Design Centre Stories

Planting the Seeds of Inspiration

As gardeners turn their thoughts to planting bulbs for spring/summer, interior design enthusiasts similarly need to plan ahead to ensure they have everything they need for their outdoor projects next year. In recognition of this, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is showcasing the best in outdoor living with a series of stylish vignettes in the Design Avenue.

Thanks to long lead times, autumn/winter is the time to specify for your next outdoor projects, to ensure their readiness for sunny days in 2022. On from 11–22 October, The Art of Outdoor Living reflects how our relationship with nature is becoming increasingly important: people want to spend more time outside, but in style and comfort, and  outdoor space is now considered an extension of the interior, deserving the same careful design consideration.

Brands are expanding their repertoire to include a host of designs suitable for the outdoors, from furniture and lighting to rugs, textiles and accessories, allowing for the creation of true ‘outdoor rooms’ with a more decorative edge. Well-known designs for indoors are being remade in high-tech performance materials, reproducing the comfort of their indoor counterparts, but with the added benefit of increased durability. On display are stylish pieces by renowned designers including Antonio Citterio for Flexform, Vincent Van Duysen for Sutherland Furniture (pictured) and Marco Lavit for Ethimo, as well as Piet Boon for the Tollgard vignette.

Outdoor fabrics continue to surprise with their combination of high design aspirations and durability. Textiles that once felt coarse to the touch have been replaced with the use of softer yarns, produced in tempting colours and patterns similar to interior fabrics.

As well as the products on show, this essential source of design inspiration incorporates live discovery tours that dive into the stories behind the designs. Online and in the Design Avenue, there will also be opportunities to view again some of the Design Centre’s talks with award-winning garden designers including Jinny Blom and Tom Stuart Smith on the joy of gardening and how it can transform health and wellbeing.

Entry is free and booking is not required.

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