These ‘Tenco’ side tables by Porada are a good example of the Italian company’s ability to find the right balance between form and function. For over half a century it has shown commitment to beautiful materials, most notably solid canaletta walnut. Here, the timber is combined with a brushed brass metal base and top – creating a contrast between the lightness of the frame with its cut-out aperture, and the solidity of the metal.
Queen of the colour wheel, pink symbolises hope and empowerment – but it’s also offering lessons in versatility when it comes to interiors. From calm, muted tones that segue into lilac to bubblegum shades that revel in an exuberant colour-clash with other brights, pink has lost its association with girlish prettiness and is embracing a new-found sophistication. Pictured from top to bottom are Raoul Textiles’ ‘Rosette’ fabric, available from Turnell & Gigon; a ‘Magritte’ table lamp by Barbara Barry for Baker; Kirkby Design’s ‘Spot on Waves’ wallcovering, available from Romo; and Flexform’s ‘Adda’ chair.
The ever-shrinking boundary between art and interiors is a pertinent subject – but Mark Moussa was way ahead of his time when he christened his firm Arteriors back in 1987. After 30 years, the US company finally has a European base, on the newly redesigned third floor of Design Centre East. “The showroom will feature a mix of our bestselling lighting, furniture and accessory designs along with pieces that have been selected specifically for the local clientele,” says Moussa. “We’ve really curated the space to reflect what designers want and need.”
Moussa says that London is “not only an epicentre for culture and design, but it has a unique and eclectic spirit that aligns with our brand DNA. Designers in the UK are known for taking risks and we can’t wait to see how they interpret our products.” Pictured is the ‘Gaston’ console and ‘Genzer’ lamp.
It’s time to reappraise the 70s as a design decade. Harness an easy vibe with throwback shapes, dark timber and a palette of teal, tobacco and marmalade. Add smoked glass to complete this rich and sophisticated look. Pictured from top to bottom are ‘Les Ondes de Jade’ fabric, by Misia, available from Colony; Gallotti&Radice’s ‘Diantha’ pendant; ‘All Grain Noir’ leather, by Edelman Leather; ‘Stairstep’ fabric by Kravet; and a ‘Rondine’ chair, by Ceccotti Collezione.
Colony, Second Floor, Centre Dome
Gallotti&Radice, Second Floor, Centre Dome
Kravet, Ground Floor, Design Centre East
Edelman Leather, Second Floor, Cetre Dome
Ceccotti Collezione, First Floor, Centre Dome
You might be familiar with ‘clean eating’, but what about ‘clean sleeping’? Auping, the heritage Dutch bed company, has the solution to the perfect night’s sleep, via a series of technical advancements and the dogged pursuit of ergonomic comfort. A mesh base and breathable mattress combine to give perfect air flow and temperature control, and the beds are designed to support movement, so that sleepers won’t wake up when they turn. Adjustable, motorised options are also available, responding to the fact that our beds are now spaces for working, watching TV and feet-up relaxing as well as sleeping. Auping currently has a pop-up in Design Centre East: see the collection and find out more there.
Tailoring doesn’t just belong in the fashion industry. A profusion of classic fabrics that could easily make the leap on to the pattern-cutter’s table have arrived, with textured weaves, dogtooth, herringbone and smart checks. The trend also goes beyond fabrics: seek out details that have a natural affinity with tailoring, such as herringbone patterns for tiles and flooring, and furniture inlays that are the joinery equivalent of a neat seam. The catwalk-ready products pictured top to bottom are ‘Genie’ fabric by Chase Erwin; chevron flooring, by Siberian Floors; ‘Carreux’ wallcovering by Flamant for Arte; ‘Dolomites’ fabric by Nobilis; and an ‘Olympia’ table, by Davidson.
Lacaze London’s work is a melting pot of traditional and modern production techniques, offering luxurious bespoke furniture including upholstery, cabinetry and metalwork. On display in the new showroom on the third floor of Design Centre is a raft of statement pieces made from exquisite materials. The workshop is based in West London where highly skilled craftsmen ensure that every last detail is finished to the highest standards. The company’s passion for perfection is aptly shown in this ‘Asteria’ armchair that reflects the current trend for inserting metallic finishes into timber. A new take on traditional tufting methods, the soft velvet upholstery is juxtaposed with solid walnut and accents of copper inlay.