Design Centre Stories

Category: Projects

Decorators’ Dream

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.

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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.

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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.

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Special Delivery

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.”

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Urban Glamour

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.

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Rural Retreat

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.

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Home-From-Home Hotel

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.

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Royally Appointed

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.

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Regency Revival

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.

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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.

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Period Piece

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."

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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.

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