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The hot trends from Clerkenwell Design Week 2017

Ready to revamp your home? We SO have your back on this one!

 

blue and white sculpture

Home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, Clerkenwell hosted its eighth design festival this week; a three-day extravaganza that has become one of the most important dates in the London design calendar. It’s a trail through churches, crypts, alley ways and disused buildings colonised by the festival to check out the work from some of the best of designers in the world, including a huge range of home-grown talent. Us Muddy Eds have been chained to our desks since the Muddy Awards started, so we sent a friend of the family Tara, who happens to be a superhot interior designer at Oxfordshire/Kensington-based Louise Holt Design, to do our dirty work and find out the emerging trends. Here’s her lowdown on what you’ll want to buy next year.

LUXE MATERIALS 

blue and gold armchairs

Our obsession with marble, brass, copper and velvet shows no signs of abating. We loved these squishy, comfortable velvet chairs with elegant brass frames by ob&b.

Luxe materials look even better when they’re mixed up together like these copper, brass and marble serving trays and lidded pots from Grace Souky.

metallic and green paint

 

Terrazzo is the new kid on the block. We love this material. It’s more reasonably priced than marble and made from chips of glass, stone, marble or seashells (!) set in concrete or resin and polished to give a lovely smooth, cool-to-the-touch surface.

mosaic patterns

Sevak Zargarian

 

NEW-ISH COLOURS

green 1930s tiles against pink walls

Dusky pink and emerald green are still the hot colours. And not just for living rooms and bedrooms. We loved the use of them in this kitchen by DeVOL and these Bang & Olufson wall hung speakers.

 

blue pink green and blue shades

Bang & Olufson

 

SOFT SELL

mustard sofa striped rug

 

There was a definite softening of furniture forms, from gently curving dining tables and lighting, to gorgeously shaped sofas – check out the Roma Sofa from Tacchini above.

Strong geometric patterns also seemed gentler. We liked the blurred edges of these throws by Beatrice Larkin.

striped throws wooden armchair green plants

 

GOING GREEN

Nothing gives life to a space more than greenery, so we got excited when we saw this living garden in a frame. It would make a lovely looking, easy herb garden for a kitchen, especially if you don’t have much space.

blue chairs, green living wall

Urban Roof Gardens

 

WOOD GOT WEIRD

 

wooden gramophone

We loved some of the quirkier workings with wood on display. Particularly this iPhone amplifier (Resound by Camilla Lee) and these wonky shelves.

 

funky wooden shelves

Mr Knock Series I for Channels Design

 

FURNITURE CREATURES

leather chairs in empty room with wooden floors

Our favourite chair at the festival, and believe me we tried them all, was the super comfortable Elephant Chair, above, by Norr 11.

We also loved these leggy side tables by Giovanna Ticciati. They look like they’re about to glide out of the room. Anyone who has seen the film Arrival will understand this.

side tables and plant

 

BEST IN SHOW

wooden desk

Our overall favourite piece was the spectacular ‘Work Series’ table by Another Country. Just look at the little plant holders, the Lazy Susan, the cute pinboard. Perhaps a little on the large side for the study at home, but perfect for our new office!

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