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The Future of Furnishings

Emma was at the stunning George Smith showroom at Chelsea Design Quarter’s Springtime Sessions in discussion with Simon Hamilton, Henry Prideaux and Charu Ghandi on the future of design and key issues such as sustainability, our responsibilities as designers, as well as trends in colour and materials.

2019 interior design trends covered were around colour – blushes, camels, warm tones and finishes such as patinated, weathered metals rather than polished in kitchens and bathrooms. Trims, fringes and billions were a hot topic for upholstery and reviving traditional vintage pieces in natural, textured fabrics was deemed more popular than ever.

Investment pieces (e.g. George Smith classics) with longevity are more popular than ever and throwaway culture is out. Modern craft pieces – unique, handcrafted pieces and details that create original pieces that last are key for our clients at the moment. International inspiration too, how instagram opens us up to concepts from across the globe and client briefs are being influenced by social media and extensive travel experiences.


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