Back to Basics: 2017 Design Shows Update
The design shows this year have a completely different flavour than 2016. Gone is all the bling and sparkle of last year, replaced with a simpler, more honest, natural aesthetic.
This years Pantone colours seem derived from the most ‘ life full’ natural elements.
Primrose Yellow copied from the flowers of course or from the superhot sun, Pale Dogwood and Hazelnut remind me of dry dusty cracked earth. Island Paradise is a pure Carribean sky, and Lapis blue a full Mediterranean sea. Greenery feels like the freshest grassiest grass. Flame is the most deliciously burnt orange and Kale the colour of home grown veg.
At this years Decorex Interior Furnisings show monochrome prints are all over the fabric stands, but with a natural unbleached background and a single stunning print colour or two taken straight from the Pantone palette. The fabrics feel like they are from a Textile students end of year show. In a good way! They are simple, organic and fresh.
Celebrity designer Nicky Haslam has a stand this year that is, as always right on trend! It feels Colonial, Caribbean, sixties and hippy all in one. The wallcovering is monochrome but with sixties brown in place of black. The furniture is all made of rope harking back to those rattan lamps and chairs we all had. The look is fresh but also a little safe.
There are a number of furniture makers showing traditional joinery details and some gorgeous ironmongery. Joints and junctions are visibly on show and screws exposed and accessible giving a handcrafted quality appearance.
The metal of the moment is still brass but now a little less polished and a little more tarnished. The feeling is of careful loving production and local craftsmen rather than mass production. It seems small is beautiful once again!