Design Centre Stories

Month: March 2012

Design Date with Paul Cocksedge

Paul Cocksedge is a critically acclaimed product designer specialising in lighting technology that blurs the boundaries between art and design. A student under Ron Arad at the Royal College of Art, he founded Paul Cocksedge Studio upon graduation in 2004. He is in conversation with ELLE Decoration editor, Michelle Ogundehin, at the design lecture ʻPoetry in Lightʼ on Friday 16 March …

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StudioTex opens at Design Centre

Countless hours spent sourcing fabrics that combine desirability with durability is set to be a thing of the past. With high quality commercial spec fabrics from the likes of De Ploeg, Knoll Textiles, Woven Image and Kendix, StudioTex offers a veritable library of inspirational fabrics, which pass the fearful rub test with flying colours. Studiotex, Fourth Floor, Design Centre East

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Right here, right now with Alidad

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Sanderson and Zoffany win ELLE Decoration’s Most Inspiring Showroom

Drum roll please... the joint winners of London Design Week 2012's Most Inspiring Showroom Awards, as chosen by Emilio Pimentel-Reid, Shopping & Decoration Editor of ELLE Decoration, are Sanderson and Zoffany. Runners up include Colefax and Fowler, Pierre Frey, Romo, SA Baxter and Top Floor Rugs/Wood.

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Right here, right now with Clare Nolan

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'Pinguino' by Brochier at Altfield It's impossible not to fall for 'Incontro',  Brochier's first collection of children's wallpapers and fabrics. The penguin, camel and bird designs come in a variety of fresh pastel shades and are so cute, you'll wish yourself five years old again. Altfield, Second Floor, Centre Dome, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

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Right here, right now with Debra McQuin

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Earn Your Stripes – bold and individual, this season’s stripes don’t play by the rules

Why I love...Earn Your Stripes "It's the variety of creative colour combinations that can be incorporated into stripes that makes them so attractive. Stripes give structure to an interior space and therefore provide a foundation from which to build on." Felicity Mould, Creative Marketing Director, Romo From top to bottom, left to right:  ‘Regency Reeded’ overmantle mirror at English Georgian ‘Elisa’ chair in Giasone fabric …

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Victoria + Albert Baths gloss over things

Sunglasses please. Victoria + Albert Baths have a new super shiny Piano black gloss finish that perfectly complements the clean lines of their designs. Victoria + Albert Baths, Second Floor, North Dome, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

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Right here, right now with David Keech

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It’s flower power at Tufenkian Artisan Carpets

'Spring Bouquet' rug at Tufenkian Artisan Carpets If there was ever call to experiment with painterly florals and vibrant colours this is it. Tufenkian Artisan Carpets has created ‘Spring Bouquet’, a rug made with the finest natural materials to bring together both timeless quality and modern design. Tufenkian Artisan Carpets, Third Floor, Centre Dome, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

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Right here, right now with Mary Weaver

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Breaking News – Jacaranda Carpets opens eponymous showroom

'Himalayan' rug by Jacaranda Carpets Jacaranda Carpets now boasts an eponymous showroom. You’ll find contemporary designs made using natural fibres and traditional methods, as well as wallpapers and fabrics by Anna French, Thibaut and James Brindley, and curtain poles by The Bradley Collection Jacaranda Carpets, Second Floor, South Dome, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

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Channel rock chic cool with Edelman’s new Leather & Lace collection

Edelman’s ‘Leather & Lace’ collection is brought right up-to-date with laser etching and cutting technology.  Be seduced by whimsical flora and fauna or go rock chic cool with hard-edged motifs such as this skull design whose stud effect is fashioned from laser cut Cavallini. Edelman Leather, Second Floor, Centre Dome, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

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Right here, right now with Jenny Gibbs

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Right here, right now with Giles Kime

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Passementerie par excellence at Watts of Westminster

Watts of Westminster has long been the go-to for passementerie, offering an unparalleled array of hand-braided trimmings and tassles as well as bespoke commissions. The featured design is taken from a  floral ‘noeud’ (literally meaning 'knot'), which belonged to Louis XV. Given a distinctly modern edge with hot pink accents, its adds a certain ceremony to decorative finishes that feels …

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Right here, right now with Helen Cormack

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Philippe Starck’s new chandelier for Baccarat is sheer French fancy

'Marie Coquine' chandelier by Philippe Starck for Baccarat at Evitavonni Make sure you visit Evitavonni at London Design Week 2012. Philippe Starck's new 12-piece 'Marie Coquine' chandelier for Baccarat cuts a strikingly surreal figure as you enter the showroom. A dozen little lamps swathed in crystal droplets sit beneath the most ordinary of things, an umbrella. True to typical Starck form, …

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Right here, right now with Emma Burns

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Hide and Seek – get the tribe vibe with stylish skins and ethnic patterns

Why I love... Hide and Seek “The new faux skin fabrics take me back to my childhood in Africa where real skins were often seen as floor or furniture coverings. The sense of Africa, nature and the wild is captured by this trend and by executing the designs in vibrant, iridescent silks. The effect is exciting and exotic. The unpredictable use …

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Right here, right now with Patrick Gallagher

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Breaking News – Jean Monro launches new fabric collection by Neisha Crosland

Neisha Crosland's new fabric collection for Jean Monro combines classic English references - pressed flowers and grasses - with an exotic twist of Turkey, Japan and China. The result is a brilliantly versatile collection that slips easily into contemporary or traditional schemes. Jean Monro, Ground Floor, North Dome, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour .

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Petal Power – balance florals with clean lines for a modern take on pretty

Why I love... “Flowers give life to a room – any room. They bring fragrance, freshness and a vibrancy of colour. They add a sense of nature to any setting, be it a stem of humble snowdrops or armfuls of blousy peonies. A home with flowers has a heart.” Simon Lycett, official florist, London Design Week 2012 Flowers made from: ‘Manon’ in rose (04755/03), …

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Right here, right now with The Superyacht Design Summit

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Right here, right now with Sue Crewe

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Design Date with Harriet Paterson

Harriet Paterson is style director at Livingetc. With over ten years experience working on interior magazines, her visions have shaped the way we put our homes together. She is giving a design lecture ‘Making Classic Details Work in Your Modern Scheme’ at the All Day Masterclass on Thursday 15 March at 3.00pm. In a nutshell, how did you get to where …

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Right here, right now with artist Melissa White

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Breaking News – delight in Gainsborough Silk’s old world charm

Gainsborough Silk’s classic woven damasks bring an old world charm to contemporary living. They also offer special commissions of as little as 20 metres, while existing designs can be re-coloured and perfectly colour-matched at no additional cost. A beautiful convergence of new world and old values, perhaps? Gainsborough Silk is available at Tissus d’Hélène, Fourth Floor, Design Centre East

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Right here, right now with Joanna Wood and Stephen Woodhams

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