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Tag: Trimmings & Leather

A Sunshine State of Mind

The sun-soaked beaches, bright colours and laid-back sophistication of chic Mediterranean resorts are providing design inspiration for the latest collections. Holly Hunt's 'Tortuga' chair and ottoman from Fox Linton (pictured top) are perfect for lazy lounging on a long day, while 'Carioca' by C&C Milano (pictured centre) is a thickly striped upholstery-weight fabric that would be right at home on …

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Haute Heritage

Stuff upper lip at the ready: country-house decorating is back, from relaxed tweeds to trimmings that take their cues from historical originals. Several new collections have mined the archives to reinvent the decor of the past for the 21st-century, making that grand-yet-inviting, multi-layered traditional style easier to attain. Sanderson's Darnley range (available from Style Library) is an homage to rich and …

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Canvas of Creativity

Specially commissioned for London Design Week 2018, the Centre Dome's Canvas of Creativity installation features whimsical oversized brushes, painting giant swoops of pattern and colour in the air. Symbolising growth, vitality and the rise of creative expression, the installation was conceived by Arabella McNie, and contrasts brilliantly with the building’s modern architecture. Nine playful patterns have been used: ‘Navarra’ by Kohro from …

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Crayola Colours

Paint-box brights bring a sense of hope and confidence to interiors, but bold, playful colours shouldn't equal a lack of sophistication – these are approachable, mature and chic. Whether used as accents or all-over for a saturating effect, colours such as pink, teal and orange are very powerful, with an irresistible vivacity. Texture and colour are inseparable, with saturated velvets the …

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Bolder Borders

Punctuate your design scheme and define your style with finishing details. Stroheim's Leading Edge Volume II collection has an emphasis on tactility, with wide-with designs to make an even more impactful statement. Pictured are ‘Velvet Lines’ and 'Abstractory' borders, both excellent modern counterpoints to a more formal look. Find them at Alton-Brooke. Alton-Brooke, Second Floor, Design Centre East

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Easy Does It

It's time to reappraise the 70s as a design decade. Harness an easy vibe with throwback shapes, dark timber and a palette of teal, tobacco and marmalade. Add smoked glass to complete this rich and sophisticated look. Pictured from top to bottom are 'Les Ondes de Jade' fabric, by Misia, available from Colony; Gallotti&Radice's 'Diantha' pendant; 'All Grain Noir' leather, …

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Artefacts of Design

A growing consensus towards the creation of ‘democratic museums’ that involve audiences is an emerging trend in curation. Visitors heading to Design Centre East may have noticed the Design Lab, a new hub of exploration inspired by an interactive museum. The specially commissioned space showcases products, usually found in an interior scheme, displayed in an original way as artefacts. Keeping …

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Final Flourish

Designer Ulf Moritz has been creating fabrics and accessories for Sahco since the mid-1980s, and his latest trimmings and tie-backs ought to introduce a new audience to passementerie with their unusual material combinations and pared-back approach. They include 'Shade' (pictured centre) an ombre-effect tassel, and 'Savannah' (pictured right), a tie-back made from multiple loops of leather. Sahco, Ground Floor, Centre Dome

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Bountiful Botanicals

Botanical-themed interiors are taking on a lush, jungle-like quality. 'Kala' by Manuel Canovas, from Colefax and Fowler (pictured top), is an embroidered linen with a design of exotic foliage and a slubbed weave to lend the fabric a hand-woven appearance. Samuel & Sons' ‘Heko’ embroidered border (pictured centre) was inspired by the designs of traditional Japanese obi sashes: in fresh …

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Modern Opulence

Damask signals opulence and high drama – a return to classical elegance – but it’s not just palatial homes that can accommodate the recent damask revival. Here are three collections that are embracing traditional design with a twist. The heavily textured ‘Fitzrovia’ from Zoffany’s Phaedra collection (pictured top) features distressed metal hues in its embossed areas, for an alluring shimmer; Cole & Son’s …

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Made to Measure

Holland & Sherry has opened a showroom at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. With a reputation for supplying the finest wools, tweeds and silks to tailors in Savile Row, the company’s 200-year-old legacy has evolved into producing designs for interiors. In addition to showcasing sophisticated fabrics, the showroom offers custom rugs, embroidery, wallcoverings, trimmings, leather, hardware and lighting. All are defined by excellence …

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Hide Reaches New Heights

Some of the most innovative new ideas in material design are now coming from leather specialists. New to Edelman Leather is North American brand Kyle Bunting, whose rugs, wallcoverings, murals and other products treat decorative hide as modern canvases for creativity: this bright striped wall of different colours and textures hints at the fantastic potential that hide has for bespoke projects. Edelman Leather, Second Floor, Centre …

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The Power of Passementerie

A magnificent sculpture made from more than 500 tassels graces the Centre Dome at Focus/16. Using hand-made tassels from Samuel & Sons Passementerie, Houlès, Wendy Cushing Passementerie at Jason D’Souza and Watts of Westminster, the six-metre-high work brings graceful, subtle movement to the dome, its 13 tiers cascading down in a layered series of colours. The sculpture puts passementerie front and centre, not simply …

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New Ways to Hide

Proving that it's one of the most versatile materials of all, leather is being embellished and reinterpreted in ever-more inventive ways. Texture plays a big part: Whistler Leather has introduced a woven product for furniture, upholstery and walls, while the Ricamo collection by Studioart (available from Rubelli/Donghia) is delicately embroidered – pictured is 'Daisy', used as a wallcovering. Studioart's tannery also produces …

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Pyjama Party

The art of seduction; sensual yet sophisticated elegance. ‘Bejeweled’ collection, Samuel & Sons Passementerie 'Ebenezer' console, sycamore dusk, Davidson. 'Nymph' lamp and shade, Donghia at Rubelli/Donghia. ‘Darius’ wallcovering (FP410002), Pierre Frey ‘Eggshell’ braid (EMBTR075), cement, Holland & Sherry at Lelievre ‘Cloud Pink’ rug by Jan Kath, Front Rugs ‘Moore’ cabinet, Giorgetti 61         'Retro' wallcovering (T85041), Thibaut at Jacaranda Carpets 62         'Celebrity' fabric (AWL1003/62), kasha, Loro Piana at …

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Right Here, Right Now with Lorenza Lazzari

Lorenza Lazzari on the importance of Studioart's connection with the fashion industry.

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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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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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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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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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Fringe Benefits

What a clever idea. Layers of frayed silk in contrasting but complementary hues bring pizzazz to a Casamance trim. Find them at Colony. Colony, Second Floor, Centre Dome

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In the Fold

The trend for geometrics is not confined to two-dimensional prints: it also springs to life in three dimensions, with products that have a faceted profile, or are inspired by the catwalk with origami-like pleats and folds. Although it looks as delicate as paper, Original BTC's 'Hatton' triple pendant (pictured top) is made from fine bone china, showcasing the incredible craftsmanship behind each piece …

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Hide and Stitch

An increased demand for embellished and embroidered products from design clients recently led Whistler Leather to the door of Victoria Bain Embroidered Textiles. Their collaboration has resulted in some exciting new options made from this most chameleon-like of materials, with geometrics coming to the fore and a palette that includes subtle tone-on-tone options (pictured) as well as punchier contrasts like …

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Jewel Works

Jewellery has been a huge influence on passementerie this season. At Zimmer + Rohde, Place Vendôme is a new collection from Travers inspired by a retrospective of the 160-year history of a famed French jeweller at the Grand Palais. A high level of detail can also be seen in the latest offerings by Nada Designs. The Oyster collection (pictured) incorporates …

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Paradise Found

Be seduced by Shangri-La, a new collection of trimmings by international tastemaker Roger Thomas for Samuel & Sons Passementerie. The influential Las Vegas-born head of design at Wynn Hotels was inspired by artisanal craft to create the hand-beaded, embroidered silk and linen borders. Samuel & Sons Passementerie, Third Floor, Centre Dome

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