Design Centre Stories

Light Waves

Italian brand Giorgetti has used its masterful knowledge of working with timber to create the 'Dunes' pendant, available at Tollgard.

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Meet the Showroom: ABI Interiors

"Many of our designs are just to the left or right of centre" – Camelia Petcu of new showroom Eccotrading Design London gives a rundown of what to expect, from strong silhouettes to tactile leather finishes and an ever-changing selection of art.

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Hues from History

Colony is hosting a new brand in its showroom, British paint company Mylands. Discover its new Archive collection, derived from historical sources.

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Meet the Showroom: Eccotrading Design London

"Many of our designs are just to the left or right of centre" – Camelia Petcu of new showroom Eccotrading Design London gives a rundown of what to expect, from strong silhouettes to tactile leather finishes and an ever-changing selection of art.

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Livingetc Style Awards Winners

Homes magazine and website Livingetc launched its own Style Awards in 2021, and products from the Design Centre's showrooms were bestowed with an array of prizes at the inaugural event.

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Wonder Weaves

Identified by the United Nations as a "future fibre", abacá is something of a super plant when it comes to sustainability. Topfloor by Esti has launched two new collections of rugs that combine the material's best natural qualities with a strong, graphic aesthetic.

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A Stellar Stay

Olga and Alex Polizzi unveil the Star Inn in Alfriston, East Sussex, where Julian Chichester furniture and fabric and wallcoverings by Madeaux by Richard Smith help create a comfortable, colourful country style.

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Colour Decoded

What’s your decorating personality? Harlequin has launched a campaign to get us thinking about how colour affects our physical and emotional wellbeing, including a specially commissioned white paper.

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Nesting Instinct

Tweet tweet! Designed by Kit Kemp and her daughter Minnie, Porta Romana’s Rockin’ Robin collection brings a playful touch to lighting design.

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Mellow Mood

The rich, warm palette of materials used in this London apartment give away the South American roots of its owner. Tollgard was the main supplier of furniture and accessories for the scheme, designed by Casa Alta Design.

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Sleeping Beauties

De Le Cuona has followed up the launch of its organic linen collection, Pure, with a bedlinen range made from the same groundbreaking textiles.

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A Painterly Approach

Richard Smith spent a career designing for some of the world's best-known fabric and wallpaper studios before setting up his own brand, Madeaux, in 2011. His latest Samarkand collection is typically vibrant and eclectic.

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A Different Facet

With their luxuriously weighty quality, and glowing colours, Bella Figura’s ‘Diamond’ lamps are one of the lighting company's most beloved products. They are made in the glassblowing centre of Italy, Murano, and have a heritage steeped in family tradition, craftsmanship and artisan skill.

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Trail of Talent

A galaxy of talented people are showing off their skills at Artefect, giving visitors a deeper understanding of the stories and techniques behind the craft, and connecting directly with makers.

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Gallery Highlights: Perfectly Imperfect

With our world becoming increasingly digital, some of the most compelling objects to be found at Artefact are those that look obviously hand-made, from dripping glazes to uneven textiles, possessing a tactility that we cannot enjoy in the same way looking at them on a screen.

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Decorative Nature

As part of Artefact, the Design Centre's first contemporary craft fair, Colony has partnered with online gallery Objekti to show some eye-catching ceramics from Mexico in its showroom window.

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Gallery Highlights: Elevating Materials

While many stalwart craft disciplines are represented at Artefact, other makers are forging their own path with materials not usually associated with the decorative arts, including paper, plastic and wax.

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Hand-weaving from Laos

"Nowhere had we seen such intricate patterns and skilled weaving before": Daniel Marcus, co-founder and CEO of Soie de Lune, explains how Lao silk-weaving stole his heart.

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Gallery Highlights: International Makers

Artefact's galleries present a global outlook of craft, with makers from all over the world coming together in one magnificent space in the Design Avenue, cementing Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour's role as a world-renowned hub of design. Delve into the craftsmanship of other countries here, and see how talented makers are upholding traditions that are sometimes centuries old, while forging …

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Where There’s a Wall

Arte's 'Camber' wallcovering, made from capiz shells, ably demonstrates the artisan approach that the company takes for every collection. Discover here how it gets from the sea to the wall.

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The Stamp of Approval

Schumacher has an ethos for joyful, uplifting colour and pattern that is a match made in heaven with British textile designer Molly Mahon's hand-block prints. Her latest collection, for the brand, Greencombe, is a celebration of verdant English gardens and wild flowers.

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A Millennia of Knowhow

Aït Manos is the go-to Moroccan tile manufacturer for designers all over the world. An outstanding example of craftsmanship, its traditional zellige tiles are made in Casablanca by sixth- and seventh-generation artisans.

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The Ripple Effect

Two new collections from Davidson London are inspired by earth and space, with Abstract's clean lines coming from contemporary architecture and Starlight's rippled surface taken from galactic filaments

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Superior Skills

For Porta Romana's Andrew Hills, the company's Surrey workshop is its beating heart. Take a tour and discover some new products and the craftsmanship behind them.

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Accessories All Areas

Interest in home decorating has never been higher, which is perhaps why Arteriors has recently seen a rise in sales of its accessories. With this in mind, the showroom has put together a range of 31 key pieces, launched as part of London Design Week 2021.

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The New Nordic

Tollgård regularly adds to the roster of international brands in its showroom, and has recently introduced two leading names in Nordic furniture design.

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Fresh From the Foundry

SA Baxter Design Studio & Foundry's latest collections show the power of collaboration, and what happens when incredible manufacturing skills meet the creative mind of an interior designer.

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A Decadent Age

Launched in celebration of Mulberry Home’s 30th year anniversary, Long Weekend is an eclectic collection of prints, stripes, embroidery and velvets that embodies the spirit of the decadent and flirtatious English house parties of the 1920s and 1930s.

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A Complement to Nature

Outdoor furniture and fabrics are where technical innovation meets imaginative design. From a design perspective, these are exciting times for those looking to create a garden, terrace, yacht sundeck or poolside with personality and soul.

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Wild Thing

Made in David Hunt Lighting's Cotswolds workshop, this 'Panther' light is perfect for interiors in need of some unabashed glamour.

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