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
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).
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)
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)
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)
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)