Design Centre Stories

Tag: Carpets & Rugs

Wonder Weaves

Identified by the United Nations as a "future fibre", abacá is something of a super plant when it comes to sustainability. Topfloor by Esti has launched two new collections of rugs that combine the material's best natural qualities with a strong, graphic aesthetic.

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Designer Loves: Alidad

Looking ahead to London Design Week 2021, Alidad selects his preferred products for the new season.

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Designer Loves: Staffan Tollgard

Staffan Tollgård curates a selection of products from the showrooms' latest collections, and reveals which colour he returns to time and again.

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Designer Loves: David Collins Studio

Roslyn Keet of David Collins Studio selects her wish-list of preferred products from the spring/summer 21 collections in the showrooms.

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Carpet of Contrasts

Stark Carpet has added two collections of flatwoven rugs to its portfolio. Corsa fizzes with energy from its rainbow of hues, while Carbon takes a monochrome approach, finding creative expression in the contrast between black and white.

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Designer Loves: Natalia Miyar

Natalia Miyar thinks pink for her selection of spring/summer 21's products, chosen as part of the Design Centre's First Look initiative.

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Creative Collages

From Wanderlust to Neo-nostalgia, discover four trends that are redefining design.

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Designer Loves: Albion Nord

Camilla Clarke of Albion Nord puts together an edit from First Look's spring/summer 21 collections, and reveals which palettes she'll be working with this year.

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Designer Loves: Mark Smith

The Design Centre asked top designers to pick some of their favourite products from First Look, its curated edit of the new collections. Carden Cunietti’s vibrant selection kicks things off.

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Designer Loves: Carden Cunietti

The Design Centre asked top designers to pick some of their favourite products from First Look, its curated edit of the new collections. Carden Cunietti’s vibrant selection kicks things off.

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First Look: Purple

It has associations with opulence and power, but purple can be light and joyful too. Dive into Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour's First Look initiative and discover its many guises among the latest collections.

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First Look: Yellow

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour's First Look initiative sees hundreds of new products expertly curated by colour online, and there are plenty of highlights when it comes to sunshine-soaked shades of yellow.

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Find the Right Rug

"I do things differently, and I like to change, as well. That’s been my motto so far." So says Esti Barnes of Topfloor by Esti, talking to Design Centre Chelsea Harbour's personal shopper Gabrielle Grubanovich for a special 'Getting to Know Rugs and Carpets' session as part of Focus/20's virtual programme.

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Ahead of the Curve

With its sweeping curved facade overlooking Regent’s Park, Regent’s Crescent makes one of London’s grandest architectural statements. Although the 200-year-old John Nash facade may be original, the spaces behind them have been completely remodelled for modern living, with a new residence by Millier recently unveiled.

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Optimistic Outlook

"Colour has the power to lift us up, make us happy, and change our moods. Colour should be a magnetic force that makes us want to stay right in front of it," says Boston-based artist Liz Roache, the latest person to collaborate with Pierre Frey. Her joyously bold work has translated wonderfully to a collection of fabrics, wallpapers and rugs. 

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Rugs with Purpose

Specialising in exquisite hand-made rugs, Jennifer Manners Design, a new arrival in the Centre Dome, counts some of the world's most influential interior designers as clients. 

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Slimline Design

Fine lines can be traced across autumn's new launches, creating a look that manages to be both strong and visually light.

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Fade In

Stark has added to its Sapphire collection of silk and wool designs, made in India. 'Halina', 'Zoella' and 'Levan' have a distressed finish, and traditional patterns that fade into a subtle colour palette that provides a contrast to crisper contemporary furniture.

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Nordic Meets Nepalese

The Norse collection is Tufenkian Artisan Carpets' tribute to Scandinavian design's simplicity, minimalism and functionality, with a particular focus on mid-century modern style.

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Warm-Hearted Orange

The Design the Rainbow installation is currently brightening the Design Avenue with its pop-up spaces for all seven colours of the rainbow. Reflecting the rule-breaking, expressive interiors of the seventies, the orange scheme also conveys the sense of escapism that many of us are craving, with orange's exotic associations with tropical fruit and spices from far-flung lands.

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Woven Through Time

When Pierre Frey acquired esteemed French decorating company Braquenié in 1991, it also inherited a new expertise: rug-making. Today, an archive of more more than 5,000 documents means that it has vast resources to draw on, either for its own collections or for its bespoke rug-making service.

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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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Rug Regeneration

Élitis' second collection of accessories includes rugs made from 88% recycled PET, which includes post-consumer waste from plastic bottles. It gives each one a slightly different and irregular appearance, a uniqueness that is enhanced by the fact that they are finished by hand. 

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Handmade with Pride

Each roll of Jacaranda's handmade carpet passes through at least 130 skilled hands, across 208 hours, over approximately 26 days. Co-owners Lucy and Richard Meager created a photo series that shows the painstaking journey of a 'Santushi' rug in India.

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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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Regency Revival

Design practice Albion Nord has brought a John Nash-designed London terraced house up to date, reinstating grand period features but keeping a more eclectic approach with the interiors – with input from Kvadrat at Home, Vaughan and Samuel & Sons, among others.

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Matter of Taste

Easy on the eye and pleasant to the touch, a matt white finish has a softness that feels just right for a troubled world. Several new launches at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour are exploring this theme, from sculptural lighting to silky-smooth baths and tactile fabrics.

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A Tailored Approach

Celebrating its dual heritage in the worlds of both tailoring fabrics and interiors, Holland & Sherry’s 9-10 Savile Row collection is named after the esteemed address where the company still operates its apparel atelier.

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Keep in Touch

With daily digital overload, enhanced tactility has never been more important. From textured wallcoverings to woven leathers, thick bouclé carpets and incredible embroidery, it’s all so much more interesting than swiping a screen.

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Right Here, Right Now with Marc Sacco

The founder of Sacco Carpet talks flooring trends: tactile surfaces, bright colour – and the very highest quality bespoke materials, from silk to merino wool.

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