Design Centre Stories

Month: September 2020

Take to the Terrace

Samuel & Sons' latest collection sees the trimmings experts team up with another US brand found at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, Perennials, to create a range of products suitable for indoors or out.

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Slimline Design

Fine lines can be traced across autumn's new launches, creating a look that manages to be both strong and visually light.

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See the Specialist

New to Design Centre East, Sonya Brown Textiles grew out of founder Sonya Ryman’s Hampstead curtain and blind shop. Ryman began to devise her own collections in 2018, responding to the taste of her clients and filling in the gaps where she couldn’t find the right product. Setting up a dedicated textile showroom was the logical next step, where her …

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Change of Character

New for 2020, Porada's 'Alan' table demonstrates how a single piece of furniture can retain its essential design DNA, yet change its character according to its shape and materials.

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Tailoring with a Twist

Savior Beds' latest design collaboration is with Dashing Tweeds, designers of "modern urban tweeds", whose fabrics are now available to upholster its beds. This is no ordinary tweed, though: the wool is woven with reflective yarn.

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Sweet Spot

Topfloor by Esti's founder, Esti Barnes, is known for her skill as a rug designer, but she's now at the helm of a new venture, furniture brand Formitura.

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The Go-Anywhere Light

Collier Webb's latest launch is a collection of portable, battery-powered lights made with the hospitality market in mind. Showcasing a variety of manufacturing techniques, from hand-spun shades to leather wrapping, casting and machining, the lights have a battery life of ten hours, and can be made in custom sizes and finishes.

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A Shot of Glamour

Ventura's Design Centre East showroom has grown, taking over the adjacent space to create further enticing roomsets that showcase the Dublin-based brand's classic contemporary aesthetic.

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Modern Geometry

Unusual techniques and combinations of materials are one of Gallotti&Radice's strengths. The new collections show a typically forward-thinking approach, and include 'Prism', an intarsia coffee table in walnut and aluminium.

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Glint & Glow

There's a certain lustre permeating autumn's new launches. Subtly reflective surfaces create dynamic design schemes, glinting when the perspective changes, or taking on entirely different qualities when lit with daylight or electric light.

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Fade In

Stark has added to its Sapphire collection of silk and wool designs, made in India. 'Halina', 'Zoella' and 'Levan' have a distressed finish, and traditional patterns that fade into a subtle colour palette that provides a contrast to crisper contemporary furniture.

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Superior Feeling

Whistler Leather launched Arch8 at the end of 2019, a sister company dedicated to superior-quality faux leather. Now, the new brand has produced its first faux suede, ‘Tamarindo’, a hardwearing microfibre available in 93 colours. There is a growing demand for performance faux leather and suede. Available by the metre, it can be used to upholster large surfaces such as headboards …

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The Joy of Florals

"I think we're in a 'country moment'," says Colefax and Fowler's design director Sarah MacGregor, introducing the showroom's latest Jardine collection as part of Focus/20's virtual programme.

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Updating a Golden Age

René Prou is considered the first French interior designer to work in a modern style – and also happens to be the grandfather of Patrick Frey, CEO of Pierre Frey. For its latest furniture collection, Pierre Frey has looked to this familial connection for inspiration.

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Nesting Instinct

New for AW20, Ethimo's 'Hut' outdoor seating pod – the creation of up-and-coming designer and architect Marco Lavit – is a way to feel cosy and cocooned, yet still be at one with nature.

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Still in Service

David Hunt Lighting’s ‘Station’ pendant is celebrating 40 years in production. To mark the landmark, the light has been released in four new colours as well as bespoke shades and finishes.

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Bobbin Along

Julian Chichester's Bobbin collection is one of one of its best loved, and it has recently expanded to include a console and bedside table. This simple, rustic of furniture has its origins in the late 17th-century, but has stood the test of time.

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Soft Brutalism

This ‘Brutus’ dining chair is designed by a brand that’s new to the Tollgård showroom, BassamFellows. The Connecticut-based company describes its aesthetic as "craftsman modern".

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Under the Surface

This bronze and eggshell ‘Cupola’ pendant takes centre stage in the Alexander Lamont + Miles showroom, a new space is dedicated to the work of Alexander Lamont as well as a wider stable of brands brought together by Miles de Lange.

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