Soft Scandi Style
October 4, 2018
November 17, 2018
The SS19 Fabric collections are always such a pleasure. These materials have so much potential to transform any home. So when the one-stop-interiors-resource that is Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, asked all of its brands to preview its SS19 fabric launches ahead of the main Spring show, you can be sure I was there like a shot.
Such launches are also often early indicators of bigger themes to come. Accordingly, I’ve divided the 19 fabrics that caught my eye into The Textured Neutrals, The Fantastical Fabrics and The Colour Crushes! Read on to find out why…
As indicated in my TrendBulletin Posh Povera, authentic texture in the home will soon be a must-have. As it always should have been to be honest! In terms of fabrics therefore, I predict a demise in popularity of digitally-printed patterns. An upsurge in real embroidery, thick bouclés and linens. Plus all and any other weaves with seriously touchy-feely tactility.
I noted too that many of the best designs were in greys, taupes and neutrals, which chimes perfectly with the Soft Scandi trend I’ve predicted to be on the horizon too. I’ve included close-up details of every SS19 fabric selected below, so you can really see what makes them magnificent.
From Mark Alexander. Woven like a soft fabric basket in grey.
From Zinc Textile. A fabulous knobbly delight!
Shown in a ‘mineral’ colourway. From Fox Linton. Sophistication in neutrals.
In 100% linen from the David Collins Studio Collection for Baker.
From Brentano at Altfield. With the appearance of an embroidered felt.
Shown in ‘ebony’ from Colefax and Fowler. Classic, yet complex, stitchery on a crumply linen.
From the ‘Etamine’ collection at Zimmer + Rhode. Marvel at the subtlety of the colours!
The capacity of a fabric to tell a story, to literally weave a narrative across a length is unparalleled. Thus do some of the best manufacturers offer us artworks by the metre. These prints embody all of the tempting texture of those hsown already, but add in an extra dollop of joy. Sometimes via glorious depictions of nature or the very physicality of the fabric itself. Think Indian flower gardens to mosaics and more.
Shown first in the ‘Garan’ colourway. And below that in ‘Mistral’ blues. By Pierre Frey. Intricate and exotic in one.
PS If you were ever in any doubt about the dedication and intricacy involved in the making of some of these fabrics, check out the video on the Pierre Frey Home page. An extraordinary marriage of hand and machine.
Multicolore Indaco, Luigi Bevilacqua at Alton Brooke. Wonderfully narrative. And I loved both the blue and the grey colour way. Each felt quite different. See detail pictures below.
Also from Pierre Frey. PS the yellow tone on the left is unfortunately from the overhead lighting when I took the picture, not an integral part of the design!
At the time of writing, unnamed. A thick velvety plush weave in striking peach tones and black.
Just one season ago it was all about bonkers prints and mad flashy colours. But as I wrote in Happy Design, I didn’t think it would last because it was more knee-jerk reaction than considered response to the zeitgeist. Nevertheless, there’s still many a jolly print out there. However, I found myself drawn to those displaying what I’d call Earthy colours. Think deep burgundy, raspberry reds and a general sense of warmth.
It has to be said though, that it was quite unusual to see this many in a Spring/Summer preview. Especially combined with the generally thicker textures and weaves. It all felt quite Autumnal. And the one colour that really called to me — Terracotta. Woven through patterns, or celebrated on its own, something about this rich orangey red just felt very authentic and ‘right’. Call it a hunch, but I think we’ll be seeing more of this hue in the months to come.
In ‘Etamine’ at Zimmer and Rohde. Such a pleasure to touch and hold.
In ‘Fuchsia/Marine’ from Harlequin. A kind of super sophisticated, and colourful, plaid.
From No.9 Thompson by Richard Smith. Exploiting the simplicity of the interwoven repeat. It harks back to the humble materials traditions of weaving and basketry.
Leading the terracotta charge, from the Icons Collection at Zoffany. Plus check out the detail — that stitching!
From Boussac. Graphically glorious in a perfect natural linen.
And here are the SS19 wallpapers.
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Michelle Ogundehin is internationally renowned as an authority on interiors, trends and style. She is an influencer with expertise and the multi award-winning former Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Decoration UK.