Design Centre Stories

Month: March 2017

Right Here, Right Now with Simon Rawlings

"It's an invaluable part of our everyday existence as designers," says the creative director of David Collins Studio about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Breaking News in A Digital Age

Did you notice a camera crew at many of the Access All Areas events? They were on hand to speak to the industry’s top influencers. Tasked to capture the ‘moment’, they film and edit on site offering breaking news and insights from the people who make great design happen. With content so key to social media, these interviews offer unprecedented …

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Right Here, Right Now with Nina Hertig

The interior designer says that Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour "is an invaluable resource, because you're able to see so many different things in one place".

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Methods, Makers & Materials

From inspiration to implementation, London Design Week 2017 is packed with opportunities to get the inside track from some of the most creative minds in the industry. Visitors were able to meet design duo A Rum Fellow at Altfield, Tori Murphy at David Seyfried Ltd, Bernie de Le Cuona in her brand new showroom, award-wining rug designer Michaela Schleypen at …

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Right Here, Right Now with Silvia Gallotti

"At the Design Centre, we have the opportunity to meet trade people, but also people for the contract part of our business," says the owner of Gallotti & Radice.

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Getting the Inside Track

Seeing experimentation and technique up close is always rewarding. In the Jason D’Souza showroom, a demonstration with a skilled artisan showed beautiful creations of a passementiere’s art. The designs by Wendy Cushing were actually inspired by period costumes and interpreted as exquisite embellishments. Other highlights included a bed maker at Savoir Beds, a weaver creating twill and herringbone designs on …

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Grand Tour

Expert-led guided tours offering privileged access are burgeoning – now Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is entering the frame. At a sell-out event hosted by ELLE Decoration, deputy editor Ben Spriggs devised a behind-the-scenes tour to some of his favourite showrooms including Colefax and Fowler, Poliform, Front Rugs, Zimmer + Rohde, Turnell & Gigon and GP & J Baker. The Design …

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Right Here, Right Now with Ben Spriggs

The deputy editor of Elle Decoration leads us on a tour to discover the DNA of design, and explains why it's "increasingly important to be here".

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The Heart of the Matter

No-one does bespoke hand-made cabinetry like Christopher Peacock, and its longevity – 25 years in the design business – is a tribute to its success. The company philosophy has always been to produce handcrafted designs of the highest quality, using the finest materials and offering an unparalleled level of professional service to its clientele. Luxury lifestyle interiors include kitchens, libraries, …

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Blogging Award Winner

The winner of London Design Week 2017's prestigious Blogging Award has been picked. This new social media initiative for international bloggers recognises the blogger whose coverage of London Design Week 2017 best unlocked the secrets of design's DNA. Melanie Lissack's winning blog post (read it here) explored the theme in detail, from Harlequin's moodboards supporting its latest Anthozoa collection, to musings on the …

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Right Here, Right Now with Mark Butcher & Marie Demaegdt

The head designer for Mark Alexander, and the textiles & sustainability manager of CELC, talk about reinventing linen and the "valuable and meaningful feedback" from presenting collections in person.

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Thinking Out of the Box

While design directions may come and go, the power of creative thinking is the one constant that will always endure in design. At Arte, technology meets artistry with the launch of Spectra (pictured). Using an innovative technique called thermoforming, a pattern is pressed into material that remains visible after it cools. The result? A 3D effect that is soft and supple, …

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Right Here, Right Now with Julian Brinton

"It's an absolute mecca for really good design," says Wool Classics' managing director about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Right Here, Right Now with Rod Judkins

"A design with an idea behind it is much more powerful, and much more lasting," says the creative thinking lecturer.  

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Artefacts of Design

A growing consensus towards the creation of ‘democratic museums’ that involve audiences is an emerging trend in curation. Visitors heading to Design Centre East may have noticed the Design Lab, a new hub of exploration inspired by an interactive museum. The specially commissioned space showcases products, usually found in an interior scheme, displayed in an original way as artefacts. Keeping …

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Right Here, Right Now with Vincent Frey

"Every important decorator is using the Design Centre; it's a hub for the whole planet," says the CEO of Pierre Frey.

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Right Here, Right Now with Larry Walshe

"It's been such a pleasure to create a fantastic, different and eclectic look for London Design Week," says floral alchemist Larry Walshe.  

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Makes You Zinc

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is known for being the home of creative minds willing to think out of the box. Take furniture maker Decorus, which is pushing the boundary of surface design with its liquid metal finishes. These coatings create products with the look and feel of solid metal, without the associated weight and impracticality. Materials such as zinc, bronze, …

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Right Here, Right Now with Antonio Bibolini

"Here, you can breathe the atmosphere of design, materials, products, culture, trends, fashion... everything mixed together in one place," says Antonio Bibolini of Italian furniture brand Ulivi.

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Right Here, Right Now with Tim Richardson

The garden writer on Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour's horticultural links.

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Past, Present, Future

With a reputation for developing patterns with interesting visual narratives, Lewis & Wood has given a new lease of life to some hand-painted patterns by Huguenot silk weavers which they unearthed in the Victoria & Albert Museum archives. The artists, weavers and illustrators fled from France following the Edict of Nantes in 1685 and brought their silkweaving skills to east …

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Right Here, Right Now with Bernie de Le Cuona

"People from Europe flock to the Design Centre now. I am extremely excited to be here," says the founder of textile studio de Le Cuona on the opening of a new showroom.

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Right Here, Right Now with Anna Garner

The owner of craftsmanship-focused  The Garnered describes Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour as "an incredibly innovative hub of creativity".

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Right Here, Right Now with David Nicholls

"We're spoilt for choice when we come here," says the features director of House & Garden.

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Traveller’s Tales

Asking a designer where that first spark of inspiration came from often elicits a fascinating reply. For his latest collection, Pierre Frey's creative director Patrick Frey was inspired by an encounter with an adventurer who had explored South East Asia on foot. The result is Maoming, a vibrant fabric range that honours the art of the Miao people from the …

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Right Here, Right Now with Stuart Pannell

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is "packed full of interesting suppliers and manufacturers – and every time I come here, there's something new to see," says Yotel's vice president of design.

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Right Here, Right Now with Tom Bartlett

"We use the Design Centre consistently across the year," says the founder of the architecture and design studio.

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Thereby Hangs A Tale 

Visitors can get deeper connection to the latest collections at the Design in Progress Gallery which tells the design and manufacturing stories behind the season’s most engaging products. Trace the design journey from start to finish via original material such as moodboards and sketches through to the finished work. Highlights include the ‘Coppélia’ pendant by Moooi (available from Chaplins). Original …

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Right Here, Right Now with Mariella Tandy

"Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is a space we recommend a lot to Tatler readers," says the magazine's executive fashion and retail editor.

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Right Here, Right Now with Christopher Boyle

"It's all the 'top end of the tree' stuff, all in one place," is how The Georgian Group's chairman describes the showrooms at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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