Chaplins AW17 Interior Trend Report

It was a week of sensational colour, daring design and tactile delights. And so, with the nation’s Prosecco supply significantly depleted, another successful London Design Festival has come to a close. As the design dust settles on our vibrant capital, it’s time we turned our attention to the new colour palettes and collections beckoning on the A/W 17 horizon. Think celestial lighting, interiors lined with velvet and the resurgence of earthy hues intended to stave off the cold. The Chaplins Autumn Interior Trend Report pulls together the most exciting A/W 17 interior ideas to help keep your creative appetites satiated during the cooler months ahead.

The Circle of Light

Multi-Lite Pendant Light by Gubi

Light as eternal and all-encompassing is one of the season’s major themes, with lighting experts looking to looped and circular silhouettes to bring radiance into their homes. The current vogue valorises delicate, celestial lighting, updating a design concept first explored by Verner Panton with his Moon Pendant Light.

The Setareh collection by Fontana Arte is a poetic family of lighting that embodies this trend perfectly. Available as a contemporary table lamp or modern suspension light, their molecular structure replicates the serene beauty of all living things. A soft exposed bulb is entwined between concentric loops, the play of circular masses and trajectories reminiscent of a gentle moon and its orbit.


Setareh by Fontana Arte - ChaplinsIlluminating the staircase at Design Junction was the equally striking Circus Light by Resident. Each brass hoop shares power with the one below, presenting a glorious achievement in LED technology. Rings can be added as desired to create a visually exciting vertical pendant light suitable for homes of all sizes.

Circus Light by Resident - Chaplins

Crushing on Velvet

Series 7 Limited Edition

Velvet has long been associated with luxury and elegance, with Maxalto and Porada recommending it as the upholstery for the iconic Febo series and Ziggy bed. However, its adoption by a variety of Scandinavian and Dutch designers in recent years has given this lustrous fabric an entirely new look, and designers at London Fashion Week were quick to hop on the trend for “innovative velvet“.

It all began with Gubi, whose bestselling Beetle Chair brought newfound glamour to the anatomically fascinating insect. Thin tapered legs support a wonderfully round and sculpted body, an image playfully reinterpreted by the comforting velvet chair. Moooi were quick to follow suit, releasing the Amami Sofa, an elegant and airy velvet sofa that re-imagines Old Hollywood glamour for a modern audience.

The hot pick in velvet for AW/17 is the limited edition Series 7 by Fritz Hansen. Arne Jacobsen’s classic dining chair has been given a theatrical makeover courtesy of German based fashion brand, Lala Berlin. Available in several shades of enchanting velvet, Leyla Piedayesh brings her trademark bohème style to this iconic dining chair, the deep lustre of the velvet accentuating its feminine curves and bringing new softness to this much loved design. The chairs legs have been powder coated to match the upholstery, which can be fully or front upholstered. It’s natural companion, the Dot™ stool has also been gifted a new lease of life, together constituting the perfect hosting duo this season.

Heaven On Earth

Gentry Sofa by Moroso
This season’s earthy hues, tobacco, maple and terracotta, find themselves revived by lively accent colours. From pops of zingy yellow and primrose pink through to navy peony and grenadine red, these energetic hues add a touch of piquancy to the seasonal colour story. This playful approach to the autumnal palette welcomes back the practice of colour blocking to create interiors that are visually enticing and emotionally evocative.

For those who aren’t quite ready to let go of their white walls, treating yourself to a statement coffee table or modern accent chair can be an excellent way to get in on the action. Moroso’s Fishbone Coffee Table or Vitra’s DSW dining chair, available in an array of of-the-moment colours, help you introduce a more contemporary flourish without redoing your entire lounge.

Make Way For Maximalism

Doppler Sideboard by Bonaldo

Maximalism is a love letter to detail. From textured wallpapers to daring experiments with tactile surfaces, this trend is a lot more fun than its cool, crisp minimalist cousin. This season, the artistic influences range from intricate marquetry, 30’s art deco style and experimentation with digital fabrication. The advent of decadent maximalism celebrates the new and wonderful ways technology is allowing designers to innovate, with brands like Mineheart and Fiam Italia leading the way.

Keen to see some of these trends up close and personal? Why not pay us a visit to our luxurious Hatch End store where our team of friendly design experts will be waiting to welcome you, or, use our handy live chat to talk with one of our experts instantly. With the Chaplins Autumn Promotion now on, there has never been a better time to tick great interior style of your to-do list. Take advantage of massive savings online and in-store to create the home you’ve always wanted for less.

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