HIGHLIGHTS FROM LONDON DESIGN WEEK 2020
With a theme of creative excellence under the heading ‘masters of design’, London Design Week 2020 was a show of confidence, craftsmanship and ingenuity. Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour’s curated programme of 100+ events included meet-the designer sessions, new launches, tours, demonstrations and workshops – a combination of design knowledge and expertise not found anywhere else.
Stellar names shared their knowledge with leading editors on the main stage, while several specially conceived spaces and installations were a glorious showcase for the latest collections.
Conversations in Design Talks
Perfect immersive viewing at home, London Design Week 2020’s acclaimed Conversations in Design talks programme, is now available to watch online. Hear the industry’s major players talk about their work, including Beata Heuman, Rita Konig and Mike Fisher of Studio Indigo CLICK HERE
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The showroom events were the first chance to see new launches and hear first-hand the stories behind the products. McKinney & Co hosted Bentley’s colour and trims designer Cathy Bass to talk about Gainsborough’s recent collaboration with the luxury car manufacturer.
There was room for fun, too: visitors played ping pong at Tim Page Carpets, and Lincrusta hosted a painting session using its embossed wallcoverings.
At the Design Workshop in the flower-bedecked Sanderson pop-up, a panel discussed the role of heritage in design with National Trust curator Carien Kremer as well as interior designers Joanna Plant and Lucy Barlow,
More than 20 house guests took up residence in the dramatic Design Avenue for the duration of London Design Week 2020. A breadth of products ensured that there was something new at every turn, including textiles by Rose Uniacke, rugs by Amy Kent, tiles by Parkside and outdoor furniture by Gaze Burvill. New launches included Haberdashery’s delicate Bloom porcelain lighting and Hyde House’s ‘Mademoiselle’ sofa, inspired by Coco Chanel.
Some House Guests also hosted their own events programme: House & Garden’s Gabby Deeming talked to Flora Soames, and Hyde House welcomed Helen Bygraves of Hill House Interiors for a discussion about the beauty of bespoke design.
A sense of the joys of spring united London Design Week 2020’s bespoke curated spaces, conceived by creative director Arabella McNie. Many showrooms generously provided products for these talking-point installations. For a full list of credits for each showcase CLICK HERE
All Together Now
The Centre Dome was filled by All Together Now, an installation of ribbons fluttering on the breeze, signifying the community at the Design Centre.
Connect, Converse, Create Hub
In the North Dome, the Connect, Converse, Create hub, sponsored by Paola Lenti, featured the Italian designer’s outdoor furniture, styled as contemporary courtyard.
FT How To Spend It Restaurant
In the cherry-blossom-laden FT How To Spend It Restaurant evoked a paradise garden and was anchored by Nobilis’ elegant bird-motif ‘Josephine’ wallcovering, alongside fabric by Sanderson and Manuel Canovas at Colefax and Fowler, another wallcovering by Andrew Martin, a cord by Samuel & Sons and paint by Sanderson.
The Dome Café in the South Dome included two wallcovering designs that reinvent traditional chinoiserie – ‘Magnolia’ from GP & J Baker and ‘Pivoine’ by Madeaux by Richard Smith, from Tissus d’Hélène – alongside paint from Sanderson.
Rob Van Helden Floral Design created a bountiful display of seasonal florals to celebrate London Design Week 2020. An abundance of fragrant spring blooms at every corner included ranunculus, anemones, pink roses and parrot tulips, grape hyacinth and magnolia. Those attending the Conversations in Design series at the TALK Lecture Theatre were met with an array of sweet-scented broom, while the intimate press lunch was all about details, with a palette of pastel florals, including hyacinth, tulips and viburnum, serving as the centrepiece for each table.
A Sporting Showstopper
The World of Interiors selected de Le Cuona’s ‘Rugby’ fabric as the recipient of its Showstopper award at London Design Week 2020. A departure from the plain fabrics and natural colours for which de Le Cuona is well loved, this striped Italian linen is inspired by a classic rugby shirt.
There were also four Highly Commended awards: Andrew Martin’s ‘Constantinople’ panoramic wallcovering, ‘Akira’ fabric by Old World Weavers from Turnell & Gigon, Poliform’s ‘Nara’ table and GP & J Baker’s ‘Pomegranate’ fabric. The World of Interiors’ editor Rupert Thomas visited the showrooms to deliver the awards in person.