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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Breaking News – floral designer Simon Lycett interprets spring for London Design Week 2012

Look around you at London Design Week 2012 and you can't fail to notice trees dipped in chalky white paint and Perspex discs cascading from their branches in the manner of falling blossom. This extraordinarily beautiful installation is the genius of floral designer, Simon Lycett, and Design Centre's creative consultant, Wendy Harrop. Capturing a vital sense of newness and optimism, …

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Right here, right now with Emanuele Castellini

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Breaking News – fresh new brand Scion arrives at Harlequin

According to the dictionary, 'Scion' means 'young shoot or twig' - an apt name for a refreshing new brand from Harlequin that channels on-trend motifs and offers more than a passing nod to modern Scandinavian design. Scion at Harlequin, Ground Floor, Centre Dome, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

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Right here, right now with Stephen Lewis

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Right here, right now with Nicolo Rubelli

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Breaking News – Travel in style courtesy of Land Rover

With London Design Week 2012′s courtesy transport, a fleet of Land Rover vehicles, this year’s travel is an unfeasibly stylish adjunct to the event itself. The shuttle service runs from Sloane Square to Design Centre’s entrance and back again, with pitstops at selected showrooms along the King’s Road. Find Land Rover’s fleet of cars at Design Centre's entrance, Ground Floor, North …

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Right here, right now with Mark Abbott

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Design Date with Jeremy Musson

Jeremy Musson is a writer, broadcaster and architectural historian. Previously architectural editor of Country Life, he is also a leading authority on English country houses. He is a guest speaker at the design lecture, ʻMaking Private Paradises: Magnificent and Comfortable Decoration in The Great Stately Homesʼ on Wednesday 14 March at 3pm. When did your fascination with English Country homes begin? When …

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Right here, right now with Patrick Frey of Pierre Frey

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Global Chic – be inspired by far-flung places with a mix of ikats, textures and patterns

A selection of fabrics from 'Les Alizes' a new collection by Brunschwig & Fils Why I love… Global Chic “I love ikats and also African and South American inspired textiles which can help create very unique, individual interiors. Many of my most memorable trips have been to Africa where I love the amazing clarity of colour you find there - the beautiful …

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Breaking News – discover Kathryn Ireland’s vision of global chic at Tissus d’Hélène

A selection of fabrics by Kathryn Ireland  Renowned Los Angeles based interior designer, Kathryn Ireland, brings her vision of global chic to Tissus d’Hélène. A panoply of ethnic inspired patterns in vivacious colours, her fabric collections set an upbeat tone for style in the global village. Kathryn Ireland at Tissus d’Hélène, Fourth Floor,Design Centre East

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Right here, right now with Justin Van Breda

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Right here, right now with David Rockwell

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Breaking News – be illuminated at Porta Romana’s lampshade clinic

'Cologne' lamp in umber by Porta Romana In a bid to shine a light on the vital nuances of lampshades, Porta Romana are running a drop-in lampshade clinic on 14 and 15 March at their Design Centre showroom. Everything from size to colour and linings is scrutinised for its ability to both enhance light sources and complement a scheme. Porta Romana, Ground …

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Head Over Heels – gentle colours and elegant lines define a new romantic mood

Why I love... Head Over Heels "I love this new romantic look, which mixes elegant contemporary design, soft dusted pastels, tumbled linens and 18th Century floral pattern references. Soft with a few hard edges, this new distinction is pretty without being twee." Karina Garrick, interiors stylist www.karina-garrick.com From left to right: 'Thed’ armchair Closed and ‘Thed’ side chair by Ensemble London, both at Fox …

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Breaking News – Chaplins arrives at Design Centre

Good news for modernists: Chaplins has opened at Design Centre. Housing such modern masters as Reflex Angelo and Ascension Latorre as well as lighting and accessories from B&B Italia, Maxalto, Busnelli, Bocci and Toulemonde Bochart, it's the place to head to for contemporary style. Chaplins, Second Floor, South Dome, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

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Right here, right now with Stephen Ryan

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Right here, right now with Peter Bowles

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Breaking News – Patrick Gallagher launches fabric collection

'Stelvio Paisley' from Patrick Gallagher Tessuti, available at Turnell & Gigon Renowned interior designer, Patrick Gallagher, has launched his own collection of fabrics at Turnell & Gigon. Colourful paisleys, metallic damasks, fresh stripes and intricate braided designs pay homage to both his travels and newfound life in Rome. Find Patrick Gallagher Tessuti at Turnell & Gigon, Ground Floor, Design Centre, Chelsea …

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Right here, right now with Barbara Chandler

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