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Tag: Accessories

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.

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Restful Retreat

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.

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Urban Glamour

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Seventies Luxe

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".

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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  

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Fantasy Island

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 …

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Curtain Up

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 …

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Mother Nature

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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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

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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 …

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Chemical Reaction

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 …

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