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.”
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.
“Creativity comes from the interaction between people, and you really get that here – it has a heart, it has a soul,” says the global head of design for Kohler Kitchen & Bath.
The creative director of David Collins Studio is launching a collection of fabrics and wallcoverings for Baker, and says that “Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is something that I have always aspired to be a part of.”
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
What could be more calming than blue and white? The colours of sea and sky are as refreshing as they are timeless, given a modern kick with strong geometrics, textural depth and a glimmer of metallics.
‘Kaloon’ club chair, Marc De Berny. ‘Luna’ console, Ceccotti Collezioni. ‘Chrysalis’ tile (12), Ann Sacks at West One Bathrooms. ‘Madrid Star’ tile, Artisan of Devizes. ‘Sea Urchin’, Oly Studio at Gladee Lighting. (KBVB D16) side table by MKV Design, Decca (Bolier). ‘Galatea’ wall sconce, Wired Custom Lighting. ‘Shoreditch’ pendant (CL0269.BZ), Vaughan. ‘Vetralla’ bath (VET-N-SW-NO) and ‘Tubo 15′ tap (TU-14-BN), both Victoria + Albert Baths. Rugs from front to back: ‘Butterfly Blue’ rug, Tufenkian Artisan Carpets and ‘Smoke’ rug by Thomas Griem, Jacaranda Carpet. Wallcoverings from left to right; ‘Esquisses’ (FP478), Pierre Frey, ‘Plisse Shibori’ (5510) and ‘Itajime Shibori’ (5590), both Brian Yates. Fabrics from left and right: ‘Pinnacle’ (5827-06), Brentano at Altfield. ‘Design 107’ (176902) and ‘Design 105’ (176870), both Schumacher at Turnell & Gigon. Paints: ‘Blue Moon’, ‘Bonton’ and ‘Airline Blue’, Sanderson and ‘Perfect White’, Zoffany, all at Style Library
Silver, small wood and metal handles, DLV New York at Holland & Sherry. ‘Small Crackled Square’’ finish, Black & Key. ‘Quartz Surfaces’ finish (5143), Espresso Design. ‘Manhattan Muse’ fabric (10312-12), Donghia at Rubelli/ Donghia. ‘Tweed II’ carpet, Wool Classics. Hide-on-hide, glacier, Kyle Bunting at Edelman Leather. ‘Ceramic M1 fabric (0755-04), Lelievre Paris. ‘Handira Cloth’ (4229), Philip Jeffries. ‘Verbier’ (VRB267), Whistler Leather. ‘Yangzi Ocean’ fabric (FRH73002), Pierre Frey. ‘Jazz’ fabric (10317-012), Donghia at Rubelli/ Donghia. Paints: ‘Airline Blue’ and Blue Moon’, both Sanderson at Style Library. ‘Drop’, Tapet Café at Tissus d’Hélène. ‘Riviera’ trim (32182, 9660), Houlès. Background: ‘Urban Twist’ (515), Kravet at GP & J Baker.
FRIDAY 22 SEPTEMBER
10am – 3pm Carve A Tile Workshop at Artisans of Devizes
10am – 6pm New Collection Revealed at Porta Romana
10.30am – 11.30am Wellbeing In Work & At Home at C & C Milano
11.30am – 12.30pm CONVERSATIONS IN DESIGN: Design’s Eye On Personal Style in TALK
12pm DESIGN WORKSHOP hosted by KLC School of Design: The Sensual Home at Pierre Frey
2pm SENSORY SERIES WORKSHOP: The Art of Floral Design With Tony Marklew at Zimmer + Rohde
2.30pm DISCOVERY TOUR
3pm – 4pm Wellbeing In Work & At Home at C & C Milano