Design Centre Stories

Maintaining the Momentum

With remote working now the norm, showrooms are doing all they can to smooth the transition and help their clients continue their design projects as seamlessly as possible. Digital platforms have become essential, allowing their audiences to have virtual access to their services.

Samuel & Sons’ online concierge service allows users to specify their passementerie needs. Select a product, from borders to bullion fringe, plus the style, colour and material, upload images of fabrics or other inspiration, and add a few notes if there are additional instructions, and the team will send out a selection of samples that fit the brief. Arte also has an online sample-ordering service.

Dreaming of getting that sofa recovered? A new digital tool launched by C & C Milano could help. Called Decorate Your Home Staying at Home, it allows users to see how a piece of furniture might look upholstered in one of its fabrics. Upload a photo of a chair of sofa, state your preferred types of fabric and C & C Milano’s graphic designer will create an image of how the finished item could look.

For trade customers, is GP & J Baker’s digital resource. Register to order samples, check orders and stock levels from the group’s numerous brands (GP & J Baker, Kravet, Lee Jofa and Brunschwig & Fils).

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour’s complimentary Designer Sourcing Service is also available to industry professionals. A way to keep in touch with all 120 showrooms in one place, the service can source and post samples, order products and suggest the best showrooms that could help with a complex brief or a bespoke design.

All proof that, despite a sea change in our ways of working, the Design Centre’s showrooms continue to flex, adapt and keep the design community together.

Image: Samuel & Sons’ Bali collection

Arte, Second Floor, Design Centre East
C & C Milano, First Floor, Design Centre East
GP & J Baker, Ground Floor, Design Centre East
Samuel & Sons, Third Floor, Centre Dome
Designer Sourcing Service