Wave hello to LTLYDA contributor, Stacey Sheppard of The Design Sheppard! Stacey’s column on European Design appears here for us on first Wednesdays of the month and I’m excited to welcome her back for her third installment!
As each month draws to an end I love thinking about which European design trend to write about for Sarah and her LTLYDA readers. There are so many great trends about right now so it’s really quite easy to choose which ones I am going to feature. I am usually drawn to the most eye-catching and visual trends and the one I have picked this month hopefully won’t disappoint.
I started to notice the patchwork trend creeping into interiors a year or two ago but it was mostly reserved to upholstery. Recently it has trickled through into other areas of interior design and we are now seeing patchwork flooring, wallcoverings and items of furniture that are not normally upholstered.
This rise in the popularity of patchwork is not surprising though as it has featured in the SS13 and AW13 catwalk shows of many of the major fashion houses, and where fashion dares to go, interiors inevitably follow, so we are now seeing the patchwork trend used in increasing numbers of interior applications.
Whether it be contrasting colours, textures, materials or patterns, the important thing with this trend is to mix it up and layer it on. The whole trend revolves around unexpected combinations that when pieced together create something that is more than the sum of its parts. There is no shortage of products out there that really excel at creating the perfect patchwork pieces.
Squint Ltd is a unique, independent design company that produces and retails premium quality, bespoke, hand-crafted exuberant furniture and home accessories. If anyone pulls off the perfect patchwork it is Lisa Whatmough and her team at Squint.
Refin Ceramiche is an Italian company that manufactures ceramic and porcelain tiles for walls and floors. The Frame collection is inspired by the ancient traditions of years past but is created using the wonders of modern technology.
Kelly Swallow is a UK designer who creates the most beautiful furniture pieces using an eclectic mix of vintage and designer fabrics including Kenzo, Zoffany, Liberty, Andrew Martin, Designers Guild, Osborne & Little, Lorca, and Mulberry.
Hailing from Sweden, Design by Leftovers is a company that produces a couture collection of beautifully handcrafted furniture, some of which is created using the patchwork technique. The designers take their inspiration from artists, stories, memories and history in order to create pieces that have a timeless quality.
Patchwork is an innovative wallpaper range that resembles ceramic tiles. The range is by Louise Body, a highly regarded modern British designer of contemporary wallpaper, fabric, cushions and lampshades. It’s a very subtle take on the patchwork trend and perfect for those of us who can’t quite go the whole hog.
Gan Rugs is renowned for producing inspiring and innovative flooring solutions and that is exactly what it did with the Hidra rug. This hand-tufted rug was made in India and designed by José A. Gandía-Blasco. The rug is made to look like a tiled floor and would be a very effective way of bringing the patchwork trend into your home.
So there you have it! We’d love to know your thoughts on the patchwork trend and whether you can see it making its way into your home this season. Please do let us know by leaving us a comment or sending us a tweet. Until next time LTLYDA readers!