Designs of the times

Designs of the times

Towards the end of last year many of the fabric and wallpaper companies gave a sneak preview of their new collections to the press. And, whilst we are not slavish about following trends here on Country Living, it is always interesting and inspiring to see what’s new in the design world.

For spring 2013 most of the collections featured a return to bright, cheerful colours, friendly and uplifting patterns and prettier designs, which was great to see.

My favourites were:


Flowers and plants in sweet colours. I particularly liked a collection of painterly, pretty spring florals designs from Sanderson (0207 351 4269; including this fabric. 

Sanderson textile


Blue is a big trend for this year. Particularly intense, deep shades of indigo, or teal.

Pierre Frey (020 7376 5599; had a lovely collection, featuring weaves and prints in classic stripes and prints.

Pierre Frey textiles

 Scion (0845 123 6805; also had a collection of bold geometric designs and tie-dyes, many in watery, deep blues.


Scion Wabi Sabi collection


Modernist graphic designs in bold colours and ethnic motifs, epitomised by Jonathan Adler’s upcoming collection for Kravet (020 7795 0110; These energetic designs could be throw together, and deliberately mismatched – for a bohemian, eclectic feel. 

Jonathan Adler textiles for Kravet


Being a fan of gentler, smaller scale wallpapers I was pleased to see these lovely designs, in botanicals, from Sandberg (at Lizzo 020 7823 3456; and 1930s-inspired repeats from Neisha Crosland for Turnell & Gigon (020-7259 7280; 

Sandberg wallpapers at Lizzo


Neisha Crosland wallpapers for Turnell & Gigon

* These designs will be available from the end of March.

All these companies are based at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour Chelsea Harbour Drive, London, Greater London SW10 0XE (020 7225 9166;

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