Design Centre Stories

Month: September 2017

Post with the Most

Annamaria Papayova is the winner of Focus/17's Blogging Award, given to the blogger who best captures the spirit and themes of the event. The concept of '360 Degrees of Design' was at the heart of Annamaria's perceptive post (read it here); she covered it all, from Tony Marklew's floral displays to Access All Areas showroom happenings and innovative new launches. The award …

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360 Degrees of Floral Fantasy

Tony Marklew's romantic, sensual way with floristry is being felt all over Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour at Focus/17. Dominating the Centre Dome is the DesignScope, featuring tumbling tiers of hops studded with pink and purple hydrangeas. Elsewhere, a single type of flower arranged abundantly proves that simplicity speaks volumes: a new variety of purple hydrangea – never available commercially until …

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Right Here, Right Now with Peter Gomez

"I'm constantly surprised at how many different companies, styles, interests and innovations are available, all under one roof," says Zoffany's head of design.

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The Inside Track

Focus/17's daily Discovery Tours offer the chance to take in the latest showrooms and get a more personal, curated take on the new collections, all accompanied by knowledgeable concierge Maggie Eccles and a glass of fizz. Six showrooms are visited during the hour-long sessions, including Design Centre East newcomers Villeroy & Boch, Siberian Floors and Lacaze London, and the new …

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Right Here, Right Now with Deborah Barker

"The Design Centre fosters the design community; it's very friendly and it always works together," says the editor-in-chief of Homes & Gardens.

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Light Lunch

The South Dome Deli is a new meeting and eating point at Focus/17. This all-day-dining destination features a counter packed with mouthwatering salad plates that look as good as they taste, including broad bean, puy lentil, tomato and goat's cheese, and quinoa and roasted vegetables, plus healthy sushi and sashimi. The decor has a similar lightness of touch, with serene …

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Right Here, Right Now with Sophie Paterson

"When you get to meet someone face to face, you feel a real connection with them," says the interior designer.

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In the Mood for Missoni

The instantly recognisable textiles of Italian brand Missoni have been translated into vinyl wallcoverings, newly available at Brian Yates. Alongside the famous Missoni zig-zags, the collection includes a subtle mini chevron and plenty of florals, including 'Anemones' (pictured, top); some cleverly mimic an embroidered finish. The Brian Yates showroom launched the collection with a collaged moodboard that took up a …

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Right Here, Right Now with Lorenzo Castillo

"The Design Centre is one of my favourite places in London – after the Victoria & Albert Museum, of course," says the designer.

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Full of Beans

An invigorating – and complimentary – cup of coffee from Vagabond Coffee Roasters is an essential part of a visit to Focus/17. Vagabond sources speciality coffees from around the world, roasting small batches of green beans at its north London HQ: it is made, and served, with love and passion. The company also shared its vast knowledge with a 'coffee cupping' …

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Right Here, Right Now with Anna Standish

"The more you come, the more you can benefit from it," says the interior designer about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. "It's a one-stop-shop for me."

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Every Sense Stimulated

The concept of Focus/17's Sensory Salon is a simple one: to create a calming, regenerative space by stimulating five senses. Artist DD Regalo, represented by ArteMea Advisory, is painting the walls with a meditative piece inspired by life's journey. The undulating ribbon of bright colour "is more than just that cliche of life's ups and downs," he says. "It's more like …

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Right Here, Right Now with Kim Wilkie

The landscape designer discusses the future of the country house, and how our homes might be better connected with nature.

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Right Here, Right Now with Patrick Frey

The president and creative director of Pierre Frey says that creative collaborations with designers are "like a new recipe".

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Tobacco & Tangerine

Look to opposite ends of the colour wheel for a scheme that's harmonious yet invigorating. Dark orange, rich brown and layers of blue are cocooning and autumnal, with bold prints, textured leather and hair-on-hide bringing a feel of 70s sophistication. Main image: (KBVB D15) coffee table, MKV Design at Decca (Bolier). ‘Collage’ wall light, Porta Romana. (SO103) lounge chair, Summit Furniture.  ‘Sculpture …

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Material Dialogue

These ‘Tenco’ side tables by Porada are a good example of the Italian company’s ability to find the right balance between form and function. For over half a century it has shown commitment to beautiful materials, most notably solid canaletta walnut. Here, the timber is combined with a brushed brass metal base and top – creating a contrast between the …

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Right Here, Right Now with Jacky Tsai

The artist talks about his collaboration with Mineheart: "Furniture is one of the best ways that people can see my art in daily life."

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A Spectrum of Wellness

With the bathroom now a place of relaxation and leisure, the new bathroom collections from leading brand Villeroy & Boch combine style and comfort to offer a sense of serenity at the end of a long day. Since 1748, this famous German name has stood for timeless elegance, innovative design and outstanding quality. Now, it has opened an expansive showroom …

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Right Here, Right Now with William Yeoward

The creative director of William Yeoward on a new book that takes a personal approach to colour, and his love of blue and white.

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Designed for Every Sense

Design is about so much more than sight: we engage many more senses when we're taking in an environment, and it's the layering of all of them that creates an emotional connection. Focus/17's intention was to explore a 360-degree approach to design, via a number of Sensory Series Workshops to stimulate and delight. Top chef Tom Aikens cooked up Devon …

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Right Here, Right Now with Petra van Meeuwen

"We're very happy to have that direct contact with interior designers, ho bring their customers here to show them what's possible," says Crestron's media relations director about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Need to Know

Sharing knowledge is a key part of Focus/17. This year KLC School of Design is back, sharing its expertise and discussing hot topics, from lighting design to how to create a layered, sensual home. "Design is constantly changing and developing, and to keep an edge, designers need to keep up to date with trends and find new sources of inspiration," …

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Right Here, Right Now with Philip Bershad

"It's a dream come true – to have some of the top designers coming in to discover us is something that we're really excited about," says the president of Phillip Jeffries.

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Elle Decoration approved

Arte has launched an exciting collaboration with New York's Flavor Paper. Known for its subversive, pop-art-inspired and generally out-there patterns, Flavor Paper's capsule collection includes 'Snake Bit' (pictured), which updates the traditional horse-bit pattern with a tangle of venomous beasts; 'Sharp Descent', a rain of highly dangerous objects such as scissors and broken bottles; and 'City Park', a damask featuring …

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Right Here, Right Now with Ann Sutherland

"We know that the clients are going to be here, and we want to be a part of this community," says the president of Perennials Fabrics, launching Sutherland Perennials Studio at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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In the Pink

Queen of the colour wheel, pink symbolises hope and empowerment – but it's also offering lessons in versatility when it comes to interiors. From calm, muted tones that segue into lilac to bubblegum shades that revel in an exuberant colour-clash with other brights, pink has lost its association with girlish prettiness and is embracing a new-found sophistication. Pictured from top …

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Right Here, Right Now with Bill Amberg

"The collective power of something is always better than the individual power, and the Design Centre is a testament to that," says the leather studio founder.

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Captivating a New Audience

The ever-shrinking boundary between art and interiors is a pertinent subject – but Mark Moussa was way ahead of his time when he christened his firm Arteriors back in 1987. After 30 years, the US company finally has a European base, on the newly redesigned third floor of Design Centre East. “The showroom will feature a mix of our bestselling …

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Right Here, Right Now with Michael Ruh

The glassmaker talks about creating "everyday objects of poetic beauty," and the importance of bespoke craft in interiors.

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A True Talent

True Velvet is India Mahdavi's lively first fabric collection, for Pierre Frey. The designer describes her work as "pop orientalism", which expresses her worldly upbringing – from Iran to the US and then Europe – and her playful approach. She also has a fabled taste for colour, which shows in True Velvet: the collection features a palette of 25 plains, in …

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Be Well, Do Well

In a busy, intense world, the spa might be the only place we switch off our phones and truly relax – and homeowners are now actively looking to recreate these rejuvenating experiences at home. So much of the success of these spaces is down to design: beautiful materials and luxurious touches as well as consideration for ergonomics and functionality – …

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Right Here, Right Now with Mark Bickerstaffe

"Creativity comes from the interaction between people, and you really get that here - it has a heart, it has a soul," says the global head of design for Kohler Kitchen & Bath.

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Right Here, Right Now with Simon Rawlings

The creative director of David Collins Studio is launching a collection of fabrics and wallcoverings for Baker, and says that "Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is something that I have always aspired to be a part of."

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A Rendezvous With the Classics

From eggs benedict in the morning to posh fish and chips for lunch, Tom's Kitchen at the Tatler Restaurant is serving up the classics at Focus/17. The all-day-dining menu, devised by award-winning chef Tom Aikens and served by Absolute Taste, features tried-and-tested favourites from the menus of Aikens' restaurant group, including rump steak, spatchcock chicken and roast fillet of sea …

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Serenity Calls

What could be more calming than blue and white? The colours of sea and sky are as refreshing as they are timeless, given a modern kick with strong geometrics, textural depth and a glimmer of metallics. Main image: ‘Kaloon’ club chair, Marc De Berny. ‘Luna’ console, Ceccotti Collezioni. ‘Chrysalis’ tile (12), Ann Sacks at West One Bathrooms. ‘Madrid Star’ tile, Artisan of …

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Right Here, Right Now with Nicholas Jeanes

"There's definitely a community feeling – everyone's willing to help and go the extra mile for you," says the creative director of &Objects about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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A Multiple of Metals

The craftsmanship of Gallotti&Radice's master artisans is evident in this ‘Eris’ hanging LED lamp, designed by Massimo Castagna. A play of different textures and finishes, it features a series of metal plates curving around a black-painted bronze central spine. Gallotti&Radice, Second Floor, Centre Dome

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Green Scene

When times get tough, make the house a haven. Embrace irresistibly tactile textures to add depth and comfort; deep forest greens, teal and turquoise create a tranquil, nature-inspired mood. Main image: ‘Pebble’ side table, copper, Birgit Israel. ‘YBU’ dining table, Christophe Delcourt at GMR Interiors. ‘Diamond’ table lamp (TL703) with 13” Tall Drum shade, Bella Figura. ‘Hutton’ club chair, Ensemble London at …

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Right Here, Right Now with Esti Barnes

"There is a great community here; if I was an interior designer, I wouldn't go anywhere else," says the creative director of Topfloor by Esti.

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Easy Does It

It's time to reappraise the 70s as a design decade. Harness an easy vibe with throwback shapes, dark timber and a palette of teal, tobacco and marmalade. Add smoked glass to complete this rich and sophisticated look. Pictured from top to bottom are 'Les Ondes de Jade' fabric, by Misia, available from Colony; Gallotti&Radice's 'Diantha' pendant; 'All Grain Noir' leather, …

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Right Here, Right Now with Raffaele Fabrizio

"Every time, we discover something new; it's a wonderful place to be," says the co-owner of Dedar.

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A Refreshing Approach to Sleep

You might be familiar with 'clean eating', but what about 'clean sleeping'? Auping, the heritage Dutch bed company, has the solution to the perfect night's sleep, via a series of technical advancements and the dogged pursuit of ergonomic comfort. A mesh base and breathable mattress combine to give perfect air flow and temperature control, and the beds are designed to …

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Right Here, Right Now with Sam Reich

The managing director of Tibor on reviving his grandfather's prestigious post-war textile brand, supplier to the Royal Yacht Britannia, Concorde and many more.

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Art that Endures

Artwork once found in a gallery is now durable enough to survive the messiness of modern life. American abstract artist Sam Glankoff’s work has been translated into a hand-knotted rug using solution-dyed acrylic yarn; called ‘Visionary’, the piece faithfully details the artist's subtle colour blends and technique of using overlapping panels of paper. Find out more at Sutherland Perennials Studio. Sutherland …

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Tailored to Fit

Tailoring doesn't just belong in the fashion industry. A profusion of classic fabrics that could easily make the leap on to the pattern-cutter's table have arrived, with textured weaves, dogtooth, herringbone and smart checks. The trend also goes beyond fabrics: seek out details that have a natural affinity with tailoring, such as herringbone patterns for tiles and flooring, and furniture …

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Luxury, Made in London

Lacaze London’s work is a melting pot of traditional and modern production techniques, offering luxurious bespoke furniture including upholstery, cabinetry and metalwork. On display in the new showroom on the third floor of Design Centre is a raft of statement pieces made from exquisite materials. The workshop is based in West London where highly skilled craftsmen ensure that every last …

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New Dimensions

Geometrics look particularly bold in shades of grey with shots of acid yellow and mustard. Three-dimensionality is key: textured weaves, hair-on-hide and illusory prints bring a visual complexity to a limited palette. Main image: 'Club' floor lamp, Nina Campbell. ‘Barrique’ side table, Reflex at Chaplins. ‘Murani Dotty’ vase, Birgit Israel. ‘Adda' sofa, grey, (Elton 1677) with cushions in (Ernest 342), (Elton 1677) …

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Right Here, Right Now with Nicolò Rubelli

"Our heart is in London; we love being here," says Rubelli's CEO on a visit to Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour to unveil the latest collections.

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World of Interiors Winners

Asking a designer where that first spark of inspiration came from often elicits a fascinating reply. Boussac’s new Cartoon collection from Pierre Frey – winner of The World of Interiors‘ Award at Focus/17 – gives a nod to the 80s. The playfulness and strong geometrics favoured by the Memphis Group are evoked in ‘Nestor’, a large reversible check in wool mohair …

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Right Here, Right Now with Giles Kime

"What's really exciting is when you get people talking," says the interior editor of Country Life about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour's role as a catalyst of creative connections.

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