Design Centre Stories

Month: July 2020

Streets Ahead

Hermès called on the talents of French illustrator and architect Thibaut Rassat for its latest fabric and wallpaper collections, available from Dedar, and his fantastical, repetitive structures and cityscapes have been given a distinctive Hermès spin.

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Warm-Hearted Orange

The Design the Rainbow installation is currently brightening the Design Avenue with its pop-up spaces for all seven colours of the rainbow. Reflecting the rule-breaking, expressive interiors of the seventies, the orange scheme also conveys the sense of escapism that many of us are craving, with orange's exotic associations with tropical fruit and spices from far-flung lands.

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Urban Glamour

Dominating the east London skyline, the Atlas Building cements 'tech city' – the area surrounding Old Street roundabout – as a property hotspot as well as a business hub. Replacing a 1980s office building, the 152m tower has 302 apartments, including this eye-catching penthouse designed by Angel O'Donnell.

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Savannah Style

As we hit high summer, the wide plains, sun-bleached colours and wild beauty of the savannah are being channelled in interiors. And while the palette may be neutral, an abundance of texture stimulates both the eye and the hand, with intricate details that demand to be touched.

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Dream Destination

Pantelleria's rocky volcanic landscape, impossibly blue thermal springs and traditional stone dwellings are a rich seam to mine when it comes to design inspiration, as Zinc Textile has found for its latest collection, named after the tiny Italian island.

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Woven Through Time

When Pierre Frey acquired esteemed French decorating company Braquenié in 1991, it also inherited a new expertise: rug-making. Today, an archive of more more than 5,000 documents means that it has vast resources to draw on, either for its own collections or for its bespoke rug-making service.

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Blue Skies Ahead

The Design the Rainbow installation has transformed the Design Avenue into an uplifting spectrum of colour. Delve into the detail of the blue scheme, from artisan ceramics to chinoiserie wallcoverings and a perfect chaise longue.

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Skills on Show

Decca has relaunched the trade section of its website. Registering online unlocks a host of new features, helping specifiers to select products, keep track of their projects and learn more about the broad range of skills that go into every custom-made piece of furniture.

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Design Dates Revisited

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour launched the Design Date webinar series in May to keep the community connected, engaged and inspired. Recap some of the impactful insights and memorable moments that have already been shared.

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Rug Regeneration

Élitis' second collection of accessories includes rugs made from 88% recycled PET, which includes post-consumer waste from plastic bottles. It gives each one a slightly different and irregular appearance, a uniqueness that is enhanced by the fact that they are finished by hand. 

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The Power of New Beginnings

The past few months of change have had a profound impact on our relationship with our homes, with many people adapting to incorporate the extra functions of home-working, home-schooling, and spending more time together. Here's how interior designers expect our homes will change, informed by the client requests they are already receiving.

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Antiquity Revived

Classical design may be based on logic and order, but it nonetheless has the power to stir the emotions, and is still a vital inspiration today. Architectural details such as columns and friezes can be endlessly reinvented for today's interiors, while the stories of the classical world, as told through art and sculpture, are stitched through the history of design.

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The Science of Sleep

"We put a tremendous amount of effort in to mattress selection, an area where people can really benefit from expert advice." Get under the covers and read the inside story on new bed showroom Rested.

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Cultured Pearl

Head to the Tollgård showroom to see the latest creation from British lighting design studio Nulty Bespoke. The mottled glass shades of 'Perla' were inspired by oyster shells – with the light source the pearl at its centre.

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