Packed with design events, new launches, magical installations and hot new talent, September is perhaps the busiest time of year in the design world, so compiling a shortlist of highlights to share this month was a tricky task. Enjoy this (very) edited down round-up of what team Dulux saw, did, loved and lusted after.
1. Camilla Barnard at Design Junction
Set up to keep the stylish clientele fed and watered at Design Junction (one of London Design Festival's key events), artist Camilla Barnard wowed us with her installation at Transport for London's pop-up restaurant. Made entirely of wood and paint donated by Dulux (what else?), she recreated a London Underground station down to the tiniest detail, even crafting wooden copies of The Metro. TFL has a long history of supporting the arts, and it shows no sign of slowing down – Camilla's installation will be shipped to Milan for the next Design Junction show in April. Watch this space – or should that be 'Mind the Gap'?
2. Colour Futures 2015
In September we also launched our Colour Futures 2016, our five key colour trends for next year including the Colour of the Year, Cherished Gold. In a three-day event held at London's Somerset House, we invited the toast of the interiors industry to hear about our inspiration and immerse themselves in beautiful room sets. Dulux Creative Director, Marianne Shillingford's paint school was back, demonstrating how to achieve striking paint effects at home.
If you missed our live tweeting from the event, catch up with our five trends for 2016 here.
3. Serralves, Portugal
But it wasn't all work – somehow the team managed to squeeze in a few holidays too! One member of the colour team took a trip to Porto, Portugal, where they visited arts foundation, Serralves. These gobstopper-like styrofoam sculptures by artist Katharina Grosse we among favourite finds, as well as the rich teal-painted Art Deco building on the park grounds (top).
4. Tent London
We enlisted five designers to bring our newly launched 2016 colour trends to life at design show, Tent. Screen print maven Zoe Murphy, assemblage artist Mark McClure, surface designer Anthony Roussel, trimming weaver Jessica Light and print and pattern designer Kit Miles each interpreted a trend in their own unique way, and held a sell-out seminar, where they explained their works and inspirations to a design-hungry audience.
5. Mise-en-Abyme at the V&A
A major hub of the London Design Festival, the V&A museum is one of our must-sees every year. Thought-provoking and inspiring installations are scattered around the galleries at every turn – but it was a collaboration between designers Laetitia de Allegri and Matteo Fogale and Johnson Tiles that caught our eye this year. The name is taken from a French term that translates as 'placed into abyss', and refers to the experience viewers have from walking through this series of overlapping, semi-transparent shapes. Its beautiful soft pastel tones echo one of our Colour Futures 2016 trends, Words & Pictures – seems we're right on trend, then.
Check out our August round-up for more colour and design happenings.