David Herbert founded more than 30 years ago and creates high-end handcrafted furniture for clients in the UK and internationally. Here he shares eight trends he’s seeing in the world of upholstery, from popular patterns to colours of the moment. David Seyfried Ltd 62
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"Several of our pieces were updated for
London Design Week 2016 with buttoning, fringing, and piping. It’s a return to an old English 'Drawing Room' look, with finishing touches back in vogue this year—a true departure from overly modern interiors that adds a shot of nostalgia." Shown is the Selwood Chair
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"Fabric houses have been bringing back historic prints with a reinvigorated, fresh twist. We are getting lots of requests for piping (self-piping and contrast piping), buttoning (both deep and shallow buttoning, sometimes in contrasting fabrics) and finally, nailing (providing extra definition and interest, especially if it follows a pattern)."
Shown is the Blanchard Chair
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"Every client is trying to create their ultimate living space, whether it’s trendy or timeless. For a statement piece, experimenting with a bold fabric or even a bold colour on an elegant piece of furniture can achieve striking results. Alternatively, colourful or oversized trims can make a similar impact."
Shown is the Eldon Stool
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"Geometric and tribal patterns are still popular, and we expect to see more youthful florals and softer greens through the spring as people bring the 'outside' in."
Shown is the Hasker Chair
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"A vast array of shades of blue were big last year and are still going strong in 2016. We have seen lots of teal, but as the year progresses, we are seeing a transition to more pale blues and calming colour schemes. Within this trend we are expecting to continue seeing dusky pinks and gentler hues in general."
Shown is the Mortimer Buttoned Sofa
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"We enjoy using fresh linens too as they emphasise the lines and shapes of our classic pieces while making them adaptable to more contemporary and fresher schemes."
Shown is the Upright Full Back Sofa
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"We are introducing a few pieces in a warmer palette of orange and red tones, and kilims are quite big at the moment as well."
Shown is the Cadogan Chair
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"Neutrals are perennially popular, of course. Perhaps more on the grey spectrum rather than beige this year."
Shown is the Portman Sofa