Now, as many of you will know last week was the London Design Festival, now in its 16th year, and, of course, each year is bigger than the previous one. Last year there were some 450,000 visitors from 75 countries and I’m sure there will turn out to have been more this time.
Among all the breakfasts and dinners, displays and stands and talks and seminars there were writers, bloggers and designers running around trying to see new things, discover new trends and work out what we’re all going to be buying and selling over the next year.
It’s impossible to get round everything and there’s sort of no point in trying. I gave a couple of talks and saw as much as I could but the week coincided with a week of life stuff – car mot, cat vaccinations and work deadlines so I mostly sat back and observed. Which can be a good way to get an overview as otherwise we all choose want we want to see and only look at that.
But this way there were a few consistent themes I noticed. Which led me to today’s post because I think this lamp sums up everything that is happening in interiors at the moment, and so if you wanted to buy one thing to update your house then this lamp might be that thing.
Let’s examine it a little further. First up, there really wasn’t much grey around this year. Having said that with so many stands to visit you can, to a certain extent, always find what you are looking for. So the Scandi minimalists will have found plenty to make them happy while the colour lovers will have been going into raptures over a maximalist wallpaper three feet further along.
That said, there definitely wasn’t as much grey as in previous years. But what there was was a huge amount of rich, warm colours. Pink is still strong – they may have changed its name from millennial and blush to rose or sulking room or whatever else they fancied but it’s still dusky pink and it’s still there.
Yellow is gaining ground. There have been attempts to call it Gen Z yellow to follow on from millennial pink ( I don’t see that catching on myself) but call it what you will – ochre, mustard, turmeric, saffron, gold, brass, er – yellow? Loads of it. Masses. But no lemon and not primrose – warm shades only. And mixed, very often with said dusky pinks and beiges.
Velvet is still a huge story but it’s interesting that as well as swathing our sofas and cushions it’s now moved onto the lighting. Which is the new bit. And, finally fringing. That came back from the Paris shows in January and is starting to make its presence felt in shops and online now.
So that’s why this lamp ticks all those boxes. And in terms of it fitting into your current decor? Well if you’re all grey it will bring in a touch of warmth, which is what we’re all about at this time of year. Grey and gold has always been a luscious combination. If you’re all dark then this will bring a splash of light to a corner (literally) and if you’re ahead of the current game and your walls are pale then this will also work to add definition and warmth.
Now obviously these aren’t all the trends but this is a big part of them. We’ll look at more in coming weeks. I should also point out that this lamp also comes in black and brown velvet, the latter is a particularly strong colour at the moment in all its versions from capuccino to bitter chocolate. And there’s also a grey version if you’re all about classic, the velvet and fringing still makes it current and warm.
See? Can’t lose. It’s available at various prices at various places so I’ll let you decide which suits you best.