Design Centre Stories

Category: Interviews

Home Comforts: Nicolò Favaretto Rubelli

As part of the Design Centre's Home Comforts series, Nicolò Favaretto Rubelli takes us on a tour of his 16th-century Venetian home.

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Designers at Home: Edward Bulmer

Interior designer and architectural historian Edward Bulmer and his wife Emma live in a Queen Anne house in Herefordshire: here he explains the joys and challenges of living in a 300-year-old home, and why the last year has seen a decorating boom.

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Designers at Home: Charlie Bowles

Meet the director of Original BTC at home in south-west London, find out his personal style and his insights into how to get lighting right.

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Designers at Home: Katharine Pooley

Catch up with designer Katharine Pooley at her Devon beach house, where she explains how to create balance and harmony and reveals her sourcing secrets

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Gold Standard

The announcement that Sir David Adjaye is the 2021 recipient of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal – one of the highest accolades in architecture in the UK – coincided with a Focus/20 Conversations in Design webinar that took a look behind the scenes at one of the world’s most original architectural practices.

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Right Here, Right Now with Martin Hulbert

"The Design Centre is like a big library that we come to for all sorts of inspiration – and to be amongst our friends," says the founder of Martin Hulbert Design. 

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Right Here, Right Now with Selina McCabe

"We have embraced the Design Centre – it is our starting point for every single project," says the head of interiors at Winch Design. "We're lucky to have it on our doorstep, and to have friends who work here that really go over and above for us."

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Right Here, Right Now with James Lohan

The founder of Mr & Mrs Smith on the design crossover between houses and hotels; he describes Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour as "a one-off – I can't think of anywhere else quite like it."

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Right Here, Right Now with Rita Konig

The interior designer on a new personal project in rural surroundings – "you don't have to have country furniture in a country house" – and how she uses Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour as a resource: "when I come with clients it's always terrific. Our life is much easier being able to nip down here and find new things."

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Right Here, Right Now with Lucy Barlow

The founder of Barlow & Barlow on the studio's signature look – "English country-house style, but for a new generation" – and why "timelessness is something we should all strive for."

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Right Here, Right Now with Jay Grierson

The interior designer on his latest projects for Martin Hulbert Design, and how "the Design Centre is a bit like a member of our team."

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Right Here, Right Now with Emma Pocock

The co-founder of interior design firm Turner Pocock is at London Design Week 2020 to talk about design in the digital era: "The digital world has made us able to achieve incredible speed in designing projects."

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Right Here, Right Now with Joanna Plant

The interior designer says that "the country house look is certainly having a resurgence – which is good for us." 

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Right Here, Right Now with Ben Spriggs

"The Design Centre is a place you can rely on for inspiration," says the editor of Elle Decoration.

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Right Here, Right Now with Patrick Frey

"Today, you have so much competition worldwide; the only way to exist is to be different," says the CEO of Pierre Frey.

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Right Here, Right Now with Ann Grafton

The managing and creative director of GP & J Baker introduces new collections – "texture and colour are so important in design today" – and talks about the wealth of partnerships within Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Right here, Right Now with Charu Gandhi

"Our clients come to us because they are looking for creativity and innovation; we focus on what we call exquisite interior couture," says the founder of design studio Elycion.

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Right Here, Right Now with Olga Polizzi

"Nowadays, hotels lead the way, so you've got to be always ahead of the game," says the director of design for Rocco Forte Hotels. "I spend quite a lot of time at the Design Centre – you always find something new and different." 

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Right Here, Right Now with Edward Bulmer

The architectural historian and designer launches a period-inspired collection of door furniture with McKinney & Co and Collier Webb, and says of Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour: "there's really no resource like it."

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Right Here, Right Now with Emma Sims-Hilditch

The interior designer has created a curated space in the GP & J Baker showroom, and says about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour: "You can come here looking for one thing, and end up going away having found ten others... it is just the most incredible resource."

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Right Here, Right Now with Philippe Houlès

"Trimming is the jewel of decoration" – the CEO of Houlès describes the French passementerie company's new collections, including its first-ever collaboration, and celebrates the international audience of designers that use Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Right Here, Right Now with Kate Watson-Smyth

"We're beginning to see a move towards decorating your bathroom like a room in your house which is more personality-driven" – the writer and author discusses bathroom trends at Victoria + Albert Baths during London Design Week 2020.

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Right Here, Right Now with Elodie Deletoille

The design director of Etamine introduces her first collection, inspired by Mediterranean gardens and the work of Henri Matisse: "Everything is done by hand; you can feel it when you touch it."

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Right Here, Right Now with Dylan O’Shea

"We believe in hand crafted textiles, and we go to great pains to seek out artisans to work with," says the co-founder of a Rum Fellow, at London Design Week 2020 to launch a new printed collection at George Spencer Designs.

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Right Here, Right Now with Beata Heuman

The interior designer on intuitive style: "to me, feeling relaxed and calm is really important. It's about creating a balance, having contrast and variation in styles, colours and patterns."

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Right Here, Right Now with Tatjana von Stein

"Coming to Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is being over-stimulated with opportunities of what your projects can become... I'm excited to discover more"  – the co-founder of Sella Concept talks about creativity, and her latest projects, following her Conversations in Design talk at London Design Week 2020.

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Right Here, Right Now with Marc Sacco

The founder of Sacco Carpet talks flooring trends: tactile surfaces, bright colour – and the very highest quality bespoke materials, from silk to merino wool.

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Right Here, Right Now with Paolo Moschino

"I would call my style classic with a twist," says Paolo Moschino, whose showroom has relocated to a new space in the Centre Dome. "I feel very proud and happy to be here, at the centre of the design business," he says of Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Right Here, Right Now with Martin Waller

The founder of Andrew Martin on his international outlook: not just how his company's output is "a multicultural mix from every corner of the globe" but how, at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, "it's great to meet people from all over the world."

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Right Here, Right Now with Tim Walters

The managing director of George Spencer Designs on his unique stable of design brands, new collections for spring 2020, and why there's room for expansion.

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