While design directions may come and go, the power of creative thinking is the one constant that will always endure in design. At Arte, technology meets artistry with the launch of Spectra (pictured). Using an innovative technique called thermoforming, a pattern is pressed into material that remains visible after it cools. The result? A 3D effect that is soft and supple, has the look of suede as well as acoustic properties. Perfect for walls, it can be used on ceilings and partitions. Recognising that sound-absorbing textiles can significantly help when it comes to achieving good interior surround sound, Création Baumann is another company that is uniting functionality and exacting aesthetics with the launch of its Printacoustic fabric. Made at its Switzerland-based digital printing facilities, it can also be customised.

Arte, Second Floor, Design Centre East
Création Baumann, First Floor, Design Centre East

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 to a ‘Science of Design’ theme, passementerie fringe by Samuel & Sons is shown as an anthropological headdress, hardware in different sizes and shapes by Houlès, Samuel Heath, Turnstyle Designs and McKinney & Co are displayed in a molecular pattern while ‘Luna’ pendants by Porta Romana introduce an element of astronomy. Geology is brought into focus with ‘Obsidian’, a digitally printed panel by Harlequin that resembles a glacial terrain, paired with lighting and furniture from Birgit Israel, Passerini and Bert Frank at Decca (Bolier), Marc de Berny and Charles Paris at Rubelli/Donghia. In Perspex vitrines, geometry is represented by wallcoverings from Lewis & Wood and tiles by Ann Sacks. Why not experience it all for yourself?

Ground Floor, Centre Dome (link to Design Centre East)