Fine lines can be traced across autumn's new launches, creating a look that manages to be both strong and visually light.
Change of Character
New for 2020, Porada's 'Alan' table demonstrates how a single piece of furniture can retain its essential design DNA, yet change its character according to its shape and materials.
Tailoring with a Twist
Savior Beds' latest design collaboration is with Dashing Tweeds, designers of "modern urban tweeds", whose fabrics are now available to upholster its beds. This is no ordinary tweed, though: the wool is woven with reflective yarn.
Topfloor by Esti's founder, Esti Barnes, is known for her skill as a rug designer, but she's now at the helm of a new venture, furniture brand Formitura.
A Shot of Glamour
Ventura's Design Centre East showroom has grown, taking over the adjacent space to create further enticing roomsets that showcase the Dublin-based brand's classic contemporary aesthetic.
Unusual techniques and combinations of materials are one of Gallotti&Radice's strengths. The new collections show a typically forward-thinking approach, and include 'Prism', an intarsia coffee table in walnut and aluminium.
Glint & Glow
There's a certain lustre permeating autumn's new launches. Subtly reflective surfaces create dynamic design schemes, glinting when the perspective changes, or taking on entirely different qualities when lit with daylight or electric light.
Updating a Golden Age
René Prou is considered the first French interior designer to work in a modern style – and also happens to be the grandfather of Patrick Frey, CEO of Pierre Frey. For its latest furniture collection, Pierre Frey has looked to this familial connection for inspiration.
New for AW20, Ethimo's 'Hut' outdoor seating pod – the creation of up-and-coming designer and architect Marco Lavit – is a way to feel cosy and cocooned, yet still be at one with nature.
Julian Chichester's Bobbin collection is one of one of its best loved, and it has recently expanded to include a console and bedside table. This simple, rustic of furniture has its origins in the late 17th-century, but has stood the test of time.
This ‘Brutus’ dining chair is designed by a brand that’s new to the Tollgård showroom, BassamFellows. The Connecticut-based company describes its aesthetic as "craftsman modern".
The Design the Rainbow installation is currently brightening the Design Avenue with its pop-up spaces for all seven colours of the rainbow. Reflecting the rule-breaking, expressive interiors of the seventies, the orange scheme also conveys the sense of escapism that many of us are craving, with orange's exotic associations with tropical fruit and spices from far-flung lands.
Dominating the east London skyline, the Atlas Building cements 'tech city' – the area surrounding Old Street roundabout – as a property hotspot as well as a business hub. Replacing a 1980s office building, the 152m tower has 302 apartments, including this eye-catching penthouse designed by Angel O'Donnell.
Blue Skies Ahead
The Design the Rainbow installation has transformed the Design Avenue into an uplifting spectrum of colour. Delve into the detail of the blue scheme, from artisan ceramics to chinoiserie wallcoverings and a perfect chaise longue.
Skills on Show
Decca has relaunched the trade section of its website. Registering online unlocks a host of new features, helping specifiers to select products, keep track of their projects and learn more about the broad range of skills that go into every custom-made piece of furniture.
The Science of Sleep
"We put a tremendous amount of effort in to mattress selection, an area where people can really benefit from expert advice." Get under the covers and read the inside story on new bed showroom Rested.
Chunky shapes and curvy outlines have replaced hard angles in upholstered furniture. These soft silhouettes express our deep need for comfort right now: a chair that literally wraps around the sitter has a calming, cocooning effect.
Ethimo has added two products to its popular Knit collection, designed by Patrick Norguet and named after its distinctive woven-rope features. The amply proportioned sofa and lounge chair introduce an upholstered element, in two new fabrics, 'Chess' and 'Red Diamonds.'
Davidson London has reopened in a different location at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, with a host of new products to discover, including the Wanderlust collection of tables, which has modular options for the top, base, colour and finish.
Open by Appointment
As restrictions ease, many showrooms are now operating on an appointment-only basis. The picture is changing all the time, but here are the showrooms that have stated they will be open by appointment for the week commencing 1 June.
Nicky Dobree is best known as the influential interior designer who gave the luxury ski chalet market a much-needed pivot away from a rather dated design rut. Although she has also worked on many prestigious private homes she had never worked on a commercial project before – until Plaza 18, a boutique hotel in Andalucia, came along.
The Big Blue
One of those highly adaptable colours that seems to have a place in every scheme, indigo can feel raw and industrial, like a riveted pair of classic jeans, or have a breezy informality, like a tablecloth draped over a table set for an al fresco lunch in the Med.
Oficina Inglesa Furniture has made furniture for 11 newly refurbished rooms at Claridge's, including the Prince Alexander Suite, which has been designed to reflect both the hotel's Victorian heritage and the elegance of 1940s Europe.
Cautious easing of lockdown restrictions in the UK and across Europe means that factories and workshops are coming back to life, while adapting to new safety measures.
The Power of Now
Spending more time at home, many people's thoughts have turned to redecorating, whether a complete overhaul or a smaller rejuvenation with a few well-judged accessories. Several brands to be found at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour operate online shopfronts, so there's no need to wait a moment longer: getting products delivered to the door is only a few clicks away.
The Geometry of Nature
Woven wine branches were the stylistic starting point for Turri's Vine collection; the metaphor also works for the overall design concept, which branches off into different territories within a home, yet retains a comprehensive overall look.
Channelling the era of Halston, Yves Saint Laurent and Warhol, Baker's new Baker Luxe collection was inspired by the daring art, fashion and design of the seventies. The 90 new designs – Baker's largest-ever collection – are described as "art pieces for the home".
A Chair With Charisma
Ventura has collaborated with Trinny Woodall on a chair that reflects Woodall's personal style and the branding of her beauty company, Trinny London.
Elevate those humdrum spreadsheets and emails to a higher plane with Oficina Inglesa Furniture's 'Gagne' secretaire, one of several new pieces added to its collection of more than 600 furniture designs.
Weaving a Spell
“Weaving is an underutilised medium,” says James Gomez, the founder of new Design Centre East showroom Yarn Collective. The four-year-old company chose Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour for its first bricks-and-mortar space, a place to show a stable of exclusive brands where everything has a strong emphasis on Gomez’s passion, weaving.