Design Centre Stories

Month: March 2019

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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