Design Centre Stories

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is the voice of authority for interior design.
Read on to discover the events, people, products and places on its radar.

Zoffany's 'Richmond Park' in evergreen on an upholstered chair

Leafy Greens

Matthew Williamson uses fabrics from Design Centre showrooms for a loungey new space at London's Design Museum.

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A Vispring bed set in front of a large bay window

Meet the Showroom: Vispring

Celebrating the luxury bed company's opening at the Design Centre, its managing director Martin Gill explains why natural is best, and how its beds and mattresses have found their way to homes, hotels and yachts around the world (including Titanic). 

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'Aloe' fabric, Kirkby Design at Romo

Sustainability Shared

No longer driven by a passionate few, sustainability is a vital subject that affects everyone, with an appetite among designers for information to make more informed decisions. Here's how events at London Design Week 2024 put the subject under the spotlight, with the aim of opening up debate and sharing best practice.

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Collecting at Christie’s

Visit the Design Centre between 9 – 11 April for a special pop-up preview of two forthcoming Christie's sales, which will demonstrate the unique ability of rare antique objects to redefine and enhance an interior.

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Forty Years of David Seyfried Ltd

A perennial favourite among interior designers, David Seyfried Ltd has been making furniture for 40 years – 30 which have been spent at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. In this special interview, Seyfried muses on four decades in business and explains how he's planning to celebrate.

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The Must-sees at London Design Week 2024, According to Designers

What's on the radar of designers including Kit Kemp, Emily Todhunter and Suzy Hoodless? Find out where they will be making a beeline for at London Design Week 2024.

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A kitchen fetauring products from ABI Interiors

What’s New In Kitchens & Bathrooms

Three kitchen and bathroom showrooms explain what's on the radar, from materials and textures to must-have features.

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Meet the Showroom: August+Co

Iolanda Martinho and Vincent Pennetier founded August+Co in 2023, deliberately describing their showroom as a "gallery" to elevate the status of the fine craftsmanship to be found within it.

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The Creative Collaborations to Look Out for at London Design Week 2024

Amazing things happen when creative minds come together, and London Design Week 2024 will be showcasing the work of some perfect partnerships.

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A Meeting of Minds

Hosted by Wells Abbott, 90 US designers visit the Design Centre for a day of discovery and insights.

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Garden Rose

Star US decorator Rose Tarlow's latest collection of performance fabrics and rugs for Perennials is inspired by an English garden, drawing on her lived-in, elegant style.

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A New Golden Age of Travel

Hospitality group Belmond's new cabins for the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express usher in a new definition of luxury rail travel, with fabrics by Rubelli helping to meld heritage skills with 21st-century demands.

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Meet the Showroom: Crucial Trading

"We like to encourage conversation," says Jason Crump, Crucial Trading's general manager, about the flooring brand's recently opened showroom at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. Read on to find out what to expect when you visit, and what's new.

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Seductive Splendour

Passementerie doesn't get much more sumptuous than Houlès' Volanges collection, designed by French interior designer Olivier Berni – and named after Mademoiselle de Volanges, who sits at the heart of the intrigue of Les Liaisons Dangereuses...

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Meet the Showroom: Siminetti

The world's first showroom dedicated to mother of pearl surfaces recently opened in the Centre Dome. To find out more about this fascinating material – natural, beautiful, sustainable and versatile – let Siminetti's Simon Powell introduce you to his brand.

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A New Chapter of History

The five-bedroom penthouse by Winch Design is the flagship apartment at The OWO Residences by Raffles, marking a high point of one of London's most spectacular developments of the last decade. 

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Behind the Faces

The reopening of London's National Portrait Gallery has been one of the year's cultural highlights; but look past the famous faces and you'll see that textile-weaver Gainsborough (available at George Spencer Designs) plays a star supporting role.

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Baroque Masterpieces

Ardecora's Trinacria, available from Zimmer + Rohde, is a tribute to the art and architecture of Sicily, named after the ancient name for the  Mediterranean island.

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From Waste to Wall Tile

Gallotti&Radice has embraced a new category of products with 'Pleiadi', a relief tile system made from cotton linter (the short downy hairs of the cotton seed) and clay.

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Meet the Showroom: Tigermoth Lighting

Tigermoth Lighting has opened a showroom in Design Centre East: founder Harriet Daniels talks about the brand's strengths, what to expect from the showroom, and the industry-favourite chandelier that "our interior designer clients specify over and over".

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Kieffer’s New Direction

Superstar Italian design studio Formafantasma has revealed its first work as creative director of Kieffer, Rubelli's "most experimental brand",

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Textiles in a Trice

Galbraith & Paul 's sought-after block-printed textiles are now available in digitally printed versions with a much shorter lead time: welcome to Ready to Wear.

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Enchanted Landscapes

Kit Kemp's collaboration with Andrew Martin has been extended, with two new whimsical wallcoverings, plus more colourways for a well-loved classic.

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Meet the Showroom: Forbes & Lomax

You'll know Forbes & Lomax for its 'Invisible Lightswitch' with its clear Perspex plate, but the company is about more than a single product. As it opens a new showroom in Design Centre East, the brand's Gemma Moulton explains below how they got here, and what's next.

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Folklore and Artistry

Steeped in folklore and storytelling – and bold pattern and colour – Minnie Kemp's wallcoverings for MindTheGap represent the first time that the Transylvanian brand has worked with an external creative to realise a collection.

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Burning Bright

The work of French interior designer François-Joseph Graf, new Chelsea hotel At Sloane is steeped in British craftsmanship – including intricate Arts & Crafts-style lighting, faithfully recreated by Collier Webb.

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Meet the Showroom: Loom Furniture

Loom Furniture's ethos is deliver the uniqueness of a bespoke design in a made-to-order product. Read on to hear more about the brand, a newcomer to Design Centre East, from its director Jake Horne.

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Paper Trail

Weitzner’s Forest Bathing collection (available from Altfield) includes these delicately beautiful paper tiles for the wall, a marriage of artisanal technique and innovation.

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Portrait of Osborne & Little founder Sir Peter Osborne

Meet the Showroom: Osborne & Little

Decorating giant Osborne & Little may need little introduction to the Design Centre's audience, but that won't stop the big fanfare in its honour as it opens its new showroom. Read on to find out what founder Sir Peter Osborne has to say about the new space in the Centre Dome and why it's so important to come and see …

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Here Comes The Sun

Visionnaire's work aboard 89m private yacht Here Comes The Sun is like a shot of pure Vitamin D. The Italian brand has spearheaded the interior design across the yacht, filling every room with striking furniture that never once competes too harshly with the main attraction of the incredible seascapes.

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