Design Centre Stories

Month: March 2014

JOINING FORCES - Bacchus Grigio - Melissa White

Joining Forces

Creative collaborations are high on this season’s agenda. Take ‘English Ethnic’ where multi-talented artists Melissa White, Flora Roberts and Su Daybell worked with Lewis & Wood to produce a range of eclectic fabrics. Lewis & Wood, First Floor, Design Centre East

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Right Here, Right Now with Kathryn Hallam

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Love The Hub

Specially commissioned for the show, Design Hub is the perfect place to converse, connect and create. The space linking the main domes and Design Centre East is a veritable hub of creativity. With excellent Wi-Fi you can catch up with emails, get inspired by the pinboards or stop for a well-deserved drink. Or just marvel at the butterflies and birds …

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The Butterfly Effect

We are all a flutter. Butterflies are winging their way to London Design Week 2014 and settling in the centre dome and the Design Hub.  Get your net out and head to Fox Linton to catch ‘Butterfly House’, new from Jim Thompson. Fox Linton, Second Floor, North Dome

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Right Here, Right Now with Jean-Pierre Bonello

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Pick of the Crop

Applause please…The World of Interiors have picked their favourite products from London Design Week 2014.  Winners included Armani/Casa for the ‘Gamma’ lamp, Baker for the ‘Auguste’ chair by Jacques Garcia, Ann Sacks for ‘Eastern Promise’ tiles by Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Samuel & Sons Passementerie for the new trimmings collection. They were presented their awards by editor Rupert Thomas.

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Beyond the Kitchen

Emma Bridgewater teams up with Sanderson to launch her first collection of fabrics and wallpapers. It is a perfect reflection of the warm-hearted, informal style that has made her pottery a favourite in kitchens worldwide for nearly 30 years. Sanderson, Ground Floor, Centre Dome

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Right Here, Right Now with Susan Sullivan

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Blurred, Brilliant and Burnished

Soft metal is the new luxe. Be beguiled by gentle geometric lines and the delicate molten alchemy of linear, lustre and texture. 'Rumi' (T1041/01), moonstone, Weitzner at Altfield 'Turoa' (TRU232), copper, Whistler Leather 'Womad' wallpaper (21110), Lewis & Wood 'Auguste' chair, Jacques Garcia Collection at Baker 'Berber' rug, Stark Carpet 'Balthazar' side cabinet, bronze and bleached vellum, Davidson 'Blixen' chair, Fendi Casa Knobs: No 1011 (top left), No …

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Right Here, Right Now with Theresa Arévalo

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Blast from the Past

David Hicks has been a huge influence on both fashion and interiors. Now, his son Ashley has created a new line of fabrics and wallpapers for GP&J Baker. Chic as ever, they have been adapted from, or inspired by, original linear and geometric patterns he so loved. GP&J Baker, Ground Floor, Design Centre East

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Right Here, Right Now with Emma Bridgewater

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VIVE LA FRANCE - Colefax and Fowler

Vive La France

Manuel Canovas at Colefax and Fowler is instantly recognisable for its vibrant colours. Inspired by the spirit associated with 18th century France but re-interpreted to contemporary tastes, see the latest collection on the pod seating throughout the domes in the signature pink palette. Colefax and Fowler, Ground Floor, South Dome

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Right Here, Right Now with Martyn Lawrence Bullard

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Right Here, Right Now with Nina Campbell

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Metal-morphosis

There is a subtle look to metallics this season. The Lurex and metallic straw-woven silk and monochrome metallic cork wall coverings are new at Nobilis. For a more sturdy look, the Trèfle table at Baker with its foundry finish is a modern application of a motif found on a vase in Jacques Garcia's personal collection. The scratched horizontal texture is borrowed …

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Right Here, Right Now with Daniel Hopwood

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Open Door

  Where better to fly the British flag than at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. New arrival Turnstyle Designs Ltd use classic materials such as bronze and leather to create contemporary door hardware. All pieces are proudly designed and handcrafted in England. Turnstyle Designs Ltd, First Floor, Design Centre East

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Right Here, Right Now with Jessica Zoob

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THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME - Jacaranda Carpets

The Shape of Things to Come

Upbeat chevrons, flame stitch and zig zigs are back on design’s radar. New for spring are ‘Coup de Foudre’, a sumptuous velvet from Dedar and  ‘Widenor’ wall covering from Thibaut at Jacaranda Carpets. These gutsy geometrics will guarantee to make your interiors pop. Jacaranda Carpets, Second Floor, South Dome Dedar, Ground Floor, Design Centre East  

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Old World, New Take

Rubelli celebrates its 125th anniversary with ‘A Stiller Life’ where traditional materials are reinvented with contemporary components. Watch out for the new sea green palette, too, from these Italian maestros. Rubelli/Donghia, Ground Floor, Design Centre East

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Right Here, Right Now with Melissa White, Flora Roberts & Su Daybell

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Free Spirit

A clash of references, cultures and colours inspired by global adventure and the past, re-imagined and redefined. Conjuring ethnic and tribal styles from Byzantine to Moorish, Asian to Aztec, as well as soft dip-dye and stylised florals. ʻDe La Tourʼ, blue/brown on ecru, Paolo Moschino at Nicholas Haslam ʻHopʼ (T14030/002) ottanio, Dedar ʻChengtudoor Embʼ (GWF3320 513), David Hicks by Ashley Hicks at GP&J …

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Right Here, Right Now with Suzanne Imre

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Luxury Living

Look out for a deceptively casual take on furniture as tradition meets innovation at Fendi Casa. The new ‘Contemporary’ collection designed by award-winning Toan Nguyen features high levels of craftsmanship such as handcrafted leather straps and buckles, precious skins, fabrics and saddle stitches, all put together in non-conventional ways. Fendi Casa, Second Floor, North & Centre Domes

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Right Here, Right Now with Paolo Moschino & Philip Vergeylen

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Model Construction

Looking for something undeniably with-it but with the look of old school Meccano? Step forward the ‘Construction’ lamp by moooi  inspired by the tools and bolts in Dutch designer Joost van Bleiswijk’s workshop which manages to be both industrial-looking and  super chic. Find it at Chaplins. Chaplins, Second Floor, South Dome

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Clear Winners

News just in. Allan Knight, the go-to name for glamorous acrylic furniture, stainless steel pieces and dramatic lighting in the US, is available for first time in Europe at J. Robert Scott. Examine their immaculately crafted pieces and it becomes transparently obvious they will generate a greal deal of attention from this side of the pond, too. J. Robert Scott, First …

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Right Here, Right Now with Patrick Frey

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Floral Arts

Jean-Pierre Bonello is the creative director of INTO Flowers who brings a contemporary twist to floral art.  Check out his innovative creations throughout London Design Week 2014. www.intoflowers.com

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Right Here, Right Now with Judith Wilson

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Modern View

There’s always been a symbiotic relationship between manufacturers, interior designers and architects. The life blood of both, after all, is creativity. Pairing renowned architect Lauren Rottet with Elan, the new division at Decca Furniture, was an inspired choice. The result? A collection that expresses a modern aesthetic in beautifully crafted furniture. Decca Furniture, Third Floor, North Dome

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Right Here, Right Now with Richard Chilcott

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CHILD'S PLAY - Pierre Frey

Child’s Play

Pierre Frey has launched ‘Confettis’ its first-ever children’s collection. What little girl could resist the charm of cotton fabric prettily embroidered with multi-coloured birds flying out of antique bird cages? Pierre Frey, First Floor, Design Centre East

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Painterly Perfect

Choose your muse. Sensitive abstractions and design interpretations across a variety of fabrics, from printed velvet to sheers. From watercolour wash to old master oils, it’s time to invest in art. ‘Harbour Linen Brush Fringe’ (983-56509), kelp, Samuel & Sons Passementerie ‘Blumei’ (3165/03), Jason Dʼ Souza ‘SFB’ canvas, chartreuse/lime yellow, Alton-Brooke ‘Matmi’ (V3121/01), cyclamen, Villa Nova at Romo ʻGranitaʼ (16520001), sabbia, Fadini at Pierre Frey ʻVoxʼ …

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Right Here, Right Now with Alexandra and Richard Davidson

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DOWN TO EARTH - Evitavonni

Down to Earth

Ceramics are quietly firing up enthusiasts at Evitavonni’s new ground floor showroom which is devoted to accessories. Handcrafted by Berlin-based Anna Sykora, the collection fuses traditional skills with a contemporary aesthetic. Thrown on a potter’s wheel, rather than cast in moulds and decorated using the complex Terra Sigillata technique, the results are lovely and hardly ever found in porcelain. Evitavonni, Ground …

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EYE FOR FASHION - Maison Margiela (Brian Yates)

Eye for Fashion

Haute couture meets interiors at Brian Yates. Maison Martin Margiela continues to push the boundaries between art and fashion with a new take on optical illusions and trompe l’oeil wall coverings in collaboration with Omexco. Brian Yates, Ground Floor, South Dome

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Right Here, Right Now with Alberto Pezzato

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On the Style Radar

Coco Chanel famously said ‘I want to be part of what is going to happen’. And that, of course, is what design shows are all about – getting inspired by what’s on the radar. No-one knows this better than creative director Wendy Harrop who always has an intuitive understanding of the mood of the moment. For the Tatler Restaurant, she has combined …

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Right Here, Right Now with Eva Keogan

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Absolutely Marblelous

Marbling is thrillingly new this season with mineral hues and a variety of scales acting either as a backdrop or taking centre stage. Via Arkadia (Tiles) presents decorative panels by Alex Turco which a perfectly balanced mix of photography and multimedia graphics, enriched by manual finishes. At Turnell & Gigon, Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s designs for Schumacher are inspired by the …

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Right Here, Right Now with Susie Atkinson

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New York State of Mind

Big Apple chic comes to the Design Centre courtesy of The Nanz Company. The 'Studio Line' collection was designed in their studio in Soho, New York and is remarkable for its streamlined simplicity and innovative finishes. The Nanz Company, Fourth Floor, Design Centre East

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Right Here, Right Now with David Smallridge

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Fancy A Flutter?

Is there anything more on-trend than little birds? Visitors are flocking to the Design Hub to see origami artist David Ford creating the most delightful exotic varieties on site. See the work of the master or make your own and pin it on the stylised Japanese maple tree. These feathered cuties are not just for birdwatchers or twitchers, they are …

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Right Here, Right Now with Sheila Coombes

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Outdoor Indoor

Take a stroll and enjoy nature in all its glory. ‘Folie’ from Cole & Son is based on 18th and 19th century French gardens and features flowers, follies and a menagerie of animals and birds set amongst trees. The ‘Woodville’ collection by Zoffany offers breath-taking florals painstakingly recreated by skilled artists. Etamine’s new collection is a more subtle ode to …

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It’s A Jungle Out There

What’s not to love about beautiful botanicals, lush foliage and exotic animals? Suddenly and out of nowhere, we’ve got jungle fever. Sanderson leads the charge with an exploration of the flora and fauna of the southern hemisphere. Mix them up with tropical brights from Tissus D’Hélène and Manuel Canovas at Colefax and Fowler for a look that’s absolutely right-now. Sanderson, Ground …

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Right Here, Right Now with Bradley Quinn

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