A Family Affair
Head to a new showroom in Design Centre East, Christian Lee, to see the work of US fabric giant Fabricut, including its new Collective Threads collection, which touches on both traditional design and a more bohemian aesthetic.
The Kips Bay Decorator Show House has been an unmissable date on the US design calendar since the mid-1970s. The latest Dallas incarnation includes a sumptuous living room by Mark D. Sikes that features custom wallcovering by Iksel – Decorative Arts.
Zoffany has revived Palladio's mid-century wallpaper books, infusing Festival of Britain era design with a new life – and added an equally vibrant design of its own.
Bold florals are experiencing a revival. The big, blousy, overscaled designs made famous by brands such as Sanderson in the first half of the 20th century seem just as vital today, whether they're used with a reverence for traditional country-house style or a in a way that seeks to bring the look up to date for a more contemporary setting.
Hermès called on the talents of French illustrator and architect Thibaut Rassat for its latest fabric and wallpaper collections, available from Dedar, and his fantastical, repetitive structures and cityscapes have been given a distinctive Hermès spin.
The Design the Rainbow installation is currently brightening the Design Avenue with its pop-up spaces for all seven colours of the rainbow. Reflecting the rule-breaking, expressive interiors of the seventies, the orange scheme also conveys the sense of escapism that many of us are craving, with orange's exotic associations with tropical fruit and spices from far-flung lands.
As we hit high summer, the wide plains, sun-bleached colours and wild beauty of the savannah are being channelled in interiors. And while the palette may be neutral, an abundance of texture stimulates both the eye and the hand, with intricate details that demand to be touched.
Blue Skies Ahead
The Design the Rainbow installation has transformed the Design Avenue into an uplifting spectrum of colour. Delve into the detail of the blue scheme, from artisan ceramics to chinoiserie wallcoverings and a perfect chaise longue.
The Balearic island of Ibiza provides the design inspiration for Harlequin's Mirador collection, which reflects the White Isle's layered cultural history as well as its natural beauty.
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.
Ailanto Design has launched a collection of children's wallcoverings, available at George Spencer Designs. The brand is a window on the world of co-founder Amanda Ferragamo, whose illustrations are the starting point for every product, including these three imaginative new creations, which feature darting squirrels, scattering monkeys and bouncing bunnies.
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.
The Big Blue
One of those highly adaptable colours that seems to have a place in every scheme, indigo can feel raw and industrial, like a riveted pair of classic jeans, or have a breezy informality, like a tablecloth draped over a table set for an al fresco lunch in the Med.
Pierre Frey has launched a competition for children aged 3-12 years to create their very own wallpaper – and 25 winning designs will go into production. Open to the children of the company’s customers, employees and distributors, it will benefit the Fondation de France, which supports children in danger of dropping out of school.
An Adventure in Art
Interior designer Kelly Wearstler's spaces are effortlessly glamorous yet retain a laid-back Californian cool. Her latest collection of fabrics and wallpapers for Lee Jofa, available from GP & J Baker, has just been released, and includes reinterpretations of existing creations as well as brand-new designs, many of which were inspired by artistic movements.
Fabrics and wallcoverings featuring highly detailed landscapes and courtly scenes are having a moment. Here are a few of recent offerings that will induce a sweet sense of escapism.
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.
The Heritage of Home
Home comforts are coming to the fore in a time of disruption. There's a soothing, cocooning sense of satisfaction to be found in the familiar, but schemes that mix innovation and tradition manage to keep up with changing lifestyles while staying rooted in the past.
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.
Paper may be the standard material for covering the wall, but why be standard? The relentless ingenuity and imagination of design brands have led to the development of some incredible alternatives, with a particular focus on natural materials, from cork to shells.
A Fresh Eye on Heritage
The Dome Cafe at looks at heritage designs with a fresh eye, reinventing traditional chinoiserie for modern interiors.
Cabinet of Curiosities
Nobilis' new panoramic wallcoverings celebrate pure escapism, observing trompe l'oeil effects with a playful eye.
An Evergreen Scheme
Interior designer Emma Sims-Hilditch has reimagined an area of GP & J Baker's showroom as a sumptuous and comfortable bedroom. It's the latest in a series of 'curated spaces' in which stellar names in decorating create room sets to inspire.
A Tailored Approach
Celebrating its dual heritage in the worlds of both tailoring fabrics and interiors, Holland & Sherry’s 9-10 Savile Row collection is named after the esteemed address where the company still operates its apparel atelier.
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.
A Bigger Splash
Artistic expression writ large, this ‘Splash’ wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries features exuberant, freeform brushstrokes on a dramatic scale.
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.
A Ripple or a Splash?
Biophilic design, inspired by nature, is closely associated with natural materials and botanical references – but patterns and motifs that take water as their starting point make just as strong a connection to the outside world.
Right Here, Right Now with Emma Sims-Hilditch
The interior designer has created a curated space in the GP & J Baker showroom, and says about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour: "You can come here looking for one thing, and end up going away having found ten others... it is just the most incredible resource."
Paradise on Earth
Bold blooms, shady trees, dappled light, and fanciful birds and beasts: bring a heady vision of an exotic garden inside with the latest launches.