Design Centre Stories

Month: December 2020

Hitting a New Note

Chase Erwin has its roots in the landscapes of founder Ragna Erwin's native Iceland: she often describes the fabrics' subtle colour palette as being suffused with a dash of fog or early-morning mist. So it's surprising that the latest collection, Jass, features textiles that come in retro-inspired celadon and acid-bright citrine as well as earthier shades.

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Morris, Modernised

With a style that fuses the traditional and the modern, architect and interior designer Ben Pentreath was the perfect choice to breathe new life into the iconic fabrics and wallcoverings of William Morris. The Queen Square collection consists of 18 fabrics and 18 wallpapers, recoloured and rescaled to mirror Pentreath's personal aesthetic.

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Ahead of the Curve

With its sweeping curved facade overlooking Regent’s Park, Regent’s Crescent makes one of London’s grandest architectural statements. Although the 200-year-old John Nash facade may be original, the spaces behind them have been completely remodelled for modern living, with a new residence by Millier recently unveiled.

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Making a Spectacle

The Great Exhibition of 1851 was a mighty show of the strength of Victorian commerce, ingenuity and human progress. For her second fabric collection as design director of Zimmer + Rohde's Hodsoll McKenzie brand, German designer Fredericke Winkler has looked to this landmark event for inspiration.

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Wild Style

First made in North America in 1924, Old Hickory hunting knives were prized by their owners for their comfort, ergonomics and longevity. This essential tool of the wilderness-lover has inspired Turnstyle Designs' latest hardware collection.

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A Fresh Face

For the first time in its 81-year history, Marvic Textiles has launched a new brand, Studio by Marvic, which is billed as having "a contemporary, fresh and younger aesthetic".

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Feeling Zen

Made from hand-raked glass beads, Maya Romanoff's 'Zen Garden' wallcovering, available from Altfield, aims to instil the meditative mood of a Japanese garden.

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Iconic Ico

Described by its designer Roberto Lazzeroni as "a sofa conceived to be a protagonist", 'Ico' by Ceccotti Collezioni was inspired by the work of mid-century Italian architect and designer Ico Parisi.

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Checking In

Romo and its sister company Kirkby Design have taken a definitive stance for AW20, with both brands introducing checked fabrics to their collections. Within that, though, these classic geometrics explore a range of different ideas and aesthetics, from pretty upscaled gingham to faded velvet inspired by the punk movement.

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The Design Explorers

US fabric giant Kravet is known for working with the cream of American designers, and two new collections cement its reputation for exciting creative collaborations: a debut by Nate Berkus, and a fourth collection by Barclay Butera.

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