A Jubilee Garden for Coutts
As part of Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the Design Centre's Personal Shopping team was invited to make its own contribution, by creating a special installation at Coutts' London headquarters on the Strand.
Crafted, and Planted
William Morris was inspired by native flora and fauna for the fabrics and wallcoverings he produced for Morris & Co. Now, a garden at RHS Chelsea uses his original designs to create a gold-medal-winning contemporary garden.
Raising the Bar
Much-loved Chelsea pub The Cadogan Arms has been restored to its former glory with help from Lincrusta's heritage wallcoverings.
On the island of Antigua, Ward & Co has created a slice of paradise – and while the aesthetic may be contemporary Caribbean, many of the textiles were sourced in London from the Design Centre's showrooms
Italian restaurant group San Carlo has opened a new London outpost that celebrates the sun-soaked cuisine of Italy's islands – with bright, fresh interiors by design studio Fettle.
Past & Future
Jeffreys Interiors turns a Scottish Palladian mansion into a thriving family home - with help from a raft of products from the Design Centre's showrooms.
Chateau in the City
In-demand Parisian designer Laura Gonzalez unveils a hotel that features her signature opulence and luxe layers – with wallcoverings by Iksel used throughout to set the scene for its lavish spaces.
A Stellar Stay
Olga and Alex Polizzi unveil the Star Inn in Alfriston, East Sussex, where Julian Chichester furniture and fabric and wallcoverings by Madeaux by Richard Smith help create a comfortable, colourful country style.
The rich, warm palette of materials used in this London apartment give away the South American roots of its owner. Tollgard was the main supplier of furniture and accessories for the scheme, designed by Casa Alta Design.
Stylish Every Day
The perfect kitchen is where function, aesthetics and technology combine to make day-to-day life stylish, and this recent project in Notting Hill by Espresso Design seamlessly creates that balance.
Ahead of the Curve
With its sweeping curved facade overlooking Regent’s Park, Regent’s Crescent makes one of London’s grandest architectural statements. Although the 200-year-old John Nash facade may be original, the spaces behind them have been completely remodelled for modern living, with a new residence by Millier recently unveiled.
The Kips Bay Decorator Show House has been an unmissable date on the US design calendar since the mid-1970s. The latest Dallas incarnation includes a sumptuous living room by Mark D. Sikes that features custom wallcovering by Iksel – Decorative Arts.
La Belle Vie
Paris's jewel of a hotel, Le Meurice, reopened in September, and with it came the opportunity to enjoy one of the city's best suites. The seventh-floor La Belle Etoile suite by Lally & Berger incorporates fabrics by Holland & Sherry, Dedar and Rubelli, among others.
A 21st-Century Jacquard
Heritage weaving company Gainsborough (available at McKinney & Co) has brought the art of jacquard weaving up to date with a collaboration with young Singaporean maker Tiffany Loy. The Weaverly Way is an installation at CitizenM Bankside, with a further version on show in McKinney & Co's showroom window at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.
Villa Copenhagen, a new hotel in the Danish capital, is a place to stay that also wants to win the hearts of locals, and a place where guests can do more than scratch the surface of history and culture. As designer Jo Littlefair puts it: “Travellers now want to experience life under the skin of a place.”
Dominating the east London skyline, the Atlas Building cements 'tech city' – the area surrounding Old Street roundabout – as a property hotspot as well as a business hub. Replacing a 1980s office building, the 152m tower has 302 apartments, including this eye-catching penthouse designed by Angel O'Donnell.
Set among 500 acres of Cotswolds farmland, Anthology Farm is the escape to the country that many locked-down city-dwellers are yearning for. These two listed barns were recently transformed by interior design studio Run for the Hills into a nine-bedroom holiday let with a laid-back feel.
Nicky Dobree is best known as the influential interior designer who gave the luxury ski chalet market a much-needed pivot away from a rather dated design rut. Although she has also worked on many prestigious private homes she had never worked on a commercial project before – until Plaza 18, a boutique hotel in Andalucia, came along.
Oficina Inglesa Furniture has made furniture for 11 newly refurbished rooms at Claridge's, including the Prince Alexander Suite, which has been designed to reflect both the hotel's Victorian heritage and the elegance of 1940s Europe.
Design practice Albion Nord has brought a John Nash-designed London terraced house up to date, reinstating grand period features but keeping a more eclectic approach with the interiors – with input from Kvadrat at Home, Vaughan and Samuel & Sons, among others.
Journey into Craftsmanship
Gainsborough has collaborated with Bentley on a concept car to celebrate the luxury automotive company's centenary – and while it has a futuristic outlook, it is also firmly rooted in the hand-made.
Frank & Faber's Number One Bruton, a boutique bolthole in Somerset that designer Sarah Ellison says "feels like the home of an eccentric but very stylish relative who had impeccable taste, and had collected possessions from all over the world."
Making its Mark on Mayfair
Jouin Manku has devised a scheme of "deep, graceful calm" at MayFair Park Residences, incorporating textiles from Design Centre brands Holland & Sherry, Nobilis and Dedar.