For an ex­plo­ration of be­spoke de­sign

Our tour and Cham­pagne tea at De­sign Cen­tre Chelsea Harbour on Septem­ber 22 will cel­e­brate Bri­tain’s wealth of ar­ti­sanal skills

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Through­out the cen­turies, his­toric houses have re­flected the iden­tity of their own­ers, ex­press­ing aes­thetic pref­er­ences while demon­strat­ing a pa­tron­age of the dec­o­ra­tive arts and ar­ti­sans. As is clear to any vis­i­tor to the De­sign Cen­tre, this syn­the­sis of home and cul­ture con­tin­ues to­day with con­tem­po­rary spa­ces that show­case beau­ti­fully made fur­ni­ture, light­ing and tex­tiles.

De­vised by art con­sul­tant Vanessa Curry (be­low), this cu­rated tour gives a be­hind-the-scenes look into de­signs that have a story to tell and em­body the best crafts­man­ship of their time.

the tour will in­clude Porta ro­mana’s fur­ni­ture and light­ing, a new col­lec­tion that pays homage to Wil­liam Mor­ris in the San­der­son show­room (cen­tre right), Cole & Son’s new wall­pa­pers in­spired by the Mari­in­sky theatre, St Peters­burg (top right) and the new show­room of Savoir Beds (which started its life mak­ing beds for the Savoy), as well as the premises of Pierre Frey, home to some of France’s most revered tex­tile brands, in­clud­ing Braque­nié. there will be a visit to a show­room dec­o­rated on a Blooms­bury theme, a col­lab­o­ra­tion between tur­nell & gigon (far right cen­tre) and in­te­rior de­signer gavin houghton (bot­tom right). there will be a Cham­pagne tea at the Christo­pher Pea­cock show­room with Coun­try Life’s Ed­i­tor, Mark hedges (be­low).

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