Lon­don De­sign Week

Nail the lat­est in­te­ri­ors trends free at De­sign Cen­tre Chelsea Har­bour. By

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Homes and Property - - Design -

FROM glo­ri­ous spring bou­quets to del­i­cate fret­work and dé­coupage, pat­tern has ex­ploded at Lon­don De­sign Week. The in­ter­na­tional spring dé­cor-fest of fab­rics, pa­pers, paints, fur­ni­ture and light­ing opens this Sun­day at De­sign Cen­tre Chelsea Har­bour.

The cen­tre is a hot­house of de­sign, with show­rooms over four floors un­der its fa­mous glass domes. A new build­ing next door adds an­other five floors to make 120 show­rooms in all — a great suc­cess story for Lon­don de­sign.

Over six days from March 4-9 new lines are pa­raded be­fore they hit the shops a few months later. This huge event at­tracts vis­i­tors from all over the world. The first few days are trade only — for de­sign­ers and so on. But next week from Wed­nes­day to Fri­day, March 7-9, all are wel­come.

It’s fash­ion­able, fun and en­try is free, as are loads of sam­ples. You can get there by a spe­cial free minibus run­ning reg­u­larly from Sloane Square Ho­tel. Stop off half­way at De­sign­ers Guild in King’s Road to see its new flo­rals teamed with crisp geo­met­rics, and a li­brary of 5,000 textured plains. New three me­trewide linens are “dou­ble-dip dyed” in founder Tri­cia Guild’s trade­mark om­bre. Os­borne & Lit­tle is op­po­site, cel­e­brat­ing its 50th year with a fas­ci­nat­ing ar­chive and a huge fab­ric cake.

Top-end home mer­chan­dise car­ries high price tags at Chelsea Har­bour but glob­ally, in­di­vid­u­al­ism is all the rage and you’ll find it here. Lon­don De­sign Week fea­tures em­broi­dered silks in­spired by the Im­pres­sion­ists at James Hare; a bath­tub cov­ered with Ital­ian mo­saic at Vic­to­ria + Al­bert Baths; ex­quis­ite straw mar­quetry from Alexan­der La­mont, and beds printed with Na­tional Gallery paint­ings by Savoir Beds.

There are threads of pure gold in fab­rics by Rubelli/Donghia. Typ­i­cally painstak­ing is the bronze door fur­ni­ture by Lon­don’s Fiona Bar­rat­tCamp­bell for ar­chi­tec­tural hard­ware spe­cial­ist SA Bax­ter, which still prac­tises the an­cient craft of lost-wax cast­ing in its New York work­shops.

“Tribal” is huge this year — think spiky masks, feath­ers, spears and shields in black gashed with or­ange, blue, turquoise and pink. Add wo­ven rush or cane, raw textured wood, brass, large-leaved plants, fringed rugs and the odd Pi­casso print. Pierre Frey asked a Paris art school to ex­plore the trend, with a prize for a win­ning pat­tern. The re­sult­ing col­lec­tion is Grand

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