Design Centre Stories

Tag: Kitchens & Bathrooms

Creative Collages

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

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The Spending Shift

Attention on our homes has never been stronger than in the last 12 months. Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour asked its showrooms what broad trends they had observed over the year, to find out the bigger picture about our lifestyles and spending patterns.

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Stylish Every Day

The perfect kitchen is where function, aesthetics and technology combine to make day-to-day life stylish, and this recent project in Notting Hill by Espresso Design seamlessly creates that balance.

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Bathed in Colour

Victoria + Albert Baths has collaborated with Wallpaper magazine on a series of colour palettes devised by editor-in-chief Sarah Douglas, showing off some of the 199 hues with which its products can be customised.

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Recipe for Success

Espresso Design's showroom in Design Centre East is always an inspiring place, and now Its excellence has now been recognised, having been awarded Best Contemporary Kitchen Designer & Retail Showroom in the BUILD Architecture Awards 2020.

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Engineering Meets Craft

Inspired by the aerodynamic lines of classic British-designed planes and automobiles, Samuel Heath's One Hundred collection has a special place in the brassware firm's portfolio. It commemorates 200 years since its Birmingham foundry opened its doors, and is named after its address, 100 Leopold Street.

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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.

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Chiselled Features

Kallista's new Argile collection, available from West One Bathrooms, is silky smooth on the inside, but has a raised pattern on their outer surface, capturing the irregular finish of a piece of hand-chiselled wood.

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Rural Retreat

Set among 500 acres of Cotswolds farmland, Anthology Farm is the escape to the country that many locked-down city-dwellers are yearning for. These two listed barns were recently transformed by interior design studio Run for the Hills into a nine-bedroom holiday let with a laid-back feel.

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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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Industrial Evolution

Perrin & Rowe has released 'Armstrong', its first new tap design in four years, which "combines an industrial aesthetic with a designer’s eye for balance and proportion".

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Right Here, Right Now with Kate Watson-Smyth

"We're beginning to see a move towards decorating your bathroom like a room in your house which is more personality-driven" – the writer and author discusses bathroom trends at Victoria + Albert Baths during London Design Week 2020.

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Hail Cesar

Espresso Design has installed a new kitchen in its showroom that explores the beauty of timber. With its distinctive cross-direction veneers, ‘Intarsio’ takes its inspiration from traditional marquetry.

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In the Making

Focus/19's aim is to bring people closer than ever to the heart of a design story – and live demonstrations of artisan skills are the perfect way to deepen understanding and knowledge. The new Morris & Co showroom hosted block-printing sessions all week, with anyone invited to take part and create their own wallpaper (pictured top); decorative artists from …

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Well Rounded

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

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In the Green

One colour dominates this season's palette. Watch as shades of green – from leaf and olive to teal and jade – take root, offering a deeper connection with the world around us. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: ‘Fontaine et Animaux Baibouillage’ wallcovering (FP568003), Pierre Frey. ‘Landmark Pure’ exposed thermostatic shower set, Samuel Heath. Paint on frame: 'Poison’, Zoffany. ‘Satara’ rug, emerald, Jacaranda …

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Room for Retreat

    Creating a home has never been more important as a means to influence your own world in your own way. Many of us want to disconnect and recharge and it is hugely empowering to create rooms where we can reflect and retreat from a fast-paced life. The bathroom has moved on from being a purely functional space to being a …

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Coveted by Tatler

This 'Ivy' pedant by CTO Lighting is one of Tatler's picks for London Design Week 2019's best in show. The British lighting brand is a new addition to the relaunched Fox Linton showroom, and 'Ivy' is typical of its collections, which use premium materials such as satin brass, hand-blown glass, alabaster and marble – with everything made in the UK. Tatler's …

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Long-Lasting Legacies

Old has never looked so right now, as we look to heritage and tradition to ground us and make sense of a fast-paced world. Just as the Burberry trenchcoat is subtly reinvented season after season, designers are showing their appreciation for what has gone before, but nearly always with a twist that makes the pieces right for today. The clean …

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Ahead of the Curve

Beautiful brassware deserves a beautiful setting, whether that's a smart kitchen, a divine bathroom – or a chic showroom. New to Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, Perrin & Rowe is synonymous with beautifully crafted brassware, chinaware and accessories, and its showroom is the first stand-alone space that the brand has opened. It is “designed to inspire” according to contracts manager Phillip Cole, and shows …

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Leaves & Flowers

Flowers and foliage are bold and bright – ready to be mixed and matched for a scheme that explodes in to life. From left to right: ‘Soft Sandy Silk’ rug (101736A) rug, Stark Carpet. ‘Violante Lodo D’Oria’ vases, Miles x Bookshop. ‘Trivento’ bath and ‘Florin’ taps, Victoria & Albert Baths. ‘Delphine’ rug, Topfloor by Esti. ‘Eaton’ small ottoman (1M061) upholstered in …

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On the Grid

Kallista's ‘Grid’ taps are cutting edge – the spout was created using 3D printing technology, a first for the company. The design was inspired by the fundamentals of the De Stijl movement, harnessing the visual impact of negative space with a crisply outlined, minimalist form. In on-trend matt-black, they can be seen at West One Bathrooms. West One Bathrooms, Second Floor, …

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Right Here, Right Now with 2LG Studio

The designers behind 2LG Studio on creating the perfect bathroom. At Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, "you can hit all the notes you need for a modern interior" says Jordan.

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A Spectrum of Wellness

With the bathroom now a place of relaxation and leisure, the new bathroom collections from leading brand Villeroy & Boch combine style and comfort to offer a sense of serenity at the end of a long day. Since 1748, this famous German name has stood for timeless elegance, innovative design and outstanding quality. Now, it has opened an expansive showroom …

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Be Well, Do Well

In a busy, intense world, the spa might be the only place we switch off our phones and truly relax – and homeowners are now actively looking to recreate these rejuvenating experiences at home. So much of the success of these spaces is down to design: beautiful materials and luxurious touches as well as consideration for ergonomics and functionality – …

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The Heart of the Matter

No-one does bespoke hand-made cabinetry like Christopher Peacock, and its longevity – 25 years in the design business – is a tribute to its success. The company philosophy has always been to produce handcrafted designs of the highest quality, using the finest materials and offering an unparalleled level of professional service to its clientele. Luxury lifestyle interiors include kitchens, libraries, …

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Right Here, Right Now with Andrew Barr

"We're all working like crazy to introduce the new collections; it's a buzzy time of year." The director of Espresso Design talks about the kitchen trends to know at London Design Week 2017.

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Back to School

For those seeking bench-made cabinetry with a contemporary twist, Refectory from Christopher Peacock could be the perfect fit. Inspired by monastic dining rooms, prep school dining halls, and Ivy League and English university eating quarters, it features signature inset doors with a simple stepped profile using hand selected, quartered white oak. Chunky icebox roller latches and strap hinges are a …

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Engineered to Delight

Samuel Heath’s latest range of showers and taps, called Landmark, aims to authentically reflect the aesthetic of the Bauhaus era. Pictured is ‘Industrial’, which has a bold and urban look, underscored by the finest craftsmanship. Samuel Heath, First Floor, North Dome

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Universal Style

Not many kitchen styles manage to encompass both the modern and the contemporary, looking good in either environment, but Christopher Peacock's Motra does just that. Flush-mounted handles give a clean-lined appearance, and a wide variety of finishes (from American walnut to Christopher Peacock's own paint colours for the cabinetry, with the handles available in a number of metals) mean that there are endless …

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