DE­SIGN CEN­TRE CHELSEA HAR­BOUR

Europe’s largest one-stop re­source for in­te­rior de­sign­ers, ar­chi­tects and en­thu­si­as­tic home-lovers is a must-see dur­ing Lon­don De­sign Fes­ti­val. Here’s who to visit and what to see

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At over 13,000 square me­tres, De­sign Cen­tre Chelsea Har­bour is the largest ded­i­cated des­ti­na­tion in Europe for in­te­ri­ors brands to show­case their wares, with 120 show­rooms and 600 in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from fab­rics and wall­pa­pers to kitchens, bath­rooms, leather, trim­mings, tiles, car­pets and rugs. All lo­cated un­der strik­ing glass domes, min­utes away from Lon­don’s King’s Road, and with in-house cafés and an ex­cel­lent book­shop to boot, it’s ELLE Dec­o­ra­tion’s favourite place to get the in­side track on what’s new, now and next! And right now is the per­fect time to visit, as it hosts Fo­cus 16, a week of talks, work­shops and in­ter­ac­tive demon­stra­tions for the Lon­don De­sign Fes­ti­val. There’s even a com­pli­men­tary Mercedes shut­tle ser­vice op­er­at­ing from op­po­site Sloane Square sta­tion di­rect to the Har­bour. 18–21 Septem­ber, trade only; 22–23 Septem­ber, all wel­come (dcch.co.uk).

AR­MANI/ CASA

Why visit? You step into an­other world when you en­ter the Ar­mani/casa store at Chelsea. Softly lit, gen­tly fra­granced, beau­ti­fully ar­ranged, this is the place to go for high cou­ture Ital­ian luxe. Ev­ery­thing from ac­ces­sories to beds and li­nens is on show. Look out for The lim­ited edi­tion ‘Club’ cock­tail cabi­net (pic­tured), which is hand­made us­ing pearl-gold fab­ric, lac­quer and brass. It is on show as part of a se­ries of 50. The de­tails First floor, South Dome (020 7079 1930; ar­man­i­casa.com)

POLIFORM

Why visit? It fea­tures a snap­shot of the full range on show at its flag­ship King’s Road store, from su­per-slick stor­age sys­tems to new fur­ni­ture col­lec­tions (‘Mondrian’ by JeanMarie Mas­saud, pic­tured) and its Varenna kitchens. Did you know? It of­fers a free de­sign ser­vice. The de­tails Ground floor, South Dome (020 7352 0064; po­lifor­muk.com)

FRONT

Why visit? This is the first hand­made rug show­room in the UK to present the work of award-win­ning de­sign­ers Jan Kath, Zoê Luyendijk and Michaela Sch­leypen. Think art for your floor. Did you know? All rugs are made by skilled weavers us­ing fine ma­te­ri­als like Ti­betan high­land wool and Chi­nese silk. Luyendijk’s new ‘Tofino’ col­lec­tion (‘Sea to Sea Morn­ing’, pic­tured) is in­spired by sail­ing trips off the West Coast of Canada. The de­tails? Sec­ond floor, South Dome (020 7376 3355; fron­trugs.com)

PORADA

Why visit? Es­tab­lished in 1968, Porada is driven by its pas­sion for, and ex­per­tise in, work­ing with wood. A favourite type is the gor­geous Canaletto wal­nut (‘Jenny’ ta­ble, pic­tured). Look out for A new range of in­ge­nious floor lamps by Tar­ci­sio Colzani ( pic­tured), which fea­ture gold-lined grey shades atop ar­tic­u­lated wal­nut stems set into Car­rara mar­ble. The de­tails First floor, South Dome (020 3155 3065; porada.it)

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