Design Centre Stories

Designer Loves: HBA Residential

As part of its First Look initiative, and as a preview to London Design Week 2021, the Design Centre asked top designers to choose their favourite products from this season’s new collections. Anoushka Almeida, design director of HBA Residential, selects her edit below and explains her thoughts on colour – including the one shade she is obsessing over right now.

Is there a particular piece out of the products you’ve chosen that you can’t wait to put in a scheme? How do you envision using it?
Alexander Lamont’s ‘Shangó’ lamps would look great as a pair against a curated minimalist scheme, perhaps either side of a mantel or fireplace. This lamp is both architectural and handcrafted, and I imagine it would hold ground and stand out beautifully like a sculpture.

Did you discover anything on the First Look colour wheel that surprised you?
Green is usually quite a contentious colour when it comes to interior schemes: it’s sometimes a bit hit or miss and can be hard to tick the box with clients. It was good to see some tasteful variants of it on the First Look colour wheel that inspire and are very usable.

Is there a colour you are consistently drawn to in your work?
Every project will generally draw on colour schemes that have a relevance to the surroundings; we also take into account any cultural references, history and function, and colours may also be quite personal to a client. I really like to use a strong natural core palette that is still quite luxurious, so that the richness and tones of the materials speak for themselves. That way you can build and develop any colourway on top to complement and/or contrast. Personally though, I am always drawn to deep earthy colours like russet, ochre and tan, and like to team this with dark shades and navy tones for a warm contrast.

What timeless colour should we all be embracing this year?
Navy. I am obsessing over it a little at the moment. I feel it’s a different, perhaps more sophisticated option to a black or dark brown, and it works so well to lift most light and dark colour tones for interiors as well as fashion.

See these products in person at London Design Week 2021 (16-21 May): register here

Alexander Lamont + Miles, Second Floor, South Dome
Ethimo, Third Floor, Centre Dome
Phillip Jeffries, Second Floor, North Dome
Samuel & Sons, Third Floor, Centre Dome
Schumacher, Ground Floor, South Dome
Vaughan, Ground Floor, Design Centre East


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