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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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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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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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August Newsletter 2019

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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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July Newsletter 2019

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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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Newsletter – Summer 2019

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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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Newsletter – May 2019

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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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April Newsletter 2019

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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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Curated Spaces

Curated spaces at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour are a new way to bring products to life. Nina Campbell has transformed her showroom into ‘Nina’s Apartment’ showcasing her wit, flair and versatility as an interior designer. There is an entrance hall, a drawing room, a bedroom and a bathroom with fascinating touches to discover at every turn. Open the ‘Easton’ secretaire and …

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March Newsletter 2019

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Couture For The Home

The Academy Awards is the ultimate Hollywood event. On Sunday, the A-list elite flocked to the 91st glittering affair to celebrate the most talented stars in their field. And while there is huge interest in award winners, there is no denying the magnificent gowns get a huge amount of attention. The crossover between fashion and design is undeniable with many …

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Take A Seat

Upholstered furniture by David Seyfried Ltd can be found in some of the finest homes and hotels. This year, the British company celebrates 25 years at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. From its Centre Dome showroom, a unique level of personal service and expert guidance is offered to those seeking a sofa or an upholstered chair. Whether the superstar of a …

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Newsletter – February 2019

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The London Design Week 2019 Creative Shoot

Design is not a solo pursuit. Like fashion and film, it takes a creative gang to produce the final cut, that is destined to capture the imagination of professionals and design-lovers alike. Planning and executing the campaign shoot for London Design Week 2019 was a team effort with photographers, set builders and crew working closely with creative director Arabella McNie …

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Newsletter – January 2019

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Under the Sea

There is nothing like a Pantone Colour of the Year announcement to get everyone talking. ‘Living Coral’ may have hit a responsive note, bridging our tech-obsessed world with the natural one. According to the Pantone Color Institute, the coral hue with its golden undertone and softer edge, is symbolic of our ‘need for optimism and joyful pursuits’. It also demonstrates an appreciation for …

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No Llama Drama

If you are looking for fabrics that are warmer then wool and softer than cashmere, have you thought of alpaca? Peruvian-born textile designer Sandra Jordan was at Holland & Sherry to talk to designers about her latest Prima Alpaca collection, Lago. Inspired by the fluidity and natural beauty of Peruvian waterways, they included sheers and weaves in earthy neutrals, radiant …

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Newsletter – December 2018

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Pop-up Patterns

Lewis & Wood held a three-day pop-up shop featuring homeware and lifestyle accessories from Nomad Design. From mudcloth cushions backed in sumptuous velvets to hand-painted Uzbek bowls; from bamboo Hamman towels to colourful silk ikat lampshades, there was plenty to get visitors one step ahead with their Christmas shopping.

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Style Icons Of Tomorrow

Editors and stylists were able to view the new-season collections from leading international design houses at the London Design Week 2019 press preview. it offered a glimpse into the sophisticated looks emerging for spring/summer 2019. The show was put together by stylist Karina Garrick and underscored the importance of innate style and quality craftsmanship that was evident throughout. Look out …

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Newsletter – November 2018

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Design X – Cross Cultural Exchange

Fostering closer connections between East and West, KLC School of Design, in collaboration with ADMD, hosted ‘Design X’. At the cross-cultural exchange of ideas, top level UK speakers included Kelly Hoppen, Karen Howes of Taylor Howes, Guy Oliver of Oliver Laws, Sue Timney and Susie Rumbold of Tessuti. Jaco Pan of Minggu Design, Kinney Chan of Kinney Chan & Associates, …

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Design with a Heart

In an effort to raise £30,000 to build an Education Centre in South Africa, Porta Romana has invited five leading designers and artists including Kit Kemp, Alidad, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Turner Pocock and Adebayo Bolaji to decorate a Porta Romana lamp in their own distinctive style. The results were magical and unexpected. From right to left: 'Sybil Lamp' by Studio A; …

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Newsletter – October 2018

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Better Together

When leading design houses turn to the best designers to collaborate on a project, the results are always strong. Take Turnell & Gigon’s pop-up Caribbean Suite by Kit Kemp, which was inspired by her Barbados home. Working with unusual colour and fabric combinations, bespoke fabric lined the walls and upholstered pieces featured quirky design details like armchairs edged with felt, …

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International Design and Architecture Awards

At the International Design and Architecture Awards, two prestigious showrooms came out on top. Polar Lights by Chase Erwin won best fabric collection. Inspired by the landscape in Iceland, diffused winter sunbeams sparked a passion for its rose quartz highlights. In the table category, Davidson’s ‘Rosebery’ table was recognised for its elegant and practical design. With its circular radial veneer …

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