Design Centre Stories

Month: September 2018

Drum Roll Please…

The prestigious Focus/18 blog award recognised blogger Verity Coleman for her well-written, engaging and personal report of her experience at autumn’s unmissable design event. Judges Natalia Miyar of Natalia Miyar Atelier, Will Gibbs Managing Director of KLC School of Design, and Lotte Brouwer, freelance writer for Livingetc said of Verity's blog: "this is a well written, in depth, personal, engaging and …

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Newsletter – September 2018

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Right Here, Right Now with Kassia St Clair

"I can't think of a better place to come and see the hues, fabrics and pigments that are exciting people at the moment," says the author and colour expert about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Relative Values

“The happiest times of my life are associated with beautiful, familiar things and family,” said grande dame US decorator Sister Parish. Her signature style made her a favourite among some of the best-known names in America: Astors, Gettys, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts were among her clients, and she also worked on redecorating the White House during the presidency of the Kennedys. …

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Right Here, Right Now with Michael Angove

The artist and designer says that Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is "a fantastic place for all your resources and inspiration."

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A Bigger Picture

Pierre Frey's Galerie collection focuses on panoramic wallpapers, their larger format allowing for some highly statement-making walls that act as a window on to another world. Stylistically they are incredibly diverse, with the common thread of artistic expression – there are bold contemporary paint splashes in 'Karma' (pictured), Rococo exuberance in a reproduction of a Boucher painting from 1758, and …

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A Rainbow of Influence

Focus/18's Colour Workshops, a new initiative for the show, aim to expand upon the show's broader theme of colour – beyond its use in design, to its importance in psychology, history, fashion, food and healing. Together, they build up a rounded picture of how colour is an essential influence in every facet of our lives. Interior design and broadcaster Sophie Robinson …

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Right Here, Right Now with Georgina Cave

"I've built up some really lovely relationships with the people here," says the interior designer about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Coat of Colour

Black & Key has teamed up with interior surfaces specialist Kote to add a colourful new finish to its portfolio. The Mineral Micro Mortar coating is cement-based and comes in 64 colours (using natural pigments), resulting in beautifully subtle colour variation. Pictured is Black & Key's new 'Vesta' table in Ultra Marine Mid; the resilient, washable and smooth surface can …

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Sophisticated Combinations

Mustard meets indigo: look to opposite ends of the colour spectrum to create a scheme that hums with energy. Above, from left to right: ‘Hanford’ ceramic table lamp (CTL0070) with ‘Ikat’ shade, yellow/blue, Vaughan. ‘Vendôme’ buffet, Hugues Chevalier at Marc De Berny. ‘Quadrat’ lamp and 'Bongo' lampshade, Porta Romana.  Ceramic vase, Wunderkamer at Miles x Bookshop. ‘Roma’ nesting table (BA9253), Baker. …

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Right Here, Right Now with Adam Jones

"I'm thrilled to see how amazing everything looks in person" – the Quercus designer stops in from Sydney to visit the George Spencer Designs showroom at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Market Fresh

The palette of fresh greens in the Third Floor Food Market demonstrate that the trend for lush botanicals has considerable longevity. A boldly stylised interpretation of the colours and forms of the natural world, the pop-up cafe's walls feature Pierre Frey's 'Cuilko' and 'Aloe' wallcoverings, which both take their influences from the distinctive plants of a South American desert landscape. Florist …

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Right Here, Right Now with Nicola Harding

"There's always a unique set of ingredients, so the design should be individual by its nature" – interior designer Nicola Harding on cresting a sense of distinctiveness in a project.

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New Faces

Three pop-up showrooms at Focus/18 bring a burst of new talent to Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour – spaces that will remain in-situ until mid-October. House of Hackney, known for its audacious approach to pattern, set up on the ground floor of the North Dome with a darkly glamorous showroom (pictured). The designs of its fabrics, wallpapers, lighting and furniture are steeped …

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Right Here, Right Now with Richard McConkey

"There are so many great suppliers here – often it's more efficient to come and see things in the flesh," says the associate director of Universal Design Studio.

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Right Here, Right Now with Charles Bateson

The creative director of Charles Bateson Interior Design explains how he uses Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour as a 'library' of products.

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Right Here, Right now with Hugh Leslie

"I always encourage people to go beyond their comfort zone and use more colour," says the interior designer.

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Out of the Dark

Birds, beasts and botanicals pop out from their dark backgrounds in these three new wallcoverings. Their moody palette brings drama and glamour to an interiors scheme, creating a sense of fantasy that's straight out of a fairytale. Arte has worked with Dutch design company Moooi to create a collection called Extinct Animals: each animal is featured in its own dedicated wallcovering, …

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Right Here, Right Now with Ariane Steinbeck

The managing director of RPW Design on the similarities and differences between the hotel and marine industries.

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Ravishing Gardens

Get some fresh air to sooth the spirit. Germinate pretty flowers and lush botanicals in shades of mint and aqua – with a hint of pink to prettify the scene still further. Above, from left to right: ‘Sugar’ armchair, Julian Chichester. Textured vase, Wunderkamer at Miles x Bookshop. ‘Hughes’ dining table, Arteriors. ‘Phenomena’ floor lamps, flamingo pink/gold and mint green/gold, both …

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Right Here, Right Now with Staffan Tollgard

"The Design Centre is a fantastic tool," says Staffan Tollgard, launching a new furniture collection in collaboration with Porada.

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Poised in Porcelain

In a smart navy and white livery that gives it a Mediterranean feel, this whimsical bottle-shaped ‘Marbella’ lamp from Arteriors has an inherent individuality. Each one is unique, thanks to its hand-painted stripes and the textures on the porcelain's crackle glaze – setting it apart from a mass-produced design. Arteriors, Third Floor, Design Centre East

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Right Here, Right Now with Rabih Hage

"You have a concentration of showrooms who know their craft and industry, all in one place – which makes it a real tool for designers like me," says the architect and interior designer.

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Fantasy Island

Villa Nova has launched Picturebook, its first children’s collection, thanks to the contribution of three leading illustrators: Frann Preston-Gannon, Christopher Corr and Yuval Zommer. This ‘Island Hopping’ design by Christopher Corr translates on to fabric the artist's work in gouache on handmade paper, and reflects his love of vividly capturing his travels. All three illustrators' collections also encompass wallcoverings, cushions, rugs, murals …

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Right Here, Right Now with David Bentheim

"It's got nothing but richer and richer," say the interior designer about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Right Here, Right Now with Karen Howes

The CEO of Taylor Howes on launching a new table with Davidson, and how "you're designing a projects for the client, not for yourself."

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More is More

As the late Postmodern architect Robert Venturi once said: "less is a bore". These days, highly individual interiors keep adding, layer on layer: artfully clashing patterns, unusual surface finishes from flocking to foil, and an abundance of finishing touches such as trimmings, lamps and decorative objects all contribute to a feast for the senses. Create an environment that surprises and …

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Bring the Joy

From coral, blush and emerald to sherbet lemon, burnt orange and cerulean blue, colour palettes are joyful, sophisticated and unexpected this season. For inspiration, look to French design house Le Manach, now owned by Pierre Frey, which has had a confident approach to colour ever since its founding in 1829. This spectacular ‘Taraz’ wallcovering is based on a fabric from …

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Right Here, Right Now with Kate Burnett

The editor of Studio magazine on how finishes and products are integrating with technology.

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Design on Tour

Hop on board a Design Discovery Tour for a bite-sized guide to the best that Focus/18 has to offer. Taking in half a dozen or so showrooms with a short presentation in each, the daily tours are a way to delve deeper into the stories behind new products: every day is different, so there's ample reason to return over the …

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Right Here, Right Now with Sophie Robinson

"Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is a brilliant resource for someone like me," says the interior designer.

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More for the Floor

A new arrival to Design Centre East, Sacco Carpet is well-established in the US as the go-to for superior carpets. Its roster of collaborators includes Adam Tihany,  David Rockwell and Yabu Pushelberg, while its extensive portfolio graces yachts, private jets and high-end residences – as well as many hospitality projects such as Nobu in New York (pictured). Now, the new showroom …

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Journey of Colour

Artist Moritz Waldemeyer's interactive installation for the Design Hub at Focus/18 brings the newest collections to life in a surprising and engaging way. Called Journey of Colour, the 12-metre-long walkway consists of a series of digitally fabricated octagonal coronas – inspired by the shape of the Design Centre's domes – mounted on the wall. Hold a fabric or wallpaper swatch …

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Right Here, Right Now with Georgia Coleridge

"It brings joy, creativity, groundedness, inspiration" – the energy healer and author on the importance of colour in all areas of our lives.

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Pressed for Success

Cawston Press is dispensing complimentary tasters of its drinks from its base on the third floor of Design Centre East. Proclaiming that it is 'making fizzy great again', the company's award-winning range includes tart rhubarb, cloudy apple, ginger beer and lemonade – flavours inspired by the kitchen garden. Not too sweet and with no artificial ingredients, they live up to …

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Invest in the Best

Look to invest in pieces where creativity and craftsmanship meet. It’s all about the maker’s passion for detail. From left to right: ‘Frank’ lounge chair, by Vincent Van Duysen at Sutherland Perennials Studio. ‘Le Coupe’ occasional chair, J. Robert Scott. ‘Koi Carp’, Alexander Lamont at Miles x Bookshop. Books, Potterton Books. ‘African Pot’ table lamp, neutral, with ikat cotton shade, Vaughan. …

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On the Ascent

Taking cues from the free-spirited approach to colour and creativity that is in the ascent, Focus/18's aerial installation, conceived by Arabella McNie, has a decidedly positive mood. Called Freedom of Creativity, its centrepiece is a bird with exotic plumage, surrounded by fluttering butterflies, each one fashioned in joyous palettes and exuberant colour combinations. Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour continues to evolve and develop, …

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Right Here, Right Now with Lindsay Blair

"People are being bolder with their colour choices, creating a much more interesting story within their living spaces," says the editor of Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms.

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Positively in Bloom

Floristry by John Carter Flowers bring effervescent life to Focus/18, with barely a corner untouched by an exuberant display. Soft and romantic sprays of pastel-hued delphiniums, anchored by mop-head hydrangeas, are a recurring theme across the show; meanwhile every pop-up food and drink space has been given its own distinctive floral personality. La Dolce Vita is surrounded by citrus trees …

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Right Here, Right Now with Etienne Gounot

"We're happy to have visibility in London" - the co-founder of French lighting company Ozone on its new base within GMR Interiors.

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The Best Beans

Colombia's mountain ranges are ideal territory for growing coffee, and family-owned company Kinta Loma works with a network of small farmers to deliver the best. The company sells only high-quality, single-origin beans from carefully selected Colombian regions, packaged in an environmentally friendly way, and adhering to the highest ethical standards regarding the wellbeing of farmer communities. Kinta Loma is serving up …

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Right Here, Right Now with Edward Bulmer

The interior designer and founder of Edward Bulmer Natural Paint says that Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour "has become a centre for some very old established brands, but also a great range of newer, smaller and more artisan-led businesses."

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In Praise of Peggy

Part of the same artistic circle as Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden and Enid Marx, painter and designer Peggy Angus has a distinctive style that has been rediscovered in recent years. Her role as a teacher also made her an influential force in 20th-century design, beyond her own work. Blithfield has added to its wallcoverings and fabrics featuring her lino-print designs, …

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Right Here, Right Now with Steve Corcoran

"People are braver now than they ever have been with colour – and we're here to guide them along the way," says the fabric and wallpaper consultant for House of Hackney, which has a pop-up at Focus/18.

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Sheer Heaven

Creation Baumann's ‘Tinto’ voile is a brilliant way to set the scene, with a fluid feel and a colour-gradient design that sees one shade fade gently into another thanks to its digital print. Three upbeat colour palettes include this orange and green, a bold combination that sums up the wider move towards brilliantly positive interiors. Creation Baumann, First Floor, Design Centre …

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From the City of Lights

A nocturnal walk under the street lamps of Paris inspired the design of this 'Parisienne S' table light, designed by Régis Botta for Ozone. The French lighting brand is new to GMR Interiors; its minimalist designs, made in Paris, combine traditional craftsmanship with LED technology, and are notable for their chic simplicity and grand presentation. The table light has a …

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Right Here, Right Now with Nina Campbell

"I've enjoyed every single project," says the interior designer, celebrating 50 years in the design world.

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An Added Dimension

This ‘Prism’ cabinet is an expression of Alexander Lamont’s dedication to meticulous detail, exquisite materials and a look refined by a life lived between Asia and Europe. The fractured, three-dimensional effect of its surface is achieved with mother-of-pearl, patinated copper, lustrous indigo and taupe straw marquetry inlaid by hand over the front and sides. Discover more at Miles x Bookshop. Miles …

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Sanctuary for Tastemakers

Mediterranean flavours on the menu, with the latest design directions as added inspiration: the domes' two pop-up restaurants at Focus/18 are competing with each other for the most chic places to spend some down-time. The surroundings allow diners to take in the seasons' emerging trends, incorporating the latest collections: at South Dome Tapas, it's all about a vibrant, spicy palette that …

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Right Here, Right Now with Marco Piva

"Ideas and products come from all over the world – and this is the gathering point," says the architect and designer about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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