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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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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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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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Designed to Heal

Showrooms from Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour are contributing to a charity scheme that aims to create room makeover “havens” for accredited NHS key workers who have been on the front line during the coronavirus pandemic. Interior designer Francesca Rowan Plowden initiated Design Havens for Heroes in a bid to thank NHS staff for their selfless fight against Covid-19,

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Make it Personal

One of the advantages of working from home is the way that it allows for a much more personalised approach to the design of our surroundings. Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is conversing with its creative community to find out how they're making it work, as a way to to stay inspired and stimulated, and celebrate great design.

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Keep Dreaming, and Creating

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour checks in with its design community of industry leaders as they adjust to the 'new normal' while striving to stay connected and creative. Get some professional tips and ideas on working from home from Timothy Corrigan, Tim Gosling, Henriette von Stockhausen, and Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen.

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Good Works

Interior designer Laura Hammett is supporting NHS Charities Together by giving away a bespoke, furnished and styled bedroom with a total value of over £35,000, created with donations from the design community including Phillip Jeffries, de Le Cuona, Chase Erwin, Dedar and Baker.

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The Joy of Home

Joy and comfort are just as important as productivity in these uncertain times – so how do the experts create the optimum working environment? Design Centre Chelsea Harbour asked leading interior designers to share not only their own home workspace set-ups, but also their top tips for curating stimulating settings from which to work.

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Staying Home in Style

Curious to discover how the creative community was adapting to a life of remote working, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour asked designers to reveal their new set-ups at home. The results reveal not only some enviable interiors but insights in to how to make home-working more of a pleasure.

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Help at Hand

How US textile company Kravet is using its resources to fight the coronavirus crisis, donating fabrics and making masks in its South Carolina factory.

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Maintaining the Momentum

With remote working now the norm, showrooms are doing all they can to smooth the transition and help their clients continue their design projects as seamlessly as possible. Digital platforms have become essential, allowing their audiences to have virtual access to the sorts of services previously found in bricks-and-mortar spaces.

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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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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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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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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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Happy Birthday Schumacher

Renowned US brand Schumacher turns 130 years old. Founded in Manhattan in 1889, the history of the family firm is a touchstone of American cultural zeitgeist. It supplied wallpapers for Gone with the Wind and Jackie Kennedy used a lampas weave on the White House’s Blue Room walls. The Metropolitan Opera debuted in 1966 with a dazzling Schumacher designed gold …

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Summer Sales

As summer draws to a close, what better way to brighten your spirits than with an interiors refresh? Some showrooms are offering enticing discounts this month on contemporary and classic furniture, lighting, accessories, and much more. Julian Chichester has up to 50% off on selected items in store; Christopher Peacock is offering up to half price off ex-display Shepel furniture; Simpsons …

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Next Generation Thinking

From its base in Design Centre East, KLC School of Design has been helping people achieve a career in interior design for over 35 years. Many students make the decision to pursue a path in interior design from all walks of life and career backgrounds. With 120 international showrooms on their doorstep, they are immersed in a world-famous environment that …

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Summer Fun

Summer has arrived and with it comes a host of convivial parties at the Design Centre. Rubelli debuted its new Armani Casa Exclusive Textiles for Rubelli collection at their annual party. President Avvocato Alessandro Favaretto Rubelli flew in specially from Venice to mark the occasion. On the Second Floor of the domes, Altfield, Christopher Hyde, Edelman Leather, Mckinnon and Harris, …

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Navigating The Way Ahead

Design is in the detail; a superyacht interior is as fastidiously considered as the exterior. Debuting state-of-the-art designs, three vignettes, specially commissioned for The Superyacht Design Forum, feature impeccable products that look and feel sumptuous but are characterised by technical and aesthetic excellence. The installations were devised by stylist Karina Garrick to reflect today’s taste for individualistic yacht interiors and …

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Meet the Designer

Press and bloggers got off to a good start when they headed to Thibault Van Renne on the Third Floor for a healthy breakfast. The stylish showroom was designed by O&A London and Anna Agapova, one half of the design duo, was on hand to discuss the aesthetic of the space which was devised to resemble an art gallery. Carpets …

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A Very Moroccan Affair

Turnell & Gigon played host to launch Veere Grenney’s latest collaboration with Schumacher with a special cocktail party for interior designers and style-seekers. Most notable for his elegant yet comfortable interiors, Veere has been at the forefront of the international design industry for over 30 years. Gazebo is a collection of fabrics and wallpapers inspired by his home in Tangiers …

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It Takes Two…

Magic can be made when different creative forces come together. Home to more than 600 international brands, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour cultivates an inspiring collaborative environment. Many interior brands are built on traditional values that are simultaneously adventurous, adaptable and outward-facing. Take Lewis & Wood who has recently teamed up with collector and design maverick Totty Lowther to create the ‘Pomegranate’ …

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Hoppy Easter

The tiny guests of top clients and press were treated to an egg-cellent party. There were opportunities to shake hands with the Easter Bunny, then it was only a hop, skip and a jump to get stuck in with games and fun with arts and craft. The excitement did not stop there, there was face painting, entertainers, a storytelling corner …

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