Welcome to the re-launched Barclay Interiors BLOG! Over the coming months you can expect to see a series of BLOGs which will show case a selection of interior design topics, everything from wall coverings to outdoor furniture, PLUS focusing on some inspirational designers.
The Barclay Interiors’ team visited both Paris Design week and London Design week earlier in the year. These two exciting events signify kick off in the interior design calendar with many designers launching new collections. Despite the freezing January winds whistling down the Seine, Paris always warms our hearts, not only because it’s Paris, but because it is always fun. Parties were many (35!) and warmed us up, especially our invitation to a private evening in the Napoleon apartments at the Louvre by the fabulous Pierre Frey www.pierrefrey.com.
A fantastic selection of designers showcased their new collections. ARTE launched their fabulous new wall coverings; as did Elitis; Rory Dobner’s monochrome ceramics; Carlo Moretti’s colourful glass were sensational; and deep buttoning on luxuriously padded furniture was everywhere especially in Roberto Cavalli’s www.robertocavavalli.com new home collection. Even Desigual launched their new home accessories range. There was so much choice at the show but what did the team see that we liked? There were unquestionably some design ideas which stood out for us, which we will see coming into our projects over the next few months:
There is no question that the colours of choice this year are pink and the fabulous Masala (a pinky bronze colour), courtesy of our friends at Pantone. But this year’s design shows were full of colour. Colour came in the form of fabrics, textiles, furniture, ceramics and glass as well as wall coverings.
The mixing of materials was really prominent across a number of collections. Van Roon www.vanroonliving.com and Eichholtz launched some exciting applications of this with a mix of metals. Dome Deco www.domedeco.com had a fun mirrored wall feature (see below), and Vaughan Designs also introduced multiple finishes into their new range of lighting www.vaughdesigns.com. Other designers also translated this theme into accessories such as mirrors, vases and other centre-pieces plus they also introduced feathers, cork, imitation bamboo and other textures to create a touchable and interesting look. Carlo Moretti also had an exciting collection of coloured glass. Preciosa Lighting www.preciosalighting.com also offered a fabulous range of elegant, handmade chandeliers and luxury lamps.
The use of wallpaper is being taken to a new level. Rather than just being a wall covering, it is being used as a piece of art and a fantastic way of personalising a room. There were some great new textured wall coverings from ARTE www.arte-international.com, see an example of their Le Corbusier collection below. Love Maps On www.lovemapson.co.uk also had some fun wallpaper where you where you could feature your whole postcode as a centre piece in your living space.
The botanical feel across wallpaper, soft furnishings and design is still a focus for this year with the use of flora and fauna. As we head into Summer this will definitely be making a re-appearance in our designs. Porta Romana www.portaromana.co.uk also launched their divine new Enchanted Forest collection, in collaboration with Tord Boontje, creating a whimsical and botanically inspired collection.
There is such a variety of new and exciting fabrics, wallpapers, furniture and soft furnishings to choose from, if you are thinking about an interior re-design project for one room or across your whole home please get in touch for your FREE initial consultation by:
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