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.
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.
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.
For more information check out the links below.
If you wish to catch up with the Virtual Programme of Conversations In Design go to The Design Centre Chelsea Harbour today.
For my review of last year’s show click here
📸 Carolyn Hayter