Design Centre Stories

Month: October 2018

Better Together

When leading design houses turn to the best designers to collaborate on a project, the results are always strong. Take Turnell & Gigon’s pop-up Caribbean Suite by Kit Kemp, which was inspired by her Barbados home. Working with unusual colour and fabric combinations, bespoke fabric lined the walls and upholstered pieces featured quirky design details like armchairs edged with felt, …

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International Design and Architecture Awards

At the International Design and Architecture Awards, two prestigious showrooms came out on top. Polar Lights by Chase Erwin won best fabric collection. Inspired by the landscape in Iceland, diffused winter sunbeams sparked a passion for its rose quartz highlights. In the table category, Davidson’s ‘Rosebery’ table was recognised for its elegant and practical design. With its circular radial veneer …

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Right Here, Right Now with Veere Grenney

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is "such an important part of the design world" says the interior designer.

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Running Ahead

Esti Barnes has designed two new collections of runners that are typically boundary-pushing in their approach. Called Go-Go and Footloose the ranges are as lively as their names suggests, with asymmetrical designs that take advantage of the runners' linear form, drawing the eye with flowing repeat patterns. Footloose runners are hand-tufted, and include the scallop-edged 'Twist' (pictured bottom). Creative inspiration for …

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A Celebratory Mood

Porta Romana's 'Urchin' chandelier tells a tale of two birthdays. The lighting company has been in business for 30 years, and has commemorated the occasion by donating five of the chandeliers to the Royal Academy – which, a couple of centuries ahead, is 250 this year. The pieces, which are made from hand-painted folded steel, and are based on the …

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Toiles for our Times

'Les Vues de Paris' is a toile first designed in 1818 by the French neoclassical architect Hippolytes Le Bas. It features the city's most notable monuments: the Pont Neuf; the Louvre; the Fountain of the Innocents; and the Pantheon. Historically, toiles were not just decorative but often served a didactic purpose and were even used for propaganda – in this case Le …

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Right Here, Right Now with Ab Rogers

"I love working with colour - it's an important part of our toolkit," says the designer.

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The Hot Hybrid

Japandi is a term coined to describe a hybrid between Japanese and Scandinavian influences: a little rustic, but also effortlessly elegant, without being too grand. Scion has named its latest collection after this fusion of styles, launching fabrics and wallpapers that are playful yet charismatic. They celebrate the Japanese wabi-sabi approach to having things 'perfectly imperfect', with accentuated brush marks, ikats and  embroideries …

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