Design Centre Stories

Tag: Fabrics

Paolo Moschino Ltd's WOW!house Drawing Room

Exploring the Fifth Wall

Don’t forget to look up as you tour the WOW!house – designers have lavished detail on the so-called ‘fifth wall’ and decorated the ceiling with stylish alternatives to a plain painted finish.

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Cocooned by Comfort

How do the WOW!house designers create a sense of comfort and relaxation in their rooms? Find out here with these decorating ideas.

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Stephanie Barba Mendoza's Study at the WOW!house

House of Stories

Everyone loves stories, and storytelling has become an important part of interior design. WOW!house is no exception – find out here who the designers had in mind as the imaginary occupants of their rooms.

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Mindthegap founder Stefan Ormenisan

Meet the Showroom: MindTheGap

Stefan Ormenisan, founder of Romanian decorating brand MindTheGap, introduces the new showroom at the Design Centre and explains how "we try to discover new stories to tell".

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The Morris & Co Garden at RHS Chelsea 2022

Crafted, and Planted

William Morris was inspired by native flora and fauna for the fabrics and wallcoverings he produced for Morris & Co. Now, a garden at RHS Chelsea uses his original designs to create a gold-medal-winning contemporary garden.

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Gazebo Vine fabric by Travers

Up the Garden Path

Travers' Garden Club collection celebrates the freshness and beauty of the great outdoors, from archive-inspired prints to a collaboration with a Californian artist.

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Raising the Bar

Much-loved Chelsea pub The Cadogan Arms has been restored to its former glory with help from Lincrusta's heritage wallcoverings.

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Perfect Pairings

Porta Romana has produced a new collection that brings versatility to its lighting while reducing waste: lamp bases have been reinvented with lively glazes and glass colours, then paired with shades made from Colefax and Fowler fabric off-cuts.

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Blossoming Talent

Pierre Frey's latest collection was designed by children, as the results are as playful and imaginative as you would expect.

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Citrus Bright

Italian restaurant group San Carlo has opened a new London outpost that celebrates the sun-soaked cuisine of Italy's islands – with bright, fresh interiors by design studio Fettle.

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Heading for Utopia

Using hemp, linen and recycled materials, Hodsoll McKenzie's new fabric collection is a step towards a more sustainable textile industry.

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Fantasy Worlds

French illustration studio Icinori has created two new designs for Dedar – both featuring fantastical scenes drawn from nature and architecture

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The Scenic Route

There's a taste for the fantastical in interiors this season, with Jane Churchill's 'Wildwood' fabric from Colefax and Fowler a prime example.

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Soften the Sound

Rubelli has worked with Milanese acoustic-panel specialist Slalom to come up with its own sound-absorbing products, made from a selection of its fabrics. 

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Decorate, Cabana Style

Cabana founder Martina Mondadori was inspired by art, fashion and global travel to create a new collection of fabrics, wallcoverings and trim for Schumacher.

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Past & Future

Jeffreys Interiors turns a Scottish Palladian mansion into a thriving family home - with help from a raft of products from the Design Centre's showrooms.

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Long Live the Resistance

Lewis & Wood's Wax Works collection puts an ancient technique in the spotlight, the art of wax-resist dying.

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A Bee’s-Eye View

New to George Spencer Designs, US brand Zak+Fox's Apiary collection is inspired by the journey of a worker bee, paying tribute to man's reliance on these critical insects and their importance to the planet's ecology.

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Deeper Roots

S Harris has teamed up with designers from the Black Artists + Designers Guild (BADG) for a collection centred around the history and heritage of three culturally rich parts of the world – with "responsible inspiration" the key to creating products with integrity that respect the source of each design.

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Capturing the City

While many outdoor fabric collections take their creative cues from the natural world, Studiopepe headed in the opposite direction for their new collection for Élitis: Archiutopia features motifs taken from architecture that become abstract by their repetition.

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Planting the Seeds of Inspiration

As gardeners turn their thoughts to planting bulbs for spring/summer, interior design enthusiasts similarly need to plan ahead: in recognition of this, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour presents The Art of Outdoor Living, a series of stylish vignettes in the Design Avenue.

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Technicolour Dream

British designer Peter Saville has once again collaborated with Kvadrat on a collection of textiles – and this one has a woolly story about its origins. Technicolour is named after the multi-coloured spray-paint that farmers use on sheep to help identify them in the flock.

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Livingetc Style Awards Winners

Homes magazine and website Livingetc launched its own Style Awards in 2021, and products from the Design Centre's showrooms were bestowed with an array of prizes at the inaugural event.

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A Stellar Stay

Olga and Alex Polizzi unveil the Star Inn in Alfriston, East Sussex, where Julian Chichester furniture and fabric and wallcoverings by Madeaux by Richard Smith help create a comfortable, colourful country style.

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Colour Decoded

What’s your decorating personality? Harlequin has launched a campaign to get us thinking about how colour affects our physical and emotional wellbeing, including a specially commissioned white paper.

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Sleeping Beauties

De Le Cuona has followed up the launch of its organic linen collection, Pure, with a bedlinen range made from the same groundbreaking textiles.

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A Painterly Approach

Richard Smith spent a career designing for some of the world's best-known fabric and wallpaper studios before setting up his own brand, Madeaux, in 2011. His latest Samarkand collection is typically vibrant and eclectic.

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Hand-weaving from Laos

"Nowhere had we seen such intricate patterns and skilled weaving before": Daniel Marcus, co-founder and CEO of Soie de Lune, explains how Lao silk-weaving stole his heart.

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The Stamp of Approval

Schumacher has an ethos for joyful, uplifting colour and pattern that is a match made in heaven with British textile designer Molly Mahon's hand-block prints. Her latest collection, for the brand, Greencombe, is a celebration of verdant English gardens and wild flowers.

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A Decadent Age

Launched in celebration of Mulberry Home’s 30th year anniversary, Long Weekend is an eclectic collection of prints, stripes, embroidery and velvets that embodies the spirit of the decadent and flirtatious English house parties of the 1920s and 1930s.

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