Design Centre Stories

Month: September 2013

Right Here, Right Now with Mariella Tandy of Tatler

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Right Here, Right Now with Gaby Deeming, Decoration Editor of House & Garden

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Design Date – Mary Fox Linton

Mary established Fox Linton Associates in the early 1970s to work solely on interior architectural projects, having undertaken large private residences both in the UK and abroad in partnership with David Hicks, followed by department stores and the restoration of historical houses. In the 1990s, in collaboration with hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray, Mary created the award-winning design of One Aldwych …

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Right Here, Right Now with Charlotte Abrahams

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Coffee High

To keep your energy levels up head straight for the Nespresso bar for a coffee fix. High-tech machinery will conjure up the perfect espresso. Fully revived you can return to the show with renewed brio. Third Floor, Centre Dome

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Right Here, Right Now with Michelle Ogundehin, Editor-in-Chief, Elle Decoration

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Love It, Pin It

A giant New & Now pinboard has been specially created for the show. Peruse it thoroughly for the hottest patterns, colours and textures. It absolutely guarantees to keep you one step ahead. Third Floor, North Dome Follow on Pinterest for updates on the latest collections – designcentrech

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Go Wild

Hides and skins have a modern, witty appeal this year. Go wild for a leopard spot wallpaper by Stroheim, a new addition to Alton-Brooke. Or take a safari to see the ‘Zebras on Parade’ at Stark Fabric. Stark Fabric, Third Floor, South Dome Alton-Brooke, Second Floor, South Dome

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Reach Out and Touch

Be amazed by Lucy Strachan’s design installations on display for the first time at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour during Focus/13. The towering ‘Godrod’ and ‘Spinning Tops’ sculptures have a natural integrity and present new ways of looking at the world around us. Ground Floor, The Walkway

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Indian Summer

Indian-style patterns continue their reign of the fabrics world, as they have done for centuries. The warmth of the colours and intricacy of the patterns makes them timeless and forever evocative. Mix up styles, scales and colours for a truly exotic look. ‘Chutney’ fabric (CHB409-4) by Hill Brown at Turnell & Gigon ‘Moghol’ fabric (10467_50) at Nobilis ‘San’ rug at Stark Carpet ‘Cachemire’ fabric …

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Uptown Guy

Manhattan interior designer Christopher Maya has created his first-ever line of fabrics for Holland & Sherry. The collection features a handsome array of woven linens whose understated elegance is right at home within the portfolio. Available at Lelievre. Lelievre, First Floor, Centre Dome

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Charm Trail

Internationally renowned jeweller Theo Fennell was commissioned to design a solid silver charm bracelet to celebrate design diversity at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. Take part in the Charm Trail visiting showrooms in Design Centre East during Focus/13 for a chance to win this limited edition piece. At participating Design Centre East showrooms

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Most Inspiring Showroom Award

Applause please… the winner of Focus/13 Most Inspiring Showroom Award, as chosen by Rupert Thomas, editor of The World of Interiors is Turnell & Gigon. Dedar, McKinnon and Harris and Nicholas Haslam are highly commended.

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Right Here, Right Now with Kally Ellis of McQueens

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All Over Tanneries

New arrival Whistler Leather has high grade leathers in a huge variety of hues and textures on display in their showroom. Custom colour matching? No problem. Over the last decade it has nurtured relationships with some of Europe’s elite tanneries to offer even greater choice. Whistler Leather, Second Floor, South Dome

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Design Bar

If ever there was a place to chill out in then the Design Bar is high on the list. Specially commissioned for the show, it is the perfect place to relax with friends and colleagues. The strking ‘room’ links the main domes and Design Centre East with cosy seating areas to have a chat and a well-deserved drink. New designs from GP&J Baker …

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Right Here, Right Now with Andrew Hills of Porta Romana

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The Grey Scale

Classic greys, from charcoals to silvers, are still the chic neutrals of choice. Grey is a colour that can carry any accent shade and this season pink is under the spotlight. Mix grey patterns and textures, then add a hit of rose for a pretty finish. ‘Zeus’ fabric by Pollack at Altfield ‘Bouquet’ cushion at Sahco ‘Keros’ wallpaper (213046) at Sanderson ‘Ro’ chair …

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Seeing Spots

A trend straight off the catwalk is polka dots. You can go dotty over them, too, at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. ‘Biglie’ by C & C Milano can be seen throughout the domes interspersed with zesty tones from Edelman Leather. C & C Milano, First Floor, Design Centre East Edelman Leather, Second Floor, Centre Dome

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Right Here, Right Now with Vicente Conejos of Lladro

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Right Here, Right Now with Emilio Pimentel-Reid and the ‘Editor’s Eye’ tour

 

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House & Garden Likes…

‘Samarkand’ fabric in dusty rose, Brunschwig & Fils at GP&J Baker 'Visir' fabric Ardecora at Zimmer + Rohde 'Traces de Aubusson', CC Tapis Rug at Poliform ‘XXV’ 25th anniversary lamp at Porta Romana 'Safi' fabric in zest at Romo ‘Lumiere’ glass beaded fringe (979-56413-05)  in titanium blue at Samuel & Sons Passementerie 'Mirella' fabric at Colefax and Fowler Clanville lamp TC0059 at Vaughan ‘Brodie’ fabric by Nina Campbell …

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Great Minds

Furniture by Dom Edizioni is based on a simple philosophy: purity of lines, precious details and originality of content. Now the über-cool Italian brand is available at Interior Supply. Interior Supply, Second Floor, Centre Dome

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Floor to Heaven

Check out CC-Tapis rugs, new to Poliform. Designed in Milan, Italy’s capital of cool, and hand-knotted in Nepal, they are at once timeless and modern. There so many possibilities now to be carpet-creative with a choice of 1,200 colours and materials such as wool, silk and hemp. Poliform, Ground Floor, South Dome

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Design Date – Alidad

Award-winning designer Alidad is internationally acclaimed for his spectacular interiors that create the perfect harmony between colour, opulent textiles, style and comfort. Ahead of his ‘Conversations in Design’ evening at Focus/13, we spoke to him about the romance of textiles, history and being his own worst client. An Audience with Alidad, Space, Third Floor, South Dome, 24 September, 6.30pm-8.30pm; Tickets: £15 How …

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Right Here, Right Now with Louise Bradley of Louise Bradley Interiors & Phillip Pini of Crestron

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Early Viewing Recommended

Clive Christian opens its door to reveal an entirely new concept; the Show Home apartment. Don’t miss an early viewing at the closing stage of its design evolution and see how clean lines and accents of grey, silver leaf and black walnut have transformed the space. Clive Christian, First Floor, South Dome

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Right Here, Right Now with Emanuel Castellini & Piero Castellini of C&C Milano

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Art Works

New to Altfield is the ‘Makers’ collection from Pollack. It is the result of a unique collaboration between five artists - a glass blower, a ceramicist, a fashion designer, a jeweller and a furniture designer - who each brought their unique vision to the process of making textiles. Altfield, Second Floor, Centre Dome

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Right Here, Right Now with Charlie Bowles of Original BTC

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