Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is “such an important part of the design world” says the interior designer.
Esti Barnes has designed two new collections of runners that are typically boundary-pushing in their approach. Called Go-Go and Footloose the ranges are as lively as their names suggests, with asymmetrical designs that take advantage of the runners’ linear form, drawing the eye with flowing repeat patterns. Footloose runners are hand-tufted, and include the scallop-edged ‘Twist’ (pictured bottom). Creative inspiration for Go-Go includes a lacy dragonfly’s wing (‘Dragonfly’, pictured top), a tangled spider’s web, and painterly brushstrokes. Any of them would breathe new life into an older property, or add flair to a retail, hospitality, aviation or marine project.
Porta Romana’s ‘Urchin’ chandelier tells a tale of two birthdays. The lighting company has been in business for 30 years, and has commemorated the occasion by donating five of the chandeliers to the Royal Academy – which, a couple of centuries ahead, is 250 this year. The pieces, which are made from hand-painted folded steel, and are based on the organic form of a chestnut seed pod, now hang in the Shaw Staircase. ‘Urchin’ is also available in a silver or white finish, and forms part of Chronicle, an eclectic new collection that also includes sixties- and seventies-inspired silhouettes, reinterpretations of heritage pieces and unusual textures and materials such as plaster and flock.
‘Les Vues de Paris’ is a toile first designed in 1818 by the French neoclassical architect Hippolytes Le Bas. It features the city’s most notable monuments: the Pont Neuf; the Louvre; the Fountain of the Innocents; and the Pantheon. Historically, toiles were not just decorative but often served a didactic purpose and were even used for propaganda – in this case Le Bas sought to glorify the city via its elevated architecture. Marvic Textiles has reimagined this esteemed classic by recolouring the design, offering a bolder alternative to the existing sepia tones – pictured are Old Gold and Sky.
“I love working with colour – it’s an important part of our toolkit,” says the designer.
Japandi is a term coined to describe a hybrid between Japanese and Scandinavian influences: a little rustic, but also effortlessly elegant, without being too grand. Scion has named its latest collection after this fusion of styles, launching fabrics and wallpapers that are playful yet charismatic. They celebrate the Japanese wabi-sabi approach to having things ‘perfectly imperfect’, with accentuated brush marks, ikats and embroideries playing up to this sentiment. Pictured is ‘Akira’ fabric, based on an archive kimono, which has a diffused design of trailing flowers and leaves; and ‘Genki’ wallcovering, both available from Style Library.
“I can’t think of a better place to come and see the hues, fabrics and pigments that are exciting people at the moment,” says the author and colour expert about Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.