Renewed interest in heritage from a younger generation of decorators means that the past has never seemed so forward-looking. Inspired by a mix of innovation, tradition and British daring, interior designers are creating eclectic schemes that mix historical references with bold modernity – reflecting changing lifestyles but keeping one foot anchored in tradition. All this is helping to invigorate those brands …
Right Here, Right Now with Giles Kime
The interiors editor of Country Life on Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour's events programme: "The most fantastic forum for people to come along and deepen their knowledge and understanding."
A Landmark Project
SA Baxter Design Studio & Foundry and Taylor Howes have collaborated on the Churchill collection – a suite of hardware with a unique slice of history as its source of inspiration. Located in the heart of Whitehall, the Old War Office is a grade-II* listed Edwardian building where Winston Churchill and many other luminaries once plotted, now being transformed in …
Right Here, Right Now with Anna Beeber
Anna Beeber, partner at Champalimaud Design, talks about how history and culture feeds into hotel design, and how her aim is to "capture some of the soul and magic of a destination" in a scheme.
An Archive Reinvented
Cole & Son has returned to its roots with its Pearwood collection, a rich homage to 19th-century British design. The portfolio of 10 wallpaper designs draws on the company's block print archive, while incorporating contemporary design and bold colour palettes. The name is inspired by the fruit wood used by Cole & Son founder John Perry to make the original …
Right Here, Right Now with Terry Clayton
Arteriors' senior vice president of sales on the brand's latest Designer Interpretations collaboration – the Medina Lounge, a curated space in the showroom created by Hill House Interiors.
Cossetting comfort is on the design agenda, and the ‘Gentleman’ armchair By Poliform is just right for creating a sense of ease. Its designer, Marcel Wanders, is known for introducing a little humour to his work, and in this case the chair’s exaggeratedly high back offers a new take on a more traditional style. Poliform, Ground Floor, South Dome
Right Here, Right Now with Natalia Miyar
How childhood experiences shaped the architect and interior designer's creativity, and why Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour "feels like home".
Perk of the Show
Ground Coffee Society is serving complimentary coffee throughout Focus/19. Launched in 2008 by former professional drummer Dave Dickinson, the roaster and distributor - which has a flagship cafe in Putney - has now launched a range of compostable coffee capsules as well as subscription packages for customers to brew their favourite coffee at home. Visitors to the show can enjoy …
Right Here, Right Now with Vincent Van Duysen
The architect and designer on the "controlled curves and angles" of his new Otti collection for Sutherland Furniture, and how Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is "the ultimate destination for interior architects, decorators and architects like me".
Curated spaces with the showrooms are some of the highlights of Focus/19: they show off the new season's collections, seen through the eyes of leading interior designers. For example, Hill House Interiors has created a space within Arteriors' showroom (pictured top) as part of the US brand's ongoing Designer Interpretations series. Styled as a glamorous bar area with a tented …
Right Here, Right Now with Paul Costelloe
The fashion designer moves in to furniture design thanks to a bespoke collection for Ventura, with a crossover in his use of materials and colours.
A vision of refreshing greenery complements Focus/19's themes of growth and nature, courtesy of florist John Carter. Naturalistic woodland planting with various species of fern, cushioned by moss, line the steps up to the entrance, while the Centre Dome's concierge desk features oversized vases that effervesce with grasses such as setaria and fluffy wild clematis. The specially designed food and drink …
Right Here, Right Now with Fredericke Winkler
Hodsall McKenzie's design director on why she only uses natural fabrics, and how Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is "a very important inspiration for me as a designer".
Italian artist Viola Lanari is one of the most exciting talents in her field, earning world acclaim for her sculptures in plaster. Her collaboration with Porta Romana captures the best of her work, marrying the simplicity of raw white plaster with organic and sculptural shapes. Recast in composite, and finished in plaster white, Lanari’s designs for Porta Romana’s Bohème collection …
Right Here, Right Now with Hubert Zandberg
"They keep on improving it and making the experience more immersive. It's inspirational," says the founder of Hubert Zandberg Interiors about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.
Porada is supporting the next generation of designers with its own international award. The 2018 winner, Milan-based student Niccolò Devetag, has now seen his creation, this elegant ‘Ninfea’ writing desk in walnut and leather, go into production. Porada, First Floor, South Dome
Right Here, Right Now with Suzy Hoodless
The interior designer on her "masculine, yet empowered" curated space inside the GP&J Baker showroom, and how "when you come to Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, you know you're going to find what you need."
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 …
Right Here, Right Now with Emanuele Castellini
The CEO of C&C Milano on the brand's newly extended showroom at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour and the new Metamorphosis collection.
A Cosy Classic
It had a revival on the fashion catwalk, and now corduroy is set to make a comeback in interiors, too. George Spencer Designs' Clarence collection adds a twist to this supersoft fabric in the form of a diamond trellis pattern. In 100% cotton, it is suitable for all upholstery and is available in nine colours. George Spencer Designs, Third Floor, Design …
Right Here, Right Now with Anthony Collett & Andrzej Zarzycki
"The Design Centre will expose us to products we've never experienced before; it's educational," says Anthony Collett of Collett Zarzycki – at Focus/19 to speak as part of the Conversations in Design series, and launch a new book, The Tailored Home.
At home in the most luxurious of bathrooms, ‘Taizu’ is new from Victoria + Albert Baths. This striking 1500mm-diameter bath is the result of a new collaboration with Steve Leung, the acclaimed Hong Kong-based architect, interior and product designer. Victoria + Albert Baths, Third Floor, North Dome
Right Here, Right Now with Jenny Weiss & Helen Bygraves
The co-founders of Hill House Interiors on their curated space within Arteriors' showroom, The Medina Lounge.
A Leafy Retreat
Following Focus/19's themes of nature and growth, Bar Botanical in the North Dome is a verdant space to spend some down-time. Terrariums full of greenery sit on top of the brass-clad bar, while an overhead installation of 'Zamiifolia' fabric, a printed sheer with a palm-leaf print by Villa Nova (from Romo), evokes a leafy canopy. The scheme also includes 'Cap …
Right Here, Right Now with Flora Soames
The interior designer on why Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is a place to seek out "suppliers that weren't necessarily on my radar" as well as cement existing relationships.
Right Here, Right Now with Dylan Bowen
The potter has been working with Porta Romana: "I really like the way they work, and how they use local craftsmen and artisans... it's just got a good feel to it."
A Little Shimmer
This ‘Money Plant’ rug is the result of Topfloor by Esti's recent collaborative work with French artist Nicolas Galtier. His abstract paintings use mixed media, with shimmering metallic leaf alongside paint and pigment – opulence that has translated beautifully into art for the floor. Topfloor by Esti, Second Floor, South Dome
Go wild with Arte's ‘Grant’ wallcovering, which features a dazzle of zebras tessellated amid black-and-white stripes. It’s part of the Wildwood collection, where a menagerie of other animal- and nature-themed designs can be discovered, in a variety of unusual materials, from woven paper to hand-cut cork inlaid with foil. Arte, Second Floor, Design Centre East
Right Here, Right Now with Jessica Morrison
The GA Group's senior designer on creating a narrative for the Belmond Cadogan hotel, and staying up to date with what's happening at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.