Design Centre Stories

Month: March 2019

March Newsletter 2019

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Let’s Hear it for the Legends

‘Legends’ at London Design Week 2019 sees showroom windows and showcases dressed in their finest, expressing all the sophisticated glamour of the prevailing mood in design. The initiative celebrates collaborations, and for many, inspiration is provided by the photographic archives of Iconic Images. Through the lens of international photographers, images featuring luminaries from fashion, rock, film and the arts are …

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Couture For The Home

The Academy Awards is the ultimate Hollywood event. On Sunday, the A-list elite flocked to the 91st glittering affair to celebrate the most talented stars in their field. And while there is huge interest in award winners, there is no denying the magnificent gowns get a huge amount of attention. The crossover between fashion and design is undeniable with many …

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Room for Retreat

    Creating a home has never been more important as a means to influence your own world in your own way. Many of us want to disconnect and recharge and it is hugely empowering to create rooms where we can reflect and retreat from a fast-paced life. The bathroom has moved on from being a purely functional space to being a …

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Right Here, Right Now with Christopher Peacock

The designer behind the US-based bespoke cabinetry firm says that "for us as an international brand, the Design Centre was the obvious choice."

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Raising the Bar

This ‘Misty Venice’ bar by Gallotti&Radice is shaking up cocktail hour with a dash of contemporary elegance. Open the lacquered ash doors to reveal a mirrored backboard and glass shelving. Gallotti&Radice, Second Floor, Centre Dome

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Right Here, Right Now with Arlene McIntyre

The creative director of Irish bespoke furniture brand Ventura on its new showroom in Design Centre East: "We've had the most incredible reception; we feel like we're a part of a big family."

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Design Legacy

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus art school – a landmark that many view as the true birth of modern design. Several brands are celebrating with collections that show how its influence still shines today. Arte's 'Odeon' wallcovering (pictured top) has a bold pattern with blocks of circles that's based on a functional and …

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Take A Seat

Upholstered furniture by David Seyfried Ltd can be found in some of the finest homes and hotels. This year, the British company celebrates 25 years at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. From its Centre Dome showroom, a unique level of personal service and expert guidance is offered to those seeking a sofa or an upholstered chair. Whether the superstar of a …

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Right Here, Right Now with Sophie Ashby & Charlie Casely-Hayford

The interior designer and her fashion-designer husband talk about the crossover between interiors and fashion.

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Blue Mood

With its painted watercolour motif, this ‘Inverness’ wallcovering by Peter Fasano is catching the eye of tastemakers who stand at the crosspoint of tradition, colour and the thrill of the unexpected. The brand was founded in New York City in the 1970s and today its fabrics and wallpapers are all hand-dyed and printed in Massachusetts. They're available at Tissus d'Hélène. Tissus …

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Right Here, Right Now with Sophie Paterson

The interior designer says that Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is "a world-renowned resource. It's nice to have that personal aspect where people can make suggestions, and show you things you wouldn't otherwise see."

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Laid-Back Luxe

There is design inspiration aplenty in the Design Centre East showroom of Birgit Israel, with carefully conceived vignettes in a laid-back-yet-luxe style. Rest easy with this ‘Vivien’ oversized armchair, which is upholstered in 100% Orkney wool. Birgit Israel, Ground Floor, Design Centre East

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Right Here, Right Now with Laura Hammett

"It's where you get to put a face to a name," says the interior designer about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. "It's absolutely invaluable."

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Intriguing Encounters

Many international design names at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour are investing in their showrooms. US brand Edelman Leather is a good example, debuting a new look in time for London Design Week 2019. The setting has been devised by renowned design firm Gensler to transform the space, putting the spotlight on luxurious leather in an inviting, hospitable environment. Every element …

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Right Here, Right Now with Max Rollitt

"It's exciting, but it's a great place to learn as well, because there's such depth of craftsmanship behind the product," says the interior designer and antique dealer about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Exotic and Exuberant

Exuberant archival patterns are omnipresent this season. Take Braquenié’s Comptoir d’Orient, which is described as "an ode to exoticism," the 18th century mania tor design from the Ottoman Empire, India, Persia and China. The fabrics feature a riot of flowers across silks and embroideries, with the patterns replicated across wallcoverings as well: by mixing them up, playing with scale and …

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Right Here, Right Now with Jacqueline Terrebonne

"You get a sense of warmth here, and that there's a cross-pollination between the brands," says the US-based editor-in-chief of Galerie magazine, at London Design Week 2019 to host a Conversations in Design talk.

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Tread Softly

Discerning denizens are discovering the barefoot luxury of super-soft carpet. Colourful ‘Satara’ rugs at Jacaranda Carpets have a notable shine as they are hand woven from 100% Tencel. It's also available as a carpet, and with the option of bespoke colour-matching. Jacaranda Carpets, Second Floor, South Dome

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Right Here, Right Now with Anna Burles

"We have a vast and exciting pool of resources to work from – it's really about how you put all of those things together, says the creative director of interior design and branding company Run for the Hills.

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Craft, Elevated

  In an ever-more-machined world, this season we are celebrating makers and artisans. Their commitment to the creative process, rare skills and great endeavours are elevating craft to luxury status. Nothing is standard; everything is fastidiously considered. Just a handful of examples include (pictured from top to bottom): On the Fringe, a new range by Tai Ping, an exploration of hand-tufted craft. …

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Right Here, Right Now with Kit Miles

The print designer on his new wallcoverings, launched at Miles X Bookshop: "It's great to be part of a community of designers that brings the collections to the world stage."

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Right Here, Right Now with Sanjit Bahra

The lighting designer's maxim: "Really good lighting is as much about what you do light as what you don't."

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Victorious Vignettes

Curated spaces at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour are a new way to bring products to life. Nina Campbell has transformed her showroom into ‘Nina’s Apartment’ (top two images), showcasing her wit, flair and versatility as an interior designer. There is an entrance hall, a drawing room, a bedroom and a bathroom with fascinating touches to discover at every turn. Open …

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Right Here, Right Now with Emma Burns

The design director of Sybil Colefax and John Fowler on sourcing at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour with her colleagues: "It's quite fun when  you're all looking for the same thing and you all come back with something completely different – you can come back and compare notes."

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Sitting Pretty

It’s all about colour at Rubelli this season. It's debuting state-of-the-art weaves like this 'Fiftyshades' collection, which looks and feels sumptuous but is also high performing and very versatile, being usable for indoors and out, and for both residential and commercial projects. Rubelli/Donghia, Ground Floor, Design Centre East

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Right Here, Right Now with Kit Kemp

"There is a cornucopia of different ideas; it's the hub of design in London," says the creative director of Firmdale Hotels about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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A Deep Dive

Iksel – Decorative Arts' latest scenic wallcovering transports anyone who views it to a watery world of fish, shells and coral. Painted in incredible detail and then scanned in at ultra-high-resolution, 'D-Ocean' took 15 artists about eight months to complete and a further two months to join together digitally. "It's been something that's been buzzing in my mind for a …

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Right Here, Right Now with Robert Angell

"We couldn't do our job without it," says the interior designer about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, at London Design Week 2019 to take part in a talk about his work at Whistler Leather.

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The Layered Look

Due to demand, a door knob renaissance is taking hold at Turnstyle Designs, with the latest ‘Stacked’ and ‘Layered’ designs displaying a signature mix of materials and finishes. Each is available in more than 64 combinations. Turnstyle Designs, First Floor, Design Centre East  

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Colour & Context

Looking for the bright side? Sunshine yellow makes a fine combination with tropical teal and green – with maybe a punch of purple? Fortune favours the bold… Above, from left: ‘Blade’ ottoman, upholstered in (9455) fabric, Thomas Pheasant at Baker. ‘duVal’ yacht chaise and cushion, McKinnon and Harris. Fabrics on chaise: ‘Sintra’ (N9012251002), maritime and ‘Palmetto’, (N9012260001), mineral, No.9 Thompson at …

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Look East

In our daily lives of information overload, design can help us escape. There is a cosmopolitan charm to design this season with a shift from the subdued to more expressive patterns that have a playful, visual language and a strong narrative. Design houses have long been inspired by different cultures and far-flung locations. For spring, many have looked east. Pictured …

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Jolly Good Yarn

Chunky woven fabrics are on-trend, bringing back the feel-good factor to modern interiors. ‘Kielder’ at Wemyss fabrics is a chic bouclé that also contains FibreGuard technology, making it inherently stain repellent. It's available in 20 colours, from strong shades such as hot pink and paprika to muted grey, mushroom and taupe. At Jason D’Souza, the Nordic collection (pictured) has a soft, …

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Right Here, Right Now with Scott Baxter

The founder and CEO of SA Baxter on the value of creative collaborations, and how Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour "has just been great for us, frankly".

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Right Here, Right Now with Marc Sacco

The founder and CEO of Sacco Carpet on catering for the eclectic, high-calibre London market, and how "we've met some of the greatest designers in the world in this building."

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Invitingly Open

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour has a new crop of stylish showrooms, with many international names requesting larger spaces. Sutherland Perennials Studio, a Dallas-based company, has opened a second showroom devoted to its luxury outdoor furniture and rugs. The airy, modern setting provides the perfect space for impeccable pieces by Vincent Van Duysen and Christophe Delcourt, while a living wall and …

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Right Here, Right Now with Hatta Byng

"What's great about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is that it pulls in such a diverse range of styles and tastes," says the editor of House & Garden.

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A Showstopper from the Archives

Austrian artist and designer Koloman Moser was one of the influences driving early-20th-century Vienna towards modernity. As co-founder of the Wiener Werkstätte, he worked on everything from ceramics and glass to furniture and silverware, but it is his textiles in particular that possess a graphic clarity that is still highly appealing today. Backhausen – the original producer of Moser's textiles …

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Right Here, Right Now with Pierre Frey

"The Design Centre is bringing more and more traffic" – Pierre Frey's communications director launches new Braquenié, fabrics, inspired by 18th-century work from its archives, at London Design Week 2019.

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Channelling the Masters

Art history's greatest names have long been a source of inspiration in design, with inventive results that channel the spirit and ideas of the original masters rather than borrowing directly. Paolo Moschino at Nicholas Haslam Ltd's slender 'Nicolae' floor lamps (pictured top) are made from layers of chalky white plaster, a material favoured by masters such as Giacometti and Serge …

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Right Here, Right Now with Francis Sultana

"Nothing is better than going into the showrooms themselves, because you discover something you weren't looking for," says the interior and furniture designer.  

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A Legendary Winner

Interior design firm Gunter & Co is the winner of London Design Week 2019's 'Legends' initiative, for which showrooms have teamed up with leading creative figures to remodel their window displays, using classic vintage photography as their inspiration. Iconic Images, whose archives include the work of Norman Parkinson, Terry O'Neill and Milton H.Greene, provided the photography – and Irene Gunter …

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Right Here, Right Now with Charlotte Abrahams

"By having all these showrooms in one space, it enables those cross-company discussions to take place," says the writer about the creative fertility to be found at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Rules for Breaking

Known for its exuberant approach to print and pattern, Scottish brand Timorous Beasties was ahead of the maximalism curve when it was founded in 1990 – and having had a cult following ever since, it has now taken up residency for a pop-up on the Third Floor of the Centre Dome. Its giant digital prints and subversive takes on classic …

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Right Here, Right Now with Stephen Woodhams

"It's so important that, when you're working on an interior, you think about your garden spaces too" says the garden designer, at London Design Week 2019 to take part on a talk at Sutherland Perennials Studio.

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Time Well Spent

The FT How to Spend It Restaurant is the culinary hub of London Design Week 2019. Anchored by walls in Pierre Frey's eye-catching 'Chandernagor' wallcovering by Braquenié, the opulent space is arranged around a large oval-shaped bar surrounded by intimate banquettes. The menu features brasserie classics such as smoked haddock and salmon fishcakes, as well as some globe-spanning flavours like …

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A Statement of Simplicity

Sometimes, simplicity can make the biggest statement, as proven by Rob Van Helden's floral displays for London Design Week 2019. Largely, a single type of flower was on show for each arrangement, its beauty amplified by repetition – from nodding hellebore tumbling from blue pots leading up the stairs of the main entrance, to round vases of viburnum in the …

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Right Here, Right Now with Steven Gambrel

The New York-based interior designer and architect says that Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is "really inspirational... you walk past windows and see things that are ideal for projects."

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Rock Star

Take inspiration from the natural beauty of age-old geology. This ‘Carrare’ wallcovering from Lelièvre Paris resembles richly veined polished marble, while a mother-of-pearl sheen further enhances the pattern. Lelievre Paris, First Floor, North & Centre Domes

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Right Here, Right Now with Sarah Miller

At London Design Week 2019 to host a talk with designer Michael Anastassiades, Sarah Miller says of Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour: "I find it an incredibly inspiring place."

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