Interior trends for Spring/Summer 2012
I have been to a lot of interior fairs recently. Formland in Denmark, Home, Topdrawer in London and Interiors in Birmingham. All a bit different. Here's what I found...
Danish Interior Design - Denmark
Danish Interior Design is very focused on vintage and vintage chic at the moment, with recycled wood and metal furniture and with a lot of inspiration from the garden shed and the garden itself.
In contrast to this the designs are also very basic and contemporary, like you would expect from Scandinavia.
The 'trend areas' at the fair showed how indoor gardening could be applied in a new and futuristic way.
(pictured below): think Cath Kidstone, a pinch of Designers Guild, a teaspoon Pip (Dutch flowery/Chinese china and fabrics) and a cup of pretty roses, lilies and macaroons to eat!
Trash Terrace (pictured below): young and funky and with a lot of awareness to global warming and being very environmentally friendly. Recycle, reuse and recover....
(pictured below): recycle again in a colorful way. Cactuses decorated with crouched flowers...
Bonsai Garden (pictured below): for the perfectionist. Elegant and simplistic garden at home. Urban Nursery: get your hands muddy in your own garden lab. Experiment with cuttings and seeds...fun and rewarding.
Beautiful Barn: If you cannot have animals, create your own barn in your kitchen. Pigs, hen etc on the floor and on the table. Eatable greens and herbs in your pots.
Home at Earls Court
Back in England and London, Home at Earls Court showed interior accessories in a very contemporary way. A lot of Scandinavian exhibitors around with basic and simplistic design.
Interiors in Birmingham (NEC)
Interiors in Birmingham (NEC) showed up a new and refreshed look. This "mainstream" furniture fair had invited famous interior designers like Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen, Diana Civil, Donna Wilson, Morag Myerscough and House of Hackney's to create the trend exhibitions around the fair.
At the design village London based Designersblock had their own space for the second year running. Situated beside and sort of part of the VIP/pressroom they had chosen to exhibit themselves as a pub! With outdoor pub tables etc, it worked.
Three interior designers had been invited to do their own B&B bedroom. Donna Wilson with "The Squirrels Forest", Morag Myerscough in graphic monochrome with a hint of yellow and stardom! And finally House of Hackney "Colefax and Fowler on acid".
Diana Civil had very cleverly designed the entrances to the different halls from Design Elegance, Classic revival in grey, monochrome and yellow, Red Hot London (pictured above) with red velvet and crystals, English Eccentric in mild green and pinks, Britannia Chic with English classics from lamps to chairs and finally Chintz with attitude, flowers, china and table settings with old English roses....
Unfortunately Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen's two room settings (inspired by British Stately Homes), My Lady's Chamber and His Lordship's Lair were in my opinion a disappointment. They seemed poorly worked through with more than a hint of bad taste (see below)!
Next I am off to Stockholm for the furniture show there and I will be back with news soon...
Why not try out the new trends for yourself and share your discoveries with Shop Cotswolds!!
By Ann-Katrin Berggren