Design Centre Stories

Month: September 2016

Right Here, Right Now with Emilio Pimental-Reid

"It's where the industry comes together," says the interiors editor and stylist about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Immersed in Design

RCA graduate Stuart Carey makes wonderfully tactile ceramics that have won many awards, including recognition from Homes & Gardens and Elle Decoration, and he visited Focus/16 to give a fascinating talk on his work. “You never stop learning, and once you realise that, you’re open to developing [your work] a lot quicker and easier,” he said. His words couldn't be more apt: …

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Right Here, Right Now with Harry Triggs

The director of TM Lighting explains the 'journey' an artwork goes on – from purchase to presentation – to look "as good as it can possibly be".

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Intricacy and Intrigue

The design traditions of Central and South America may not be so well known here as, say, India or China, but a few trailblazers are starting to bring these regions’ exceptional craftsmanship to our attention. For example, this intricately carved, mid-century inspired ‘Villiers’ armoire is the work of Alfonso Marina, a Mexican manufacturer that Nicholas Haslam Ltd is now exclusively representing. Intriguingly, the armoire …

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Right Here, Right Now with Gabby Deeming

"A brilliant, inspiring space to come and get all your ideas" is how House & Garden's decoration director describes Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Furniture with an Architect’s Eye

Creative collaborations abound at the Design Centre. Recently, design houses have linked up with world-renowned architects to create new and innovative furniture. A good example is Flexform’s ‘Adagio’ sofa by Daniel Libeskind, which perfectly combines the architect's philosophy of forceful, iconic forms with the idea of sober elegance. Characterised by unusual angles and Italian craftsmanship, its sloping upholstered back is high …

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Right Here, Right Now with Catriona Gray

“You’ll never have such an incredible resource... you can't help but get inspired,” says the commissioning editor of Harper's Bazaar and Town & Country.

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Right Here, Right Now with Karen Deeks

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is “Tatler’s first port of call for design and decoration,” says the magazine’s fashion and retail editor.

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Right Here, Right Now with Sophie Hastings

"It's been really interesting to bring art into a different arena," says the freelance arts writer and curator of Focus/16's Art & Interiors exhibition.

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Wallpaper*’s Best in Show

The 'Fagiolo' table is part of Wallpaper*'s tightly curated best-in-show edit of Focus/16. Designed by Roberto Lazzeroni for Ceccotti Collezione, it consists of two tiers of kidney-shaped table tops - glass on top, revealing a marble lower tier. Wallpaper* picked out ten products in total, which included a table lamp by Birgit Israel, Armani/Casa Exclusive Textiles by Rubelli's 'Lyon' fabric, from Rubelli/Donghia; and …

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Top Form

Poliform has teamed up with Belgian architect and designer Vincent Van Duysen to create ‘Marlon’, a minimalist chair with a sophisticated look. An ergonomic silhouette and wooden legs give it a distinctive personality of its own. Poliform, Ground Floor, South Dome

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Modern Opulence

Damask signals opulence and high drama – a return to classical elegance – but it’s not just palatial homes that can accommodate the recent damask revival. Here are three collections that are embracing traditional design with a twist. The heavily textured ‘Fitzrovia’ from Zoffany’s Phaedra collection (pictured top) features distressed metal hues in its embossed areas, for an alluring shimmer; Cole & Son’s …

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A Passion for Design Talent

Patrizia Moroso, creative director of Moroso, is a nurturer of design talent and well known for her close collaborations with architects, artists and designers. She has a passionate interest in all forms of art and experiments with hand-crafting, technology and diverse materials to create a collection of iconic designs that reflect different latitudes and local cultures. “I am attracted by talent; …

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Right Here, Right Now with Robert McCalla

Tufenkian's showroom manager says "it's lovely to have everything under one roof - we bounce ideas off each other".

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Right Here, Right Now with Barnaby Barford

The artist reflects on his Conversations in Design discussion, a talk about how design, art and interiors fit together.

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Sensory Expression

Visitors to Focus/16 have been discovering bespoke scents with a pampering hand and arm massage courtesy of Jo Malone London. Each scented creation is exquisitely simple, and can be layered for an elegant expression of individuality through Fragrance Combining™. Jo Malone London also engaged the senses of visitors at a special workshop event, entitled Style Your Home with Scent; the company's Emma South …

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Right Here, Right Now with Simon Leadsford

The Design Centre is "a focus of design excellence in the United Kingdom, and for Europe," says the publishing director of Condé Nast Traveller.

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Right Here, Right Now with Simon Chaplin

"London is the place to be," asserts the owner of Chaplins.

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Raw Material

It’s not often that a material opens your eyes to new design possibilities, but RCA graduate Hannah Williams’ work with silicon, on show at StudioTex, does just that. With their pleasingly bouncy surface and swirls of colour, her marbled silicon tiles “can be applied to walls, floors, ceilings, outdoors such as swimming pools, upholstery for furniture, kitchen splashbacks... you name it,” she …

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Right Here, Right Now with Stuart Carey

The ceramist says that the Design Centre is "a fantastic place for inspiration".

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Right Here, Right Now with Neisha Crosland

"For me, touch, and seeing things in the flesh, is so important – and this place is great for that," says the pattern designer about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Silk with a Story

Dedar’s ‘Silkbird Jacquard’ fits in with a wider trend for chinoiserie, but the story behind its inspiration is a little more convoluted. The silk lampas pays homage to the antique coromandel screens – originally in fashion in the 17th and 18th centuries – with which Coco Chanel adorned her Paris apartment . It comes in colours that are typical of lacquers, precious …

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Right Here, Right Now with Luke Simmons

"It's been fantastic to have our products alongside so many influential people," says Decorus Furniture's sales manager.

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Lunar Explorer

Porta Romana heads into a new stylistic direction with the launch of Cosmos; a new and ‘other-worldly’ range of lighting inspired by space and the planets. Mankind’s wonder at the universe is eternal and the story of our world is woven into glistening stars and their patterns; part science, part mythology, but always magical. The stunning collection mirrors just that. …

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Drive Time

As one of the biggest names in Italian design, Giorgetti is a name already familiar with its many devoted fans. While maintaining a traditional artisanal approach to furniture making, inspiration often comes from further afield. This ‘Drive’ sofa is aptly titled since it was inspired by the glamorous interiors of classic cars. With support feet of solid American walnut, it …

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Right Here, Right Now with Luke Edward Hall

"Be bold in your choices, and if you like something, it will all come together" - design advice from the artist and interior designer.

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Right Here, Right Now with Andrew Hamilton-Barr

The director of Espresso Design explains the practical benefits of having fully operational kitchens in the showroom.

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Right Here, Right Now with Suzanne Imre

“A great melting pot of inspiration” is how LivingEtc's editor describes Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Right Here, Right Now with Ben Pentreath

The architectural and product designer talks about the importance of “listening to the spirit of a place”.    

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Roving Refreshment

Williams Chase’s Gin O’Clock has become a firm fixture at Focus – and this year the hallowed hour of complimentary gin got even better with the addition of a roving trolley that brought the refreshment directly to the show’s visitors. British distillery Williams Chase’s gin once again proved the perfect pick-me-up following a day of exploring the showrooms.

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Right Here, Right Now with Ben Tish

The Salt Yard Group’s chef and director on bringing a top restaurant to a new audience at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Smart Moves

The seamless integration of home technology is now a key ingredient in any luxury interior, and a visit to Crestron EMEA’s redesigned showroom offers a tangible lesson in how to meld creative flair with controllable features such as lighting and audio visual. Crestron has partnered with companies including Poltrona Frau, Jacaranda Carpets, Boffi and Flos to imagine a series of rooms that show how smart …

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Right Here, Right Now with Dina de Luca Chartouni

The co-owner and design director of New York's Lowell hotel on the hotel's new design phase, as well as the "really compelling" showrooms at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Back to School

For those seeking bench-made cabinetry with a contemporary twist, Refectory from Christopher Peacock could be the perfect fit. Inspired by monastic dining rooms, prep school dining halls, and Ivy League and English university eating quarters, it features signature inset doors with a simple stepped profile using hand selected, quartered white oak. Chunky icebox roller latches and strap hinges are a …

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Right Here, Right Now with Melanie Turner

“The best of the best is here,” says Baker’s sales director about the Design Centre.

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First-hand Accounts

Rug designer Zoë Luyendijk (pictured top) flew in from British Columbia to greet visitors to Front Rugs at Focus/16 – yet the showroom was full of reminders of home. Her work (such as ‘Ur Na’, pictured above) is often inspired by the scale and detail of the water, rocks, trees and mountains that surround her: “It relates to the landscape – which is …

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Right Here, Right Now with Alidad

The interior designer has just moved his studio to Chelsea Harbour and says that the Design Centre “has got better and better and better”.

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Rise to the Challenge

Decca (Bolier) has offered eight interior design studios a rare opportunity to have their designs made up into prototypes as part of a competition. Visit the showroom to see the shortlisted designs, and then vote for your favourite – the winning collection will go on to be produced in full. Decca (Bolier)’s director Gemma Allman says the project is “partly educational, and partly …

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Right Here, Right Now with Matt Jones

The chairman of the specialist framers explains how good framing can keep works of art safe, and complete a room.

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Good Impressionism

From 1883 Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived in Giverny, where he purchased a house and property, and began a vast landscaping project which included lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known work. In 1899 he began painting the water lilies, first in vertical views with a Japanese bridge as a central feature, and later in the series …

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Right Here, Right Now with Birgit Israel

“A piece of art puts the heart and soul into an interior,” says the designer.

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Focus on Floristry

There are magnificent fresh flowers at every turn at #Focus16. They’re the work of Battersea-based Mary-Jane Vaughan, who has dressed the Design Centre’s domes in gravity-defying oversized vessels of hydrangeas, Tudor roses, snow berries, magnolia leaves and eucaylptus, tying in with the show’s wider colour theme of opulent purple and soft grey. In Salt Yard at the Tatler Restaurant, the palette …

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Right Here, Right Now with Echo MacKenzie

“The Design Centre is a big community, and we want to be a part of that,” says Edelman Leather’s vice president, marketing.

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Portrait of a Room

Jeremiah Goodman is almost a cult figure among designers, an artist and illustrator who captures residential interiors in a loose, atmospheric style that is instantly recognisable. A selection of these interior ‘portraits’ – which often depict the homes of well-known figures from the worlds of design and fashion – is on show during Focus/16. Goodman achieved success as an advertising illustrator, contributing to publications such …

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Right Here, Right Now with Richard Chilcott

The CEO of J. Robert Scott describes how Focus/16 is a truly international event.

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Right Here, Right Now with Thomas Croft

The architect talks about how his practice works with art collectors to create the perfect home.

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Right Here, Right Now with Suzy Hoodless

The Design Centre "has become an amazing hub for decorators," says the interior designer.

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Right Here, Right Now with Stefano Bigi

“I try to create emotions - that's why I work with Porada, they understand me,” says the Italian product designer.

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Design Date – Luke Edward Hall

Artist and designer Luke Edward Hall’s work has a carefree, nostalgic quality that has found a ready audience and attracted the likes of high-profile collaborators such as Burberry. As well as selling his own-designed ceramics, cushions and prints – adorned with motifs that include prawns, Greek statuary and prowling tigers – he also works as an interior designer. He is taking part in a …

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Beauty in the Abstract

American carpet and rug company Edward Fields has collaborated on a series of rugs with New York–based non-profit Alpha Workshops. The 13 handtufted creations have been adapted from Alpha Workshops’ existing designs, including abstract wallcoverings and shimmering verre églomisé; pictured is ‘Koios I’. See them at Tai Ping Carpets. Tai Ping Carpets, Fourth Floor, Design Centre East

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