The best interior design moments of 2017

We look back on some of the most stylish happenings of the past year…

There has surely never been a more exciting time for UK interiors. We live in an age of constant invention and connectivity, with designers sharing their influences and showcasing their ideas on social media and new stars emerging all the time. To prove it, here are some of the top interior design moments of 2017. What’s been your favourite?

1. 2LG Studio take over the world

We’ve been keen fans of 2LG design maestros Jordan and Russell since forever (they’ve done some amazing things with Pooky lights) so it’s been wonderful to watch them go from strength to strength. Last December the Sunday Times identified them as the ‘darlings of the interior design world’ and 2017 has seen them establish themselves in the top rank of British tastemakers. Head over to their new-look website and follow them on Instagram to see why.

2LG Studio's Style Room at the House & Garden Festival (including a couple of Pooky Verona lamps!)

2. The Style Rooms at the House & Garden Festival

June’s House & Garden Festival at the Olympia is a veritable utopia for interior nuts. This year was rather special for Pooky (it so happens we managed to win Best Stand from a field of over 900 exhibitors, ahem). But our favourite bits were the three Style Rooms, showcasing the decorating talents of Pink House (below) Interior Style Hunter and, yes, 2LG (above). And to cap it all, they all featured Pooky lights!

Pink House's 'Home Hotel' Style Room

3. Daniella Tasca-York wins the Great Interior Design Challenge

The BBC’s Great Interior Design Challenge has been fantastic for making the world of interior décor accessible and bringing concepts like layering and deliberate mismatching to the public consciousness. It’s also helped launched a few stars (Jordan of 2LG is a previous finalist, as is Lucy Tiffney). This year’s winner, Daniela Tasca-York, knocked everybody’s socks off with some very smart designs and a keen eye for line. Here’s her website.

4. Velvety decadence at Decorex

The Decorex show at Syon Park in September was a feast of sumptuousness, luxury fabrics, patterns, trimmings, brass and – in our case – glass chandeliers. Not one for minimalists this year. We added to the general decadence with our new velvet lampshades – a fabric that is really hitting the spot at the moment.

An emerald velvet shade atop a Crescent table lamp

5. TASCHEN publishes Interiors Now!

TASCHEN is the undisputed numero uno publisher of big beautiful books about design and architecture (check out some of our favourites from their catalogue here). This year they put out another stunner: Interiors Now!. Stick it on your Christmas list, quick. Image: TASCHEN

6. London Design Festival at the V&A

This one is more at the avant-garde artwork end of the interiors spectrum, but what could be more glorious than a spectacular lighting installation in the Prince Consort Gallery at the V&A? Designer Flynn Talbot created something really special with his Reflection Room.

7. Firmdale opens The Whitby in Manhattan

The Whitby Bar. Image: Firmdale Hotels

Kit Kemp of Firmdale is rightly acknowledged as the star of the boutique hotel interior design (we featured Dorset Square in our 10 Most Beautiful Hotels in London). She’s smashed it again with a new hotel, this time bringing contemporary English styling across the Pond to New York. Feast your eyes on The Whitby

The Whitby Suite. Image: Firmdale Hotels

8. Luke Edward Hall for the New British Style Project

Pooky lights styled by designers pop up a lot on Instagram, and it’s very hard to pick a single favourite image from the year. But if you absolutely forced us, we’d probably have to choose this stunning room by the emerging star Luke Edward Hall. It was part of the New British Style Project for House & Garden in association with Farrow & Ball and features the Nellie table lamp adding a pop of ‘mootard’ yellow to a sumptuous scheme.

Image credit: Luke Edward Hall

So those are just a few of our favourite interior design moments of the last year. But what were your highlights? And in the meantime… roll on 2018!