This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus art school – a landmark that many view as the true birth of modern design. Several brands are celebrating with collections that show how its influence still shines today. Arte’s ‘Odeon’ wallcovering (pictured top) has a bold pattern with blocks of circles that’s based on a functional and minimalist design from the Bauhaus period. With a similar robust, architectural feel to Arte’s wallcovering, ‘Abstract 1928’ fabric from Zoffany (pictured centre) is part of the new Icons collection that pays homage to the 1920s, including the Bauhaus; the printed linen is available from Style Library. Samuel Heath’s ‘Landmark’ taps (pictured bottom); shows the same sense of harmony between form and function that the Bauhaus masters strived for; it’s shown in an urban brass finish.
The interior designer and her fashion-designer husband talk about the crossover between interiors and fashion.
With its painted watercolour motif, this ‘Inverness’ wallcovering by Peter Fasano is catching the eye of tastemakers who stand at the crosspoint of tradition, colour and the thrill of the unexpected. The brand was founded in New York City in the 1970s and today its fabrics and wallpapers are all hand-dyed and printed in Massachusetts. They’re available at Tissus d’Hélène.
The interior designer says that Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is “a world-renowned resource. It’s nice to have that personal aspect where people can make suggestions, and show you things you wouldn’t otherwise see.”
There is design inspiration aplenty in the Design Centre East showroom of Birgit Israel, with carefully conceived vignettes in a laid-back-yet-luxe style. Rest easy with this ‘Vivien’ oversized armchair, which is upholstered in 100% Orkney wool.
“It’s where you get to put a face to a name,” says the interior designer about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. “It’s absolutely invaluable.”
Many international design names at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour are investing in their showrooms. US brand Edelman Leather is a good example, debuting a new look in time for London Design Week 2019. The setting has been devised by renowned design firm Gensler to transform the space, putting the spotlight on luxurious leather in an inviting, hospitable environment. Every element has been created to enhance the visitor experience of viewing the product, using tactile materials such as understated white oak, marble, glass and antiqued brass, along with new lighting. As a backdrop to tell the story, look out for the display of boxing gloves, chic handbags and pieces of artwork, all made out of leather, of course. The aim is to explore, discover and gain inspiration from the artisanal beauty of its leather collections, as well as see and feel its depth of colour and texture.