Mustard meets indigo: look to opposite ends of the colour spectrum to create a scheme that hums with energy.
Above, from left to right: ‘Hanford’ ceramic table lamp (CTL0070) with ‘Ikat’ shade, yellow/blue, Vaughan. ‘Vendôme’ buffet, Hugues Chevalier at Marc De Berny. ‘Quadrat’ lamp and ‘Bongo’ lampshade, Porta Romana. Ceramic vase, Wunderkamer at Miles x Bookshop. ‘Roma’ nesting table (BA9253), Baker. Ceramic candle holders, Livio de Simone at Miles x Bookshop. ‘Oiseau Lune’ sculptures, bronze/gold, Charles Paris Lighting at Rubelli/Donghia. ‘Crosby’ chaise, Ensemble, upholstered in ‘Rupert’ fabric at Fox Linton. ‘Ecosse’ rug, Topfloor by Esti. Wallcoverings: ‘Iride’ (23153), M.C Escher at Brian Yates. ‘Tweed’. Aux Abris at George Spencer Designs. ‘Bamboo’ (WP2673/005), Colony. ‘Cube’ (23153), M.C Escher at Brian Yates. Fabrics: ‘Kamek’, Wemyss. ‘Norfolk’, Armani Casa Exclusive Textiles by Rubelli at Rubelli/Donghia. ‘Nagano’, Armani Casa Exclusive Textiles by Rubelli at Rubelli/Donghia. ‘Curzon’ (333008), Zoffany at Style Library. ‘Matira Woven’ (8018111), Brunschwig & Fils. Paints: ‘Woodland Yellow’, Sanderson? ‘Lazuli’ and ‘Ink’, Zoffany at Style Library
“I’m thrilled to see how amazing everything looks in person” – the Quercus designer stops in from Sydney to visit the George Spencer Designs showroom at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.
The palette of fresh greens in the Third Floor Food Market demonstrate that the trend for lush botanicals has considerable longevity. A boldly stylised interpretation of the colours and forms of the natural world, the pop-up cafe’s walls feature Pierre Frey’s ‘Cuilko’ and ‘Aloe’ wallcoverings, which both take their influences from the distinctive plants of a South American desert landscape. Florist John Carter has planted real succulents in pots to amplify the theme. The small-scale print of Blithfield’s ‘Kirby’ fabric (from Lewis & Wood), which upholsters the banquettes, offers a contrasting, more delicate approach to using bright green in a scheme. The paints are ‘Newby Green’ and ‘Raspberry Sorbet’, both by Sanderson from Style Library.
“There’s always a unique set of ingredients, so the design should be individual by its nature” – interior designer Nicola Harding on cresting a sense of distinctiveness in a project.
Three pop-up showrooms at Focus/18 bring a burst of new talent to Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour – spaces that will remain in-situ until mid-October. House of Hackney, known for its audacious approach to pattern, set up on the ground floor of the North Dome with a darkly glamorous showroom (pictured). The designs of its fabrics, wallpapers, lighting and furniture are steeped in tradition but also bold, colourful and highly imaginative: new products that mine the archive of French design house Zuber are the perfect introduction to its work. In Design Space, Alice Lily Interiors introduced a curated collection of international brands, including Brooklyn-based Avo, which has a boundary-pushing approach to leather, including scallop-shaped tiles for the wall and printed hides; and textiles and wallpaper from San Francisco’s Seemakrish. Finally, Dutch textile artist Matthias De Vogel, who works under the name Fault Lines, showed his work in a pop-up in collaboration with The Yarn Collective: highlights included his highly textured ‘Barn Rugs’.
“There are so many great suppliers here – often it’s more efficient to come and see things in the flesh,” says the associate director of Universal Design Studio.
The creative director of Charles Bateson Interior Design explains how he uses Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour as a ‘library’ of products.