Clerkenwell Design Week is the UK’s biggest design festival.
Brands from across the globe converge on the capital to showcase and consume what they hope will be next year’s biggest trends.
Over the coming weeks we’ll be exploring the impact of these emerging trends on the future of doors and window design.
No doubt inspired by 90s minimalism, there was a plethora of marble on display at this year’s festival. Always considered a luxury, and even gauche material; new marble is presented as almost utilitarian in its use. Previously utilised in footballer’s mansions and hotels, Manchester’s Frassk presented marble as an everyday, albeit luxury material.
Everyday Luxury brings with it some interesting design decisions. It’s unlikely we’ll start producing marble effect doors anytime soon. But we will have to consider the impact this everyday luxury aesthetic will have on AW/18 homes.
Traditionally luxury materials such as precious metals and marble work best when presented alongside muted tones. Stripping away unnecessary texture and colour, whilst focussing on design classics is, in our opinion the best way to let these small pockets of luxury shine.
A common design tool when helping customers choose the right fittings is to understand which pieces they’re hoping to showcase. For some, this may rightly be a statement marble sink. In which case, it’s vital we emphasise without overshadowing. Heavy oak and statement finishes run the risk of overpowering a minimal aesthetic.
What’s called for when working with marble is a stripped back look that lets the quality finish shine through. We’d suggest something from our Prestige range in a neutral or monochrome finish. Afterall, nobody wants to feel like they’re living in the Palace of Versaille.