Arte has launched an exciting collaboration with New York’s Flavor Paper. Known for its subversive, pop-art-inspired and generally out-there patterns, Flavor Paper’s capsule collection includes ‘Snake Bit’ (pictured), which updates the traditional horse-bit pattern with a tangle of venomous beasts; ‘Sharp Descent’, a rain of highly dangerous objects such as scissors and broken bottles; and ‘City Park’, a damask featuring fire hydrants, pigeons and parking meters. With these designs, it’s definitely a case of the more you look, the more you see,
Arte’s Design Centre East showroom received the stamp of approval from Elle Decoration; the interiors style bible gave accolades to several other showrooms, including Dedar, Romo, Julian Chichester and Samuel & Sons.
Arte, Second Floor, Design Centre East
Queen of the colour wheel, pink symbolises hope and empowerment – but it’s also offering lessons in versatility when it comes to interiors. From calm, muted tones that segue into lilac to bubblegum shades that revel in an exuberant colour-clash with other brights, pink has lost its association with girlish prettiness and is embracing a new-found sophistication. Pictured from top to bottom are Raoul Textiles’ ‘Rosette’ fabric, available from Turnell & Gigon; a ‘Magritte’ table lamp by Barbara Barry for Baker; Kirkby Design’s ‘Spot on Waves’ wallcovering, available from Romo; and Flexform’s ‘Adda’ chair.
Turnell & Gigon, Ground Floor, North Dome
Baker, First Floor, South Dome
Romo, First Floor, North Dome
Flexform, Ground Floor, South Dome
The ever-shrinking boundary between art and interiors is a pertinent subject – but Mark Moussa was way ahead of his time when he christened his firm Arteriors back in 1987. After 30 years, the US company finally has a European base, on the newly redesigned third floor of Design Centre East. “The showroom will feature a mix of our bestselling lighting, furniture and accessory designs along with pieces that have been selected specifically for the local clientele,” says Moussa. “We’ve really curated the space to reflect what designers want and need.”
Moussa says that London is “not only an epicentre for culture and design, but it has a unique and eclectic spirit that aligns with our brand DNA. Designers in the UK are known for taking risks and we can’t wait to see how they interpret our products.” Pictured is the ‘Gaston’ console and ‘Genzer’ lamp.
Arteriors, Third Floor, Design Centre East
True Velvet is India Mahdavi’s lively first fabric collection, for Pierre Frey. The designer describes her work as “pop orientalism”, which expresses her worldly upbringing – from Iran to the US and then Europe – and her playful approach. She also has a fabled taste for colour, which shows in True Velvet: the collection features a palette of 25 plains, in two weights, plus bold graphic patterns such as ‘Diamonds’ (pictured, on chairs). “I have always loved using velvets because I love the touch of it and you can get such a fantastic range of fantastic, deep colours,” she says. “It has real warmth – but I also discovered that velvet was actually invented in Iran, which makes it even more special for me.”
Pierre Frey, First Floor, Design Centre East
In a busy, intense world, the spa might be the only place we switch off our phones and truly relax – and homeowners are now actively looking to recreate these rejuvenating experiences at home. So much of the success of these spaces is down to design: beautiful materials and luxurious touches as well as consideration for ergonomics and functionality – summed up by the ‘Pinna Paletta’ console basin pictured, from West One Bathrooms. The Design Centre East showroom is joined by new arrival Villeroy & Boch, a company for which ‘wellness’ has long been important, while Victoria + Albert Baths’s silky Quarrycast sanitaryware demonstrates how touch is an important sense in the bathroom. Samuel Heath’s high-quality taps and showers are a further way to create a calm escape from the rigours of modern living.
West One Bathrooms, Second Floor, Design Centre East
Villeroy & Boch, Third Floor, Design Centre East
Victoria + Albert Baths, Third Floor, North Dome
Samuel Heath, First Floor, North Dome
From eggs benedict in the morning to posh fish and chips for lunch, Tom’s Kitchen at the Tatler Restaurant is serving up the classics at Focus/17. The all-day-dining menu, devised by award-winning chef Tom Aikens and served by Absolute Taste, features tried-and-tested favourites from the menus of Aikens’ restaurant group, including rump steak, spatchcock chicken and roast fillet of sea bream, with a focus on seasonal British produce. This delicious food nourishes and restores during a busy show, and is complemented by chic cocktails and a well-curated wine list. The setting is focused around a convivial oval bar, with banquettes upholstered in aubergine-coloured ‘Tangiers’ leather by Whistler Leather, wallcoverings in ‘Hive’ from the Ligne collection by Arte (a woodgrain effect overlaid with a foiled hexagonal pattern) and ‘Fine Black’ and ‘Vesuivius’ paint by Zoffany, from Style Library.
Ground Floor, North Dome
The craftsmanship of Gallotti&Radice’s master artisans is evident in this ‘Eris’ hanging LED lamp, designed by Massimo Castagna. A play of different textures and finishes, it features a series of metal plates curving around a black-painted bronze central spine.
Gallotti&Radice, Second Floor, Centre Dome