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Tag: Lighting

Cultured Pearl

Head to the Tollgård showroom to see the latest creation from British lighting design studio Nulty Bespoke. The mottled glass shades of 'Perla' were inspired by oyster shells – with the light source the pearl at its centre.

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Only the Essentials

Arteriors has curated a collection called Essential Lighting. Like the interiors equivalent of fashion's little black dress, the intention is to pinpoint the products from its extensive catalogue that possess a combination of versatility and timelessness.

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Revived & Restored

Porta Romana has launched The Upcycling Club, a refurbishment service that allows people to have their existing lighting restored to its original condition, or part-exchange old products for new.

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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.

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Home-From-Home Hotel

Nicky Dobree is best known as the influential interior designer who gave the luxury ski chalet market a much-needed pivot away from a rather dated design rut. Although she has also worked on many prestigious private homes she had never worked on a commercial project before – until Plaza 18, a boutique hotel in Andalucia, came along.

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Manufacturing Reawakens

Cautious easing of lockdown restrictions in the UK and across Europe means that factories and workshops are coming back to life, while adapting to new safety measures.

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The Power of Now

Spending more time at home, many people's thoughts have turned to redecorating, whether a complete overhaul or a smaller rejuvenation with a few well-judged accessories. Several brands to be found at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour operate online shopfronts, so there's no need to wait a moment longer: getting products delivered to the door is only a few clicks away.

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Regency Revival

Design practice Albion Nord has brought a John Nash-designed London terraced house up to date, reinstating grand period features but keeping a more eclectic approach with the interiors – with input from Kvadrat at Home, Vaughan and Samuel & Sons, among others.

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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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A Rosy Glow

Everything's heating up, as colours from the warmer end of the spectrum are dominating: think soft peach, blush and coral; earthy terracotta and Etruscan red; and punchy watermelon and tangerine.

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A Maestro’s Next Move

Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd has moved to a new location in the Centre Dome. As an A-list decorator, Moschino has turned his talent for creating stunning interiors to his own showroom space, which features a sumptuous four-posted bed at its heart.

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Keep in Touch

With daily digital overload, enhanced tactility has never been more important. From textured wallcoverings to woven leathers, thick bouclé carpets and incredible embroidery, it’s all so much more interesting than swiping a screen.

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Home Heritage

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 …

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Creative Expression

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 …

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Sculptural Showstoppers

  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 …

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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 …

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Find Balance

CTO Lighting’s poised ‘Trevi 3’ is named after the Piazza di Trevi, ancient Rome’s junction of three roads – better known for its Baroque fountain. It demonstrates a feat of balance, with its trio of slender arms, each one a different length, terminating in an opal glass globe. Find it at Fox Linton. Fox Linton, Second Floor, North Dome

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Collective Energy

A new arrival to the South Dome, Collier Webb makes luxury, handcrafted lighting, furniture, mirrors and hardware, such as this ‘Cep’ table lamp in a dark bronze finish. It is made at the firm’s British foundry, where the body, stem and shade are spun by hand from thick sheets of brass. The new showroom sits adjacent to sister companies Gainsborough and …

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A New Leaf

The distressed finish of this ‘Umbria’ resin table lamp, with its nature-inspired design of overlapping leaves, is made by tumbling it with ceramic stones. It is the product of the Cotswolds workshop of David Hunt Lighting – a new showroom arrival to the Centre Dome, where an impressive breadth of lighting designs demonstrates creativity and craftsmanship. David Hunt Lighting, Third Floor, Centre …

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Channelling the Masters

Art history's greatest names have long been a source of inspiration in design, with inventive results that channel the spirit and ideas of the original masters rather than borrowing directly. Paolo Moschino at Nicholas Haslam Ltd's slender 'Nicolae' floor lamps (pictured top) are made from layers of chalky white plaster, a material favoured by masters such as Giacometti and Serge …

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A Ribbon of Crystal

World-renowned lighting designer and glass artist Jaroslav Bejvl has created the ‘Crystal Ribbon’ chandelier, a dynamic design based on organic curves. Made from Czech crystal glass, the design's use of 3D technology ensures the silhouette looks different from every angle; the unique brilliance of Bohemian glass means it constantly changes in front of one’s eyes. It is on display in …

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Learn Your Scales

  Fathom the depths to discover design that incorporates watery motifs such as scallops and scales. Jean Paul Gaultier's 'Ecailles' wallcovering (pictured top) from Lelièvre Paris looks convincingly three-dimensional thanks to the metallic thread that edges each individual scale, while lacquered furniture from US brand Oomph (pictured centre), available from Nina Campbell, includes the 'Capri' vanity unit with its layers of …

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At Close Quarters

New arrival Thibault Van Renne has opened a new showroom in the North Dome: the Belgian designer behind the brand specifically wanted to create a space where people could be encouraged to see, touch and admire his handcrafted rugs (pictured top) up close. To showcase these sophisticated works of art for the floor, design duo architect Oleg Klodt and designer Anna …

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Across the Style Spectrum

Bella Figura's new flagship showroom has craftsmanship at its core, inspired by the techniques that underscore its lighting collection. Working closely with a master craftsman, bespoke furniture and fixtures have been created for the much larger space. Expect designs across a broad style spectrum, from retro to transitional through to ultra-contemporary, handmade from the finest materials in England and Italy. …

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Table Talk

Newly expanded in time for London Design Week 2019, the Second Floor Café in Design Centre East is now a richly decorated space that demonstrates the craftsmanship on offer from many of the showrooms. Glossy dark teal tiles from Artisans of Devizes contrast with Watts of Westminster's florid 'Wolterton Verdure' digitally printed wallcovering, while smart brass lighting comes courtesy of …

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A New Tide

Fox Linton's showroom has undergone a shining transformation, with new brands introduced alongside its own fabrics and wallcoverings. Among its own collections is ‘Springtide’, the company's first double-width wallcovering; its subtle pattern mirrors the intricate markings on coastal rocks and cliffs left by waves over time. The showroom is now host to two more compelling brands, with statement lighting from …

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A Shapely Frame

Lighting enhances the mood, often combining functionality with artistry and decoration. This poetic ‘Carisbrooke’ lantern by Vaughan, with its sculpted leaves on a textured brass frame, is defined by its large scale – at 143cm high it is tall enough to fill an imposing space, but its delicate design helps it to retain a sense of visual lightness. Vaughan, Ground Floor, …

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A New Venture

Bespoke furniture maker Ventura has opened its first showroom outside of its native Ireland, in Design Centre East. It offers a full turnkey service, from conception to completion, as well as individual custom-made pieces such as this 'Hugo' dining table, above, which features striking cut-out metal legs and a tabletop that comes in multiple sizes, depths and finishes. As well …

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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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Maker’s Mark

A new generation is discovering the sculptural shapes of handcrafted pottery. This ‘Shawnee’ terracotta lamp by Arteriors was first formed on the potter’s wheel, before the banded textures were etched and stamped by a skilled artisan. Arteriors, Third Floor, Design Centre East

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