Devotees of any shades of grey will need to add a dash of pink to the mix if they are to be bang on trend this year. Calamine is the brand new neutral say the style predictors (Pic left: Farrow and Ball) . Other colours topping the paint popularity charts are soft jade and cornflower blue. But if you prefer brights, think psychedelic and colour clashes reminiscent of the 70s. Retro influences are still with us throughout the furnishing scene from lighting to furniture shapes and there’s lot of reinventing of classic themes
“There’s definitely more of an exotic feel in the latest fabric collections with prints and colour palettes inspired by South America and Asia’ says Maura Cohen of Timeless Interiors,
”Natural materials are back, especially rattan, and we are still seeing lots of up-cycling.”
“The furniture world loves a good blast from the past when it comes to introducing ‘new trends’ “ says James Press of Chaplins, Hatch End “familiar design or colour schemes are comforting. At Cologne Furniture Fair last month there was evidence of rediscovered mid century classics and new designs had a 70s edge incorporating rattan or using bold velvets.”
The buttoned upholstery and slim legged walnut framed Webby benches transports us back to the early 60s
“These statement pieces look particularly effective when selecting contrasting buttons.”.
This marriage of old and new is very evident in James’ favourite piece this season, Thonet’s table 1060 (Main pic) , which blends bentwood tradition with a new lightweight contemporary design
Designer Jorre van Ast comments “It was a challenge to design something new and not lose sight of the company’s past. I concentrated on one of Thonet’s key competencies: bending solid wood. My intention was to design a companion for the fantastic Thonet chairs.