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.

Conversations in Craft

“A frisson of functionality that offers something a painting can’t”: makers, designers, gallerists and collectors came together to talk about craft at Artefact, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour’s contemporary craft fair.

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The Power of Attraction

Pavoni's deceptively simple magnetic system for its fabulous quality leathers is a new way to create statement-making leather-panelled walls.

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Meet the Showroom: Wendy Morrison Design

With a new showroom that one visitor described as "a joyful little jewel", Wendy Morrison has created an irresistible evocation of her world of rugs, fabrics and wallcoverings in Design Centre East. Find out more about the showroom – and how she creates "art for the floor" – here.

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Dream Team

Having paired up together on the Library at last year's WOW!house at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, Julian Chichester and interior design practice Turner Pocock have extended their relationship further with a collaborative collection.

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Holland & Sherry Carnaby fabrics, wallpapers and rugs

Sartorial Style

Holland & Sherry often taps into its tailoring roots for its collections, and Carnaby draws on the vibrant cultural explosion of 1960s London.

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de castelli Tracing Venice metal panel

The Couturier of Metal

Founded by a fourth-generation blacksmith, Italian metal design specialist De Castelli's new collection is inspired by the beautiful decay of Venice.

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Jennifer Shorto Sugar Magnolia fabric and wallcovering

Keep It Surreal

Jennifer Shorto's wallcoverings and textiles defy easy categorisation when it comes to style, reflecting the magpie eye of Shorto herself.

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Nahbi basin collection by Kreoo for West One Bathrooms

Catch the Wave

The sinuous 'Bowl No.1' basin by Italian marble specialist Kreoo, new to West One Bathrooms, is inspired by the shape of an opening flower.

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Kingcome's 'Stratford' sofa

Meet the Showroom: Kingcome

If you've visited the Colefax and Fowler showroom recently, you will have noticed that it now walks through into a new showroom housing sister brand Kingcome. Explore its hand-made British furniture here, guided by the Colefax Group's Tim Green.

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Bernoulli hardware by SA Baxter

High Flyer

SA Baxter Architectural Hardware's Bernoulli Suite collection is inspired by the aerodynamic shape of an aeroplane wing – and named after a Swiss inventor whose discoveries made flight possible.

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Rubelli 'Vibrations' fabric on headboard

The Path to Sustainability

"We are what we do" states Rubelli's first-ever sustainability report, a look behind the scenes that details both its innovative textiles and the social benefits it champions in its native Venice

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Tour de Force

Pierre Frey has launched a collection inspired by archive drawings and canvases from the 1920s by Elise Djo-Bourgeois, who is being rediscovered as one of the great female French designers of the early 20th century.

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Ca'Pietra California Peach and Reform Cotto And Salmon Pink square

Stone Re-formed

Artisans of Devizes' 'Reform' tiles are made from 60% recycled stone, blending a natural, tumbled appearance with a colour palette that's a few shades brighter than a solid stone.

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Meet the Showroom: Modern British Kitchens

This new showroom is the place to truly appreciate craftsmanship up close, as well as all the other elements that make up the perfect bespoke kitchen, from clever storage ideas to beautiful materials and top-level appliances.

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Tactility First

Texture meets technical mastery in Black Edition's latest releases for Romo, with bouclé, velvet, chenille and silk creating a sense of three dimensionality in fabrics, and grasscloth and raffia delivering a sophisticated look for wallcoverings.

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A Victorian Villa Restored

Natascha Dartnall of ND Studios describes this Hertfordshire project as "a fresh modern take on a period property," incorporating her clients' existing treasures while introducing colour, pattern, warmth and practicality.

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Jennifer Manners 'Rondel' rug

Gather Round

Interior designer Henry Prideaux and Jennifer Manners have collaborated on the 'Rondel' rug, inspired by art deco and Regency neoclassical architecture, and made from plastic water bottles.

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'Gateway to Serenity' palette, Victoria + Albert baths

Destination: Colour

Celebrating the link between creativity and far-flung destinations, Victoria + Albert Baths has released Wanderlust, a new palette inspired by travel.

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Meet the Showroom: The Specified

"There’s a certain ambience that defines Australian style" – Vange Markou, founder of The Specified, explains how the Design Centre East showroom is bringing Antipodean brands to a wider audience.

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'Poltrona Bergere 39' chair, Exteta at Tollgard

Year-round Style

Originally designed by one of Italy's great 20th-century masters, Franco Albini, this 'Poltrona Bergère 1939' chair is new at Tollgard, from Italian outdoor furniture specialist Exteta.

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Sculptural Lighting with a Story

Decorative lighting should look just as good when it is turned off as when it is on. Discover these new products that not only have strong, sculptural shapes, but an interesting story to tell.

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Perennials Hi n Dri vegan leather on a banquette

Made to Perform

US brand Perennials has moved into a whole new category of premier high-performance fabrics with the launch of 'Hi 'n Dri', a vegan leather that can be used inside and out, from yacht decks to chic poolside terraces.

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A bedroom showing the 'Una' rug by Sims Hilditch from Tim Page Carpets

Natural Weave

"It would work equally well in a room with antiques as with contemporary art" – Emma Sims-Hilditch on her new rug with Tim Page Carpets, traditionally hand-woven in India.

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Gareth Devonald Smith lighting for Porta Romana

Three New Lighting Collaborations to Know

Anticipating the Design Centre's Lighting by Design show, explore some of the latest lighting products from the showrooms, all of which have creative partnerships at their heart.

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Pfeiffer Design Moodboard created for the Samuel Heath showroom

Designer Dioramas

To celebrate the launch its new antique brass matt finish, Samuel Heath has partnered with four leading interior design firms to create moodboards for its Design Centre showroom window.

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Kinder for Contract

Belgian brand Omexco saw how the use of PVC and other virgin plastics was compromising the sustainability of contract wallcoverings, and has developed a new collection that is better for the environment.

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The Velvet Hour

Alter Ego is a capsule collection of cut velvets from George Spencer Designs, with a sensuous and tactile feel, and a rich approach to colour.

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Meet the Showroom: Robert Langford

Robert Knapp, founder of Robert Langford, explains more about his new Design Centre showroom – the British manufacturing success story behind the designs, and why "our service is unmatched in the industry, in my humble opinion..."

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Stella-McCartney-x-Cole-Son_Fungi-Forest wallcovering

Fungi Future

Fashion designer Stella McCartney's interiors debut is a fungi-themed wallcovering for Cole & Son that has ambitions to push the sustainability agenda.

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Riviera Revival

Nobilis' outdoor furniture and fabrics, designed by Humbert & Poyet, are a tribute to the golden age of the South of France in the 20th century.

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