You’d be forgiven for thinking that London Design Week 2021 was later in the year than normal.

The doors opened virtually on Sunday May 16th and ran through to today, Friday May 21st. A whole two months later than normal due to COVID-19 restrictions.

I managed a mid-week visit to, what I would consider, a very subdued show. The majority of showrooms were open to visitors but there was not the usual hospitality nor the buzz of new product launches or discovery tours.

That said, it was an ideal time to meander around the Design Centre and to absorb the seasonal colour themes.

Orange was the clear winner in this category. Warm, vibrant, patterned, plain, modern, and traditional – it appeared in showroom after showroom.

Another recurring theme was patterned wallpapers. Again, these transcended all styles from abstract through to peony roses.

If you like lighting Porta Romana have something from everyone. Modern, quirky, smart, and humorous.

The star of the show was, without doubt, Sanderson’s showroom. Celebrating 160 years of being inspired by nature their room set was a plant lover’s paradise.

Sanderson's showroom celebrating 160 years
Sanderson’s showroom celebrating 160 years

Another showroom worth a mention was that of C&C Milano. Here the most elegant table setting stood amidst the walls of a palladium palace.

Elegant table setting at C&C Milano
Elegant linen table setting at C&C Milano

Although there wasn’t the usual pomp and ceremony which surrounds LDW there was certainly plenty to feast one’s eyes on.

I made the most of my visit by collecting fabric swatches from the latest collections and a whole host of paint charts!

The main reason for my visit though, this year, like any other, was to gain inspiration and to stay abreast of the latest interior trends. For that, there is no better venue than London Design Week.

Zoffany's brand new window dressing
Zoffany’s brand new window dressing was being applied during the show

For more information check out the links below.

External Links

If you wish to catch up with the Virtual Programme of Conversations In Design go to The Design Centre Chelsea Harbour today.

For more information follow these links: London Design Week 2021, Porta Romana, Sanderson, C&C Milano, and Zoffany

Internal Links

For my review of last year’s show click here

📸 Carolyn Hayter

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