London Design Week 2018
London Design Week is held at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, described by Vanity Fair as “The Interior Design World’s Mecca”. I was first introduced to the Design Centre whilst I was studying for a Diploma in Interior Design at KLC and after almost 20 years of visiting it never ceases to entice or excite. My recent visit to the famous domes, in celebration of the world of interiors and newest design trends, was no exception.
After battening down the hatches during last weeks’ freezing weather conditions courtesy of the “Beast from the East”, it was wonderful to escape and head up to Chelsea. The skies were blue, the birds were in full song and the Design Centre welcomed with the most beautiful selection of Spring flowers cascading the entrance staircase. With a spring in my step, I embarked on a journey of delight. I was first struck by the frolicsome oversized paintbrushes, which swathed beautiful fabrics of varying prints and colours across the upper echelons of the dome. A totally awe inspiring art installation conceived by Arabella McNie.
As I walked around, I couldn’t help but feel the buzz of excitement that exuded from every corner. The Design Centre offers a truly unique collection of showrooms, which exhibit a diverse range of products, meticulous designs and exquisite craftsmanship from all around the world. Design Week adds a diverse series of inspirational discussions and presentations to the mix, as well as the opportunity to connect with colleagues old and new alike.
I was particularly drawn to a selection of exquisite textures, finishes and detailing this year amidst a plethora of sensory stimulation, but my personal highlights were Abbott & Boyd, Simpson Mirrors and Samuel & Sons.
Abbott & Boyd greeted visitors with their usual abundance of exotic fabrics and wall coverings, as well as a pop up café. A snug was cunningly created using a striking selection of khaki cushions, patterned rugs and gunmetal Tolix Chairs, with a selection of mouth watering croissants and a full range of coffee from Latté to Americano. Simpson Mirrors amused with a witty selection of musical and Hollywood Icons sporting sunglasses in a selection of their beautiful frames. Samuel & Sons simulated an era of bygone French Renaissance, by creating the most amazing display of whimsical model cakes and hot air balloons using their unique trims and tassels. It is no surprise that Elle Decoration awarded their display, Best in Show!
As always, London Design Week was an incredible event and I would like to pass on my thanks to the Design Centre for curating, hosting and inspiring.
Until the next time… C xxx