Design Centre Stories

Antiquity Revived

Classical design may be based on logic and order, but it nonetheless has the power to stir the emotions, and is still a vital inspiration today. Architectural details such as columns and friezes can be endlessly reinvented for today's interiors, while the stories of the classical world, as told through art and sculpture, are stitched through the history of design.

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The Science of Sleep

"We put a tremendous amount of effort in to mattress selection, an area where people can really benefit from expert advice." Get under the covers and read the inside story on new bed showroom Rested.

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Cultured Pearl

Head to the Tollgård showroom to see the latest creation from British lighting design studio Nulty Bespoke. The mottled glass shades of 'Perla' were inspired by oyster shells – with the light source the pearl at its centre.

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Style With Substance

Turnstyle Designs' work fuses quality that's second to none – everything is hand-made, hand-stitched and hand-hammered in the Devon countryside – with an original design sense. Its new showroom displays this innovative, imaginative take on hardware.

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Only the Essentials

Arteriors has curated a collection called Essential Lighting. Like the interiors equivalent of fashion's little black dress, the intention is to pinpoint the products from its extensive catalogue that possess a combination of versatility and timelessness.

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An Understated Accent

De Le Cuona has launched a range of accessories, creating ready-made products from its sought-after fabrics as well as introducing vases and bowls, occasional furniture, oversized decorative beads and Belgian linen towels.

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Culture Clash

The Balearic island of Ibiza provides the design inspiration for Harlequin's Mirador collection, which reflects the White Isle's layered cultural history as well as its natural beauty.

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Design the Rainbow

The Design Avenue has been transformed into a blaze of colour – and a message of thank you – with a rainbow-themed installation that celebrates the moment when the sun breaks through the clouds.

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Revived & Restored

Porta Romana has launched The Upcycling Club, a refurbishment service that allows people to have their existing lighting restored to its original condition, or part-exchange old products for new.

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Soft Spot

Chunky shapes and curvy outlines have replaced hard angles in upholstered furniture. These soft silhouettes express our deep need for comfort right now: a chair that literally wraps around the sitter has a calming, cocooning effect.

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Rural Retreat

Set among 500 acres of Cotswolds farmland, Anthology Farm is the escape to the country that many locked-down city-dwellers are yearning for. These two listed barns were recently transformed by interior design studio Run for the Hills into a nine-bedroom holiday let with a laid-back feel.

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Warm Welcome

Ethimo has added two products to its popular Knit collection, designed by Patrick Norguet and named after its distinctive woven-rope features. The amply proportioned sofa and lounge chair introduce an upholstered element, in two new fabrics, 'Chess' and 'Red Diamonds.'

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Handmade with Pride

Each roll of Jacaranda's handmade carpet passes through at least 130 skilled hands, across 208 hours, over approximately 26 days. Co-owners Lucy and Richard Meager created a photo series that shows the painstaking journey of a 'Santushi' rug in India.

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Go Configure

Davidson London has reopened in a different location at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, with a host of new products to discover, including the Wanderlust collection of tables, which has modular options for the top, base, colour and finish.

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Talk of the Table

Playful tableware and ceramics have been added to the menu at the Simpsons showroom thanks to a partnership with Micucci Interiors, including heritage Portuguese brand Vista Alegre and up-and-coming Spanish design studio MiCuit Ilustracion.

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Creature Comforts

Ailanto Design has launched a collection of children's wallcoverings, available at George Spencer Designs. The brand is a window on the world of co-founder Amanda Ferragamo, whose illustrations are the starting point for every product, including these three imaginative new creations, which feature darting squirrels, scattering monkeys and bouncing bunnies.

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Survive & Thrive

Working from home is going to continue to be far more integrated into everyday culture than we ever could have imagined, and this means learning to adapt in the face of an ever-changing landscape. Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour has spoken to leading international designers to discover how they are continuing to be productive in the home offices they have curated.

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Graphic Outline

Inspired by a stroll through a Moroccan bazaar, 'Massura' is the winning entry in a competition by Vero Fabrics and Holland & Sherry to discover a new fabric design.

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Open by Appointment

As restrictions ease, many showrooms are now operating on an appointment-only basis. The picture is changing all the time, but here are the showrooms that have stated they will be open by appointment for the week commencing 1 June.

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Home-From-Home Hotel

Nicky Dobree is best known as the influential interior designer who gave the luxury ski chalet market a much-needed pivot away from a rather dated design rut. Although she has also worked on many prestigious private homes she had never worked on a commercial project before – until Plaza 18, a boutique hotel in Andalucia, came along.

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The Big Blue

One of those highly adaptable colours that seems to have a place in every scheme, indigo can feel raw and industrial, like a riveted pair of classic jeans, or have a breezy informality, like a tablecloth draped over a table set for an al fresco lunch in the Med.

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A Cleaner Future

Post Covid-19, one design development we're likely to see in commercial projects is the increased use of textiles that can be disinfected. Jane Kennedy, director of StudioTex, says that she expects to see a much greater uptake of these fabrics, not just in healthcare environments but in places such as hotel rooms, too.

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Colours of the World

This 'Dutch Tulip' paint is one of the shades launched as part of Andrew Martin's first paint collection, available online. A continuation of the brand's signature globe-trotting style, the range has been influenced by the colours of destinations near and far.

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Royally Appointed

Oficina Inglesa Furniture has made furniture for 11 newly refurbished rooms at Claridge's, including the Prince Alexander Suite, which has been designed to reflect both the hotel's Victorian heritage and the elegance of 1940s Europe.

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Budding Designer?

Pierre Frey has launched a competition for children aged 3-12 years to create their very own wallpaper – and 25 winning designs will go into production. Open to the children of the company’s customers, employees and distributors, it will benefit the Fondation de France, which supports children in danger of dropping out of school.

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An Adventure in Art

Interior designer Kelly Wearstler's spaces are effortlessly glamorous yet retain a laid-back Californian cool. Her latest collection of fabrics and wallpapers for Lee Jofa, available from GP & J Baker, has just been released, and includes reinterpretations of existing creations as well as brand-new designs, many of which were inspired by artistic movements.

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Manufacturing Reawakens

Cautious easing of lockdown restrictions in the UK and across Europe means that factories and workshops are coming back to life, while adapting to new safety measures.

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Scene Stealers

Fabrics and wallcoverings featuring highly detailed landscapes and courtly scenes are having a moment. Here are a few of recent offerings that will induce a sweet sense of escapism.

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The Power of Now

Spending more time at home, many people's thoughts have turned to redecorating, whether a complete overhaul or a smaller rejuvenation with a few well-judged accessories. Several brands to be found at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour operate online shopfronts, so there's no need to wait a moment longer: getting products delivered to the door is only a few clicks away.

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Crowning Glory

Passementerie is sometimes described as the jewellery of an interior – the essential last detail that sets everything off. Looking at spring's latest launches, however, it seems that trimmings are taking over as the star of the show, with glittering embellishment, bright colour and bold pattern.

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