London Design Week – March 2011

I didn’t post the below on Friday as I was observing the Bloggers Day of Silence on Friday, March 18th along with bloggers across the globe.

My thoughts are with those in Japan and everyone connected by these terrible events.  If you would also like to contribute, For Japan with Love is a wonderful initiative started by two bloggers Ever Ours and Utterly Engaged alternatively the UK’s Red Cross Fund can be reached here 

Last week was London Design Week and I spent time at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour and other events in London.  Design Centre Chelsea Harbour was resplendent in floral arrangements and the scent of hyacinths to usher in the new collections from the major fabric houses. 

I spent nearly two whole days just at DCCH alone – so much to see so little time – and still didn’t see everything.  My first impression though was that there was a lot of colour was on show. It was so refreshing and spring like to find the showroom windows and displays brimming with every hue, and I noticed a distinct move from the neutrals of the last couple of season to more vibrant tones.

I had a game plan, as there are so many showrooms to visit and lectures to attend. I was also looking with a project in mind, which does help me to focus somewhat.  So first up was one of the most colourful showrooms Romo, who had the brightest windows paired with black and white (see my Maison et Objet posting on b&w trend).

Zinc part of the Romo group released their new Miami Collection, which filled the showroom with punchy bright colour. The collection has bold printed velvets and geometric patterns in vivid colours – the blue’s and greens were particularly striking. Given the collection was named for pool side glamour – I was certainly feeling the warmth of the sun.

The window displays for the ever-vibrant Tissus d’Helene who stocks so many lovely hand produced collections were a visual feast – and strong inspiration for an upcoming project. I want that blue and white zig-zag fabric being used as a wall covering – I’ll post its name when I find out what it was. I know its by Quadrille

Still more to come on GP & J Baker, Mulberry, Zoffany and Ann Sacks.

A really big thank you to reader Jennifer Dengel who has given me the name to the wonderful fabric from Quadrille which is…… drum roll please……


Colour Periwinkle AC250-01 





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