Showroom Movers & Shakers
Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour has an impressive new crop of stylish showrooms, many of which are in beautifully revamped or larger spaces.
C & C Milano has doubled the size of its showroom, with a dressed bed and dining table in the new space, allowing the renowned Italian firm to showcase more of its homewares, linens and throws alongside the existing fabric and wallpaper range.
Lizzo’s inspiring edit can now be seen in its new home in the South Dome. On display is an array of elegant, natural fabrics, alongside creative collections that have been inspired by the latest fashion trends. Whatever style, colour or texture you are drawn to, each fabric is notable for its refinement and quality and is designed to prompt an emotional response from the onlooker.
Many international design names at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour are investing in their showrooms. US brand Edelman Leather is a good example, debuting a new look in time for London Design Week 2019. The setting has been devised by renowned design firm Gensler to transform the space, putting the spotlight on luxurious leather in an inviting, hospitable environment. Every element has been created to enhance the visitor experience of viewing the product, using tactile materials such as understated white oak, marble, glass and antiqued brass, along with new lighting. As a backdrop to tell the story, look out for the display of boxing gloves, chic handbags and pieces of artwork, all made out of leather, of course. The aim is to explore, discover and gain inspiration from the artisanal beauty of its leather collections, as well as see and feel its depth of colour and texture.
Bella Figura’s new flagship showroom has craftsmanship at its core, inspired by the techniques that underscore its lighting collection. Working closely with a master craftsman, bespoke furniture and fixtures have been created for the much larger space. Expect designs across a broad style spectrum, from retro to transitional through to ultra-contemporary, handmade from the finest materials in England and Italy. Pictured are a ‘Halo’ pendant and ‘Glacier’ and ‘Arctic’ table lamps.
Stark Carpet’s new, modern space on the Third Floor has a decidedly chic aesthetic. A combination of clean lines, subdued lighting, concrete floors, dark grey walls and walnut finishes casts an aura of serenity that feels timeless yet of the moment. For over 75 years, the US firm has established a reputation for its fine quality rugs and carpets. A visit to the new showroom is both an inspirational and educational shopping experience. More space means that larger designs (from 3 – 4.5 metres) can be displayed in all their glory, alongside the latest innovations such as handknotted silk broadlooms that marry handmade luxury with wide width. Choosing the right carpet requires careful consideration and the team is on hand to discuss patterns, colours and materials, as well as the creation of bespoke designs.