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Meet the Showroom: August+Co

Get to know this new multi-brand space in the North Dome

Iolanda Martinho and Vincent Pennetier founded August+Co in 2023, deliberately describing their showroom as a “gallery” to elevate the status of the fine craftsmanship within it. Brands to be found within the space include Scottish-made textiles from Johnstons of Elgin, playful fabrics and wallcoverings from Claire de Quenetain and furniture from Pouenat. Here, Martinho explains why August+Co chose the Design Centre, and the philosophy that underpins the many brands on show.

Visit the showroom from 11 March 2024 for a special month-long exhibition, Material & Wonders, featuring work by Pouenat and O&A London.

What brought August+Co to Design, Centre, Chelsea Harbour?

August+Co was drawn to the Design Centre due to its prestigious reputation as a hub for design excellence. The centre’s vibrant community and focus on excellent interiors align perfectly with our brands. Having worked in the building for many years before going solo, we also appreciate the support from our neighbours, which is so important to us!

'Stripe' fabric, Johnstons of Elgin at August+Co

‘Stripe’ fabric, Johnstons of Elgin

What should we expect from the showroom?

It is an immersive experience. Designed by us and supported by our friends, it exudes elegance. Visitors can expect a curated selection of furniture, lighting, tapestry weave, textiles and more from all our brands combined, showcased in stunning vignettes. Additionally, our space boasts an extensive collection of samples, allowing customers to explore textures, finishes and materials first-hand.

Why should people visit in person as opposed to looking/buying online?

It offers a tactile and sensory experience that cannot be replicated online. Designers can fully immerse themselves in our products, experiencing their quality and craftsmanship. We are on hand to provide advice and guidance, fostering a deeper connection with our partners.

What’s August + Co’s design philosophy?

Our design philosophy revolves around timeless elegance, good quality, made honestly, meticulous craftsmanship, and a commitment to quality. We believe in products that seamlessly blend form and function, elevating everyday living spaces with understated sophistication.

'Gravitation' rug, Pinton

‘Gravitation’ rug, Pinton

What can we expect from the latest collections?

Our latest collections showcase a harmonious blend of modern innovation and timeless design, crafted with precision and care by skilled artisans in Europe. Each piece undergoes a meticulous production process, combining traditional techniques with modern innovation. We are committed to sustainability and ethical practices, sourcing materials responsibly and supporting local communities wherever possible.

'Firefly' chandelier, Pouenat

‘Firefly’ chandelier, Pouenat

Is there anything else you’d like the Design Centre community to know about your brand?

We are dedicated to exceeding expectations and working with people to create enduring pieces that enrich our lives. We invite you to visit us to see for yourselves.

August + Co, Second Floor, North Dome

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