British and European brands to showcase 2020 interiors trends at top Paris show
It’s the big reveal in Paris tomorrow for Europe’s top interior decoration brands, including many from London. They’ll showcase their new looks at the Paris Déco Off event, spread across the showrooms and galleries of the 1st-7th Arrondissements and covering both sides of the Seine. Running until Monday, the event is open to all free of charge with several late nights and with
Animal designs, geometric prints and abstract lighting for Paris show
Paris launched the latest and the best new designs last week at the big international lifestyle, décor and design trade show Maison et Objet, now in its 25th year. Seemingly endless aisles of furnishings filled eight vast halls in the northern suburbs. In tandem in the city itself, the Déco Off interiors event unveiled spring fabrics and papers in more than 60 showrooms and
Jungle prints and rich blues among 2020's top interiors looks
From wild beasts and lush, jungly palms to cool blues, soothing natural cane and luxe velvet with a dash of glam thrown in, here's our round up of the top homes looks for the new year. Blue shades “Reassuring” Classic Blue is the Colour of the Year chosen by Pantone, the US trend outfit whose colour reference charts are used by interior designers worldwide.
Bold black-and-white fabric and furniture is back in a big way
The huge retrospective for Bridget Riley which opened at the Hayward Gallery last week spans 70 years of the British artist’s working life. It brings into focus the craze for the black-and-white optical art — Op Art — that spread like wildfire from Riley’s early paintings to fashion and interiors in the mid-Sixties.
This restorative shade is set to be the new millennial pink
Colour trends go in cycles. One hip hue that lasted longer than expected was millennial pink, a dusky blush embraced by Pantone with Rose Quartz, its Colour of the Year back in 2016. Iconic Mayfair venue Sketch’s much-photographed powder puff-pink restaurant kept the trend going. But now millennial pink is being supplanted by greens, in pale or mid-tones.
Meet the Londoners awarded top prizes at the first global Etsy awards
London wallpaper artist Sian Zeng is the Grand Prize Winner of the new "Etsies" — the first global Etsy Design Awards — scooping nearly £12,000 in prize money. Etsy is the popular international online shop where smaller makers, typically one-person outfits, sell their handmade designs. It's ideal for Christmas presents. There were thousands of entries for the awards and of
The best glassware for your festive toasts this Christmas and New Year
The festive season is in full swing, bringing with it long festive lunches, drinks parties and extravagant evening suppers. One of the best ways to elevate each occasion and delight your guests is to keep the drinks flowing all night in beautiful glassware. You also need to ensure you don't spend all night topping up drinks so you have time to enjoy the party yourself.
Technogym bike and smartwatch to aid sleep among best new fitness gadgets
We’re already tired of hearing “new year, new you”. You are still the same “you” and we all want those health and fitness goals to last the whole year, not just till February. So we’ve sought out the latest smart technology to support your training, indoors and out - and also to boost your healthy-eating resolutions. Everything here has been picked with Londoners particularly
Why this timeless shade is set to transform our home interiors in 2020
Classic Blue has been revealed as Colour of the Year 2020 by Pantone, the American colour coding company whose swatches are the reference point for designers worldwide. A rich shade close to cobalt, between navy and royal, Classic Blue is "a timeless and enduring hue elegant in its simplicity", according to Pantone and has been used in homewares through history, from Ancient
Clashing chintzy florals and prints are heading back into our homes
Amazingly, it has been almost a quarter of a century since Ikea commanded its British consumers to “Chuck out your chintz.” Those among us who are old enough to remember will recall the 1996 TV ad showing neighbours conspiratorially uniting to wrench flowery curtains in beige and burgundy down from their rails and rip out wall-to-wall carpets — both deemed sins against good
How 'intelligent' loos and 'smart' showers are transforming bathrooms
How “smart” is your shower? And do you have an “intelligent” loo? Digital technology is washing over London’s bathrooms, along with advanced engineering and design.
Homewares inspired by top African art and design in London this summer
Crouched on four fat red cylinders like the legs of a big beast is The Colour Palace, a summer pavilion opened at Dulwich Picture Gallery for this month’s London Festival of Architecture.
3D printed ceramics to experimental food storage on show at design degree show
The Royal College of Art is regularly rated as the world’s top design school, though it’s fair to say Central Saint Martins is never far behind, so London is lucky to have some of the world’s most imaginative graduating designers in its midst. Over the last 20 years RCA students have come from around the world, initially mostly from Europe, then Japan and South Korea and now
Buy furniture from future stars at elite design schools' grad show
THE annual New Designers show opens today at the Business Design Centre in Islington. This huge, glassy Victorian hall is buzzing with creativity as up to 3,000 students celebrate the end of their studies on more than 170 UK courses. Half of them will show until Saturday, from courses in textiles, costume and fashion, jewellery and precious metals, ceramics and glass and
New IKEA X Sonos smart speakers are hidden within a lamp and a shelf
Swedish interiors giant IKEA has teamed up with audio trailblazers Sonos to create two new smart speakers – hidden inside a lamp and a shelf. Called SYMFONISK, the tech collaboration consists of two different wi-fi speakers given a cool Scandi makeover.
Keep your home cool this summer with the latest blinds and shutters
We've already seen some spring mini heatwaves and last summer produced record temperatures. Before summer hits its stride this year, maybe we should prepare to stay cool. Our biggest exposure to sunlight is through our windows — so how can we control the heat? For best results, you need a complex combination of curtains and/or blinds, fabrics, linings, tracks/and or poles.