Design Centre Stories

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Optimistic Outlook

"Colour has the power to lift us up, make us happy, and change our moods. Colour should be a magnetic force that makes us want to stay right in front of it," says Boston-based artist Liz Roache, the latest person to collaborate with Pierre Frey. Her joyously bold work has translated wonderfully to a collection of fabrics, wallpapers and rugs. 

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Palatial Origins

Cole & Son's latest collection, Great Masters, has some opulent roots – it was inspired by the six royal residences cared for by Historic Royal Palaces, including Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London – yet it is far from being just a straightforward take on period pattern. 

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100% Commitment

"Monomaterials" might be a word you'll be hearing more of in product design. Textiles that are made from 100% of any single material are more likely to be recycled at the end of their life, and Kinnasand's Monotypes collection (available from Kvadrat at Home) explores this theme, focusing on "the essence and the beauty that lies in each material".

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Versatile Style

Artisans of Devizes demonstrates the sheer breadth of its work with its new collections. 'Brasserie Mosaic' stands out for its sustainability credentials: made almost entirely from recycled glass, these mid-size mosaics have a suede-like matt finish, making them suitable for floors as well as walls.

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Softer Than Cashmere

Living at high altitude in the Peruvian Andes, alpaca survive the harsh climate thanks to their remarkable fleece. Textiles made from these super-soft fibres are prized for their warmth – and they are now available at George Spencer Designs, since the showroom added French textile company Innata to its stable of brands.

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Revived & Restored

Porta Romana has launched The Upcycling Club, a refurbishment service that allows people to have their existing lighting restored to its original condition, or part-exchange old products for new.

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A Recycling Revolution

With an estimated 30 million mattresses thrown away in Europe every year, Auping's Evolve mattress, available from Rested, is a model of 'circular' design, being endlessly recyclable.

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Organic Standard

Just 1% of the world's linen is organic – and organic textiles are not widely available for the interiors industry. So de Le Cuona's new Pure collection, certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), is a rarity, and a very welcome one.

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A Fitting Debut

Rubelli may have been founded in 1889, but its history is one of continuous evolution, including the launch of its furniture-design arm, Rubelli Casa, in 2015. This 'Tela' chair is one of the first products to be unveiled by Rubelli Casa's new artistic director, architect and designer Matteo Nunziati.

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Engineering Meets Craft

Inspired by the aerodynamic lines of classic British-designed planes and automobiles, Samuel Heath's One Hundred collection has a special place in the brassware firm's portfolio. It commemorates 200 years since its Birmingham foundry opened its doors, and is named after its address, 100 Leopold Street.

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Palladian Revival

Zoffany has revived Palladio's mid-century wallpaper books, infusing Festival of Britain era design with a new life – and added an equally vibrant design of its own.

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Ice Cool

Interior designer Laura Hammett has created a lighting collection in collaboration with Bella Figura. Facet consists of five pieces – a round chandelier, rectangular chandelier, lantern, wall light and table lamp – which feature brushed bronze, gold or nickel frames, and 'dry ice' glass that produces a warm, calming glow.

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Take to the Terrace

Samuel & Sons' latest collection sees the trimmings experts team up with another US brand found at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, Perennials, to create a range of products suitable for indoors or out.

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Change of Character

New for 2020, Porada's 'Alan' table demonstrates how a single piece of furniture can retain its essential design DNA, yet change its character according to its shape and materials.

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Tailoring with a Twist

Savior Beds' latest design collaboration is with Dashing Tweeds, designers of "modern urban tweeds", whose fabrics are now available to upholster its beds. This is no ordinary tweed, though: the wool is woven with reflective yarn.

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Sweet Spot

Topfloor by Esti's founder, Esti Barnes, is known for her skill as a rug designer, but she's now at the helm of a new venture, furniture brand Formitura.

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The Go-Anywhere Light

Collier Webb's latest launch is a collection of portable, battery-powered lights made with the hospitality market in mind. Showcasing a variety of manufacturing techniques, from hand-spun shades to leather wrapping, casting and machining, the lights have a battery life of ten hours, and can be made in custom sizes and finishes.

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Modern Geometry

Unusual techniques and combinations of materials are one of Gallotti&Radice's strengths. The new collections show a typically forward-thinking approach, and include 'Prism', an intarsia coffee table in walnut and aluminium.

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Fade In

Stark has added to its Sapphire collection of silk and wool designs, made in India. 'Halina', 'Zoella' and 'Levan' have a distressed finish, and traditional patterns that fade into a subtle colour palette that provides a contrast to crisper contemporary furniture.

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Superior Feeling

Whistler Leather launched Arch8 at the end of 2019, a sister company dedicated to superior-quality faux leather. Now, the new brand has produced its first faux suede, ‘Tamarindo’, a hardwearing microfibre available in 93 colours. There is a growing demand for performance faux leather and suede. Available by the metre, it can be used to upholster large surfaces such as headboards …

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The Joy of Florals

"I think we're in a 'country moment'," says Colefax and Fowler's design director Sarah MacGregor, introducing the showroom's latest Jardine collection as part of Focus/20's virtual programme.

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Updating a Golden Age

René Prou is considered the first French interior designer to work in a modern style – and also happens to be the grandfather of Patrick Frey, CEO of Pierre Frey. For its latest furniture collection, Pierre Frey has looked to this familial connection for inspiration.

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Nesting Instinct

New for AW20, Ethimo's 'Hut' outdoor seating pod – the creation of up-and-coming designer and architect Marco Lavit – is a way to feel cosy and cocooned, yet still be at one with nature.

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Still in Service

David Hunt Lighting’s ‘Station’ pendant is celebrating 40 years in production. To mark the landmark, the light has been released in four new colours as well as bespoke shades and finishes.

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Bobbin Along

Julian Chichester's Bobbin collection is one of one of its best loved, and it has recently expanded to include a console and bedside table. This simple, rustic of furniture has its origins in the late 17th-century, but has stood the test of time.

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Soft Brutalism

This ‘Brutus’ dining chair is designed by a brand that’s new to the Tollgård showroom, BassamFellows. The Connecticut-based company describes its aesthetic as "craftsman modern".

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Under the Surface

This bronze and eggshell ‘Cupola’ pendant takes centre stage in the Alexander Lamont + Miles showroom, a new space is dedicated to the work of Alexander Lamont as well as a wider stable of brands brought together by Miles de Lange.

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Chiselled Features

Kallista's new Argile collection, available from West One Bathrooms, is silky smooth on the inside, but has a raised pattern on their outer surface, capturing the irregular finish of a piece of hand-chiselled wood.

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Artful Interiors

Italian design house Agena is a new brand to be discovered at Jason d'Souza. Its current portfolio includes several designs influenced by art history, from 1980s pop-art legend Keith Haring to Austrian painter Gustav Klimt.

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Future Classic

Danish lighting company Louis Poulsen, available from Interdesign UK, is best-known for its classic mid-century designs – but the 'Keglen' pendant is a new addition to its canon of thoughtful, simple products.

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