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Right Here, Right Now with Andrew Hamilton-Barr

The director of Espresso Design says that the Design Centre is "the number one environment where we wanted to open a showroom".

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Right Here, Right Now with Marco Lualdi

"The quality of showrooms is very high – it's a pleasure to be here as a company," says the export manager of Lualdi.

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Design Date – Madcap Cottage

Interior designers Madcap Cottage – Jason Oliver Nixon (left) and John Loecke (right) – have a style that is defiantly maximalist (think wallpapered ceilings, vintage furniture, and riots of pattern and colour). They've poured all their audacity and creativity into a new collection of fabrics for Robert Allen @ Home, called Into the Garden, which includes exotic palm-prints, embroidered stripes and polished cotton florals. …

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The Mellow Metal

Copper is perhaps the warmest metal of them all, offering a blush of colour that isn't too hard or industrial. As a testimony to these qualities, It's being used in every possible permutation in interiors this season, from fabrics and wallcoverings to furniture, lighting and accessories. Harlequin's Anthology brand delivers with 'Olon' (above, top) a woven sheer with the ephemeral look …

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A Parade of Show-Stoppers

The World of Interiors took a tour of London Design Week 2016 to bestow the not-inconsiderable accolade of 'show-stopper' on a select few products. Schumacher's Miles Redd Collection, distributed through Turnell & Gigon, was the overall winner, with three runners-up: G P & J Baker's Originals V collection; Iksel – Decorative Art's 'Scenic' wallcovering, and SWD's 'Rococo Pop' lever handles. The magazine's editor Rupert Thomas …

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Take Tea with a Twist

Rudolf Kampf's undulating 'Dalí' tea set is one of the most curious groups of objects you're likely to come across at the Design Centre. The Czech porcelain company created it as a homage to the work of Salvador Dalí, with particular reference to the Surrealist artist's Swans Reflecting Elephants. Admire this highly idiosyncratic piece of tabletop artistry at Gladee Lighting, which …

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Wallpaper* Approved

For an easy short-cut to the Design Centre's most creative offerings, get on the Wallpaper* Approved trail. Interiors director Amy Heffernan has picked out her favourites, creating a shortlist of 13 can't-miss products that includes Porada's 'Maskara' vanity table (above). Many on the list are from just-opened showrooms – a ringing endorsement of the work of these exciting newcomers. To follow the trail, just look out for the signs. The …

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A Shower of Flowers

Renowned florist Philippa Craddock created the Centre Dome's highly inventive floral display. Entitled The Line of Beauty, the aerial installation taps in to the show's geometric design theme with a shower of suspended tubes in shades of blue, each with a cluster of delicately balanced hydrangeas at one end. "Normally I work with gentle shapes and designs, so the brief for something geometric …

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Distil Your Day

Mark the end of a successful visit to London Design Week 2016 with Gin O'Clock, which takes place every day from 4.30-5.30pm. The Chase distillery is providing the complimentary refreshment, namely its "full-bodied, sharp yet fruity" Williams gin, topped up with refreshing tonic. Head to the Design Hub to take part in this quintessentially British way to unwind. Design Hub (Ground Floor, Centre Dome, link to Design …

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Curator’s Choice

A striking upholstery fabric only becomes truly perfect when it meets its match with the right piece of furniture. Zoffany's stylists have known this for years, relying on a handful of tried-and-tested sofas and chairs when it came to photographing its new collections. Now it has taken the next step and begun to manufacture furniture based on these vintage and antique pieces, …

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Tower Power

The addition of pieces from the Charles Paris collection in the Rubelli/Donghia showroom perfectly complements its luxury lifestyle look. Founded in 1908, the workshop is one of the few remaining in the world to preserve the matchless tradition of French metalworking to create unique interior pieces. A new edition is ‘Tower’, a modernist sculpture crafted from brass. Rubelli/Donghia, Ground Floor, Design Centre …

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Wallpaper, Any Way

Did you know that Lewis & Wood offers a bespoke service? Some of its wide-width wallpaper can be re-scaled, colours changed or printed on to a fabric or metallic paper. Pictured is 'Saskia' wallpaper, scaled up to imposing size – perfect for larger rooms or to make a bolder design statement. Lewis & Wood, First Floor, Design Centre East  

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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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Right Here, Right Now with Sevinch Deman

The passementiere talks about the intricate craftsmanship that goes into her work.

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Comfort & Joy

The ‘Santa Monica' chair at Poliform is not just enveloping, it’s made even more comfortable by a distinctive headrest. Designed by Jean-Marie Massaud, it invites relaxation. Poliform, Ground Floor, South Dome

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New Showrooms, Added Sparkle

What better way to explore some of the Design Centre's new showrooms than accompanied by a complimentary glass of fizz? New & Now champagne curated tours happen daily at 2.30pm: escorted by one of the Design Centre's knowledgeable team, visit a handful of these exciting new spaces and get to know their unique offerings and the craftsmanship behind each brand. Each tour stops …

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Right Here, Right Now with Jean Louis Deniot

The architect and interior designer thinks that the Design Centre is "a super-smart way to do interior design".

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Prepare to be Dazzled

As the vital finishing touch that brings a decorative scheme to life, passementerie already has an obvious parallel in the fashion world with fine jewellery. That association has grown stronger of late with many trims and borders taking direct inspiration from apparel: the latest is Samuel & Sons' Bejeweled collection, a selection of tapes, cords and hold-backs inspired by jewellery. It's the …

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Right Here, Right Now with Adam Calkin

The decorative painter celebrates a 10-year collaboration with Lewis & Wood.

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Enduring Appeal

  Despite approaching its centenary, the art deco style still draws in the crowds. There’s something enduringly chic about the pared-down silhouettes that defined the early decades of the 20th century. The ‘Odile’ lounge chair, with its dramatic stainless-steel wrap-around detail is a good example, proportioned to appeal to comfort levels as well as the artistic eye. Designed by hall of …

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Deco Rated

Enticing vintage-luxe in marvellous monochrome. 32         'Hanako' fabric (72730/9910), Houlès 33         (33003/9910) trim, Houlès 34         (32160/9020) trim, Houlès 35         'Walter' fabric (F3109001) usin, Pierre Frey 36         'Compass' fabric (COMP03), ebony, Evitavonni 37         Gallia' fabric (F3105001), argent, Pierre Frey 38         'Cooper' fabric (L9049-01), black, Larsen at Colefax and Fowler 39         'Zig Zag’ braid (ZATM332470), charcoal, Zoffany 40         'Robins' fabric (L9086-01), mother of pearl, Larsen at Colefax and Fowler 41         'Haspra' wallcovering …

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Right Here, Right Now with Christopher Peacock

The founder of Christopher Peacock says that "the only way to attract an international audience is to be at the Design Centre."    

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Bid for Freedom

Who said lighting can’t be fun? At first glance this ‘Freedom’ lamp by Contardi looks like a classic domed cage. But look again and you can see that the bird is liberated and sits on the top. It is incredibly versatile, too, since it is also fit for casual outdoor aesthetics. It's pictured here with a 'Stitch' tile from Ann Sacks' Union …

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Wall Alchemy

Looking for state-of-the-art wallcoverings? Creativity is encouraged at new arrival Arte, so expect highly original collections from this Belgian family business. The new showroom is conceived as a cabinet of curiosities where visitors are encouraged to explore, says sales director Miguel Pereira: "We were tired of the same way of showcasing wallcoverings. This is more like a laboratory, or a …

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Right Here, Right Now with Silvia Gallotti

London Design Week is "an important source of inspiration," says the owner of Gallotti & Radice.

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Zen Calm

Houlès' international reputation extends far beyond its Paris base. A world-leader in the finest passementerie, it also offers decorative curtain poles, upholstery and curtain fabrics. The latest collections, which are resolutely contemporary with Zen and Japanese influences, can be found in its new showroom on the second floor. Houlès, Second Floor, South Dome

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Right Here, Right Now with Robbie Llewellyn

Lighting brand Bert Frank's director says the Design Centre is "where creative interior designers and architects come".

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Ahead of the Curve

Victoria + Albert Baths' QUARRYCAST® composite has made possible all sorts of sinuous shapes and deep curves when it comes to baths, so it makes sense that the same flowing lines are being followed through in complementary bathroom furniture. The 'Mandello 114' vanity, designed by award-winning Italian design duo Meneghello Paolelli Associati, is a great example: the basin's shape is designed to evoke a …

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Creativity in Bloom

The very finest rugs really are works of art for the floor – but Tai Ping Carpets has taken the concept one step further with a collaboration with floral artist Jeff Leatham. His specialist field is complex living installations of flowers that he creates for clients such as Tiffany, Swarovski and Alexander McQueen, but the rug collection, aptly titled Bloom, resists the …

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Right Here, Right Now with Francis Sultana

London Design Week "strengthens London's resolve to be Europe's centre of design," says Francis Sultana.

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