Yesterday I went down to London to Decorex – ‘the interior design show for interior design professionals’ – mainly to see what my lampshades looked like on display, but also to see what new trends were emerging in the world of interiors. I have been collaborating with Greenapple Systems of Hertfordshire, known for their quality contemporary glass furniture and lighting, to make shades for their wonderful glass lampbases. Their stand was clean, striking and very smart – unlike many stands which resembled a bazaar!
The show featured hundreds of lamps, but many of the shades were poorly made mass-produced items. There were very few well-designed, handmade examples which was disappointing.
There was an awful lot of black – in lampshades, wallpapers and fabric, which didn’t appeal to me particularly, but my personal favourites were the rich velvet striped fabrics from Swaffer and the oversized leaf designs in the handprinted linens and wallpapers of Rapture and Wright – a husband and wife team based in my neighbouring county of Gloucestershire.
This is ‘Beauvallon’ in one of my favourite colour combinations – my sitting room is decorated in similar tones. Here are the lampshades I made for it a few years ago.