Design Centre Stories

Category: Interviews

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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Meet the Showroom: Studio Franchi

After a 13-year absence from the Design Centre, hardware specialist Studio Franchi is back, with a new space in Design Centre North. Here, the brand's Ben Marshall explains why you should add the showroom to your next sourcing trip.

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Designer Loves: Tim Gosling

Tim Gosling selects an edit of products from the latest collections, and explains why choosing colours is not just about picking a favourite.

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Designer Loves: HBA Residential

Anoushka Almeida of HBA Residential selects her edit of spring/summer 21 products from the showrooms – and reveals the colour she is obsessing over right now. 

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Designer Loves: Sophie Elborne

Looking ahead to London Design Week 2021, Sophie Elborne selects her preferred products from this season's new collections.

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Designer Loves: Natalia Miyar

Natalia Miyar thinks pink for her selection of spring/summer 21's products, chosen as part of the Design Centre's First Look initiative.

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Designer Loves: 1508 London

Leo Bertacchini of 1508 London presents his personal edit of the spring/summer 21 collections from the showrooms, chosen as part of the Design Centre's First Look initiative.

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Meet the Showroom: Schumacher

Schumacher, the grand dame of American decorating, has opened its first stand-alone showroom outside of the US at the Design Centre. President Benjamin Frowein explains what visitors can expect, how the brand keeps its heritage fresh – and why "more pattern, more colour" is the way ahead.

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Designer Loves: Albion Nord

Camilla Clarke of Albion Nord puts together an edit from First Look's spring/summer 21 collections, and reveals which palettes she'll be working with this year.

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Home Comforts: Henriette von Stockhausen

Discover Henriette von Stockhausen of VSP Interiors' secrets for creating harmony in this video tour of her Dorset home, part of the Design Centre's Home Comforts series of IGTV presentations.

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Designer Loves: Suzy Hoodless

Suzy Hoodless selects her stand-our products from the spring/summer 21 collections as part of the Design Centre's First Look initiative.

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Designer Loves: Henry Prideaux Interior Design

Discover Amy Paice and Henry Prideaux of Henry Prideaux Interior Design's favourite products from the First Look colour wheel of spring/summer 21's collections

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Home Comforts: Vanrenen GW Designs

"Filling your home with the people that you love and the things you love is the way to create balance and harmony," says Louisa Greville Williams, who along with Sarah Vanrenen spoke from their respective houses as part of the Design Centre's Home Comforts series of IGTV presentations.

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Designer Loves: TH2designs

As part of the Design Centre's First Look initiative, Gail Taylor of Th2designs picks her top product choices from spring/summer 21's collections, and reveals the timeless colours she loves.

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Designer Loves: Hill House Interiors

Jenny Weiss and Helen Bygraves of Hill House Interiors choose products from the Design Centre's First Look online hub of new collections, and reveal their colour passions.

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Home Comforts: Mike Fisher

"Home is a retreat from the world: a place where I can feel protected" - take a tour of Mike Fisher of Studio Indigo's sumptuous London house as part of the Design Centre's Home Comforts series.

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Designer Loves: Mark Smith

The Design Centre asked top designers to pick some of their favourite products from First Look, its curated edit of the new collections. Carden Cunietti’s vibrant selection kicks things off.

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