Designer Loves: Hill House Interiors
Jenny Weiss and Helen Bygraves of Hill House Interiors choose products from the Design Centre's First Look online hub of new collections, and reveal their colour passions.
The Spending Shift
Attention on our homes has never been stronger than in the last 12 months. Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour asked its showrooms what broad trends they had observed over the year, to find out the bigger picture about our lifestyles and spending patterns.
Leather in Detail
Although Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour has showrooms that are entirely dedicated to the supply of leather – which ends up upholstering the banquettes of the world's best restaurants and the headboards of the finest hotels and homes – this most versatile of materials also has a strong presence when it comes to the design of stand-alone products too.
A Shot of Glamour
Ventura's Design Centre East showroom has grown, taking over the adjacent space to create further enticing roomsets that showcase the Dublin-based brand's classic contemporary aesthetic.
De Le Cuona's latest capsule collection of accessories, Mountain Retreat, is perfect for high summer, with linen that's cooling to the skin in hot weather, and lightweight wool for snuggling in to when an extra layer is required.
Dominating the east London skyline, the Atlas Building cements 'tech city' – the area surrounding Old Street roundabout – as a property hotspot as well as a business hub. Replacing a 1980s office building, the 152m tower has 302 apartments, including this eye-catching penthouse designed by Angel O'Donnell.
Blue Skies Ahead
The Design the Rainbow installation has transformed the Design Avenue into an uplifting spectrum of colour. Delve into the detail of the blue scheme, from artisan ceramics to chinoiserie wallcoverings and a perfect chaise longue.
An Understated Accent
De Le Cuona has launched a range of accessories, creating ready-made products from its sought-after fabrics as well as introducing vases and bowls, occasional furniture, oversized decorative beads and Belgian linen towels.
Talk of the Table
Playful tableware and ceramics have been added to the menu at the Simpsons showroom thanks to a partnership with Micucci Interiors, including heritage Portuguese brand Vista Alegre and up-and-coming Spanish design studio MiCuit Ilustracion.
Open by Appointment
As restrictions ease, many showrooms are now operating on an appointment-only basis. The picture is changing all the time, but here are the showrooms that have stated they will be open by appointment for the week commencing 1 June.
The Power of Now
Spending more time at home, many people's thoughts have turned to redecorating, whether a complete overhaul or a smaller rejuvenation with a few well-judged accessories. Several brands to be found at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour operate online shopfronts, so there's no need to wait a moment longer: getting products delivered to the door is only a few clicks away.
Channelling the era of Halston, Yves Saint Laurent and Warhol, Baker's new Baker Luxe collection was inspired by the daring art, fashion and design of the seventies. The 90 new designs – Baker's largest-ever collection – are described as "art pieces for the home".
Making Themselves at Home
Adding to the potent mix of brands at Focus/19, there are a raft of guest pop-ups augmenting the home-grown talent. Companies of international standing, many of which can't be seen anywhere else during the London Design Festival, are exhibiting a breadth of products, from lighting to furniture, fabrics and paint. Based in the North Dome, Christopher Farr (pictured top) teamed up …
Keep it Natural
Embrace the bounty of the earth, from the rattan revival to wood, sisal and stone, to bring an authentic yet refined element to a space. Layer fabrics in cotton and linen for an informal yet chic look that is suitable for all seasons, and appreciate the crafted nature of hand-woven materials that add additional texture. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: ‘Amasura’ wallcovering …
Dressed for the Occasion
C&C Milano has doubled the size of its showroom, allowing the Italian brand to show more of its homeware, including linen, napkins and cashmere throws; a dressed bed and dining table in the new space will bring these products to life. This ‘Manet’ cotton percale bedlinen, with its stitched linen border in ‘Ferno’, can be customised on request, in common …
The Pattern of Texture
These heavily textured vases are new to the de Le Cuona showroom, along with wooden chairs and woven baskets – all designs that support the brand’s ethos of organic elegance and complement its new fabric collections. de Le Cuona, Second Floor, North Dome
Villa Nova has launched Picturebook, its first children’s collection, thanks to the contribution of three leading illustrators: Frann Preston-Gannon, Christopher Corr and Yuval Zommer. This ‘Island Hopping’ design by Christopher Corr translates on to fabric the artist's work in gouache on handmade paper, and reflects his love of vividly capturing his travels. All three illustrators' collections also encompass wallcoverings, cushions, rugs, murals …
Beaufort Collection, known for its expertly crafted furnishings and curtain making, has a new showroom on the Third Floor. A key feature of the new space will be furniture by Dutch brand Leolux, known for its commitment to craftsmanship, comfort and quality. Pictured is the 'Bellice' sofa designed by Norbert Beck, complemented by 'Amulet' stools, an 'Izem' rug and other accessories …
Bring nature indoors with birdlife – feathers, eggs and all – and other native creatures. A soothing palette of duck egg, turquoise and soft grey brings calm, serenity and comfort. From left to right: ‘Gesso’ vase with handles and ‘Gesso Seated Bird’, both Julian Chichester. ‘Deco Monobloc’ lever basin mixer, silver, Perrin & Rowe. ‘Satin Nickel' finial (F298), McKinney & Co. …
A Starburst of Shells
A-list decorator Paolo Moschino knows a thing or two about stunning interiors. Step inside his harmonious showroom, Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd, to see his skill in putting decorative elements together: this season sees a continuation of an intention to feature some of the best craftsmanship from around the world, with natural materials a key influence. With a frame embellished …
Artefacts of Design
A growing consensus towards the creation of ‘democratic museums’ that involve audiences is an emerging trend in curation. Visitors heading to Design Centre East may have noticed the Design Lab, a new hub of exploration inspired by an interactive museum. The specially commissioned space showcases products, usually found in an interior scheme, displayed in an original way as artefacts. Keeping …
Serge of Appreciation
This carved plaster wall sconce from Nicholas Haslam Ltd pays homage to 1930s artist Serge Roche, whose baroque-inspired ornamentation sat in contrast to the functional modernism of the day. Nicholas Haslam Ltd's Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen’s also share their impeccable taste in a new book, ‘Signature Spaces’, which profiles their individual approach to interiors. Nicholas Haslam Ltd, Second Floor, South Dome
Exploring Other Worlds
Anthropology always provides a fascinating starting point for designers: this season's cultural focus is the basketwork, beading and bold artwork of Africa, the Amazon and Southeast Asia. These designs embrace grass-roots culture and an appreciation of handcrafted objects, mixing natural materials and vivid prints. Larsen’s spring 2017 collection (available from Colefax and Fowler) was inspired by German photographer Hans Silvester’s images of …
Furniture, lighting, textiles and wallcoverings that call to mind molecular models, radio waves, labware and a general air of experimentation: this is where science and design get put into the melting pot. ‘Grand Eaton’ chair, (50028), Donghia at Rubelli/ Donghia, upholstered in ‘Lisbon’ fabric (TC097863), Armani/Casa at Rubelli/ Donghia. White vases (PLFBRO1) and (PLFBRO2), Poliform. ‘Isola’ shelving system, Gallotti&Radice. Finials (F285), McKinney …