Design Centre Stories

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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Chiselled Features

Kallista's new Argile collection, available from West One Bathrooms, is silky smooth on the inside, but has a raised pattern on their outer surface, capturing the irregular finish of a piece of hand-chiselled wood.

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Artful Interiors

Italian design house Agena is a new brand to be discovered at Jason d'Souza. Its current portfolio includes several designs influenced by art history, from 1980s pop-art legend Keith Haring to Austrian painter Gustav Klimt.

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Future Classic

Danish lighting company Louis Poulsen, available from Interdesign UK, is best-known for its classic mid-century designs – but the 'Keglen' pendant is a new addition to its canon of thoughtful, simple products.

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Charmed by Nature

Charme is Spanish brand's Pepe Peñalver's homage to French rural style. Available from Lizzo, the collection features pretty florals and versatile plains, with jacquards, light embroidery and small-smale prints.

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Nordic Meets Nepalese

The Norse collection is Tufenkian Artisan Carpets' tribute to Scandinavian design's simplicity, minimalism and functionality, with a particular focus on mid-century modern style.

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Special Delivery

Villa Copenhagen, a new hotel in the Danish capital, is a place to stay that also wants to win the hearts of locals, and a place where guests can do more than scratch the surface of history and culture. As designer Jo Littlefair puts it: “Travellers now want to experience life under the skin of a place.”

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Restful Retreat

De Le Cuona's latest capsule collection of accessories, Mountain Retreat, is perfect for high summer, with linen that's cooling to the skin in hot weather, and lightweight wool for snuggling in to when an extra layer is required.

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Floral Brights

Bold florals are experiencing a revival. The big, blousy, overscaled designs made famous by brands such as Sanderson in the first half of the 20th century seem just as vital today, whether they're used with a reverence for traditional country-house style or a in a way that seeks to bring the look up to date for a more contemporary setting.

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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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