The textile and wallpaper designer on her new collection for Pepe Peñalver, and why Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is “the most amazing creative hub”.


Hands-on workshops at London Design Week 2018 offer the chance to get creative – and even be rewarded for your creativity. Perrin & Rowe’s new showroom features a ‘make a moodboard’ booth, stocked with samples of fabrics and materials plus inspirational tap images; the best-looking board wins a night in a London hotel. Or paint a tile at Artisans of Devizes, and have it sent away, fired and returned to you for posterity. At Black & Key, artist Fintan Whelan (pictured) led a session in which participants could make a piece of abstract art of their own. Julian Chichester hosted creativity sessions, with sketchbooks at the ready and lots of inspiration on hand all around the showroom.

With one-third of all the showrooms now situated in Design Centre East, the Design Hub – the ground-floor space linking it to the domes – became one of the buzziest spots of London Design Week 2018. Thanks to its redesign for the show, it was a spring-like arbour with a lilac palette. Under the trailing tendrils of two life-sized faux-wisteria trees, Sanderson’s ‘Wisteria Falls’ fabric formed the ceiling canopy, with the same design repeated on the walls, while Etamine’s ‘Kelim’ fabric (from Zimmer + Rohde) upholsterered the banquettes and Original BTC’s ‘Well glass’ lighting added an edgy industrial contrast to all the prettiness. Linger a while in the Refuel & Revive café – or just stroll through and be revived simply by its exuberant design.

It’s not surprising that so many showrooms chose to team up with interior designers and architects to devise their ‘Legends’  displays for London Design Weeks 2018. Distilling their creative flair into a few square metres that need to pack a visual punch proved no problem for the likes of Hill House Interiors (working with Bella Figura), Taylor Howes’ Karen Howes (at Evitavonni), Stephen Ryan (at Sahco) and Goddard Littlefair (at Perrin & Rowe).

Kamini Jivan of Studio Kamini brought an exotic air to The Silk Gallery thanks to a pair of giant giraffes, while Lucia Caballero’s smart, fully stocked drinks trolley drew visitors into Tufenkian Artisan Carpets. With a shared passion for British craftsmanship, Carolyn Parker and Abigail Owens took over the window of McKinney & Co to showcase their sumptuous nursery fabrics for The Gainsborough Silk Company. Colony’s collaboration with Lambart & Browne’s Freddy van Zevenbergen, with its whimsical hand-drawn lemon tree and dog adorned with fabric, was a scene-stealer for judges Gabby Deeming of House & Garden and Martina Mondadori Sartogo of Cabana magazine, who awarded it a highly commended prize.

Pictured top to bottom are: Kamini Jivan/Studio Kamini at The Silk Gallery; Stephen Ryan at Sahco; Gabor Ulveczki/Ulgador at Lelièvre Paris; and Taylor Howes’ Karen Howes at Evitavonni.

Jean-Paul Gaultier has always looked at things from an unusual perspective and questioned what was expected. For the new Voyages Voyages collection for Lelièvre Paris, he intertwines patterns with a dream-like quality to evoke departures, discoveries and encounters. Shown here is ‘Festival’, a panoramic wallcovering in glorious technicolour, dripping with cherry blossom, juxtaposed with nostalgic ‘Anastasia’ cushions.

Lelièvre, First Floor, North & Centre Domes


Nature in all its glory came inside for London Design Week 2018, as showrooms were transformed by everything from ice sculptures to delicate flowers and semi-precious stones. ‘Legends’, which saw windows given a creative redesign thanks to collaborations with designers, architects, artists and tastemakers, included a host of nature-inspired displays. In recognition of its Icelandic roots, Chase Erwin asked ice sculptor Percy Salazar Diaz to create a work with a piece of fabric from its Polar Light collection encased inside, while Carlo Ballabio made a creative display from Porada’s raw materials – slices and planks of walnut, artfully stacked up. Giorgetti showed work by Carlo Colombo, also with focus on timber furniture. Porta Romana enlisted the help of florists Aesme, which created delicate halo-like hanging arrangements around its pendants.

Tai Ping showed work by Fernando Mastrangelo, part of the artist and sculptor’s Reverence collection for Edward Fields, inspired by geographical fractures such as cracked earth and striated stone, and Arteriors’ founder Mark Moussa included objets d’art made from agate slices as part of its display. A-list decorator Paolo Moschino kept it chic at Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd with furniture from its Santa Barbara collection, made from hardwood finished with woven seagrass rope. Finally, Lacaze London went into the deep with a window inspired by the lost city of Atlantis – which is also the inspiration for its latest furniture collection.

Pictured top to bottom are: Aesme for Porta Romana; Carlo Ballabio for Porada; and Percy Salazar Diaz for Chase Erwin.