Design Centre Stories

Category: Interviews

The Quote & Curate showroom at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

Meet the Showroom: Quote & Curate

Find out how artist Angela Murray of the Design Centre East fine art consultancy works with interior designers and individuals to enhance their spaces, and why "the process of commissioning is the best type of collaboration."

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James Seuss, CEO of The Rug Company

Meet the Showroom: The Rug Company

James Seuss, CEO of The Rug Company, talks about why the brand made the move to the Design Centre, new collections, and why natural and neutral is giving bold and bright a run for its money.

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S-Contract S33 Armchair by Shepel'

Meet the Showroom: Shepel’

Alexander Shepel of furniture and kitchen brand Shepel', whose London showroom is based at the Design Centre, explains how his brand sets out to "redefine modern interiors".

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A Vispring bed set in front of a large bay window

Meet the Showroom: Vispring

Celebrating the luxury bed company's opening at the Design Centre, its managing director Martin Gill explains why natural is best, and how its beds and mattresses have found their way to homes, hotels and yachts around the world (including Titanic). 

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Forty Years of David Seyfried Ltd

A perennial favourite among interior designers, David Seyfried Ltd has been making furniture for 40 years – 30 which have been spent at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. In this special interview, Seyfried muses on four decades in business and explains how he's planning to celebrate.

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Meet the Showroom: August+Co

Iolanda Martinho and Vincent Pennetier founded August+Co in 2023, deliberately describing their showroom as a "gallery" to elevate the status of the fine craftsmanship to be found within it.

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Meet the Showroom: Crucial Trading

"We like to encourage conversation," says Jason Crump, Crucial Trading's general manager, about the flooring brand's recently opened showroom at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. Read on to find out what to expect when you visit, and what's new.

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Meet the Showroom: Tigermoth Lighting

Tigermoth Lighting has opened a showroom in Design Centre East: founder Harriet Daniels talks about the brand's strengths, what to expect from the showroom, and the industry-favourite chandelier that "our interior designer clients specify over and over".

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Meet the Showroom: Forbes & Lomax

You'll know Forbes & Lomax for its 'Invisible Lightswitch' with its clear Perspex plate, but the company is about more than a single product. As it opens a new showroom in Design Centre East, the brand's Gemma Moulton explains below how they got here, and what's next.

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Meet the Showroom: Loom Furniture

Loom Furniture's ethos is deliver the uniqueness of a bespoke design in a made-to-order product. Read on to hear more about the brand, a newcomer to Design Centre East, from its director Jake Horne.

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Portrait of Osborne & Little founder Sir Peter Osborne

Meet the Showroom: Osborne & Little

Decorating giant Osborne & Little may need little introduction to the Design Centre's audience, but that won't stop the big fanfare in its honour as it opens its new showroom. Read on to find out what founder Sir Peter Osborne has to say about the new space in the Centre Dome and why it's so important to come and see …

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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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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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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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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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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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Mindthegap founder Stefan Ormenisan

Meet the Showroom: MindTheGap

Stefan Ormenisan, founder of Romanian decorating brand MindTheGap, introduces the new showroom at the Design Centre and explains how "we try to discover new stories to tell".

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Alex Head, founder of Social Pantry

A Q&A with Social Pantry’s Alex Head

Social Pantry is the name behind a new, permanent dining destination in the Design Avenue. Here, founder Alex Head reveals more about what's coming up on the menu, the incredible producers she works with, and what 'conscious consumption' means to her. 

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Plant Drop founder Dom Butler

Meet the Showroom: Plant Drop

New showroom Plant Drop's mission is "to fill homes and gardens with interesting and impressive specimens from the finest growers in the world," says founder Dom Butler. Find out more about the intersection of horticulture and interior design here.

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Meet the Showroom: Hadeland Glassverk

Hadeland Glassverk, Norway's oldest glass factory, has opened a showroom at the Design Centre. Find out more about the brand, its design philosophy and why the showroom is "like a capsule visit to beautiful Norway" from UK and Ireland manager Angela Murray.

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Meet the Showroom: Laskasas

To mark Laskasas opening a new showroom in Design Centre East, its founder and CEO Celso Lascasas introduces the Portuguese brand and explains more about its ethos for "slow furniture".

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Meet the Showroom: London Basin Company

Founded by interior designer Anna Callis and her daughter Nathalie, London Basin Company creates richly decorated, hand-made porcelain basins designed to form the centrepiece of bathrooms and cloakrooms. Find out more about its first-ever standalone showroom, opening in Design Centre East.

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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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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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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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Designer Loves: Alidad

Looking ahead to London Design Week 2021, Alidad selects his preferred products for the new season.

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Designer Loves: Staffan Tollgard

Staffan Tollgård curates a selection of products from the showrooms' latest collections, and reveals which colour he returns to time and again.

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Designer Loves: David Collins Studio

Roslyn Keet of David Collins Studio selects her wish-list of preferred products from the spring/summer 21 collections in the showrooms.

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Meet the Showroom: Circa Lighting

"It is where all the designers go to shop": A Q&A with Circa Lighting's founder Gale SInger, celebrating the US lighting brand's first international showroom opening at the Design Centre in London.

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Designer Loves: Juliette Byrne

Juliette Byrne chooses some favourite products from the spring/summer 21 collections, and also explains why green is her colour of the moment – both literally and symbolically.

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