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.
Arteriors, Third Floor, Design Centre East
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.
Lacaze London, Third Floor, Design Centre East
George Spencer Designs has a pedigree stretching back nearly 80 years, but what it didn’t have was an overly generous space to present its collections of fabric and wallpaper. A recent move from Chelsea into the redeveloped third floor of Design Centre East has changed that. “We thought our old showroom was a bit overwhelming, and we wanted to increase what we were showing and create a feeling of space,” says managing director Tim Walters. “We’re trying to offer is something a little bit more eclectic – interesting design and colour, and not necessarily all one look.” From its own collections of traditional block-printed wallpaper to unexpected gems such as Australian brand Quercus & Co, there’s now extra pleasure to be had in sourcing beautiful products, thanks to the new space. Pictured is ‘Sea Cloud’ wallpaper, designed for George Spencer Designs by Neisha Crosland.
George Spencer Designs, Third Floor, Design Centre East
To give a sense of solidity and permanence to an interior, there’s nothing like stone, as Artisans of Devizes knows only too well. The Wiltshire flooring company has opened its first London showroom in Design Centre East, which is a feast for the eyes, with a patchwork of natural stone flooring that illustrates the beauty and versatility of the material. Decorative tiles in encaustic cement, ceramic, porcelain and marble offer an exuberant, pattern-and colour-packed counterpoint.
This is the company’s first showroom outside of its Wiltshire HQ, and creative director Hamish Smith says: “It made sense for us to launch a showroom in London, to make it easier for design professionals within the city to visit us and explore our products. We wanted to work with many more people, and to do this, we decided we needed to go where the music is!”
Artisans of Devizes, Third Floor, Design Centre East
A new addition to Design Centre East, Provasi champions Italian luxury furniture, rooted in artisan traditions that are unique to Italy. The look is classic and stems from a deep knowledge of quality furniture from bygone eras. A reverence for the past sees reinterpretations of European designs crafted by artisans, with particular attention paid to precious detailing, rich finishes and proportion.
Provasi, Second Floor, Design Centre East
Holland & Sherry has opened a showroom at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. With a reputation for supplying the finest wools, tweeds and silks to tailors in Savile Row, the company’s 200-year-old legacy has evolved into producing designs for interiors. In addition to showcasing sophisticated fabrics, the showroom offers custom rugs, embroidery, wallcoverings, trimmings, leather, hardware and lighting. All are defined by excellence and rooted in heritage.
Holland & Sherry, First Floor, Centre Dome
New to Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, Savoir Beds knows a thing or two about the importance of a good’s night sleep. First created for The Savoy Hotel in 1905, its luxurious beds continue to offer sublime comfort to hotel guests and discerning clients alike. Each one is hand-made to order in the UK using the finest natural materials such as long, curled Latin American horse tail, Mongolian cashmere and British lambswool. A single skilled craftsman makes each mattress, and, like an artist, signs the label on each completed job. Bespoke headboards and upholstery mean that each bed can be further customised.
Savoir Beds, First Floor, South Dome