FIRST LOOK: THE EVENTS PROGRAMME
London Design Week 2020 Access all Areas programme is the beating heart of the show. More than 100 showroom events will inspire, excite and enlighten, from meet-the-designer sessions to hands-on making. There’s no better way to boost your knowledge and find your personal expression – and they’re all free to attend. More to come…
DESIGNING WITH LIGHT: CREATING BALANCED INTERIORS
A masterclass on lighting design with Rebecca Weir, founder and creative creator of LightIQ, and Gail Taylor, founder of th2designs. Discover light’s vital role in creating a balanced interior, with trends, texture, colour and wellbeing all up for discussion and debate.
COLE & SON PRESENTS SEVILLE
Be transported to the fragrant gardens and decorative Mudéjar architecture of southern Spain with this presentation of Cole & Son’s Seville wallcoverings. Design director Carley Bean will explain the origins of the designs and the techniques used bring them to life. Floral motifs such as jasmine, bougainvillea and orange trees feature alongside ‘Alcazar Gardens’, pictured, an evocative reimagining of Seville’s splendid palace.
SCHOLAR WALLPAPERS AND THE NEW COLLECTIONS
Join Andrew Martin’s design director David Harris in one of Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour’s newest showrooms, and be among the first to see the brand’s latest launches. The Scholar collection of extra-wide wallpapers will take you to another time and place, with designs featuring maps, botanical drawings and super-scaled pages of literary classics.
DISCOVER TOKYO BLUE BY MOOOI X ARTE
Tokyo Blue, Arte’s latest wallcovering collaboration with Dutch design company Moooi, is inspired by the art of Japan. To celebrate the collection’s roots, Arte is hosting a Japanese whisky-tasting session alongside an introduction to the new collection: learn how to distinguish different flavours while exploring the materials innovation behind the wallcoverings, which include the use of denim, wood veneer, jute and raffia.
ENTERTAINING INSPIRATION WITH JULIAN CHICHESTER AND HANNAH FRANKLIN
Join stylist and creative consultant Hannah Franklin as she curates a number of design vignettes using pieces from Julian Chichester’s new Spring 2020 collection. In this interactive session the emphasis will be on entertaining and Hannah will reinvent your Easter table, providing an abundance of ideas and demonstrating how to style key areas of your house and hone your personal style.
Sleep therapist and transformational coach Risa Gabrielle will share the tools and techniques needed to switch off and get a better night’s rest. Her approach is “empowering, practical and intuitive – most of all, it’s about long-lasting solutions over quick fixes,” and she’ll be on hand to answer any sleep questions.
HAPPY HOUR AT FRATO
Join Frato at its recently opened showroom for happy hour and view the latest additions to its core furniture collection and library of materials and finishes, all of which have a refined aesthetic and a strong sense of craftsmanship.
MOORE & GILES X BILL AMBERG
Join London-based designer Bill Amberg as he presents his new digitally printed leather collaboration with Moore & Giles. Discover how, thanks to a unique process, this collection of six patterned leathers is different to everything else on the market, and more than just a print on leather.
A MASTERCLASS IN BESPOKE BRITISH MANUFACTURING
See skilled craftsmanship in action in the Simpsons showroom. Experts will on hand for a masterclass in British manufacturing, demonstrating the art of bespoke finishes using faux shagreen leather, antique metal and wood.
MEET THE DESIGNER: ZAK PROFERA OF ZAK + FOX
George Spencer Designs hosts an ‘in conversation’ session with Zak Profera, founder and creative director of New-York-based Zak+Fox, whose textiles reference artisan crafts and global cultures. He’ll talk about the processes that inform his work, and the extent to which the creative journey impacts upon and inspires his designs.
GET HANDS ON WITH LINCRUSTA
This unique interactive session gives you the chance to get hands on and create your own bespoke finish with Lincrusta. Discover the infinite possibilities of this unrivalled material, with expert advice from one of its approved installers.
MEET THE DESIGNER: A CELEBRATION OF THE NATIONAL TRUST BY SANDERSON
Sanderson is thrilled to launch its latest collection, A celebration of the National Trust by Sanderson, new for SS20. This exquisite range of fabrics celebrates the values of the National Trust and its commitment to conserving our natural and cultural heritage. Introduced by Sanderson’s Rebecca Craig.
ALL IN A SPIN
David Hunt Lighting’s creative director Hollie Moreland will present never-before-seen archive material of its first spun metal collections, from the riotous colours of the swinging sixties to a rework of the Victorian gas light. Includes original archive material, making videos, Q&A and refreshments.
DAVID GIRELLI – DEBUT COLLECTION
Launching Tramontana, the debut furniture collection from David Girelli. Inspired by the designer’s travels, the collection is influenced by Scandinavian minimalism design with a Mediterranean twist. Having worked in London for almost 10 years, he has taken inspiration from the chic, refined and elegant designs found in central Europe.
INSPIRATION – FABRIC CREATION
Inspiration is everything. Join Massimo Note President of Agena to gain an insight into how influences from across the globe are translated into the very latest luxury fabric collections. Enjoy a glass of Italian wine, local delicacies and prepare to be inspired.
THE BEWILDERING WORLD OF BESPOKE LIGHTING IN DESIGN PROJECTS
Staffan Tollgård hosts a discussion on commissioning bespoke lighting with leading lighting consultant Paul Nulty. Discover more about this multifaceted world, from understanding the language of light, design composition and craftsmanship techniques, through to using bespoke lighting to create beautiful schemes.
LIGHTING DESIGN WITH TAMARA FITZHERBERT FROM LIGHT HOUSE DESIGNS
Tamara Fitzherbert from Light House Designs will be discussing all aspects of a lighting scheme, from the initial design concept and specification to the final installation. She will lead us through past and present projects for both exterior and interior lighting, as well as landscapes and art installations.
PERSONALISATION AND MAXIMALIST DESIGN WITH VICTORIA + ALBERT BATHS
Award-winning journalist Kate Watson-Smyth talks about two key interiors trends for 2020, personalisation and maximalist design. Open discussion is encouraged on how this bolder, braver age, with more possibilities than ever, will affect interior design in general, and bathrooms specifically.
DISCOVER THE TECHNIQUES BEHIND STARK’S NEWEST COLLECTIONS
Join the team for some colourful drinks and discover the techniques behind the striking NewTribal and NewTribalSoul collections, 100% wool hand-knotted rugs that use natural dyes and blend traditional design with modern asymmetrical patterns.
THE POSSIBILITIES OF FIBRE ART
A panel discussion exploring cutting-edge textile and carpet design through the lens of three very different creatives: Richard McVetis, artist-maker of embroidered art; Nadia-Anne Ricketts, artist and founder of BeatWoven, which turns music into digital patterns for textiles; and Juliana Polastri, design director of Tai Ping Carpets. The talk is chaired by Grant Gibson, journalist and founder of the Material Matters podcast.
MEET THE DESIGNER: ANTHOLOGY LAUNCHES VOLUME 07 WALLCOVERINGS
A MATTER OF STYLE
Join Gallotti&Radice for an Italian breakfast and discover its unique and innovative interpretation of glass and precious materials in luxury furniture design and manufacture. Learn about ancient techniques and how they can be used in contemporary projects. Advanced booking required.
YOURS NATURALLY: THE BEAUTY OF NATURAL FIBRE
With natural materials in the ascendancy in interior design, Topfloor by Esti will show the incredible versatility of materials such as jute, hemp, and bamboo to create fabulous floorcoverings in multiple different weaves and textures
MEET THE DESIGNER: SCION TAKES ITS SS20 ESALA COLLECTION IN A NEW DIRECTION
Named after the Sri Lankan festival, Esala is a celebration of joyous colour and a fusion of patterns, motifs and semi-plains. Featuring the latest looks, from working the soft tropics trend to taking a walk on the wild side of print.
CASAL AT HOULES: LAUNCH EVENT WITH KARIN SAJO
Join the Houlès team as they launch their new collaboration with fabric brand Casal. The celebrated French designer Karin Sajo will in the showroom throughout the afternoon to introduce the collection, which has been inspired by the masterpieces made by the glassmakers of north-eastern France.
THE UPCYCLING CLUB
Porta Romana’s pieces are built to be loved by you for generations to come: however, everything that is used and appreciated needs a little attention from time to time. Join its talented team of artists, who will be demonstrating restoration techniques, and discover how you could revive your most loved Porta Romana lamp.