Design Centre Stories

Designer Loves: Tim Gosling

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. Tim Gosling’s edit is below, and here he also explains why choosing colours is not just about picking a favourite, and why we should be embracing shades that we are emotionally connected to.

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?
The ‘Canale’ border in a broken gold, by Samuel & Sons: this would look stunning as curtain edging, put together with a pair of Murano glass chandeliers.

Did you discover anything on the First Look colour wheel that surprised you?
It’s always great to see the range of new products that come on to the market and the different tonal changes in colours as companies develop their ideas. Seeing the entire colour wheel is almost overwhelming – you realise the extraordinary amount of design elements that the Design Centre holds.

Is there a colour you are consistently drawn to in your work?
It so depends on the country, and the architecture. Colours look very different in different lights, and that changes dramatically as you work in different parts of the world . The light we have in the UK is quite soft and grey, so warmer colours tend to look good with our climate.

What timeless colour should we all be embracing this year?
Personally I think the colours and designs we will be embracing more this coming year are those that make us respond emotionally; the ones that make us feel safe and cosy, from soft dusty pinks to the silver tones and fern leaf designs that remind us of nature .

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

David Hunt Lighting, Third Floor, Centre Dome
Gladee Lighting, Third Floor, North Dome
Interdesign UK, Ground Floor, South Dome
McKinnon and Harris, Second Floor, North Dome
Pierre Frey, First Floor, Design Centre East
Samuel & Sons, Third Floor, Centre Dome
Via Arkadia (Tiles), Third Floor, North & Centre Domes


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