As a decorator one of the things I like most about design is choosing fabric. I think most designers do because it’s one of the fun parts of design. Fabrics can be the inspiration and starting point for the whole project.
While I was in London with DesignHounds we attended four different design shows and invariably it was the fabrics that caught my eye. Some of it was really unique, some of it was traditional but with fresh colors and some of it was just plain “out there”.
Here is a sampling of four trends I saw at the London design shows.
- COLOR: Rich saturated color was on display at many of the booths and I noted Orange is still going strong.
Bluebellgray (show below) displayed brightly colored water color fabric and you can purchase their bedding through Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.
Blackpop is a UK company that creates “fabric and furniture that punk up the rich tapestry of the past to create opulent richly figured patterns”.
Although the designs are contemporary the fabrics are traditional opulent velvet.
This settee from Dare studio reminded me of an artist’s drop cloth.
Below is one more example from Arley House of digitally printed graffiti inspired fabrics.
3. Kaleidoscope inspired. Besides graffiti inspired fabrics I saw a several booths with kaleidoscope inspired fabrics. Printed on soft velvet the colorful fabric below is from up and coming textile designer Ewelina Mlynarek for Designers Atelier.
I have memories of owning a kaleidoscope as a kid and this fabric drew me right in.
The designer told me the fabric was indeed based on a Victorian kaleidoscope. Here it is below shown on a chair.
More kaleidoscope inspired fabric was spotted at Ana Romero. This one almost has a kaleidoscope meets snake skin vibe.
4. Traditional fabrics in updated colorways. After seeing all the wild statement fabrics it was refreshing to come upon the fabric company Moon. Established in 1837, their traditional Scottish wool plaids and tartans were displayed in updated and fresh colorways.
4. Technology. At the London shows I spoke with several designers who use the computer to aid in the creation their fabric designs. One designer has taken computer aid a step farther and has the computer determine the design!
BeatWoven is a fabric company that creates fabric based on a computer program that translates and then weaves musical notes directly into the fabric.
Each of the fabrics is woven from a different symphony or song. The fabric below is Tchaikovsky’s composed works from The Royal Ballet’s “Sleeping Beauty”.
and this one below was created by translating Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2
Pretty cool…right? Imagine how perfect this fabric would be for a musician or music lover.
No matter what your taste in fabrics, there really was something for everyone at the shows. Which one is your favorite?