Design Centre Stories

Month: September 2014

Right Here, Right Now With Charles Zana

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Right Here, Right Now With Caroline Clifton-Mogg

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Right Here, Right Now With James Middleton

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Right Here, Right Now With Caterina & Raffaele Fabrizio

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Right Here, Right Now With Lori Weitzner

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Right Here, Right now with Giles Kime

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A Fine Balance

  Carefully balanced colour combinations are key to the new Mimo Creations carpets. See how these flatweaves are transforming interiors from the floor up at Tim Page Carpets. Tim Page Carpets, Ground Floor, Centre Dome

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Goldrush

Goldrush

This season has hit a seam with gold dust appearing stitched, hewn and drizzled. Soft and lustrous, brushed and buffed, this is subtle alchemy of supreme elegance. Wallcovering: ʻOut for a spinʼ (6057), soft gold on mink brown manila hemp, Philip Jefferies at Beacon Hill Fabrics: ʻSissinghurstʼ, meadow, The Silk Gallery ʻPolluceʼ (26985-003), oro, Colony ʻPalinʼ (3557/03), Jim Thompson at Fox Linton ʻLatourʼ bis, Nicole Fabre at …

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Pinboard

Pin-Up

Beat a path to the New & Now Pinboard and get one step ahead. There’s a huge selection of the latest patterns, colours and textures from the Who’s Who of the international design world. While the trends give us the mood, it is these new collections that we will build our schemes around. You’ll soon have a shopping list of …

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Right Here, Right Now Paola Navone

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Right Here, Right Now With Simon Rawlings

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Ibiza Angels

And relax…

With an emphasis on well-being this season, help is at hand during Focus/14 to soothe frazzled design lovers. Take a moment from the bustle of the show and have a seven minute head, neck and shoulder massage from Ibiza Angels. Go on, you deserve it. (Tues & Weds only). Third Floor, North Dome

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Right Here, Right Now With Thomas Callaway

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Worthy Winners

Trumpets please... the winner of the Focus/14 Most Inspiring Showroom Award, as chosen by Rupert Thomas, editor of The World of Interiors is Colefax and Fowler. Pierre Frey, Samuel & Sons Passementerie and Edelman Leather are highly commended.

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The Hub

Let the Outdoors In

Specially commissioned for the show, Design Hub is a tranquil oasis and seedbed of inspiration. The space linking the main domes and the Design Centre East has a decidedly laid-back vibe with its horizontal trellis and sweet-smelling flower boxes. With excellent Wi-Fi you can catch up with emails or enjoy the latest curated swatches. Relax with friends and colleagues over …

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Harlequin

Blue is the hue

Blue is coming straight off the catwalk and into the home. Key tones are inspired by nature with indigo and forget-me-not being mixed with others from the wider palette, from ink to turquoise and sea-green. Harlequin’s Momentum 6 collection [top], the ‘Furrow’ wallpaper [bottom] by Neisha Crosland for Turnell & Gigon, and the new Jacaranda Udaipur rugs are all embracing …

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Nespresso

Coffee Hit

Are you flagging? Keep your energy levels up by heading straight to the Nespresso bars for a caffeine fix. High-tech machinery will ensure the perfect espresso. Fully revived, you can return to the show with a spring in your step. Third Floor, North Dome Ground Floor, Design Centre East

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Citrus Garden fabric

Greatest Hits

To celebrate their 125th anniversary, Schumacher have searched their archives to pull together a collection of their most iconic fabrics, from a hand drawn toile based on an 18th Century Oberkampf document to a happy, brightly coloured trellis that dates to the Pop Art 1970s. Don't miss the beautifully naive 'Citrus Garden' fabric. Turnell & Gigon, Ground Floor, North Dome

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Edelman handpainted leather

Sneak Peek

Italian artist and designer Selvaggia Armani has created a range of graceful and whimsical designs exclusively for Edelman Leather and hand painted them onto leather hides. The product doesn't launch until November, but there will be an example on show during Focus/14, so pop in for a sneak preview of what's to come. The painted leather will be available in a …

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Right Here, Right now with Olivier Dupon

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Amiata Bath

Bathing Beauty

Here’s looking at the new ‘Amiata’ bath, the result of a collaboration between Victoria + Albert Baths and Milan design duo Meneghello Paolelli Associati. With its precision curves, it is an object of desire. See it in the new larger showroom on the third floor. Victoria + Albert Baths, Third Floor, North Dome

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Design Date – Allegra Hicks

Acclaimed for her innate sense of style, Allegra Hicks is the designer behind the eponymous international luxury lifestyle brand known for its beautiful textiles and prints. Having studied design in Milan and fine art in Brussels, she worked in New York before settling in London. Today she works on her signature kaftans and fashion accessories as well as a home collection, fabrics and rugs. …

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Right Here, Right now with Tina Gaudoin

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Right Here, Right Now with Tord Boontje

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Jim Thompson

Got It Taped

Embroidered tapes are a new departure for Jim Thompson No.9. Inspired by Tibetan rug borders that depict clouds and waves, see them at Fox Linton. Fox Linton, Second Floor, North Dome

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Ava High Back Two Seat Sofa

Tête-à-Tête

Design Centre East is attracting even more design diversity. Decca (Bolier) has moved into a new, light-filled studio and has plenty of inspiration for executive suites, receptions and lobbies. ‘Ava’ with its high-back and padded upholstery is a good example. What could be better if you need somewhere stylish for a cosy rendezvous? Decca (Bolier), First Floor, Design Centre East

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Woodland Escape

This autumn, turn over a new leaf with a warming palette of russet, brick, coral and cinnamon, melding natural pigment of earth reds. 'Cozy’, Porada Wallcovering: ʻT7048ʼ Thibaut at Jacaranda Carpets Fabrics: ʻTouchʼ 12, Lizzo ʻMaresaʼ (7706/07), mandarin, Romo ʻCorinʼ (7697/03), henna, Romo ʻOdessaʼ, orange, Paolo Moschino at Nicholas Haslam ‘Virginia’ drinks cabinet Wallcovering: ʻMetal silkʼ (MS46) Brian Yates ʻTwistʼ (D14004/001) ebano, Dedar Fabrics: ʻRio Pleatʼ (71037/20), flame, Bart Halpern at Fox Linton ʻPingoʼ (4070-04),summer …

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Right Here, Right Now with Daniel Hopwood

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Right Here, Right Now with Phillip Bershad

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Right Here, Right Now with Chester Jones

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Rebecca Louise Laws installation

Flowers are the New Art

The spectacular floral sky in the Centre Dome has turned traditional floristry on its artistic head. The specially commissioned installation by floral artist Rebecca Louise Law has been created using a totally new approach, using 6,500 blooms to bring nature into an urban environment. Working in harmony with the Design Centre architecture, it challenges the way we look at flowers …

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Right Here, Right Now with Justin Kandiah

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Catwalk Cool

Diane von Furstenberg brings her legendary sense of print and colour to Kravet. Look out for bold palettes together with signature animal and graphic motifs. Kravet, Ground Floor, North Dome

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A Sense of Touch

Nobilis has added a new line of decorative rugs for 2014, blending traditional techniques and contemporary style. The rugs are not only visual but also extremely tactile - perfect for adding textural interest to an understated room scheme. You won't be able to resist them. Nobilis, Ground Floor, South Dome

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Fox Linton

A La Mode

Fox Linton is launching two new furniture collections for Focus/14: Collection Pierre by John Hutton, which the designer describes as "the creative spirit of a youthful concept;" and Counot Blandin by Pierre Counot Blandin, which delivers a contemporary twist on French art deco design. Fox Linton, Second Floor, North Dome

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Past, Present, Future Perfect

For four generations the Lelievre family has been at the forefront of fine French textiles. With a nod to the past they have recently introduced ‘Century’ celebrating 100 years, while the bold 'Noir' velvet from Jean Paul Gaultier keeps an eye firmly on the future. See the full range in the newly revamped showroom. Lelievre, First Floor, North & Centre Domes

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Holland Sherry

An American in Paris

US designer Thomas Callaway launches Left Bank, a new line he has designed exclusively for Holland & Sherry. Hand screen printed on linen, it references his early years living in Paris and is a refreshing take on French 20th century art. Find it at Lelievre. Lelievre, First Floor, North & Centre Domes

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Tatler

Nursery Tales

The pop-up Tatler Restaurant is always a much anticipated feature of Focus/14. Creative director Wendy Harrop has created a cool sanctuary that respects and is in tune with nature and positive living. Blue painted trellis and topiary cones are key features while the ‘Force 9’ wallcovering in marbled blue by artist Su Daybell for Lewis & Wood makes a perfect …

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Mix Configurazione 7 Elementi

Into the Woods

It seems interiors are following the trail of breadcrumbs left by the fashion industry into the woods, embracing both the fairytale aspect of this trend and a real appreciation for wood as a material. Perhaps it is part of a move to escape the urban digitised world and embrace a rural lifestyle? Look out for the 'Mix' collection of 'mix …

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Rubelli Donghia Paola Navone

A New Take

Rubelli/Donghia has joined forces with Paola Navone for the new Dominique Kieffer collection. An international design powerhouse, she is known for her intuitive approach. Prepare to be amazed… Rubelli/Donghia, Ground Floor, Design Centre East

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Boomf

Sharing Couldn’t be Sweeter

What a genius idea! At Focus/14 you can transform your photos into multi-sensory delicacies. Yup, we’re talking marshmallows for the digital age. Just connect to your Instagram account, pick the photos and collect your marshmallows in a few minutes from the bicycle on the second floor. Boomf makes sharing even sweeter. (Sun & Mon only). Second Floor, Centre Dome

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All that glisters…

The luxurious metallics trend of last season has evolved into the something more raw and natural. Copper, gold and brass are being left unfinished with their natural patinas exposed, creating an interesting contrast with more highly finished materials like glass and marble. The 'Bespoke Oval Coffee Table With Glass and Marble' at Decorus Furniture; Brochier's 'Anita' damask fabric woven with …

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Romo Tremont

Hounds of Love

Take a good look at Tremont, an eye-catching collection of colourful houndstooth and herringbone chenille at Romo. It is a perfect mix for those who like it modern and practical. Romo, First Floor, North Dome

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Chaplins Nuno Stool

Saddle Up

Chaplins launch the cowhide covered 'Zanotta 245 Nuno' Stool by Kensaku Oshiro. Mimicking the shape and finish of a saddle, the stool is equipped with an opening seat, revealing a storage compartment, complete with organiser. Yee-haw! Chaplins, Second Floor, South Dome

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Right Here, Right Now with Judy Afia

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Beacon Hill wallcoverings

Feeling Good

Be seduced by Philip Jeffries wallcoverings. ‘Out for a Spring’ is an innovative play of pattern and texture. With a 3D effect it has been hand-printed on hemp and jute. See more at the Beacon Hill showroom. Beacon Hill, Ground Floor, South Dome

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Hedgehog Lamp

Babes in the Woods

Tord Boontje has collaborated with Porta Romana on the ‘Enchanted Forest’ collection. With a naturalistic feel, it incorporates his romantic, artisanal sensibility to produce lighting and furniture of great originality. Porta Romana, Ground Floor, South Dome

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Right Here, Right Now with George Khachfe

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Whistler Leather

All in a Leather

Thanks to Whistler Leather there are now more than 800 upholstery hides to choose from. Expect fabulous colours and finishes from new addition, Cortina Leather. Whistler Leather, Second Floor, South Dome

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Right Here, Right Now with Cary Kravet, Scott Kravet and Ann Grafton

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