Wednesday, 16 March 2016

London Design Week 2016

If you're an interior designer or an avid consumer of interiors trends you'll be familiar with the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour in London. It's the lynchpin of fabric, surface coverings, furniture, lighting and interiors products in the UK, standing at over 150,000 sq ft it's a design destination with lots to offer. The three light-filled glass domes of DCCH are this week the nucleus of the London Design Week activities, while the sun streamed through on Monday I took my first run through of what was new and exciting.
If you've never been to the Design Centre at Chelsea Harbour it can be a daunting, there is a lot of ground to cover and it can feel like there are endless showrooms - there are 116 in fact. During design week the centre is open to the public from Wednesday 16th March till Friday 18th, it's a good time to visit as it feels more approachable with design trails to follow, plenty of demonstrations and talks by designers, makers and crafts people. 

Before I hit the Harbour I dropped by the Lapicida showroom on Lots road. I was impressed with their new porcelain tile collecting but really I just wanted to lust after the stone cladding.

A big hit for me in the gorgeous dappled light of the North Dome was the Fox Linton showroom.  Fox Linton's own classic range of fabrics are presented alongside the colourful Jim Thompson and the luxurious Loro Piana.  This showstopper merchandising got me a bit snap happy. I especially wanted the Demi Lune Sofa seen in the foreground here.

Another showroom that knocked my socks off was Pierre Frey over in the Design Centre East, plenty of heart pumping pattern that got me a bit breathless. Oh and that blue leather bag (that isn't mine) was the perfect prop.

My favourite new showroom was Arte, yes I really like the product but I LOVED the new showroom design. A winner in my book.

The lovely team over at Porta Romano had their craftspeople in making beautiful lamps.

The ever lovely and gracious Lizzie at Fromental chatted for awhile about the new showroom and then went on to give a wonderful demonstration of painting techniques. Whistler leather also had demonstrations running throughout the day.  

London Design week is on until Friday 18th March to find out more click here. I've been posting more of my finds over on instagram here.

All images by Mary Middleton for apart from artist impression of Arte showroom.


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