Design Centre Stories

Month: March 2020

A Fresh Eye on Heritage

The Dome Cafe at looks at heritage designs with a fresh eye, reinventing traditional chinoiserie for modern interiors.

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Cabinet of Curiosities

Nobilis' new panoramic wallcoverings celebrate pure escapism, observing trompe l'oeil effects with a playful eye.

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Guest Appearance

More than 20 house guests took up residence in the Design Avenue for London Design Week 2020. Only in situ for the duration of the show, their presence brought an extra layer of inspiration, creativity and artisanship, with a broad offering of products, from the opulent surface design of Sterling Studios to African-made woven lighting by Ilala.

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Right Here, Right Now with Selina McCabe

"We have embraced the Design Centre – it is our starting point for every single project," says the head of interiors at Winch Design. "We're lucky to have it on our doorstep, and to have friends who work here that really go over and above for us."

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Best Foot Forward

Taking in the best that the showrooms have to offer – all accompanied by a glass of fizz – London Design Week 2020's Design Discovery Tours were the fast-track to the show's highlights.

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An Evergreen Scheme

Interior designer Emma Sims-Hilditch has reimagined an area of GP & J Baker's showroom as a sumptuous and comfortable bedroom. It's the latest in a series of 'curated spaces' in which stellar names in decorating create room sets to inspire.

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Right Here, Right Now with James Lohan

The founder of Mr & Mrs Smith on the design crossover between houses and hotels; he describes Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour as "a one-off – I can't think of anywhere else quite like it."

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Tailored Tours

London Design Week 2020 presented an opportunity to take a deeper dive into what happens in the showrooms, thanks to a series of tours helmed by Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour's personal shopper Gabrielle Grubanovich.

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Right Here, Right Now with Rita Konig

The interior designer on a new personal project in rural surroundings – "you don't have to have country furniture in a country house" – and how she uses Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour as a resource: "when I come with clients it's always terrific. Our life is much easier being able to nip down here and find new things."

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A Tailored Approach

Celebrating its dual heritage in the worlds of both tailoring fabrics and interiors, Holland & Sherry’s 9-10 Savile Row collection is named after the esteemed address where the company still operates its apparel atelier.

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Right Here, Right Now with Lucy Barlow

The founder of Barlow & Barlow on the studio's signature look – "English country-house style, but for a new generation" – and why "timelessness is something we should all strive for."

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Weaving a Spell

“Weaving is an underutilised medium,” says James Gomez, the founder of new Design Centre East showroom Yarn Collective. The four-year-old company chose Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour for its first bricks-and-mortar space, a place to show a stable of exclusive brands where everything has a strong emphasis on Gomez’s passion, weaving.

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Right Here, Right Now with Jay Grierson

The interior designer on his latest projects for Martin Hulbert Design, and how "the Design Centre is a bit like a member of our team."

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Right Here, Right Now with Emma Pocock

The co-founder of interior design firm Turner Pocock is at London Design Week 2020 to talk about design in the digital era: "The digital world has made us able to achieve incredible speed in designing projects."

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A Maestro’s Next Move

Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd has moved to a new location in the Centre Dome. As an A-list decorator, Moschino has turned his talent for creating stunning interiors to his own showroom space, which features a sumptuous four-posted bed at its heart.

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Right Here, Right Now with Joanna Plant

The interior designer says that "the country house look is certainly having a resurgence – which is good for us." 

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A Bigger Splash

Artistic expression writ large, this ‘Splash’ wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries features exuberant, freeform brushstrokes on a dramatic scale.

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Right Here, Right Now with Ben Spriggs

"The Design Centre is a place you can rely on for inspiration," says the editor of Elle Decoration.

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Pop-up Perks

Operating out of a petite Piaggio truck, The List by House & Garden coffee bar is the perfect place for a pick me up.

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High-Tech Hide

Digital printing is bringing unimaginable levels of detail to design products, and not just for fabrics and wallcoverings. Moore & Giles has teamed up with Bill Amberg for a collection of patterned hides that employ specialist digital printing technology.

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Petal Power

In a nod to glorious springtime, florist Rob Van Helden creates a bountiful display of seasonal florals to celebrate London Design Week 2020.

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Keep in Touch

With daily digital overload, enhanced tactility has never been more important. From textured wallcoverings to woven leathers, thick bouclé carpets and incredible embroidery, it’s all so much more interesting than swiping a screen.

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Right Here, Right Now with Patrick Frey

"Today, you have so much competition worldwide; the only way to exist is to be different," says the CEO of Pierre Frey.

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Earning its Stripes

De Le Cuona's 'Rugby' fabric is the winner of London Design Week 2020's esteemed Showstopper award from The World of Interiors. Part of the Maverick collection, the striped Italian linen is inspired by the classic rugby shirt.

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Right Here, Right Now with Ann Grafton

The managing and creative director of GP & J Baker introduces new collections – "texture and colour are so important in design today" – and talks about the wealth of partnerships within Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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A Ripple or a Splash?

Biophilic design, inspired by nature, is closely associated with natural materials and botanical references – but patterns and motifs that take water as their starting point make just as strong a connection to the outside world.

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Right here, Right Now with Charu Gandhi

"Our clients come to us because they are looking for creativity and innovation; we focus on what we call exquisite interior couture," says the founder of design studio Elycion.

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Right Here, Right Now with Olga Polizzi

"Nowadays, hotels lead the way, so you've got to be always ahead of the game," says the director of design for Rocco Forte Hotels. "I spend quite a lot of time at the Design Centre – you always find something new and different." 

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Happy Hub

The Connect, Converse, Create hub at London Design Week 2020 is the place to pause, plan your day or meet friends and colleagues. Sponsored by Paola Lenti, the Italian designer's joyously colourful outdoor furniture and rugs create intimate seating areas in the North Dome.

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Right Here, Right Now with Edward Bulmer

The architectural historian and designer launches a period-inspired collection of door furniture with McKinney & Co and Collier Webb, and says of Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour: "there's really no resource like it."

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