Design Centre Stories

Home Comforts: Lucy Vaughan

Head behind the scenes at some lovely homes in a special series of IGTV videos created for the Design Centre by well-loved designers and other top creatives. Lucy Vaughan, co-founder of Vaughan, takes us on a tour of her family house in the country. The look is eclectic, mixing art and antiques, textures and patterns, and of course, decorative lighting.       Vaughan, …

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First Look: Yellow

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour's First Look initiative sees hundreds of new products expertly curated by colour online, and there are plenty of highlights when it comes to sunshine-soaked shades of yellow.

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Home Comforts: Nicolò Favaretto Rubelli

As part of the Design Centre's Home Comforts series, Nicolò Favaretto Rubelli takes us on a tour of his 16th-century Venetian home.

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New Collections Revealed

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour has launched a new online initiative that looks to a brighter future. First Look is an exclusive taster of the collections making their debut for spring/summer 21 – a virtual curated edit that reveals some of the most beautiful palettes for the coming season.

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Designers at Home: Edward Bulmer

Interior designer and architectural historian Edward Bulmer and his wife Emma live in a Queen Anne house in Herefordshire: here he explains the joys and challenges of living in a 300-year-old home, and why the last year has seen a decorating boom.

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Golden Age

Phillip Jeffries' opulent 'Gilded Ascent' wallcovering is made in a Japanese family-owned mill that has practiced the art of gilding for more than a century, with the metal leaf applied using chopsticks.

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Passion for Pattern

Top US designer Jeffrey Bilhuber brings his amazing eye for pattern and colour to a new collection of fabrics for Le Gracieux, available at Tissus d'Hélène.

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Clever Craftsmanship

Pietro Russo's 'Manto' table for Gallotti&Radice demonstrates the Italian designer's simplicity-with-a-twist design ethos: the table's base wraps around alike a cloak, affixed with a satin brass 'button'.

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Stylish Every Day

The perfect kitchen is where function, aesthetics and technology combine to make day-to-day life stylish, and this recent project in Notting Hill by Espresso Design seamlessly creates that balance.

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Waterproof, and Future-proof

Architecture and design studio Rockwell Group's five-star clients include Nobu, Ritz-Carton and Fairmont – and it has used its deep knowledge of the hospitality industry to develop a new outdoor seating range for Paola Lenti.

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Modern Folklore

A Rum Fellow's Kindred fabrics, an exclusive collaboration with George Spencer Designs, are billed as "tribal textiles for the 21st century", marking the first time that the brand has ventured into print techniques.

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Designers at Home: Charlie Bowles

Meet the director of Original BTC at home in south-west London, find out his personal style and his insights into how to get lighting right.

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Bathed in Colour

Victoria + Albert Baths has collaborated with Wallpaper magazine on a series of colour palettes devised by editor-in-chief Sarah Douglas, showing off some of the 199 hues with which its products can be customised.

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The Art of Texture

Nobilis' latest Phoenicia fabric collection brings unusual texture to the fore, with heavy jacquards, embroidery and embellishment.

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Go Glam

David Hunt Lighting’s ‘Liberty’ pendant, featuring a cluster of six opal-glass shades around a brass globe, was inspired by the glamorous nightclub scene of the 1970s, when disco and decadence reigned.

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The Spice of Life

Discover Thibaut's Ceylon collection at Jacaranda Carpets and Rugs: these charming fabrics and wallcoverings take India, Thailand and other South Asian destinations as their inspiration, with many inspired by original archive documents.

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Designers at Home: Katharine Pooley

Catch up with designer Katharine Pooley at her Devon beach house, where she explains how to create balance and harmony and reveals her sourcing secrets

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The Cutting Edge of Glass

Glassmaking in the Czech Republic goes back to the Middle Ages, and it is still a centre of excellence and innovation. Gladee Lighting's Diversity collection, the work of renowned glassmaker Jaroslav Bejvl, pushes the boundaries.

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Ready to Pounce

Scalamandre's 'Zebra' wallcovering is one of the US brand's best-loved designs: now, there's a new addition to the pack, 'Leaping Cheetah'.

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Find the Right Rug

"I do things differently, and I like to change, as well. That’s been my motto so far." So says Esti Barnes of Topfloor by Esti, talking to Design Centre Chelsea Harbour's personal shopper Gabrielle Grubanovich for a special 'Getting to Know Rugs and Carpets' session as part of Focus/20's virtual programme.

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Sink in to the Blues

Turri has introduced its first modular sofa, 'Blues'. Created by Italian designer Giuseppe Viganò, it has wonderful attention to detail, from the contrast piping to the walnut and metal decorative bar linking the base to the low armrests.

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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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