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Trend Report AW14

It's fair to say that come the beginning of September every year, the girls of The FBCo get a tad excited with the prospect of a few field trips to London Design Festival to feast our eyes on the goodies that the capital has curated for our homes. The festival, spanning over a week with various fairs, exhibits, workshops and discussions, has nearly doubled in size over the past 12 years and this year alone attracted a whopping 350k visitors. From the weird and wonderful to the more refined and classic - we just love seeing, touching, sitting, lying and generally getting to grips with the trends of the coming seasons.  But what good is all this knowledge if we don't share it with our lovely readers, so we've let all the loveliness osmose for a few weeks and have rounded-up of some of our favourite trends we saw emerging, bringing you a few of our favourite trends over the next few weeks.

Metal & Marbles

With an air of practicality and modernity the combination of metal and marble is a classic we can't get enough of! Individually both these materials can be considered cold, but together they can create tactile objects with a luxe edge. With contemporary manufacturing technology, designers are finding utilising marble in their creations ever easier - allowing it to be a more versatile material than ever before.

Viking Candle by Merve Kahraman; Rose Gold & Marble Lamp, £155;

Modular Side Table in Copper, £98.

Retro & Design Classics

Retro pattern and design is certainly not a new trend, but one that shows no signs of waning!  For the past few years there's been a continuum of new classics - whether remodelled icons or a new flavour thrown into the mix.  It seems we love looking back at the mid-20th century, learning from our design mistakes and just making them better and better. Making instantly recognisable furniture since 1920, who better to lead the retro revival than Ercol; their stand at Design Junction featured their much loved designs with splashes of yellow and a more subdued black. Adding a hint of retro to your home needn't be a complete overhaul to something reminiscent of your grandparents lounge circa 1969, it can be a lamp here or a side table there...

Large Sunbeam Mirror, £665; Confident Form Pendant Light, £80; Imperial Mono Cushion, Annabel Perrin, £37.50;

Originals Love Seat by Ercol, £740; Rodeo Bedside Table, £245.

Background wallpaper: Bamboo, by Farrow & Ball, from £90.

And here are just a few of the snaps we took whilst at Design Junction of the lovely, covetable, weird & bizarre!

In the next few days we'll be exploring the craze for concrete and some beautiful botanicals.

Author: Jess Warner, The French Bedroom Company, purveyors of French shabby chic furniture, French Beds, shabby chic wardrobes and beautiful French style furniture.

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