Design Centre Stories

Month: September 2011

Right Here, Right Now with Stephen Payne

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Breaking News – It’s guilty pleasure time at Chocolate and Love

Chocolate heaven, Third Floor, Centre Dome Make sure you visit Chocolate and Love, House & Garden's pop-up venue on the Third Floor, for a decadent tasting session. Launched in early 2010 by Richard O'Connor, Chocolate and Love is a must for the chocolate purist among you. Selling not only the finest, but also the most expensive chocolate in the world, O'Connor …

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Right Here, Right Now with Anouska Anquetil

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Breaking News – Focus/11 Tatler restaurant open until Friday

For many, the pop-up Tatler restaurant is a draw in itself and this Focus is no exception. Situated in the North Dome beneath the striking new aerial installation by Jinny Blom, it's the ultimate in sophisticated, easy dining. Tall sea grasses and coral table pieces lend a breezy coolness to the space and extend the underwater theme of Blom's installation …

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Right Here, Right Now with Christian Lee of Zimmer + Rohde

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Design Date with Lucy Martin

Lucy Martin is Design Director at John Cullen Lighting. She has recently published her first book, The Lighting Bible. An essential guide to the art of lighting, it embraces the latest low energy light sources and shares the key principles of lighting design. She is a guest speaker at the Focus/11 Masterclass, Design with Confidence on Wednesday 28 September. How did …

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Right Here, Right Now with Esti Barnes, founder and designer, Top Floor Rugs/Wood

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Breaking News – London Design Festival Outstanding Product Winners chosen by House & Garden

‘Fig’ lamp by Porta Romana ‘Livia’ wallpaper (citron) by Romo ‘Soleil qui Brille’ by Dedar ‘Melbury’ fabric, red, by Colefax and Fowler

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Right Here, Right Now with Jonathan Farrer of Interior Supply

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Breaking News – restore inner and outer calm with ‘Vintage’ by Arctic

A selection of fabrics from 'Vintage' by Arctic. Styled by Wendy Harrop It's easy to get distracted by some of the more attention-grabbing designs during showtime, but when the fun and frenzy is over, we crave balance and calm. Featuring woven linens, florals and stripes in a pretty yet fresh array of pastels, the new 'Vintage' collection by Arctic is just …

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Right Here, Right Now with Gabby Deeming

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High Society – The World of Interiors’ Champagne bar

It's the final day of Focus/11 and if nothing else that deserves a toast. So why not head up to the third floor where you'll find The World of Interiors’ stylish Champagne bar. A pop-up bar area dressed in the chicest grey stripes this side of the catwalk, it's the perfect place to steal a little bit of downtime, reflect …

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Right Here, Right Now with Pierre Frey

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Right Here, Right Now with Clarissa Hulse

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Design Date with Abigail Ahern

British interior designer and author, Abigail Ahern, is known for her highly individual approach to design. Her ‘Creating Chemistry’ design lecture is part of the all-day masterclass on Wednesday 28 September. What is your earliest ‘design’ moment, the one that perhaps set you on your path? The earliest, earliest moment was at seven when I got my sister to save up her …

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Right Here, Right Now with Andrew Hills of Porta Romana

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Breaking News – ‘Best of the Best’ Focus/11 chosen by Livingetc

Patterned wallpaper, WINNER ‘Livia’, azurro, (W361/01) by Romo Geometric wallpaper, WINNER ‘Circus’ (93/6020) by Cole & Son Patterned fabric, WINNER ‘Still Life’ by Sanderson Geometric fabric, WINNER ‘Adras’ by Schumacher at Turnell & Gigon Woven fabric, WINNER ‘Lisle Check’, slate by Colefax and Fowler Trimmings, WINNER ‘Artisanal’ collection by Travers at Zimmer + Rohde Paint, WINNER ‘Le Beton Circé’ collection by The Little Shop at Henry Bertrand Tile, WINNER ‘Zig-Zag’ tile, Pacha …

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Right Here, Right Now with Suzanne Trocmé

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Right Here, Right Now with Katherine Pooley

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Breaking News – Hermes and Oscar de la Renta launch home collections

New fabrics by Oscar de la Renta It's a high fashion frenzy at Focus/11: two luxury heavyweights, Oscar de la Renta and Hermès, have both launched new collections for the home. Oscar de la Renta’s ready-to-wear designs are known for their vibrant colour and texture. In this new collection for Lee Jofa, be wowed by exquisite silks, embroidery, linens and velvet ikats …

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Right Here, Right Now with interior designer Chris deZille

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Elegant Swellegant – metallics get the pretty treatment

‘Glo’ pendant by Penta at Interdesign, Ground Floor, South Dome, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour ‘Messina’ lamp by Vaughan, Ground Floor, South Dome, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour ‘Erika’ centre piece by Armani/Casa, First Floor, South Dome, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour ‘Modern Accents’ collection by Kravet London, Ground Floor, North Dome, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour ‘Antique Mirror’ wallpapers by Cole & Son, Ground Floor, Centre Dome, …

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Right Here, Right Now with Giles Kime, Deputy Editor, Homes & Gardens

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Right Here, Right Now with Philip Cadle of Fox Linton

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Design Date with Barbara Barry

The work of award-winning American interior designer, Barbara Barry, is international in scope and sophisticated in mood. Her collaborations with such renowned companies such as Baker Furniture bring exquisite design to everyday living. Barbara Barry is a guest speaker at the Focus/11 lecture ‘Barbara Barry in Conversation’ on Tuesday 27 September at 3pm. What is your earliest ‘design’ moment, the one …

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Right Here, Right Now with Rabih Hage

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Express Yourself – embrace the individualist new mood

‘Bolle’ lantern by Seguso at Bolier, Third Floor, North Dome, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour ‘Still Life’ fabric by Sanderson, Ground Floor, Centre Dome, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour ‘Balloon Dog’ lamp by Porta Romana, Ground Floor, Centre Dome, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour ‘La Fumeuse’ chair by Chantal Thomass for Taillardat at Pierre Frey, First Floor, Design Centre East, Chelsea Harbour Design Centre ‘Newsworthy’ wall covering …

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Design Date with Barbara Hulanicki

Barbara Hulanicki won widespread acclaim in the Sixties with Biba, which blazed the way for innovative fashion and lifestyle retailing. Today, she works as a sought-after interior designer, based much of the year in Miami. She is a guest speaker at the Focus/11 lecture ‘A Very Fashionable Life’ on Tuesday 27 September. What is your earliest ‘design’ moment, the one that …

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Right Here, Right Now with Curtis Davenport-Woods

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Right Here, Right Now with Rachel Laxer

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Breaking News – Poliform UK opens showroom at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

The new Poliform UK showroom at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour Poliform UK has always set the pace for sleek Italian design. Look no further for cutting edge storage solutions and desirable Varenna kitchens than at the new showroom, situated on the Ground Floor, South Dome. Poliform UK, Ground Floor, South Dome, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

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Right Here, Right Now with Richard Chilcott of J Robert Scott

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Breaking News – Look up! Seaworld meets the skies in Jinny Blom’s new installation

With an ongoing commitment to supporting design, Focus/11 continues to embrace new initiatives and fresh thinking. This year, the spotlight is on the iconic domes of Design Centre Chelsea Harbour.  An aerial installation devised by landscape designer Jinny Blom features shoals of fish and decorative leafy sea dragons.  Graceful, yet, aesthetically spectacular, it sets a confident tone in striking black, …

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Design Date with Jinny Blom

Jinny Blom is an award-winning landscape architect. Her design philosophy centres on creating beautiful, nurturing gardens and landscapes that are an extension of her clients’ personalities. She masterminded the new aerial installation featuring shoals of fish and sea dragons, now in the domes of Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. What is your earliest ‘design’ moment, the one that perhaps set you on …

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Right Here, Right Now with Lindsey Rendall

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Design Date with Celia Birtwell

Celia Birtwell is a revered designer whose work spans interiors and fashion. She rose to fame in the ’60s alongside her then husband, fashion designer Ossie Clark. She is signing copies of her new book, Celia Birtwell, on Monday 26 September at 10.30am in the Tatler Restaurant. What is your earliest ‘design’ moment, the one that perhaps set you on your …

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Breaking News – Fleurons d’Hélène launches at Tissus d’Hélène

Selection of fabrics from Fleurons d'Hélène Tissus d’Hélène has captured hearts since it first opened in 2006 thanks to its stunning array of artisanal fabrics and wallpapers. Now founder Helen Cormack has launched Fleurons d’Hélène, her own line featuring small prints taken from late 18th century documents in stylish colour combinations. Tissus d’Hélène, Fourth Floor, Design Centre East

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Reach Out and Touch – texture taken to a new level

‘Silvia’ pendant light by Illuminati, Ground Floor, Design Centre East, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour Tiles by Regina Heinz at Ann Sacks, First Floor, Centre Dome, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour ‘Peggy’ chair by Reflex at Anna Casa, Second Floor, South Dome, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour ‘Wave Pleat’ wall covering by Bart Halpern at Fox Linton, Second Floor, North Dome, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour ‘Rosette’ …

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Design Date with Bruno Viterbo

Bruno Viterbo is Managing Director of Champalimaud, a renowned interior design firm specialising in hospitality design. Current projects include the re-design of the top floor suites at The Dorchester, London. He is a guest panellist at the ‘Hospitality Interiors – The Future’ professional practice seminar on Monday 26 September at 11.30am. What is your earliest ‘design’ moment, the one that perhaps …

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Breaking News – China’s wunderkind André Fu designs rug collection for Tai Ping Carpets

Calligraphic rug by André Fu for Tai Ping Carpets André Fu , the acclaimed interior designer behind projects such as the lobby of the Jia Shanghai hotel and the Shangri-La hotel inTokyo, has been enlisted to design a collection of rugs for Tai Ping Carpets. Employing skilled hand-tufting techniques and using only the finest fibres (wool, cashmere and silk), his …

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Breaking News – The lighting lovechild of Sir Terence Conran and Original BTC has landed

Hector Bibendum, limited edition lamp, by Sir Terence Conran for Original BTC OVERALL WINNER IN 'BEST OF THE BEST' OF FOCUS/11, AS CHOSEN BY LIVINGETC Make sure you visit Original BTC this Focus and check out the hotly anticipated Hector Bibendum lamp designed in collaboration with Sir Terence Conran to celebrate both the company’s 21st birthday and the Michelin building’s centenary. Limited …

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Art meets Maths – abstract shapes perfectly complement the new geometrics

‘Red Lacquer’ bench by Bolier, Third Floor, North Dome, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour ‘Ourika’ kilim carpet by Vanghent Rugs at Lizzo, Ground Floor, Centre Dome, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour ‘Hexagon’ wallpaper by Cole & Son, Ground Floor, Centre Dome, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour ‘Figure’ rug by Nobilis, Ground Floor, South Dome, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour ‘Portico Zinnia’ wall covering by Romo, First Floor, North …

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Breaking News – Brunschwig & Fils join GP&J Baker in new showroom

GP&J Baker's new Marwood collection What better way to sound the start of Focus/11 than with the opening of the new GP&J Baker flagship showroom in Design Centre East? The space has undergone a serious makeover to reflect the coming together of GP&J Baker, Threads, Baker Lifestyle, Lee Jofa and newly-acquired Brunschwig & Fils. Mulberry Home has moved to GP&J Baker’s …

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Design Date with Martyn Lawrence-Bullard

Martyn Lawrence-Bullard is an award-winning British interior designer based in Hollywood. An intrepid traveller, his new collection for Schumacher is an exotic feast of colour, pattern and texture. Martyn Lawrence-Bullard will be signing copies of his new book, Live, Love and Decorate, at 1.45pm on Sunday 25 September in the Centre Dome. What is your earliest ‘design’ moment, the one that …

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Breaking News – Venerable US wallpaper and fabric company Thibaut turns 125

Designs from Thibaut's 125th Anniversary collection There’s no doubt about it, it’s the year of the big birthday and The Bradley Collection is playing host to one of the biggest: American wallpaper and fabric company, Thibaut, is celebrating its 125th anniversary (it boasts the tag of oldest continually running wallpaper distributor in the US) with a commemorative collection of damasks, florals …

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