The deputy editor of Elle Decoration leads us on a tour to discover the DNA of design, and explains why it’s “increasingly important to be here”.
No-one does bespoke hand-made cabinetry like Christopher Peacock, and its longevity – 25 years in the design business – is a tribute to its success. The company philosophy has always been to produce handcrafted designs of the highest quality, using the finest materials and offering an unparalleled level of professional service to its clientele. Luxury lifestyle interiors include kitchens, libraries, dressing rooms, bathroom suites, wine tasting rooms and even butlers’ pantries. They have all the functions of modern design but radiate personality, human touch and warmth, conveying the feeling of stepping into a beautifully timeless space. The detail that goes into each scheme repays close attention, so head to Design Centre East to see the craftsmanship up close.
The winner of London Design Week 2017’s prestigious Blogging Award has been picked. This new social media initiative for international bloggers recognises the blogger whose coverage of London Design Week 2017 best unlocked the secrets of design’s DNA. Melanie Lissack’s winning blog post (read it here) explored the theme in detail, from Harlequin’s moodboards supporting its latest Anthozoa collection, to musings on the interaction between design and nature – alongside discerning photography capturing the energy of the whole event. The award was judged by a panel of experts: Simon Rawlings, creative director, David Collins Studio; Sophie Salaman, social media & network editor The World of Interiors; and Jenny Gibbs, principal, KLC School of Design. The judges loved Melanie’s informative and experiential approach, with Simon praising the “sense of discovery and exploration” about her post.
The head designer for Mark Alexander, and the textiles & sustainability manager of CELC, talk about reinventing linen and the “valuable and meaningful feedback” from presenting collections in person.
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.
“It’s an absolute mecca for really good design,” says Wool Classics’ managing director about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.
“A design with an idea behind it is much more powerful, and much more lasting,” says the creative thinking lecturer.