The interior design trends to know this season
Thanks to its huge array of brands and events, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is a mecca for interior designers of all types. The annual unmissable interior event, Focus/18 is the place to discover emerging design trends and invest early in the pieces that will help make them a reality. At the recent Focus/18 event, designers Fiona Diamond, Jonny Horsfield and Steve Gresham revealed the looks they’re most excited about this season…
Fiona Diamond, founder of Seymour Diamond
As the founder of interior design firm Seymour Diamond, Fiona Diamond has been involved with a number of yacht projects, including the 92.5 metre Feadship Royal Romance. A lover of colour and pattern, Diamond’s key tips for this season are to use pictorial fabrics as accents against neutral pieces or, if you’re feeling a little bolder, choose a theme with bright, eye-catching cloths. “For me, anything that can introduce colour and give the option of going beyond cream and two block colours is absolutely perfect,” she says.
Diamond also advises superyacht owners to take inspiration from their travels when providing designers with a brief. “I’ve been very lucky to travel extensively and as a result I’m always interested to look at local arts and crafts,” she explains. “In particular the ingenuity of the people who can find local materials, usually something that’s sustainable, that will give them a livelihood and also create an incredibly diverse and interesting range of furniture that we wouldn’t necessarily get in this part of the world.”
Jonny Horsfield, founder of H2 Yacht Design
Having founded H2 Yacht Design in 1994, Jonny Horsfield is a veteran superyacht interior designer who has worked on projects ranging from the refit of 62 metre Lady Christina to enormous new builds including the recently delivered 77 metre Turquoise yacht Go. Horsfield recommends that owners and designers be more adventurous with their fabric choices this season, explaining, “We just finished a yacht called Razan and we used a bright red leather on the bedside tables and I thought it looked absolutely amazing.”
Also a big fan of colour, Jonny reveals his favourite colour combinations for a yacht are petrol blue with Macassar and stainless steel while his team actively avoids using green as it is supposedly an unlucky colour on board.
Steve Gresham, founder of Steve Gresham Design
A hugely experienced designer who specialises in the exterior design, general arrangement and interior design of superyachts and tenders, Steve Gresham’s work can be admired on 71 metre Victoria as well as concepts including the 90 metre Fincantieri Project Sundance and he often visits Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour when embarking on new projects. For Gresham the mark of a truly great interior is in the details, highlighting unusual fabrics such as mother of pearl and tiger’s eye as well as explaining the technical difficulties to be overcome when creating beautiful pieces that must also be functional.
Gresham also points out that tastes and styles on board have changed dramatically in recent years, moving away from the gilded and embellished, “I think there’s a trend at the moment for yachts, especially explorer yachts which allow owners to go around the world and really explore the oceans, to go for the more utilitarian and usable and therefore less decorative.” That said, Gresham still has a huge appreciation for craftsmanship, saying that there’s nothing like handmade finishes to create a breath-taking interior.