London Design Festival 2015: Trends

The design world is forever evolving and keeping us guessing.  LDF ’15 demonstrated this with the huge variety of exhibitions, open studios, pop-ups, trade shows and installations. In comparison, trends in the contemporary furniture and lighting industry tend to have a slightly longer life cycle; such as the use of metallics and marble.  We discuss some of the most apparent trends at this year’s LDF…


Colour – Metallics mixed with soft, muted tones combine for a relaxed and easy palette much like the above e15 setting.  Gentle and serene Rose is still a key hue demonstrated in the new Swan chairs and there are hints of a livelier blue emerging on the back of the navy trend.

rose swanligne-roset-ruche-armchair-001

Marble – Continues to be a constant in new and updated product ranges.  The quality and age of the stone gives a nod to the past and yet is being combined in all sorts of ways and with other materials to ensure it is a very current look.  Fritz Hansen are the latest leading brand to pick up on this and introduced a marble top as an option for the iconic Table Series.

marble table series

Dichotomy – Whether it be metal and timber or glass and marble there is growing sense that materials can contradict each other and yet combine to create some stunning partnerships.  Rimadesio‘s ‘Tray’ tables are a prime example, using stunning marble and wooden tops paired with painted aluminium frames.

tray marble table

Customisation – Consumers are demanding greater choice and personalisation of products, manufacturers are picking up on this and offering far more options to allow consumers to participate in the design process.  Swedish rug and carpet manufacturer, Kasthall, allow customers to choose the pattern, colours and design of their rugs.  Every rug is thus made to order and completely unique.

kasthall rug designer

To find out more about any of these trends or if you’d like some info on any of the contemporary contract furniture listed, please call us on 0131 556 6551 or email [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!