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The Must-sees at London Design Week 2024, According to Designers

A-list names will be coming to London Design Week 2024 (on from 11 – 15 March) to share expertise, launch new collections and help create the show’s special magic. But what are the showrooms and collections that they will be personally seeking out?  Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour asked a few of them to share what they are most looking forward to (and Claire German, the Design Centre’s CEO, has contributed her own hot tip, too).

Read on to see their picks, then come to the show next week to take your own voyage of discovery, across a curated programme of 100+ events. Register here.

Kit Kemp

An interior designed by Bunny Williams

A portrait of Kit Kemp“I am really looking forward to meeting my all-time design hero Bunny Williams, who is partnering with Paolo Moschino representing her furniture range in the UK. Bunny is a US design icon with a wealth of stories and knowledge of design, both inside and outside.”

☞ Kit Kemp is launching her new collection with GP & J Baker on Monday 11 March at 12pm.

Emily Todhunter

Fabrics by Thorp of London, from Pierre Frey

A portrait of interior designer Emily Todhunter“Bernard Thorp is an amazing company that has been a go-to for so many years for us, because they have the most beautiful patterns and everything is bespoke. Now they’re at Pierre Frey – along with wonderful scenic wallpapers from Zuber – it’s win-win all round.”

☞ Emily is part of a panel discussion on decorative versus architectural lighting, at Hector Finch on Monday 11 March at 1.45pm.

Suzy Hoodless

A rug designed by Paul Smith for The Rug Company

Portrait of interior design Suzy Hoodless“I’m a huge fan of The Rug Company. The new showroom opening in the Design Centre is set to be an exciting launch, along with a new Paul Smith collection described as ‘classic with a twist’ with a contemporary take on the original designs.”

☞ Suzy is taking part in a Conversations in Design talk, Grow Your Business: Making Your Mark, on Tuesday 12 March at 11.30am.

Salvesen Graham

Fabrics by Jean Monro, from Turnell & Gigon

A portrait of interior designers Salvesen Graham“We have a longstanding love for Jean Monro’s block-printed fabrics, and plan to visit Turnell & Gigon to see whether any new designs have been unearthed from the archives.”

☞ The Collection by Salvesen Graham is a House Guest; Mary Graham and Nicole Salvesen will reveal their design process on Monday 11 March at 12.30pm.

Victoria Gray, Olivine

'Hotchpotch' fabric by Madeaux, from Tissus d'Helene

A portrait of interior designer Victoria Gray of Olivine“I’m a huge fan of Tissus d’Hélène: Madeaux’s new design, ‘Hotchpotch’ is great, and the new Nicole Fabre fabric collection is exciting, too. I can also never resist Samuel & Sons’ showroom – it’s a treasure trove.”

☞ Victoria is taking part in a panel discussion, The Secret of True Comfort, hosted by The English Home, on Tuesday 12 March at 2pm.

Marianne Cottrill

Wallcoverings from Iksel Decorative Arts

A portrait of stylist Marianne Cottrill“I always try to visit Iksel: surrounded by their murals, I feel like I’m in a different landscape. I’m also looking forward to Jaipur Rugs’ showroom – having seen its rugs being made in Jaipur, I appreciate the support they give to talented rural artisans.”

☞ Marianne is taking part in Crucial Trading’s panel discussion, Be Bold – The Art of Embracing Colour in Your Home, on Monday 11 March at 2pm

Claire German

The Sanderson x Giles Deacon collection

A portrait of the Design Centre's CEO Claire German“Fashion designers always bring a fresh perspective to interiors, and I’m looking forward to welcoming British couture designer and illustrator Giles Deacon to the show as he launches a new collection with Sanderson. His decadent, theatrical designs will be hard to miss, as they will be on show across the Design Centre, as well as within the showroom itself.”

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