Arte has launched an exciting collaboration with New York’s Flavor Paper. Known for its subversive, pop-art-inspired and generally out-there patterns, Flavor Paper’s capsule collection includes ‘Snake Bit’ (pictured), which updates the traditional horse-bit pattern with a tangle of venomous beasts; ‘Sharp Descent’, a rain of highly dangerous objects such as scissors and broken bottles; and ‘City Park’, a damask featuring fire hydrants, pigeons and parking meters. With these designs, it’s definitely a case of the more you look, the more you see,
Arte’s Design Centre East showroom received the stamp of approval from Elle Decoration; the interiors style bible gave accolades to several other showrooms, including Dedar, Romo, Julian Chichester and Samuel & Sons.
Arte, Second Floor, Design Centre East
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.
Turnell & Gigon, Ground Floor, North Dome
Baker, First Floor, South Dome
Romo, First Floor, North Dome
Flexform, Ground Floor, South Dome
The creative director of David Collins Studio is launching a collection of fabrics and wallcoverings for Baker, and says that “Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is something that I have always aspired to be a part of.”
Asking a designer where that first spark of inspiration came from often elicits a fascinating reply. Boussac’s new Cartoon collection from Pierre Frey – winner of The World of Interiors‘ Award at Focus/17 – gives a nod to the 80s. The playfulness and strong geometrics favoured by the Memphis Group are evoked in ‘Nestor’, a large reversible check in wool mohair and alpaca (pictured), and the collection also includes ‘Puzzle’, a padded velvet with a jigsaw-puzzle pattern, ‘Astro’, a vivid wool chevron in a carnival of colours and ‘Mongolia’, a faux Mongolian lambskin.
The World of Interiors’ editor Rupert Thomas handed out the award during Focus/17, along with several Highly Commended awards, which were given to Oscar de La Renta’s fabric collection for Lee Jofa, from GP & J Baker; Alfonso Marina’s secretaire, from Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd; Davidson’s ‘Aspen’ table; and the Bloom & Berries collection by Raoul Textiles, from Turnell & Gigon.
Pierre Frey, First 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
Wallcovering showroom Arte has teamed up with fellow Belgian design firm Flamant for two new collections. Flamant is best-known for its linen fabrics, and the wallcoverings recreate the textiles’ subtle look and feel. Pictured is ‘Rhythmique’ from the Charactère collection, a smart, small-scale geometric pattern, while the Les Mémoires wallcoverings are intended to evoke a sense of nostalgia and far-flung travels. All are intended to complement Flamant’s existing collections.
Arte, Second Floor, Design Centre East