Sleep Tips from the Experts
When you buy a new bed, you're not just investing in a piece of furniture: you're buying the promise of a better night's sleep. To celebrate World Sleep Day, the Design Centre asked its specialist bed showrooms to share tips on what will deliver those precious eight hours' of shut-eye.
Pietro Russo's 'Manto' table for Gallotti&Radice demonstrates the Italian designer's simplicity-with-a-twist design ethos: the table's base wraps around alike a cloak, affixed with a satin brass 'button'.
Waterproof, and Future-proof
Architecture and design studio Rockwell Group's five-star clients include Nobu, Ritz-Carton and Fairmont – and it has used its deep knowledge of the hospitality industry to develop a new outdoor seating range for Paola Lenti.
Sink in to the Blues
Turri has introduced its first modular sofa, 'Blues'. Created by Italian designer Giuseppe Viganò, it has wonderful attention to detail, from the contrast piping to the walnut and metal decorative bar linking the base to the low armrests.
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.
Hardwood for the Home
Visit the Design Avenue for Connected, an exhibition of contemporary furniture made from American hardwoods, designed by names such as Thomas Heatherwick Studio and Jaime Hayon.
Described by its designer Roberto Lazzeroni as "a sofa conceived to be a protagonist", 'Ico' by Ceccotti Collezioni was inspired by the work of mid-century Italian architect and designer Ico Parisi.
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 Recycling Revolution
With an estimated 30 million mattresses thrown away in Europe every year, Auping's Evolve mattress, available from Rested, is a model of 'circular' design, being endlessly recyclable.
A Fitting Debut
Rubelli may have been founded in 1889, but its history is one of continuous evolution, including the launch of its furniture-design arm, Rubelli Casa, in 2015. This 'Tela' chair is one of the first products to be unveiled by Rubelli Casa's new artistic director, architect and designer Matteo Nunziati.
Fine lines can be traced across autumn's new launches, creating a look that manages to be both strong and visually light.
Change of Character
New for 2020, Porada's 'Alan' table demonstrates how a single piece of furniture can retain its essential design DNA, yet change its character according to its shape and materials.
Tailoring with a Twist
Savior Beds' latest design collaboration is with Dashing Tweeds, designers of "modern urban tweeds", whose fabrics are now available to upholster its beds. This is no ordinary tweed, though: the wool is woven with reflective yarn.
Topfloor by Esti's founder, Esti Barnes, is known for her skill as a rug designer, but she's now at the helm of a new venture, furniture brand Formitura.
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.
Unusual techniques and combinations of materials are one of Gallotti&Radice's strengths. The new collections show a typically forward-thinking approach, and include 'Prism', an intarsia coffee table in walnut and aluminium.
Glint & Glow
There's a certain lustre permeating autumn's new launches. Subtly reflective surfaces create dynamic design schemes, glinting when the perspective changes, or taking on entirely different qualities when lit with daylight or electric light.
Updating a Golden Age
René Prou is considered the first French interior designer to work in a modern style – and also happens to be the grandfather of Patrick Frey, CEO of Pierre Frey. For its latest furniture collection, Pierre Frey has looked to this familial connection for inspiration.
New for AW20, Ethimo's 'Hut' outdoor seating pod – the creation of up-and-coming designer and architect Marco Lavit – is a way to feel cosy and cocooned, yet still be at one with nature.
Julian Chichester's Bobbin collection is one of one of its best loved, and it has recently expanded to include a console and bedside table. This simple, rustic of furniture has its origins in the late 17th-century, but has stood the test of time.
This ‘Brutus’ dining chair is designed by a brand that’s new to the Tollgård showroom, BassamFellows. The Connecticut-based company describes its aesthetic as "craftsman modern".
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.
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.
Skills on Show
Decca has relaunched the trade section of its website. Registering online unlocks a host of new features, helping specifiers to select products, keep track of their projects and learn more about the broad range of skills that go into every custom-made piece of furniture.
The Science of Sleep
"We put a tremendous amount of effort in to mattress selection, an area where people can really benefit from expert advice." Get under the covers and read the inside story on new bed showroom Rested.
Chunky shapes and curvy outlines have replaced hard angles in upholstered furniture. These soft silhouettes express our deep need for comfort right now: a chair that literally wraps around the sitter has a calming, cocooning effect.
Ethimo has added two products to its popular Knit collection, designed by Patrick Norguet and named after its distinctive woven-rope features. The amply proportioned sofa and lounge chair introduce an upholstered element, in two new fabrics, 'Chess' and 'Red Diamonds.'
Davidson London has reopened in a different location at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, with a host of new products to discover, including the Wanderlust collection of tables, which has modular options for the top, base, colour and finish.
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.