Christmas Design Day 2019



The first-ever Christmas Design Day brought a flock of eager visitors to the world’s premier design centre for workshops, demonstrations and tours that were fun, inspiring and creative. From decorating cookies at Altfield, ways to decorate festive tables at th2 to to making fabulous tree decorations at de Le Cuona, by the end of the day, visitors had all the design-savvy advice they could desire for a chic Christmas. Experts included film and TV florist Phillip Corps, who imparted his insider tips on centrepieces and wreaths, and Ventura’s creative director Arlene McIntyre, who was on hand to talk through the cosiest Christmas accessories. The event was held to raise funds and awareness of Screw Cancer, the charity set up by the late designer William Yeoward.




Capturing the magic of Christmas in a stylish, contemporary way while staying true to the traditions of the season, this year’s installations are some of the most inventive ever seen at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. Thinking about interior decoration from a different perspective, four house vignettes are the perfect reminder of Christmas at home. Evocative windows with an inviting glow offer glimpses of different cosy settings within. Many showrooms lent products to create the scenes, from Edelman Leather’s shaggy heritage-breed sheepskins to Zoffany’s glowing ‘Lustre Gold Tile’ wallcoverings, while Ceccotti Collezioni’s ‘Bloody Mary’ drinks trolley made for a sophisticated setting for entertaining. Playing with size, scale and proportion, handcrafted Christmas trees and presents in a palette of winter whites incorporate wallcoverings and trimmings, including those from Jane Churchill at Colefax and Fowler, Zimmer + Rohde, Arte and Samuel & Sons. Visitors can view the Christmas lights and striking installations until 24 December 2019.