This season takes a dive beneath the waves, bringing attention to the colour, life and beauty of the blue planet. With mesmerising sea creatures and spectacular ecosystems that exist underwater, it has never been easier to take the plunge.

Above, left to right: ‘Nova’ table lamp and ‘Asian Turtle Shell’, both Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd. ‘Leda’ armchair in ‘Estelle’, Mood by Flexform. ‘Buckingham’ double wall light, Nada Designs. ‘Ascanio’ table, Flexform. ‘Sophie’ chair and ‘Mathieu’ desk, Poliform. Fabric on chair: ‘Minako’, Harlequin at Style Library. Fabrics in frames: ‘Paradou’, Casamance at Colony. ‘Leon’, Raoul Textiles at Turnell & Gigon. Main wallcovering: ‘D-Ocean Still Life’, Iksel – Decorative Arts. Background left wallcovering: ‘Metamorphic’, Anthology at Style Library. Wallcovering in background on right: ‘Minako’, Harlequin at Style Library. Wallcovering on trunk: ‘Perlite’, Anthology at Style Library. Wallcovering on hatbox: ‘Helium’, Brian Yates. Paint: ‘Crimson’, ‘Koi Carp’, Poison; all Zoffany; ‘Artichoke’, ‘High Sea’, ‘Harbour Blue’, all Sanderson, all at Style Library. Flooring: ‘Chequerboard’ tiles, royal mink and limestone, Artisans of Devizes

Background: ‘Apupa’ wallcovering, Casamance at Colony. From left to right: ‘Tempestine’ fabric, C & C Milano. ‘Tomoko Velvet’ wallcovering, Black Editions at Romo. ‘Heavy Velvet’ carpet, Jacaranda Carpets. ‘Travis’ fabric, Weitzner at Altfi eld. Embroidered tape, Texture at StudioTex. ‘Tozer’ fabric, Etamine at Zimmer + Rohde. ‘Vitruvius’ wallcovering, Anthology at Style Library. ‘Taluk Sisal’ wallcovering, Thibaut at Jacaranda Carpets. ‘Quantum 10’ carpet, Wool Classics. ‘Manta’ and ‘Syracuse’ leathers, Whistler Leather. ‘Victoire’ fabric, Casamance at Colony. ‘Facted’ door knob, Turnstyle Designs. ‘Lucida’ fabric, Altfi eld. Paints: ‘Newby Green’, ‘Artichoke’ and ‘Harbour Blue’ Sanderson and ‘Crimson’, Zoffany, all at Style Library

‘Legends’ at London Design Week 2019 sees showroom windows and showcases dressed in their finest, expressing all the sophisticated glamour of the prevailing mood in design. The initiative celebrates collaborations, and for many, inspiration is provided by the photographic archives of Iconic Images. Through the lens of international photographers, images featuring luminaries from fashion, rock, film and the arts are creatively matched.

A roster of renowned interior designers includes Sophie Ashby, who has been inspired by a bold portrait of Bianca Jagger for George Spencer Designs; US design duo Yabu Pushelberg incorporates an image of film star Michael Caine at SA Baxter Foundry & Design Studio; Turner Pocock has looked to an alluring photograph of film star Ava Gardner for Tissus d’Hélène’s showcase, while Henry Prideaux partnered with Fox Linton, incorporating a stunning image of British model Twiggy. Further designer collaborations include Alidad with Tim Page Carpets, Hirsch Bedner Associates with Decca, US decorator Cortney Bishop with Holland & Sherry; Paris-based Bambi Sloan with Houlès and Interiors etc with Nobilis.

Phillip Jeffries, Arteriors, Gladee Lighting and Perrin & Rowe chose fashion images by legendary photographer Norman Parkinson while Pierre Frey selected a close-up of Dorian Leigh by Milton H. Greene for its boudoir scheme. Others were inspired by photographs of Hollywood stars including Raquel Welch at Abbott & Boyd; Diane Kruger at Colony; Marilyn Monroe at de Le Cuona; Elizabeth Taylor at Topfloor by Esti and Sean Connery at West One Bathrooms. Singer songwriter PJ Harvey is the inspiration for Altfield’s window while Julian Chichester choose photographs of David Bowie by Terry O’Neill.

Others have been inspired by art and literature. They include pioneering artist of the Vienna Secession movement Koloman Moser for Backhausen at Colony; Fornasetti at Cole & Son; fictional children’s character Pinocchio at Porada; and contemporary glass artist and lighting designer Jaroslav Bejvl at Gladee Lighting. Vaughan pays homage to legendary sculptor and artist, Alberto Giacometti while Porta Romana celebrates four influential female artists: Barbara Hepworth, Gillian Ayres, Lucie Rie and Vanessa Bell. Zoffany looks to 20th-century design influences and McKinney Gainsborough salutes designs which graced RMS Titanic. Colefax and Fowler honours design legend Jack Lenor Larsen while Watts of Westminster looked to one of their founders, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.

More show-stopping curated edits include those from Nina Campbell who transformed her showroom into a decorated apartment and GP & J Baker who teamed up with interior designer Ben Pentreath.

 

 

 

Creating a home has never been more important as a means to influence your own world in your own way. Many of us want to disconnect and recharge and it is hugely empowering to create rooms where we can reflect and retreat from a fast-paced life. The bathroom has moved on from being a purely functional space to being a place of relaxation, inspired by natural beauty and colour. Create a sanctuary that seamlessly offers a visual connection between the bedroom and the bathroom. This graceful ‘Aqua’ basin from Alape at West One Bathrooms (shown in deep blue) is inspired by the nuances of water. The high-gloss glaze gives it a visual depth and ensures that every one is unique. Or sink into a deep ‘Pescadero’ bath by Victoria + Albert Baths (shown here in RAL matt salmon orange). Inspired by the sea, it features a distinctive wave-shaped rim. Don’t skimp on comfort either in these newly-imagined spaces. Embrace soft materials like this tactile ‘Tricotage’ and ‘Tricotage Rayé’ fabrics from the new collection by Dominique Kieffer at Rubelli/Donghia or use ‘Lily Pad’ porcelain tiles by Artisan of Devizes that feel delightful underfoot (shown here in admiral).

West One Bathrooms, Second Floor, Design Centre East
Victoria + Albert Baths, Third Floor, North Dome
Rubelli/Donghia, Ground Floor, Design Centre East
Artisans of Devizes, Third Floor, Design Centre East