There’s a lot more to London than double-decker buses, fish and chips, and Buckingham Palace – especially when it comes to architecture and home interiors. From crafts to colored glass, here’s the lowdown on London’s hottest design trends for 2015.
On trend now: Authentic craftsmanship
It’s all about the hands-on approach in London this season. Heal’s store, the established London authority on interior design, kicked off 2015 with the second installment of its Modern Craft Market, where it hosted the work of some of “the best contemporary craft makers in the UK today.” The event also featured live workshops where attendees learned how the beautiful craft pieces are made, and picked up new skills, such as stone carving and knitting.
Architect to watch
Up-and-coming London architecture practice Piercy&Co is set to be hot property this year, and won the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Individual House Architect of the Year Award for 2014. The company’s stunning, copper-clad Kew House features the sculptural lines and subtle materials (with a palette of brick, timber, and perforated metal) that are characteristic of its distinguishing, trademark look.
Hot homeware: colored glass
The long-established home design gurus at The Conran Shop transport us from London to Italy this year, with their Italia Spring/Summer 2015 collection inspired by the country’s crafts, designs, and culture from the turn of the 20th century to now. The hand-blown glass vases are based on the colorful Murano glass of Venice, and make a striking and dynamic display.
On-trend art: Rubens and his legacy
Prestigious London art gallery The Royal Academy is bringing attention to classic works of art, with the extraordinary exhibition Rubens and His Legacy, a collection of masterpieces from the 16th century Flemish Baroque painter. The exhibition also includes more modern works, such as those by Picasso, who was influenced by Rubens’ awe-inspiring canvases.
Interior trend: Selfridges’ blue lounge
No trip to London is complete without a visit to the most fabulous and chic department store in town – Selfridges, on Oxford Street. And now there’s one more reason for international visitors to pay a visit – the creation of a newly renovated, tax-free, VIP lounge. Designers at Waldo Works drew inspiration from the glamourous travel and fashion of the early 1900s, when the store opened. Marble cladding and hand-painted glass in rich turquoise and blues create a truly elegant space.
Must-have product trend: USB lamps
London-based studio Industrial Facility has created a new lamp that doubles up as a power charger for devices such as tablets and cell phones. Its three “smart” integrated USB ports can detect the power requirements of each device, and provide each with the correct amount of charge. All of this power is incorporated in a neat, slimline, and transportable lighting package.