21 May Access All Areas
In-house events returned to the Design Centre for London Design Week 2021, with the show’s Access All Areas programme taking place across several showrooms. With capacity limits in place it was possible for intimate groups to see new products up close and hear the stories behind them – providing that wholly necessary human dimension to design that’s been missing.
Normally based in Bangkok but having been residing in Cornwall for the past couple of months, Alexander Lamont paid a visit to the Alexander Lamont + Miles showroom to talk about his latest Delta collection. “I see things moving away from clean, classical design,” he said. “How do you make it a bit more artistic – show the texture, show the sculpture of it?” Known for his use of innovative, beautifully crafted materials, he talked though some of the latest pieces, including furniture that incorporates bark paper, lacquered in black and white to bring out the texture; and goatskin parchment, used on the side flanks of the ‘Mirador’ armchair, which sits on bronze legs.
Surface designer Annabelle Taverner spent three days transforming the windows of the Zoffany showroom using its True Matt paint. She’s more used to smaller-scale verre églomisé glass-painting, but this installation sees her creativity writ large across both sides of the window, so that the play of matt and glossy surfaces become part of the design; different paint effects for the various graphic shapes add further visual interest. Her geometric design is loosely based on Zoffany’s ‘Rhombi’ wallcovering.
Mary Graham and Nicole Salvesen of Salvsesen Graham joined Jennifer Manners in her showroom to talk about their latest rug collaboration. ‘Checks’ extends the designers’ love of oversized gingham to the floor, with a new rug in five colours, all part of Jennifer Manners’ wider /re/Purpose range made from recycled plastic fibres. The pair also revealed their approach to colour in their decorating: “Colours people might be scared of using for fabrics or curtains can seem less scary when you use them on the floor,” says Graham. Her advice for clients who are having a wobble at bringing too much colour into their home? “Hold your nerve.”
Other events included interior designer Sophie Stanbury introducing the new Kildare sofa collection at Ventura, Rested hosting a session about its Nordic-designed beds and Casal’s sustainable fabric collection being unveiled at Houlès.
Alexander Lamont + Miles, Second Floor, South Dome
Houlès, Second Floor, South Dome
Jennifer Manners Design, First Floor, Centre Dome
Rested, Third Floor, South Dome
Ventura, Second Floor, Design Centre East
Zoffany, First Floor, South Dome