Monthly Archives: March 2018

Edinburgh-based designer Mairi Helena’s coverage of London Design Week 2018 has won the show’s Blogger Award. Given to the blog post that sums up the show’s theme – the rise of individuality and creative expression – Mairi’s insightful report picked up on trends such as bright pastels and nature-inspired prints, and enthused about the ‘Legends’ showroom windows (such as Colony, pictured) and about the power of collaboration.

“Wandering around the Design Centre and taking in the wonderful showroom windows, I suddenly felt reassured. Because as a result of this collaboration and fusion of creative minds, the design world in which I am delighted to be a part of is remaining fantastically exciting and wonderfully diverse,” wrote Mairi. “It embraces individuality and originality. Which is wonderful to see as increasingly we are seeing the need to create a space that is unique to ourselves, reflects who we are and importantly, tells a story. Collaboration is encouraging us to be more daring with design – we are open to being playful and not playing safe.”

The judges were Jenny Gibbs from the KLC School of Design, interiors journalist Fiona McCarthy, and Scott Maddux of Maddux Creative, all of whom felt that the blog covered a lot of ground, with informative writing balanced with visual flair. Read the full post here.


Beautiful brassware deserves a beautiful setting, whether that’s a smart kitchen, a divine bathroom – or a chic showroom. New to Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, Perrin & Rowe is synonymous with beautifully crafted brassware, chinaware and accessories, and its showroom is the first stand-alone space that the brand has opened. It is “designed to inspire” according to contracts manager Phillip Cole, and shows the company’s UK-made products across eight finishes and three collections. “The focal point of the showroom is an impressive curved wall, which displays brassware like precious jewellery,” says Cole. Dedicated meeting space will help facilitate Perrin & Rowe’s bespoke capabilities, from products that can be a laser-etched with a company name right down to the production of a completely new collection.

Perrin & Rowe, Third Floor, North Dome

The sartorially inspired ‘Legends’ windows that celebrate the link between fashion and interiors are some of the most memorable displays at London Design Week 2018. Simpsons’ collaboration with Cutler & Gross (pictured top) sees a gallery of music and movie stars adorned with vintage sunglasses, while Tory Burch recreated the retail design for her own stores, by Iksel – Decorative Arts, in the wallcovering specialist’s Design Centre East showroom. Morts & More brought smart London tailoring to the window of Christopher Peacock. Winner of a Highly Commended award, the Loewe Morris & Co Capsule Collection display (pictured bottom) sees William Morris-clad punks in an all-over print of the iconic ‘Strawberry Thief’ design, a cultural crossover if ever there was one.

Other showrooms chose to show their own fabrics made up in to clothing, accentuating their beauty and detail – these included included Houlès (with creative director Regis Perry), Création Baumann (with interior designer Maria Tibblin), Nobilis (with Rachel Willson Interiors, pictured centre) and not forgetting the overall winning design from de Le Cuona, inspired by two great Impressionist paintings.


Poliform may be marking 30 years at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, but it is still at the cutting edge when it comes to tracking down worldwide talent. New to the showroom is Czech lighting company Bomma, which explores the potential of fragile glass with curiosity and creativity. The deceptively simple shapes of these ‘Phenomena’ lights, their glass shades fading from opaque pastel colours to milky translucency, belie a marriage of modern technology and craftsmanship. They are designed by young design studio Dechem, whose co-founders met at the Novy Bor School of Glass in the Bohemian glassmaking region of the northern Czech Republic.

Poliform, Ground Floor, South Dome