The interior designer says that Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour “is an invaluable resource, because you’re able to see so many different things in one place”.
From inspiration to implementation, London Design Week 2017 is packed with opportunities to get the inside track from some of the most creative minds in the industry. Visitors were able to meet design duo A Rum Fellow at Altfield, Tori Murphy at David Seyfried Ltd, Bernie de Le Cuona in her brand new showroom, award-wining rug designer Michaela Schleypen at Front Rugs, ace embroiderer Victoria Bain at J. Robert Scott, design doyenne Nina Campbell in her Design Centre East atelier, Christopher Peacock, Dimonah Iksel and Frans Schrofer at Simpsons. In-house designers from wallpaper and fabric houses also stepped out of the studio to explain how collections came together, from the making of Sanderson’s Art of the Garden to Mark Alexander’s use of linen in its latest collection at Romo.
“At the Design Centre, we have the opportunity to meet trade people, but also people for the contract part of our business,” says the owner of Gallotti & Radice.
Seeing experimentation and technique up close is always rewarding. In the Jason D’Souza showroom, a demonstration with a skilled artisan showed beautiful creations of a passementiere’s art. The designs by Wendy Cushing were actually inspired by period costumes and interpreted as exquisite embellishments. Other highlights included a bed maker at Savoir Beds, a weaver creating twill and herringbone designs on a Harris table loom at Chase Erwin and artist Samuel Waterhouse (pictured) using ancient Korean techniques at Black & Key.
Expert-led guided tours offering privileged access are burgeoning – now Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is entering the frame. At a sell-out event hosted by ELLE Decoration, deputy editor Ben Spriggs devised a behind-the-scenes tour to some of his favourite showrooms including Colefax and Fowler, Poliform, Front Rugs, Zimmer + Rohde, Turnell & Gigon and GP & J Baker. The Design Centre also led discovery tours throughout London Design Week 2017, introducing visitors to the most talked-about new collections and bespoke installations.
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.