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Old has never looked so right now, as we look to heritage and tradition to ground us and make sense of a fast-paced world. Just as the Burberry trenchcoat is subtly reinvented season after season, designers are showing their appreciation for what has gone before, but nearly always with a twist that makes the pieces right for today. The clean lines, symmetry and sophisticated palette of Art Deco are a big theme in everything from tiles to lighting, while the highly stylised flowers of Ottoman textiles – updated with non-traditional colour palettes – is another thread. In furniture, designers seek to reinvent a classic by upping the scale or adding a new finish.

Pictured (top to bottom) are a ‘Block’ rug from Birgit Israel; ‘Ritz Harlequin’ mosaic tiles from Artisans of Devizes; a ‘Scarsdale’ console from Davidson; ‘Bursa’ fabric by Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd; and a ‘Strauss’ pendant from Wired Custom Lighting.

Birgit Israel, Ground Floor, Design Centre East
Artisans of Devizes, Third Floor, Design Centre East
Davidson, First Floor, South Dome
Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd, Second Floor, South Dome
Wired Custom Lighting, Ground Floor, North Dome (pop up)

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Poliform may be marking 30 years at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, but it is still at the cutting edge when it comes to tracking down worldwide talent. New to the showroom is Czech lighting company Bomma, which explores the potential of fragile glass with curiosity and creativity. The deceptively simple shapes of these ‘Phenomena’ lights, their glass shades fading from opaque pastel colours to milky translucency, belie a marriage of modern technology and craftsmanship. They are designed by young design studio Dechem, whose co-founders met at the Novy Bor School of Glass in the Bohemian glassmaking region of the northern Czech Republic.

Poliform, Ground Floor, South Dome

There’s good news for devotees of US interiors brand Oomph: its entire collection is now available at Nina Campbell. Specialising in lacquered furniture and lighting in joyfully bright colours, as well as upholstered pieces, Oomph had already created a capsule collection with Campbell, but this initiative sees the full product range available to the European market for the first time. In an era where colour, pattern and decorative detail are making a big return to interiors, Oomph’s aesthetic captures the zeitgeist – so its expansion couldn’t be better timed. Pictured are ‘Wave’ beds, an ‘Easton’ chest of drawers, ‘Newport’ Mirror and ‘Nantucket’ lamp.

Nina Campbell, Ground Floor, Design Centre East

 

 

Fine art is the nucleus of inspiration for so much of the best design – whether it responds to the stylistic traits of the painters of the past or involves creating sculptural furniture and objects that are just as expressive as something from a gallery. In addition, designers are working with an increasingly sophisticated client base who see art as central to a dynamic interior, providing context and meaning that underpin decor. The interior design not only complements the fine art; in many cases it is so distinctive and beautifully crafted that it can act as a substitute for it, too.

Pictured (top to bottom) are Fromental’s ‘Braque’ wallcovering, a collaged design inspired by the work of Georges Braque; ‘Kinship’ wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries, which takes a similar approach, with artisanal layered paper; a sculptural ‘Karl’ table and ‘Frank’ lamp by Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd; ‘Shaman’ wallcovering by Pierre Frey, the artwork for which was a collaboration with the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris; and an example from Savoir Beds’ collaboration with Andrew Martin and The National Gallery – any painting in the gallery can now be transposed to a bed.

Fromental, Third Floor, Centre & South Domes
Phillip Jeffries, Second Floor, North Dome
Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd, Second Floor, South Dome
Pierre Frey, First Floor, Design Centre East
Savoir Beds, First Floor, South Dome

While some will always celebrate pared-back minimalism, there’s no doubt that its counterpoint, ‘maximalism’, is on the rise. These joyously layered interiors – where multiple colours, patterns and textures create a feast for the senses – are not just a rebellion against minimalism and a case of ‘what goes around, comes around’. In design, the creation of a narrative and a space that emotionally resonates have become paramount, and it is so much easier to weave a story, express individualism, inject some personality – and, in commercial interiors, shape a brand – when there are more tools to play with.

Pictured (top to bottom) are: ‘Guro’, ‘Aloha’, ‘Aquarello’ and ‘Lin Leger’ fabrics, Dominique Kieffer at Rubelli/Donghia; ‘Small Ball’ lamps with ‘Bina’ shades, from Porta Romana; cushions from the Voyages Voyages collection by John Paul Gaultier for Lelièvre Paris; a ‘Faustina’ pendant from Gladee Lighting; and ‘Gerry’ Fabric by Schumacher, from Turnell & Gigon.

Rubelli/Donghia, Ground Floor, Design Centre East
Porta Romana, Ground Floor, Centre & South Domes
Lelièvre Paris, First Floor, North & Centre Domes
Gladee Lighting, Fourth Floor, Design Centre East
Turnell & Gigon, Ground Floor, North Dome

 

Bring nature indoors with birdlife – feathers, eggs and all – and other native creatures. A soothing palette of duck egg, turquoise and soft grey brings calm, serenity and comfort.

From left to right: ‘Gesso’ vase with handles and ‘Gesso Seated Bird’, both Julian Chichester.Deco Monobloc’ lever basin mixer, silver, Perrin & Rowe. ‘Satin Nickel’ finial (F298), McKinney & Co. ‘Mini Orbit’ pendant light, Porta Romana. Solid/horizontal bands Perspex’ (GP12), ‘Solid Perspex’ (GP6) and ‘Solid Bubble Perspex’ (GP10) curtain poles, all McKinney & Co.  Wallcoverings from left to right: ‘Greenhouse’ (143-138 894), Brian Yates. ‘Tempest’ (WTEM-183), Quercus & Co. at George Spencer Designs. ‘Estrella’, jade, Galbraith & Paul at Tissus D’Hélène. Fabrics from left to right: ‘Dune Hares’ (226436), Sanderson at Style Library. ‘Single Stripe’, Madder Cutch & Co and ‘Elsewhere’ (42180),  Madeaux, both at Tissus D’Hélène. Paints from left to right: ‘Horizon Grey’ and ‘High Sea’, Sanderson at Style Library; ‘Frost’, Zoffany at Style Library; ‘Cosmic Grey’, Sanderson at Style Library; ‘Dufour’, Zoffany at Style Library; pencil tips; ‘High Sea’, Sanderson at Style Library, ‘Dufour’, Zoffany at Style Library and ‘Horizon Grey’, Sanderson at Style Library; scissors, paint brush, pencil stems and paint roller, ‘Architects White’, Zoffany at Style Library.

Left to right, top to bottom: ‘Reunion’ fabric (T9064|02), Weitzner at Altfield. ‘Fairfield’ wallcovering (AT79142) and ‘Davis Dot’ wallcovering (AT79163), both Anna French at Jacaranda Carpets. ‘Vyne Silk’ fabric (31625/06), James Hare at Marvic Textiles. ‘Square Perspex’ curtain ring (R17), McKinney & Co. ‘Sea Cliff Diamond’ carpet sample, (14340), Holland & Sherry. Carpet tufts: (ESR017-10732X(12), ‘Verdigris’ (ESR-15-7480(6) and ‘Peninsula’ (ESR-16-2895(8), all Tai Ping. ‘Hudson Striped’ border (BT-57677), Samuel & Sons. Paints: ‘Dufour’ and ‘Frost’, both Zoffany at Style Library, ‘High Sea’, Sanderson at Style Library. ‘Pine Cone’ fabric, Madder Cutch & Co at Tissus D’Hélène. ‘Lindos’ fabric (2233/04) No. 9 Thompson at Jim Thompson. ‘Vyne Silk’ fabric (31625/08), James Hare at Marvic Textiles