All in the Mix
This year, it’s all about a sophisticated cosmopolitan charm, with some eclectic touchpoints when it comes to inspiration. Layers of vibrant colour and rich materials speak of history, travel and craftsmanship. ‘Captain’s Chair’ upholstered in (94-557) fabric and ‘Irish’ stool upholstered in (94-561) fabric, Baker. ‘Artisan Cushion’ (2786-02), Sahco. ‘Honoré’ dining table, Oficina Inglesa Furniture. ‘Blob’ lamp, evergreen, with ‘BGL’ ‘Bongo’ …
The Master’s Hand
Piero Fornasetti is referred to as the "designer of dreams", and his visual universe of surrealism-tinged illustrations is instantly recognisable.
Larger than Life
Designers and architects mining the translucent potential of onyx should head to Via Arkadia (Tiles). Replicating the stone's natural character and beauty, large scale porcelain slabs from the SlabLab collection are available in sizes up to 150 x 300cm with a minimum thickness of 6mm. Shown here in pink, it speaks of sophistication as eloquently as marble. Via Arkadia (Tiles), Third …
Right Here, Right Now with Bee Osborn
"This has now become my office in London; it fits every bill for all my sourcing, and I can meet clients and my team here. It's essential," says the interior designer about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.
The Great Escape
Design takes an escapist turn this season. This global outlook is long and languid, saturated in golden-hued warmth and exotic influences that evoke journeys to far-flung locations. From left to right: ‘Hub’ dining table, Christophe Delcourt at GMR Interiors. Vintage silver-plated table lamp and 19th century chaise with wicker, both Birgit Israel. ‘Peggy G’ sofa, Ceccotti Collezioni, upholstered in ‘Taxus’ fabric …
With its eclectic approach to design, Mulberry Home enjoys a reputation for craftsmanship and individuality. Modern Country sums up this ethos, with its sumptuous garden florals, printed velvets, embroideries and heavily textured stripes. Pictured are 'Petersham' linen (suspended in foreground and background) and 'Kliver' (on sofa upholstery), a faded abstract design; both have a bohemian elegance that illustrates the playful …
Right Here, Right Now with Lucy Barlow
"I've got the world's biggest design library on my doorstep," says the co-founder of Barlow & Barlow about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.
Hook, Line and Sinker
This season takes a dive beneath the waves, bringing attention to the colour, life and beauty of the blue planet. With mesmerising sea creatures and spectacular ecosystems that exist underwater, it has never been easier to take the plunge. Above, left to right: ‘Nova’ table lamp and ‘Asian Turtle Shell’, both Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd. ‘Leda’ armchair in ‘Estelle’, …
Let’s Hear it for the Legends
‘Legends’ at London Design Week 2019 sees showroom windows and showcases dressed in their finest, expressing all the sophisticated glamour of the prevailing mood in design. The initiative celebrates collaborations, and for many, inspiration is provided by the photographic archives of Iconic Images. Through the lens of international photographers, images featuring luminaries from fashion, rock, film and the arts are …
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 …
Right Here, Right Now with Christopher Peacock
The designer behind the US-based bespoke cabinetry firm says that "for us as an international brand, the Design Centre was the obvious choice."
Raising the Bar
This ‘Misty Venice’ bar by Gallotti&Radice is shaking up cocktail hour with a dash of contemporary elegance. Open the lacquered ash doors to reveal a mirrored backboard and glass shelving. Gallotti&Radice, Second Floor, Centre Dome
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus art school – a landmark that many view as the true birth of modern design. Several brands are celebrating with collections that show how its influence still shines today. Arte's 'Odeon' wallcovering (pictured top) has a bold pattern with blocks of circles that's based on a functional and …
Right Here, Right Now with Sophie Ashby & Charlie Casely-Hayford
The interior designer and her fashion-designer husband talk about the crossover between interiors and fashion.
With its painted watercolour motif, this ‘Inverness’ wallcovering by Peter Fasano is catching the eye of tastemakers who stand at the crosspoint of tradition, colour and the thrill of the unexpected. The brand was founded in New York City in the 1970s and today its fabrics and wallpapers are all hand-dyed and printed in Massachusetts. They're available at Tissus d'Hélène. Tissus …
Right Here, Right Now with Sophie Paterson
The interior designer says that Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is "a world-renowned resource. It's nice to have that personal aspect where people can make suggestions, and show you things you wouldn't otherwise see."
There is design inspiration aplenty in the Design Centre East showroom of Birgit Israel, with carefully conceived vignettes in a laid-back-yet-luxe style. Rest easy with this ‘Vivien’ oversized armchair, which is upholstered in 100% Orkney wool. Birgit Israel, Ground Floor, Design Centre East
Right Here, Right Now with Laura Hammett
"It's where you get to put a face to a name," says the interior designer about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. "It's absolutely invaluable."
Many international design names at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour are investing in their showrooms. US brand Edelman Leather is a good example, debuting a new look in time for London Design Week 2019. The setting has been devised by renowned design firm Gensler to transform the space, putting the spotlight on luxurious leather in an inviting, hospitable environment. Every element …
Right Here, Right Now with Max Rollitt
"It's exciting, but it's a great place to learn as well, because there's such depth of craftsmanship behind the product," says the interior designer and antique dealer about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.
Exotic and Exuberant
Exuberant archival patterns are omnipresent this season. Take Braquenié’s Comptoir d’Orient, which is described as "an ode to exoticism," the 18th century mania tor design from the Ottoman Empire, India, Persia and China. The fabrics feature a riot of flowers across silks and embroideries, with the patterns replicated across wallcoverings as well: by mixing them up, playing with scale and …
Right Here, Right Now with Jacqueline Terrebonne
"You get a sense of warmth here, and that there's a cross-pollination between the brands," says the US-based editor-in-chief of Galerie magazine, at London Design Week 2019 to host a Conversations in Design talk.
Discerning denizens are discovering the barefoot luxury of super-soft carpet. Colourful ‘Satara’ rugs at Jacaranda Carpets have a notable shine as they are hand woven from 100% Tencel. It's also available as a carpet, and with the option of bespoke colour-matching. Jacaranda Carpets, Second Floor, South Dome
Right Here, Right Now with Anna Burles
"We have a vast and exciting pool of resources to work from – it's really about how you put all of those things together, says the creative director of interior design and branding company Run for the Hills.
In an ever-more-machined world, this season we are celebrating makers and artisans. Their commitment to the creative process, rare skills and great endeavours are elevating craft to luxury status. Nothing is standard; everything is fastidiously considered. Just a handful of examples include (pictured from top to bottom): On the Fringe, a new range by Tai Ping, an exploration of hand-tufted craft. …
Right Here, Right Now with Kit Miles
The print designer on his new wallcoverings, launched at Miles X Bookshop: "It's great to be part of a community of designers that brings the collections to the world stage."
Right Here, Right Now with Sanjit Bahra
The lighting designer's maxim: "Really good lighting is as much about what you do light as what you don't."
Curated spaces at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour are a new way to bring products to life. Nina Campbell has transformed her showroom into ‘Nina’s Apartment’ (top two images), showcasing her wit, flair and versatility as an interior designer. There is an entrance hall, a drawing room, a bedroom and a bathroom with fascinating touches to discover at every turn. Open …
Right Here, Right Now with Emma Burns
The design director of Sybil Colefax and John Fowler on sourcing at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour with her colleagues: "It's quite fun when you're all looking for the same thing and you all come back with something completely different – you can come back and compare notes."
It’s all about colour at Rubelli this season. It's debuting state-of-the-art weaves like this 'Fiftyshades' collection, which looks and feels sumptuous but is also high performing and very versatile, being usable for indoors and out, and for both residential and commercial projects. Rubelli/Donghia, Ground Floor, Design Centre East