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.

Heading for Utopia

Using hemp, linen and recycled materials, Hodsoll McKenzie's new fabric collection is a step towards a more sustainable textile industry.

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Fantasy Worlds

French illustration studio Icinori has created two new designs for Dedar – both featuring fantastical scenes drawn from nature and architecture

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Creative with Craft

Arteriors has teamed up with an architecture and design studio for the first time, partnering with New York studio Workshop APD for a collection that celebrates craftsmanship and the act of making.

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Golden Age

Gallotti&Radice's 'President Junior' desk hits its 50th year with a special gold version, and cements a revival of 1970s furniture.

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The Scenic Route

There's a taste for the fantastical in interiors this season, with Jane Churchill's 'Wildwood' fabric from Colefax and Fowler a prime example.

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Soften the Sound

Rubelli has worked with Milanese acoustic-panel specialist Slalom to come up with its own sound-absorbing products, made from a selection of its fabrics. 

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Decorate, Cabana Style

Cabana founder Martina Mondadori was inspired by art, fashion and global travel to create a new collection of fabrics, wallcoverings and trim for Schumacher.

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Past & Future

Jeffreys Interiors turns a Scottish Palladian mansion into a thriving family home - with help from a raft of products from the Design Centre's showrooms.

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Friendly Forms

Sculptural, monolithic furniture with gentle curves such as Pierre Frey's Litho collection is in the spotlight at the moment; upholstered with tactile materials, these are pieces that contrast purity of form with an irresistible tactility and a certain friendliness.

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Long Live the Resistance

Lewis & Wood's Wax Works collection puts an ancient technique in the spotlight, the art of wax-resist dying.

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A Bee’s-Eye View

New to George Spencer Designs, US brand Zak+Fox's Apiary collection is inspired by the journey of a worker bee, paying tribute to man's reliance on these critical insects and their importance to the planet's ecology.

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Meet the Showroom: Visionnaire

New to the South Dome, Visionnaire exemplifies the continuing prowess of Italian design and manufacturing. Production is spread out across a network of 30 workshops across the country, and in many cases the brand keeps long-held manufacturing skills and traditions alive. CEO Leopold Cavalli explains more here.

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Performance Pieces

A new Armani Casa wallcoverings collection has landed at Altfield. Made by Milanese design house Jannelli&Volpi, Precious Fibers 3 uses materials such as silk, lurex and velvet, and has a romantic side to it – all of the products are named after operas or ballets.

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Deeper Roots

S Harris has teamed up with designers from the Black Artists + Designers Guild (BADG) for a collection centred around the history and heritage of three culturally rich parts of the world – with "responsible inspiration" the key to creating products with integrity that respect the source of each design.

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Making Waves

Tollgard has entered the rarefied world of limited-edition collectible furniture, thanks to a collaboration with modern stonemasonry The Refined Workshop.

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Rejoice in Nature

Get lost in a world of fantasy and nature with Jabula, a collaboration between Cole & Son and South Africa's Ardmore, which makes ceramics and decorating products inspired by native flora and fauna.

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Capturing the City

While many outdoor fabric collections take their creative cues from the natural world, Studiopepe headed in the opposite direction for their new collection for Élitis: Archiutopia features motifs taken from architecture that become abstract by their repetition.

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Planting the Seeds of Inspiration

As gardeners turn their thoughts to planting bulbs for spring/summer, interior design enthusiasts similarly need to plan ahead: in recognition of this, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour presents The Art of Outdoor Living, a series of stylish vignettes in the Design Avenue.

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Chateau in the City

In-demand Parisian designer Laura Gonzalez unveils a hotel that features her signature opulence and luxe layers – with wallcoverings by Iksel used throughout to set the scene for its lavish spaces.

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Technicolour Dream

British designer Peter Saville has once again collaborated with Kvadrat on a collection of textiles – and this one has a woolly story about its origins. Technicolour is named after the multi-coloured spray-paint that farmers use on sheep to help identify them in the flock.

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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

ABI Interiors, which makes high-quality, luxurious tapware, fixtures and interior accessories, is a new arrival in Design Centre East: co-founder Luli Farrell explains more about the dynamic Australian brand's first international showroom.

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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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