man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of de­sign cen­tre, chelsea har­bour, lon­don

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The world of de­sign and in­te­ri­ors is full of those who have a big im­pact on the lat­est trends, but re­main rel­a­tively un­known. To high­light these un­sung he­roes we’ve launched The In­flu­encer Award. Here, our de­sign cor­re­spon­dent, Bar­bara Chandler, cel­e­brates the very first re­cip­i­ent Our In­flu­encers have been cho­sen not just be­cause of the job they do, but also the ex­cep­tional way in which they carry out their work. The wor­thy first re­cip­i­ent is Claire Ger­man of De­sign Cen­tre, Chelsea Har­bour,

a re­source pri­mar­ily used by ar­chi­tects and in­te­rior de­sign­ers, but open to ev­ery­one. The un­ri­valled home of dec­o­ra­tion and fur­ni­ture boasts 120 show­rooms, of­fer­ing fab­rics, wall­pa­pers, light­ing, fur­ni­ture, floor­ing, bath­rooms, kitchens and the lat­est tech­nol­ogy from more than 600 in­ter­na­tional brands. With an am­bi­tious De­sign Av­enue cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion, those num­bers are set to grow.

Claire, who has a back­ground in mag­a­zine pub­lish­ing and events or­gan­i­sa­tion, be­came man­ag­ing di­rec­tor in sum­mer 2010. Her imag­i­na­tive ideas for the De­sign Cen­tre have in­cluded adopt­ing a more dy­namic en­gage­ment with con­sumers. Un­der her stew­ard­ship, the De­sign Cen­tre’s open house events dur­ing spring’s Lon­don De­sign Week and au­tumn’s Fo­cus now fea­ture in­for­ma­tive and stim­u­lat­ing three-day pro­grammes. There’s some­thing for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing in­stal­la­tions, launches, demon­stra­tions, pop-ups, talks, food and flow­ers, with lo­gis­tics cov­ered by cour­tesy trans­port from Sloane Square.

Claire’s in­flu­ence is also ev­i­dent through­out the rest of the year, with free “de­sign dis­cov­ery tours” twice a month, and a free per­sonal shop­ping ser­vice, book­able in ad­vance. Her pas­sion for her job is clear. “It’s a clean cre­ative can­vas, and ev­ery day is dif­fer­ent,” she says.

To get a bet­ter pic­ture of the De­sign Cen­tre, Chelsea Har­bour with Claire at the helm, visit its en­gag­ing pro­files on In­sta­gram, Face­book and Twit­ter @de­sign­cen­trech.

Fo­cus/17 runs from 17-22 Septem­ber 2017 at De­sign Cen­tre, Chelsea Har­bour, Lots Road, Lon­don SW10; the pub­lic days are 20-22 Septem­ber. View the pro­gramme at

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