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