Design Centre Stories

The Natural Look

Nature in all its glory came inside for London Design Week 2018, as showrooms were transformed by everything from ice sculptures to delicate flowers and semi-precious stones. ‘Legends’, which saw windows given a creative redesign thanks to collaborations with designers, architects, artists and tastemakers, included a host of nature-inspired displays. In recognition of its Icelandic roots, Chase Erwin asked ice sculptor Percy Salazar Diaz to create a work with a piece of fabric from its Polar Light collection encased inside, while Carlo Ballabio made a creative display from Porada’s raw materials – slices and planks of walnut, artfully stacked up. Giorgetti showed work by Carlo Colombo, also with focus on timber furniture. Porta Romana enlisted the help of florists Aesme, which created delicate halo-like hanging arrangements around its pendants.

Tai Ping showed work by Fernando Mastrangelo, part of the artist and sculptor’s Reverence collection for Edward Fields, inspired by geographical fractures such as cracked earth and striated stone, and Arteriors’ founder Mark Moussa included objets d’art made from agate slices as part of its display. A-list decorator Paolo Moschino kept it chic at Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd with furniture from its Santa Barbara collection, made from hardwood finished with woven seagrass rope. Finally, Lacaze London went into the deep with a window inspired by the lost city of Atlantis – which is also the inspiration for its latest furniture collection.

Pictured top to bottom are: Aesme for Porta Romana; Carlo Ballabio for Porada; and Percy Salazar Diaz for Chase Erwin.