Design Centre Stories

Right Here, Right Now with Marc Sacco

The founder of Sacco Carpet talks flooring trends: tactile surfaces, bright colour – and the very highest quality bespoke materials, from silk to merino wool.

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The Spirit of Wanderlust

Michelle Nussbaumer’s debut collection for Clarence House, available at Turnell & Gigon, epitomises the interior designer’s passion for discovering new places and cultures. From the deserts of Morocco to her family’s hacienda in Mexico, Nussbaumer has taken in numerous compass points, in a collection that has been in the making since the mid-1970s when she first started collecting textiles.

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Right Here, Right Now with Paolo Moschino

"I would call my style classic with a twist," says Paolo Moschino, whose showroom has relocated to a new space in the Centre Dome. "I feel very proud and happy to be here, at the centre of the design business," he says of Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Making Room Outdoors

Performance products are now more than just fabrics and furniture. Brands are expanding their repertoire to include a host of suitable for the outdoors, from rugs to curtain poles, allowing for the creation of true ‘outdoor rooms’ with a more decorative edge.

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Right Here, Right Now with Martin Waller

The founder of Andrew Martin on his international outlook: not just how his company's output is "a multicultural mix from every corner of the globe" but how, at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, "it's great to meet people from all over the world."

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Journey to Japan

Quiet luxury, wabi sabi, and craftsmanship perfected over centuries: the design traditions of Japan are at the forefront of spring’s new collections.

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Right Here, Right Now with Tim Walters

The managing director of George Spencer Designs on his unique stable of design brands, new collections for spring 2020, and why there's room for expansion.

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Nature Under the Microscope

New-York-based lighting designer Bec Brittain has turned her hand to rug design thanks to a collaboration with Edward Fields. The Taxonomy collection, available from Tai Ping, reflects Brittain’s love of scientific fields such as entomology and geology.

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February Newsletter 2020

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Celebrating Chinese New Year 2020 - personal shopping pod - at DCCH

Stars Align for Chinese New Year 2020

To mark the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Rat – Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour’s personal shopper Gabrielle Grubanovich has curated a themed area in the Centre Dome that celebrates East Asian influences. Against a glowing backdrop of hand-applied brass leaf on rice paper from Altfeld, products included a Chinese silk rug by Kinnasand from Kvadrat at Home, …

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Jenny Gibbs principal of KLC School of Design is awarded an OBE - DCCH newsletter

Design Honours

Congratulations are due to Jenny Gibbs, founder principal of the KLC School of Design, who has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2020, for services to higher education and the interior design industry. Her 40-year career coincides with a significant shift in the industry's status and level of professionalism. Launched in the 1980s, the school is …

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January Newsletter 2020

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Japanese wallpaper workshop at Lizzo

A visit from Japan

Hiro Tomita, owner of Japanese wallpaper brand Tomita, visited Lizzo’s showroom earlier this month to present its new collections. The brand was founded in 1923, and many of its products are based on ancient techniques and materials, including silk and gold leaf: one of Tomita’s papers is made from 0.1mm-thick slivers of paulownia wood, shaved from the tree and left …

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Wreath making workshop at Julian Chichester

Wreathed in Smiles

Julian Chichester invited clients to the showroom to take part in a wreath-making workshop, as a thank you for their business in 2019. Led by leading florist Amanda Jane Flowers, the event offered music and canapes alongside a lesson in botanical artistry.

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Looking ahead to Spring 2020

At an important press preview, leading editors, journalists and stylists got an overview of what is coming up for London Design Week 2020. They spent hours meticulously going through every item to plan future features and shoots. Hundreds of fabrics, wallcoverings, furniture, lighting, tiles, carpets and tiles were curated by Arabella McNie against a bold, monochromatic scheme. Early indications for spring …

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Home For Christmas

Capturing the magic of Christmas in a stylish, contemporary way while staying true to the traditions of the season, this year’s installations are some of the most inventive ever seen at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. Thinking about interior decoration from a different perspective, four house vignettes are the perfect reminder of Christmas at home. Evocative windows with an inviting glow offer …

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December Newsletter 2019

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November Newsletter 2019

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The International Design & Architecture Awards

Hosted by Design et Al, the International Design & Architecture Awards commends great design. This year, the ‘Howes’ table by Davidson and Taylor Howes was awarded the Best Table prize. The result of a six month collaborative process, the piece is more akin to artwork, boasting an eye-catching radial pattern on its surface and a bronze relief inlaid to the …

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A Celebration of Culture and Creativity

Walpole chose Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour to host its annual Walpole Cultural and Creative Dinner. CEOs and creative directors from some of the UK’s leading luxury brands enjoyed a Laurent Perrier reception and three-course dinner before guest speaker Frances Christie, head of Modern & Post-War British Art at Sotheby’s, gave a fascinating insight into British art. From the Bloomsbury Group to …

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October Newsletter 2019

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Bringing something new to the table

Montana Fogg, the renowned restaurant consultants, will re-imagine and create the food and drink offering throughout Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour with a focus on seasonal produce and fresh, quality ingredients. Championing modern flavours and inventive combinations, everything will be prepared on-site with an emphasis on frequently changing menus. Highly creative and with a dedication to detail, Montana Fogg’s pedigree in the …

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Drum Roll Please

Collection of The Year Porta Romana has been honoured by The World of Interiors, winning the magazine’s Collection of the Year award at Focus/19 for its collaboration with Italian artist Viola Lanari. Her plaster lighting and furniture – recast from the originals in a composite material – marry simplicity with organic, sculptural shapes. Lanari was presented with the award by editor …

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Monthly Newsletter 2019

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Up & Coming Events

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Working in Synergy

Design collaborations are proof that originality flourishes when collective minds come together – and nobody does them better than the Italian design industry, which has decades of experience of working in synergy. Serial collaborations often take place over years, or even decades, meaning that products become ever more ambitious and refined as designers gain intimate knowledge of production techniques, and …

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Right Here, Right Now with Kerryn Harper-Cuss

"There's something new every single time you come; the showrooms are continually updated and there's always something exciting to see," says the editor in chief of The English Home about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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The Personal Touch

With more than international 600 brands across 120 showrooms to explore, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by choice at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. Thankfully, a friendly personal shopping service is the ideal way to help narrow down what's in the showrooms, and pinpoint just what's required. Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour's personal shopper Gabrielle Grubanovich (pictured above, holding fabric) led three special …

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Right Here, Right Now with Alexander Lamont

The founder of the Bangkok-based furniture company on the beauty of straw marquetry and how Focus/19 brings people together.

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In the Making

Focus/19's aim is to bring people closer than ever to the heart of a design story – and live demonstrations of artisan skills are the perfect way to deepen understanding and knowledge. The new Morris & Co showroom hosted block-printing sessions all week, with anyone invited to take part and create their own wallpaper (pictured top); decorative artists from …

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Right Here, Right Now with David Dolcini

The Italian designer on his love of wood and lighting, and his new work for Porada: "I put everything I have in it - my culture, my instinct, my vision."

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Right Here, Right now with Kathleen Butler

Fox Linton's designer on its new collections – "it's all about the yarn, the construction and the finish" – and why it's important to see them in person to really appreciate them.

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Born to Perform

Outdoor spaces are following indoor design cues, with furniture reaching new heights in performance, durability, comfort and elegance. Notable examples include US brand oomph, available at Nina Campbell, launching a debut collection of outdoor furniture (pictured top) that has the same playful look and gorgeous colours as its indoor lacquered pieces, but in powder-coated aluminium. Interior design and architecture studio …

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Right Here, Right Now with Geoff Collier

"We're very excited to be here" says the managing director of new showroom Collier Webb.

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Fringe Theatre

  The power of passementerie was in full effect at the FT How to Spend It Restaurant at Focus/19. Rising above the bright, airy space was a magnificent tiered tower of Houlès’ 'Ebony' cut fringe. Beneath this installation, distressed metallics and deeply textured fabrics brought a sense of urban glamour, with CTO Lighting’s alabaster and bronze ‘Lucid’ lights (from Fox Linton) …

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The Nature Cure

Direct access to a green space has been proven to soothe the body and boost the immune system – but it's even claimed that looking at an image of nature can help. The next best thing to the great outdoors might be this panoramic 'Amami' wallcovering, part of Villa Nova's Ostara collection at Romo. Bold brushstrokes have been scaled up …

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Right Here, Right Now with Adriel Lack

The design director of 1508 London on designing for prestigious branded hotels and how "we love coming down to the Design Centre...when we bring clients with us, it's nice to know they're in safe hands."

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Tour de Force

If you see groups of people strolling through Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour with glasses of champagne in hand, they’re probably taking part in one of Focus/19’s twice-daily Design Discovery tours. Setting off from different locations each day at 11am and 2pm, the tours take in half a dozen showrooms, offering key highlights such as the latest collections, design exclusives and …

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Right Here, Right Now with Neisha Crosland

"Putting pattern on the floor is really in at the moment" – the surface pattern designer on a dynamic new flooring collection for Tim Page Carpets.

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Delicate Details

Traditional passementerie may be firmly in the ascendant, but decorating brands want to evolve their offering, too. Colefax and Fowler's Theodore trimmings are described as "an updated take on a classic story," with delicate details and a refined palette that includes faded pink and blue and punchier tomato red. A range of hand-made tassel tie-backs complements the braid, rope and …

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Right Here, Right Now with Andrea Bonini

The head designer for Turri talks though his creative process for the new showroom in the South Dome.

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Strokes of Genius

Pierre Frey maintains its daring approach to design with an exciting collaboration with French artist Christian Astuguevieille. Known for his furniture and sculptures wrapped in rope and cord, he has brought his dynamic energy to the Coquecigrues collection of bold fabrics and wallpapers. Many designs feature Astuguevieille's free-flowing ink brushstrokes – his "imaginary writing" – augmenting archive designs. 'Fontaine at Animaux …

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Look to the Skies

Filling the Centre Dome with its creative use of the latest fabrics, Focus/19’s Sky Garden aerial installation asserts how important greenery and nature have become to interiors. ‘Biophilia’ – love of nature – is the buzzword, and these suspended lanterns in the freshest new-season fabrics, with trailing fronds emulating seedpods spinning to the ground, strived to encapsulate the trend The …

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Right Here, Right Now with Lisa Dawson

"Just being able to see and touch it means you can envisage it in your home much more easily" – the interiors writer and blogger on why it's better to experience products in person.

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Rock Solid

Geology, time and the elements inspired Alexander Lamont’s Peninsula range, which has an emphasis on finishes that require meticulous workmanship, including parchment and straw marquetry. This ‘Aurora’ cabinet’s black lacquer and intricate eggshell surface (pictured top) looks like fractured earth close-up, while at a distance it has a striking ombré effect. It’s available at Miles x Bookshop. Rocks and minerals are …

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Right Here, Right Now with Paolo Moschino

Paolo Moschino of Nicholas Haslam Ltd on hosting artisan demonstrations at Focus/19, and how "designers love to come here, and there's always a reason to come back".

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Wild Appreciation

Flora and fauna have long been ubiquitous in interiors, but it's nature's most spectacular and exotic creatures that are currently leaving the biggest footprint. Whether it's big cats prowling through lush jungle foliage, monkeys perched in trees or parrots in flight, these animal-themed designs are about pure escapism, transporting us to far-flung places. Classic animal prints such as cheetah and …

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Right Here, Right Now with Pip McCormac

"I love getting up close and personal with the fabrics... it's such a rich source of inspiration for us," says the executive editor of LivingEtc, Homes & Gardens and 25 Beautiful Homes about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Refined Style

Otti, Vincent Van Duysen’s second outdoor collection for Sutherland Furniture, is typical of the Belgian architect’s artfully reserved aesthetic. It's named after Bauhaus textile designer Otti Berger, whose way with weaving is paid tribute to with the collection's rope detailing – the high-performance rope itself is from Sutherland's sister company Perennials. The 11 pieces include an aluminium sofa and lounge …

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Right Here, Right Now with Nicholas Ashley-Cooper

The 12th Earl of Shaftesbury on the revival of his ancestral home, St Giles House, and his ethos to respect its history while "putting our own personality in the building".

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