
1. Have fun and let yourself lose at the Journey of Colour installation in the Design Hub, Ground Floor Centre Dome. Here you will celebrate all things colour in an advanced LED 12 meter light up walk way commissioned by international artist Moritz Waldermeyer. This instillation offers an immersive experience of light, colour and movement where you will choose your favourite colours from the new collections which can be projected as special colour pallets on to the wall. Its a fun, simple instillation but I spent a fair amount of time playing around with colour and pattern, testing my pairing abilities and discovering new formations. If you're unsure of using colour in your home or unconfident in your use of it, this installation can help you hone your colour coordinating skills alongside a little frivolous fun.
2.Design Discovery Tour, hosted by Elle Decoration in the Design Space, 3rd Floor, South Dome. Join executive director Ben Spriggs for a unique discovery tour of Focus/18. Get an insiders view of some of the biggest names in the industry and take a voyage of discovery into the new colourful pieces for Autumn / Winter 2018. All accompanied by a glass of fizz. This is a ticketed event, bookings can be madehere.
3.KLC Presents Creative Interior Styling, 2pm, 1st Floor, South Dome. This workshop is one not to miss. It is an all encompassing stylist guide to vibrant interior: Embrace visual shortcuts for ambiance, how to harness decorative trends and tap into intuitive style. Plus clever solutions for displaying collections and sourcing props and flowers.
4. Kick back, relax and take in the stunning views of Chelsea Harbour on the Design Centre roof terrace whilst sipping a FREE coffee from family-owned, sustainable coffee company Kinta Loma. Available in the Design Space, 3rd Floor South Dome.
5. Take a complementary Mercedes Taxi to Sloane Square or Knightsbridge to shop until you drop!
If you do attend the exhibit id love to hear about your day and your favourite exhibitors in the comment section below.
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