Design Centre Stories

Month: March 2015

Right Here, Right Now With Fiona Duncan

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Right Here, Right Now With William Lack

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Right Here, Right Now With Simon Leadsford

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The Silk Road

  Did you know that back in the 1950s Jim Thompson was responsible for the unforgettable silks worn in the classic Hollywood film ‘The King & I’?  Today, the fabrics in the new Forbidden Colours collection promises to be just as memorable offering a vibrant mix of colours inspired by nature, art and vivid Asian textiles.  Regal silks, cottons, linens and …

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Right Here, Right Now With Suzanne Imre

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Right Here, Right Now With Rita Konig

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Right Here, Right Now With Joanna Wood

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Right Here, Right Now With Mariella Tandy

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Going for Gold

    Chiming with our love for burnished effects, Davidson is launching new luxurious finishes of gold and bronze this season. The ‘Alsop’ occasional table is a good example since it showcases the new glamorous finish of sycamore dusk with an elegant polished brass base. (Shown here with ‘Ensor’ chair). Davidson, First Floor, South Dome

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Right Here, Right Now With Paolo Moschino

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Right Here, Right Now With Shauna Dennison

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Optical Illusion

. Whistler Leather are known for their extensive collection of high grade leathers and hides. This season a new range of geometric rugs with bold interlocking patterns are causing a stir, making a striking addition to a contemporary interior. Choose from a wide range of colours in the ‘Vancouver and 'Toronto’ range to create the Moroccan, Quarters, Noughts & Crosses, Geometric, …

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Spring Forward

  . If there is one thing we love at London Design Week 2015, it’s the flowers. A breathtaking mix of seasonal blooms including lilies of the valley, viburnum, hyacinths and magnolia heralded the arrival of spring. Original and stylish, beautiful displays were specially created for the event by Wild Wood London. With her eye for detail, founder Charlotte Wood knows a …

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Right Here, Right Now With Amira Hashish

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Right Here, Right Now With Flavio Parlato

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Right Here, Right Now With Scott Maddux

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Right Here, Right Now With Sophie Salaman

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Right Here, Right Now With Rebecca Weir

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Squaring the Circles

Beat a path to Vaughan to see their new collections. In addition to the adorable ‘Curtis’ and ‘Copnall’ brass uplighters, they have introduced some new furniture. A striking piece is the ‘Alton’ console table in bronze that was inspired by an original 1930s Italian staircase balustrade. Vaughan, Ground Floor, South Dome (outside)

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Magic Carpet

Holland & Sherry’s Symbolist range is the result of a collaboration with US design duo Doug and Jean Meyer. The oh-so chic ‘Incense’ rug taps into our current fascination with the Orient. See the collection, many with subtle gold threads, at Lelievre. Lelievre, First Floor, North & South Domes

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A Day in the Life of London Design Week 2015

10.00: Arrive in style with courtesy transport 11.00 Explore the greatest diversity of designer brands under one roof 12.00 Discover fresh ideas from the who’s who of the international design scene 13.00 Lunch in the Tatler Restaurant 14.00 Take advantage of the specialist knowledge on site – learn some tricks of the trade 15.00 Get the inside track at Access All Areas workshops, talks and Meet the Designer sessions 16.00 …

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Metropolitan Sophistication

It’s all change at Clive Christian with the installation of the new ‘Metro’ kitchen. Handmade in the UK in walnut with burr and steel inlay, its pared-down sophisticated beauty reflects their reputation for great craftsmanship and fabulous finishes. Clive Christian, First Floor, South Dome

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Coffee Break

Keep your energy levels up by heading straight to the Nespresso bar. High-tech machinery will ensure the perfect espresso. Hidden inside each Nespresso capsule are the finest coffees in the world, which have been blended, roasted and ground with the utmost skill by their coffee experts. With a pep in your step, you can return to the show for more …

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Wall Hall

Famed for its wide width wallpaper, Lewis & Wood has launched a dedicated wallpaper studio in their showroom. They often collaborate with artists from different disciplines to encourage an original approach. Worth checking out is ‘Petra’, a design based on stone wall carvings, painted by Flora Roberts. Lewis & Wood, First Floor, Design Centre East

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Treasure Trove

Altfield has had a magnificent make-over. With floor-to-ceiling frontage and a bronze and concrete work table, it’s never been easier to browse their extensive portfolio of textiles, wallcoverings and leathers. A veritable treasure trove of unique finishes, it’s the first of port of call for those seeking something different for commercial interiors and high-end residential projects. Altfield, Second Floor, Centre Dome

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Relax, Rehydrate and Regroup

The Design Hub is the ideal destination to relax, rehydrate and regroup, or to connect with like-minded contemporaries. The space linking the Domes and the Design Centre East is also an inspiring oasis - specially commissioned for the show. Curated swatches have been carefully chosen to line the walls. Don’t forget to spot the giraffes, a theme at London Design …

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Venetian Dreams

Rubelli is a family firm founded in Venice in 1889 with a remarkable history and it is now in its fifth generation. Historically known for its production of precious fabrics as part of the Venice heritage and tradition, Rubelli has nevertheless captured and anticipated trends over the years, widening and diversifying its product range in the name of innovation. Take …

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Best in Show

Homes & Gardens has searched every corner of Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour and has awarded the following showrooms ‘Best in Show’ awards for London Design Week 2015: Best Wallpaper: ‘Guiro’ wallpaper, (356001), Pierre Frey Best Printed Fabric: Archive 111 Prints, Morris & Co at Sanderson Best Furniture: ‘Angelo’ sofa, wooden frame, mohair, Azucena at GMR Best Flooring: ‘Luminance’ rug, rusty/slate, Tufenkian Artisan Carpets Best Accessories: ‘Grace’ …

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Block Party

The Artisan collection by GP & J Baker celebrates the ancient art of hand block printing, tapping into the current maker movement. Incised wooden blocks, skilfully carved by a master craftsman, are used to imprint artful repeats. The result? Remarkable texture and character which is impossible to achieve by any other means as no two impressions are the same. GP & …

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France’s First Lady

Madeleine Castaing’s legacy is legendary. Inspired by the neo-classical style of France’s first lady of decorating, Edmond Petit launches a new range of wallpapers. The ‘Feuillage’ design was once combined with a leopard wallpaper in Jean Cocteau’s house to great acclaim. See them at Turnell & Gigon. Turnell & Gigon, Ground Floor, North Dome

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Making a Statement

New showroom Gallotti&Radice offers a sophisticated mood, characterised by striking glass designs produced by highly skilled Italian craftsmen. This handmade ‘Bolle’ hanging lamp is the ultimate statement piece. Gallotti&Radice, Second Floor, North Dome

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Birds of a Feather

Feathers seem to be an emerging trend this season. They are making our hearts flutter at Harlequin and there are embroidered examples at Lizzo. These beauties from Zimmer + Rohde have subtle pearl pigments and embossing that give them an unusual effect. Harlequin, First Floor, South Dome Lizzo, Ground Floor, Centre Dome Zimmer + Rohde, Ground Floor, North Dome

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Passport to Success

At London Design Week 2015, visitors have been invited to take a journey through the showrooms in Design Centre East to marvel at the design diversity on display. They can have their special passports stamped at each showroom before departure for a chance to win a specially commissioned, limited edition charm bracelet by renowned jeweller, Theo Fennell. Made from solid …

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An Eye for Design

Pop into Nicholas Haslam Ltd and it’s clear why Paolo Moschino is considered an international A-list decorator. Now you can see more of his exquisite collection, in their additional Design Centre East showroom. For London Design Week 2015 Paolo has brought together an eclectic and sophisticated collection with impactful, statement pieces of furniture accompanied by a bold range of accessories. Nicholas …

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Turn Over a New Leaf

An interactive installation in the Dome Café has created an intriguing contrast between the jungle, a world dominated by abundant foliage, and the stylish world of interior design. London Design Week 2015 offers high levels of biodiversity - of the new design variety. Visitors are invited to step inside, select a leaf and write down what they like at the …

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Right Here, Right Now With Timo Gruenert

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Right Here, Right Now With Mary Miers

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Right Here, Right Now With Helen Gabriel

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Right Here, Right Now With Pierre Frey

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Walk the Line

Specially commissioned to show the design diversity available in Design Centre East, four renowned interior designers with studios on site – Gail Taylor of th2, Lynne Hunt, Alan McVitty and Sarah Ward – reveal what they find most inspirational in these specialist showrooms. This new exhibition in the walkway between Design Centre East and the Centre Dome shows four exceptional …

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Right Here, Right Now With Sandra Jordan

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Right Here, Right Now With Claire Spalding

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New and Now

Find the latest patterns, colours and textures from the who’s who of the international design world arranged into inspiring colour palettes on the New and Now Pinboards on the top floor of the North Dome. It offers a real glimpse into the flurry of trends emerging this season from spring greens and metallics to monochrome and pops of papaya. Third Floor, North Dome

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Keep It Simple

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this ‘WGS’ stool. Created by international designer Monica Armani for Gallotti&Radice, new to the second floor, its almost oval, organic form with metallic interior exudes a modern lightness that is deeply pleasing. Hot-foot it to see more of their collection including their sophisticated glass designs. Gallotti&Radice, Second Floor, North Dome

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Right Here, Right Now With Echo Mackenzie

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Design Date – Timo Grünert

Timo Grünert is the managing director and chief financial officer of the Oetker Collection. Based in Baden-Baden, he oversees the expansion, growth and business development of the hotel group. He plays an active role in the activities of Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa and the other hotels in the portfolio.  For London Design Week 2015, he was in conversation with Conde …

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Right Here, Right Now With Charlotte Petit

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Right Here, Right Now With Ou Baholyodhin

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Right Here, Right Now With Alison Gee

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Right Here, Right Now With Monica Armani

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