Design Centre Stories

Month: March 2018

Windows on the World

Globe-trotting, nomadic design is a significant theme for the spring/summer 2018 collections, a trend that is reflected in the showroom displays for London Design Week 2018. As part of the 'Legends' initiative, showrooms took visitors on an exotic tour, thanks to collaborations with top designers. Jo leGleud of Maddux Creative's huge 'Vintage Aztec' rug filled Tim Page Carpets' window, while …

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Wild Side

This season, the mood is decidedly upbeat, bringing a new energy and playfulness to interiors. It’s all about telling a story, a curated narrative to explain who you are and what you like. So unleash your wild side with Beyul, a new fabric collection for Pepe Peñalver at Lizzo. Named after the hidden Himalayan valleys that Tibetan Buddhists hold sacred, it …

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Right Here, Right Now with Shauna Dennison

The textile and wallpaper designer on her new collection for Pepe Peñalver, and why Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is "the most amazing creative hub".

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Made by Hand

Hands-on workshops at London Design Week 2018 offer the chance to get creative – and even be rewarded for your creativity. Perrin & Rowe's new showroom features a 'make a moodboard' booth, stocked with samples of fabrics and materials plus inspirational tap images; the best-looking board wins a night in a London hotel. Or paint a tile at Artisans of …

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Right Here, Right Now with Helen Cormack

The founder of Tissus d'Hélène on protecting and encouraging declining skills such as hand-block printing. "People come here because they know they're going to see something different," she says.

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Revived by Nature

With one-third of all the showrooms now situated in Design Centre East, the Design Hub – the ground-floor space linking it to the domes – became one of the buzziest spots of London Design Week 2018. Thanks to its redesign for the show, it was a spring-like arbour with a lilac palette. Under the trailing tendrils of two life-sized faux-wisteria …

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Scene-stealers

It's not surprising that so many showrooms chose to team up with interior designers and architects to devise their 'Legends'  displays for London Design Weeks 2018. Distilling their creative flair into a few square metres that need to pack a visual punch proved no problem for the likes of Hill House Interiors (working with Bella Figura), Taylor Howes' Karen Howes …

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Ode to Spring

Jean-Paul Gaultier has always looked at things from an unusual perspective and questioned what was expected. For the new Voyages Voyages collection for Lelièvre Paris, he intertwines patterns with a dream-like quality to evoke departures, discoveries and encounters. Shown here is ‘Festival’, a panoramic wallcovering in glorious technicolour, dripping with cherry blossom, juxtaposed with nostalgic ‘Anastasia’ cushions. Lelièvre, First Floor, North & Centre Domes  

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The Natural Look

Nature in all its glory came inside for London Design Week 2018, as showrooms were transformed by everything from ice sculptures to delicate flowers and semi-precious stones. 'Legends', which saw windows given a creative redesign thanks to collaborations with designers, architects, artists and tastemakers, included a host of nature-inspired displays. In recognition of its Icelandic roots, Chase Erwin asked ice …

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Heaven on Earth

An earth-toned palette of clay, rust-red and burnt orange creates instant warmth. Add contrasting mineral blues and forest greens to balance out the hot hues, with burnished gold and brass to up the sophistication. Above, from left to right: ‘Magi’ day bed upholstered in ‘Elegance’, col 942, Flexform. ‘Cascade’ cushion, (CAS04), clay, with black trim, Evitavonni. ‘Kando’ side table, Marc De …

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Right Here, Right Now with Sophie Coller

"The best people to communicate the story behind a product are the showrooms themselves" – Kitesgrove's managing director on the importance of narrative in design.

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Colour Confidence

Belgian tastemaker and interior designer Gert Voorjans has created homes for A-listers as well as stores worldwide for his most notable client, Dries Van Noten. Masterful in his confident blend of texture, colour, period and pattern, his work is defined by a nonchalant and contrasting mix, richly layered with influences from the East and West. These characteristics relate to Jim …

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Right Here, Right Now with Judith Mather

How the National Gallery's collaboration with Savoir Beds and Andrew Martin is "taking bespoke products to a new level".

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Discover More

To experience a greatest-hits journey through the highlights of London Design Week 2018, join a daily Design Discovery Tour. Accompanied by a glass of fizz, these tours are an exploration of all that the showrooms have to offer, experiencing the latest openings, products with provenance and collections with a compelling story to tell. A different route every day means there's …

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Viva Vibrancy

Eye-catching colour and pattern lit up the showrooms at London Design Week 2018 as part of 'Legends', an initiative to transform display windows with creative flair, symbolising the rise of individuality and creative expression in interiors. Capturing the spirit of designer Gesa Hanson, a playful, rainbow-hued window with a paint-splashed background was devised for Villeroy & Boch’s Design Centre East …

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Right Here, Right Now with Chiara Prestigiacomo

Porada's showroom manager on celebrating 70 years in business, and why Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is where you can always learn something new.

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Fashion Forward

The sartorially inspired 'Legends' windows that celebrate the link between fashion and interiors are some of the most memorable displays at London Design Week 2018. Simpsons' collaboration with Cutler & Gross (pictured top) sees a gallery of music and movie stars adorned with vintage sunglasses, while Tory Burch recreated the retail design for her own stores, by Iksel – Decorative …

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Right Here, Right Now with Christopher Jenner

"I find Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour incredibly inspirational – I can't imagine any place under one roof where you have this scope," says the designer.

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Long-Lasting Legacies

Old has never looked so right now, as we look to heritage and tradition to ground us and make sense of a fast-paced world. Just as the Burberry trenchcoat is subtly reinvented season after season, designers are showing their appreciation for what has gone before, but nearly always with a twist that makes the pieces right for today. The clean …

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Right Here, Right Now with Fiona McCarthy

"You can touch and feel, and experience what all those people are trying to create – which I think is quite magical," says the design journalist about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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The World of Interiors’ Showstoppers

Embroidery is big this season, both figuratively and literally. Being able to clearly see the maker's hand in an object piques our curiosity, as well as giving us a respect for artisan processes. Schumacher's 'Marguerite' fabric (pictured) is a beautiful example; it features vertical bands of folky wool embroidery on a linen ground, the subtle irregularities in the yarns creating …

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Right Here, Right Now with Linda Boronkay

"We come here all the time; I find a lot of inspiration here," says the design director of Soho House about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Elle Decoration’s Best in Show

ELLE Decoration scoured the showrooms at London Design Week 2018 to track down the recipients of its ‘Best in Show’ awards. Spread across 12 categories – from kitchens, bathrooms and hardware to fabrics, flooring and paint – they showcase the diversity available at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour as well as recognising the highest creativity, innovation and artistry in interiors. Pictured is the …

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Blog Award Winner

Edinburgh-based designer Mairi Helena's coverage of London Design Week 2018 has won the show's Blogger Award. Given to the blog post that sums up the show's theme – the rise of individuality and creative expression – Mairi's insightful report picked up on trends such as bright pastels and nature-inspired prints, and enthused about the 'Legends' showroom windows (such as Colony, pictured) …

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Right Here, Right Now with Hubert Zandberg

"We've worked so closely with suppliers here for over 25 years," says the interior designer.

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Ahead of the Curve

Beautiful brassware deserves a beautiful setting, whether that's a smart kitchen, a divine bathroom – or a chic showroom. New to Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, Perrin & Rowe is synonymous with beautifully crafted brassware, chinaware and accessories, and its showroom is the first stand-alone space that the brand has opened. It is “designed to inspire” according to contracts manager Phillip Cole, and shows …

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Right Here, Right Now with Kit Miles

"Here, you're guaranteed to find something to spark your enthusiasm," says the designer about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Right Here, Right Now with Karen Robert

The owner of New York boutique wallcovering studio Aux Abris on expanding in to European territory.

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Clearly Original

Poliform may be marking 30 years at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, but it is still at the cutting edge when it comes to tracking down worldwide talent. New to the showroom is Czech lighting company Bomma, which explores the potential of fragile glass with curiosity and creativity. The deceptively simple shapes of these ‘Phenomena’ lights, their glass shades fading from …

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Right Here, Right Now with Giles Kime

"With expansion comes more choice and more innovative design" – the interiors editor of Country Life lauds the growth of Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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The Textile Maven

"I’ve been passionate about textiles for as long as I can remember, so having my own collection is a dream come true,” says Los Angeles interior designer Schuyler Samperton. Her aesthetic originates from her singular, personal style with designs inspired by everything from centuries-old textile documents to the exuberant Indian patterns found in her mother’s scarves and her father’s handkerchiefs. …

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Right Here, Right Now with David Nicholls

"What's really nice about the Design Centre is the sense of community that you notice as soon as you come in," says the features director of House & Garden.

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A Free Perk

Perky Blenders is keeping London Design Week 2018 up and running with its speciality grade coffee. The east London coffee roaster is serving its Forest Blend – 50% Rwandan and 50% Brazilian beans – which the company's Michael Cohen (pictured) says tastes of "hazelnut, orange and cacao". The company works as closely as it can with its suppliers to ensure …

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Moments of Tranquillity

Washington DC interior designer Thomas Pheasant’s signature style is one of modern elegance, and his new furniture collection for Baker carries over those serene qualities: a neutral palette, simplicity, refinement and comfort are the watchwords. Pictured are a 'Janus' cabinet with Mica and graphite glass doors; an 'Orbit' table lamp, 'Wedge' dining chairs and a 'Ray' table – all possessing the cool …

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Right Here, Right Now with Eduardo Alves

The director of the bespoke furniture company on its showroom opening in Design Centre East.

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Right Here, Right Now with Fabrice Bana

The blogger and interior designer on using the Design Centre for sourcing: "It's a great place to base yourself for a day, to network and to catch up with people."

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Masterful Manipulation

Porada celebrates 70 years in business this year, and this 'Fuji' walnut dining table shows off the Italian brand's most enduring talent – the ability to manipulate timber to bring out its fullest beauty. The design was inspired by an opening flower bud; its base is created from a single panel with 12 folding cuts, while the tabletop plunges inward at …

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Make a Play with Colour

From a punchy bright pink to watercolour-inspired pastels, colour brings out the playful side in an interior. These moodboards offer two takes on the trend. Left to right, top to bottom: ‘Bound Together’ fabric, 02, Pollack at Altfield. ‘Jaipur’ fabric (19538/962),  Etamine at Zimmer + Rohde. ‘Lindos’ (2233/08) fabric, No.9 Jim Thompson at Jim Thompson. ‘Surin’ fabric (SC077-02), Sheila Coombes at Brian …

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Canvas of Creativity

Specially commissioned for London Design Week 2018, the Centre Dome's Canvas of Creativity installation features whimsical oversized brushes, painting giant swoops of pattern and colour in the air. Symbolising growth, vitality and the rise of creative expression, the installation was conceived by Arabella McNie, and contrasts brilliantly with the building’s modern architecture. Nine playful patterns have been used: ‘Navarra’ by Kohro from …

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Endless Possibilities

Oficina Inglesa Furniture has opened its doors in Design Centre East. With a focus on handmade furniture, and clients including Manolo Blahnik, this 30-year-old brand is synonymous with craftsmanship: everything is made at its own workshop. Director Eduardo Alves says the new showroom will display "our full library of materials, including woods, finishes, fabrics and other features such as handles …

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Right Here, Right Now with Carley Bean

"There's a lot going on this year... it's really inspiring." Cole & Son's head of design launches Martyn Lawrence Bullard's wallpaper collection at London Design Week 2018.

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Cloth of Gold

Fabrics with pure gold thread woven into them once adorned the homes – and clothing – of the very wealthiest Venetian noble families. In homage to a near-lost art, Rubelli Venezia has revived this technique as part of its latest collection. 'Aurum', has a silk warp and a silk and gold weft to create a luxuriously shimmering textile. "We found …

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Quintessentially Spring

Seasonal spring blooms burst forth at London Design Week 2018, thanks to the work of  acclaimed floral designer Rob Van Helden. Known for his natural style, garden-like planting sets the tone on arrival, with baby pink hyacinth, purple hellebores and magnolia branches, while the Centre Dome is filled with the quintessential herald of spring, flowering cherry. Papery pink ranunculas …

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Right Here, Right Now with Sir Peter Osborne

"It gets better and better," says the co-founder of Osborne & Little about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Freshly Does It

Set around a smart circular bar laden with appetising salads and sweet treats, the South Dome Deli makes a tempting stop-off for rest and rejuvenation during London Design Week 2018. Breakfast options include bagels and granola, while lunch service features a salad menu with options such as tomato, mozzarella and basil, and chargrilled vegetables; add a meat or fish option …

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Right Here, Right Now with Sophie Ashby

"Discovery is a crucial part of the creative process: foraging for something new here, and striking gold," says the interior designer about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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A Powerhouse Collaboration

Summit Furniture has teamed up with British interior designer Nina Campbell to add five new designs to its high-performance Endurance textiles. Durable and stylish, they are 100% woven and offered in a sophisticated palette that includes coral, lapis, travertine and turquoise. Shown here is the ‘Smoothie’ sectional in ‘London Crosshatch’ with ‘Shanghai Labyrinth’ cushions, both in peridot. Summit Furniture, Third Floor, …

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The Bee’s Knees

It’s been a flurry of activity in the Brooklyn, New York workroom of Remains Lighting. Its team of skilled artisans have been busy creating the new ‘Modern Beehive’ pendant, inspired by the elegantly bulbous shape of a traditional beehive. Made using sustainable practices and traditional skills, it features a handblown, fluted shade hung from a slender stem. Remains Lighting, Fourth Floor, …

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Surveying the New World

Pierre Frey's Arapahos collection trains its eye on the New World, through the lens of the Western genre, explorers' notebooks – and a dash of fantasy and pop. Its free-form interpretation of Native American culture includes embroideries with geometric patterns, jacquards, stripes and prints, in a palette of 'traditional' ochres and blues as well as more contemporary shades such as …

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The Art of Sleep

Savoir Beds is well known for its innovative collaborations with designers, but its latest joint venture, with the National Gallery and Andrew Martin, is opening up a vast, untapped creative resource. Every painting within the gallery can be upholstered onto a Savoir headboard and base, from Monet's waterlilies to a Gainsborough portrait to a Renaissance altarpiece. Pictured is a 'Felix' bed …

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