LONDON DESIGN WEEK 2018
Spring had definitely sprung at London Design Week and Chelsea Design Centre was in full bloom. As I walked in, the entrance was decorated with a faux grass floor, potted bulbs and ferns dotted along the steps into the south dome.
The flora only continued as I strode past the Financial Times How to Spend It restaurant, where diners were sipping champagne surrounded by green planting and beautiful floral displays.
The visuals definitely set the tone for the event itself -Arabella McNie's installation Canvas of Creativity featured enoumous paintbrushes hanging in cascades from the ceiling, painting several metres of patterned fabric through the air.
The theme for the event was The Rise of Individuality and Creative Expression, which you could feel simply by looking each window display as you walk around.
Designers had collaborated with contemporaries from the worlds of art, fashion and architecture, to create fresh takes on how they showcased their brands. The fresh take on styling interiors was incredibly inspiring, and some designers really thought outside the box to make their collaborations slightly surreal, and each one was so different from the the next. For example, Porta Romana had collaborated with florists Aesme to integrate floral arrangements into their lighting, and Simpsons London had teamed up with Cutler and Gross, displaying their frames in frames, and keeping it Spring-like with a grass wall and bunnies. The Style Library window walk my favourite, as a former fashion industry member. They brought together Morris and Co with Loewe, to present this punk-themed window, showcasing their Strawberry Thief print, in an incredibly cool, British way.
MARTYN LAWRENCE BULLARD COLLECTION
The new wallpaper collection from Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Cole and Son, was opulent and vintage-inspired. Featuring lots of leaf and palm print,and gorgeously styled alongside sumptous velvet sofas, and some silver moroccan lamps, I think we're going to see a lot of this collection in Instagram posts for seasons to come.
WOW FACTOR BATHROOMS WITH 2LG STUDIO AND CLAUDIA BAILLIE
The event runs over 100 workshops during design week, including live demonstrations, Q&As, and How To's with expert speakers, which makes it well worth grabbing the program and picking out a few of these to drop into.
The talk with 2LG Studio and Claudia Baillie, in Victoria and Albert Bathrooms, covering how to create a wow-factor bathroom- was super fun and engaging.
Focusing on the shift into people focusing on making their home somewhere they love living in, rather than the resale value, has driven people to inject more personality into their bathrooms. The chat with Jordan and Russell covered strong feelings on loo brushes (NEVER wall mounted), to commissioning bespoke vanity units built from recycled plastic - the talk itself was inspiring, and was punctuated with images of 2LG's gorgeous designs, both for private clients and their own home too.
HOW TO MAKE BLOGGING WORK FOR YOU WITH MILLY BURROUGHS AT TOPFLOOR BY ESTI
As most visitors to the Chelsea Design Cetre are interior designers it as easy to feel a little like an impostor visiting the showrooms - however Milly Burroughs' talk on blogging was a little more up my street. As a social media expert for designers such as Daniel Hopwood, Milly had some great tips for staying on-brand, and marketing yourself through your blog- all in a non nonsense, refreshingly honest and straightforward style. My favourite quote of hers being about not overwriting, "You're not Lewis Carroll... unless you're sitting around the house taking acid all day".