September 25, 2019

24 hours in London with Graham & Brown


September is almost over and I must say it was hard to focus again after Summer, I find it difficult to find inspiration and new design(ers) that really make my heart jump at the moment. So if you are a designer and think we are a match, don't hesitate to write me! I love to travel and luckily I had a few really nice press trips this month to stay in vacation mood, including a trip to  London on invitation of Graham & Brown.

Each year, the UK’s leading wallpaper and paint specialist Graham & Brown announces its Wallpaper of the Year and Colour of the Year. Drawing upon over seventy years of design and manufacture experience in the field, the in-house design studio identifies key design shifts in the interiors sector and forecasts the future trends that will shape the Graham & Brown collections for the coming months.

It is only a few years the UK’s leading wallpaper manufacturer has expanded its collection to include paint, murals, wall art and soft furnishings. And while listening to their story told by Graham's grandson among other, I realized I used the company's paint a few years ago in my stand for imm and I was told a selection of colours of the collection by Dutch interiors magazine vtwonen are added to their permanent collection.

Above you see my mood board with the Graham & Brown colours used by then, which seems like ages ago. I am happy to have been able to work every year with the fair ever since and will be back in 2020, I am so grateful for our friendship.




Back to the press event in London ....For 2020, the studio has merged an archival design and a contemporary colour palette to create the Graham & Brown Wallpaper of the Year: Bloomsbury Neo-Mint and Colour of the Year: Adeline, showcasing the vibrant leaf green tones as complimentary colour partners. 

You can find all information of the new colours and different Bloomsbury wallpaper colours and prints here at the website. And at Graham & Brown's Instagram account you find different pictures also where the wallpaper is used. At the event I could appreciate how the company used one of the complementary colours to paint a cabinet  and the wallpaper at the inside.  



It was such fun to be back in London, last time I visited was in 2015 and I was forgotten how much I used to love the city. After the presentation we only had little time before heading back, and I was happy to pop in at some of my favourite stores including Muji and the Aesop store I showed on the blog already: A minimal Aesop store | Covent Garden London.
A real surprise was a dinner booked in one of London's most trendy restaurants Sketch London...what an amazing place, thanks so much for the invite!   



More images of the event and Sketch in my Pinterest albums here and here and here