London Design Festival 15 - Cork is the New Black


Last week, Object Blogger, Abigail Carpe travelled down to The Big Smoke and to attend LDF15 visiting trend-forecasting interior shows such as 100% Design and Design Junction. Peering into the distant future of 2017, Abigail talks about her personal event highlights and colours, textures and themes that will be shaping our homes. 

100 Percent Design 2015

The key to this year's design week was definitely a sensible shoe. I must have covered about 50k on foot both in and around the two shows. Starting off with 100% Design at its new iconic venue Olympia London, engulfed in hoards of bespectacled Stan Smith wearing designers (myself included) all desperately wanting to see the next best thing.

 After a quick circuit of the exhibition hall I started the day with a talk on S/S 2017 colour palette by WGSN Lifestyle and Interior’s senior editor Gemma Riberti. This was a great way to kick off the event, an early burst of inspiration to help make the referenced trends stand out for the rest of the day.

Like myself (a self confessed IKEA ambassador) Gemma referred to the blue and yellow store for their recent use of natural materials in cork furniture range SINNERLIG (for the record, I’ve been telling everyone who will listen that cork in the new black for at least a year). While it wasn’t always in great abundance at the event, its influence was felt in the use of lots of other interesting natural and recycled materials.

white texture
copper lighting
Can't wait until 2017? Shop cork products at  Object Style  now! 

Can't wait until 2017? Shop cork products at Object Style now! 

 All this big names were there including Vitra, BuzziSpace and Original BTC, but my personal highlights were from the smaller designers. Recycled cardboard lightshades created dramatic yet delicate light installations and concrete was cast to form furniture. 100% this year was a wave of both bold colour and natural textures, working seamlessly and clashing marvelously with one another.

concrete lights
   We new at first sight, concrete couture would be big new in 2017! Shop this product at  Object Style  now! 


We new at first sight, concrete couture would be big new in 2017! Shop this product at Object Style now! 

 After lunch, I headed over to Design Junction in Holburn. It was so easy to get between the two locations, you just had to follow anyone with an Architonic tote which were given out to visitors. This year DJ was also at a new venue split between The Collage and Victoria House across the road.  This was where I saw my first cork piece (and let out a short squeal) a beautiful boet stool by Mitab with a cork seat pad and frame in coral pink!

 So what's next?

 A trend that I admit came out of nowhere was the amount of references to the Caribbean. Thinking about it now though it's the obvious progression from the muted tones and woven fabrics which have dominated 2015. I myself will be Havana bound this winter to try and capture the magic of the island before it is inevitably changed by the coming wave of Americanisation.

woven plant baskets

 I am so excited by these promised layers of multicultural pattern which will only enhance the muted backdrops and metallic accessories we have been collecting over the last few years. Rachael has already shown us flashes of this transition with her Kelim Rugs by Ferm Living and beautiful Wild Columbine Jewellery.

 As soon as the sun shines in SS17 I assure you we will be bombarded with (as Gemma Riberti described them) sandy beiges, mango yellow, parrot green, and coconut and cacao browns, all offset with delicate lines of ebony black.

parrot green tree fencing
large chocolate brown woven lights

Watch this space… Caribbean is the next new black!

Images by Agigal Carpe.