London Design Week @ DCCH: my highlights

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March 7, 2016

London Design Week @ DCCH: my highlights

A few days after the event, but I wanted to share some images from a great day at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour London Design Week.

It’s always an inspirational delight to visit the Design Centre, and even more special last week during the event.  Unfortunately I could only spare one day, but could have happily gone every day, as there’s so much to see.  A few of my highlights are here, but really, every showroom has something I’d love, either for a client or for me…….

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I love this lighting display in the Original BTC showroom.  These pendants are from their ‘Drop’, ‘Tea’ and ‘Hatton’ ranges, with the table lights being ‘Hector’ and ‘Teacup’.  The ‘Hector’ lights start at £115 (exc. vat).  You can also see some beautiful china in this shot, which is by Branksome China,  who were rescued from closure by Original BTC, so we can continue to enjoy their distinctively shaped two-tone pieces.  My favourite is the large teapot in Elephant Gray and Blossom Pink (which would be perfect in my new kitchen colour scheme).

Branksome teapot





Image by Branksome China

(isn’t this cute?)

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Moving on to fabrics.  I can’t think of anywhere else where there is such a huge array of gorgeous, covetable fabrics, and I always want to change every curtain and cushion in my house after a visit to the Design Centre.  One of my favourite showrooms, for the variety on display, is The Romo Group on the first floor of North Dome.  Each of the group’s brands has a sizeable area, so you can see Romo, Kirkby Design, Mark Alexander, Villa Nova and, in it’s own little room at the back, the stunning Black Edition.  I adore Black Edition, and spent a happy half an hour or so perusing the collection.  I love these designs so much, I’d like this whole curtain wall at home.

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More sensibly though, I’m considering upholstering some old dining chairs in a combination of these three colours (from the top: Agate, Graphite, Rose Quartz) from the Musa Velvets range.  Thoughts……?



I can’t leave Romo without a quick mention of their quirky cacti window display.  It was widely, and worthily, Tweeted and Instagramed last week (with better photos than I managed), but deserves another mention.  Love it!

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One of the most eye-catching displays I saw was in Jim Thompson, as pictured here;


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A full height showcase of their Bonsai of the Vanities collection, featuring drops of Broderique in Tangerine and True Blue, a curved sofa upholstered in Allegra and a couple of lovely chairs  and a further sofa in Bargello (chairs in Lemon, sofa in Windspray).   Bargello is fab, isn’t it, and comes in 9 colourways.


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I fell in love with this Brute sofa in Baker Furniture.

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Part of the Kara Mann for Milling Road collection, the fabric is Black Chenille, which would just go anywhere.  Waiting for my sample to arrive………


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On the hunt for monochrome tiles, Ann Sacks was one of my first ports of call, and I wasn’t disappointed by this super range.  I think my favourite is bottom right, which is the Mulholland large tile in Noir Blend, and is a product of the Ann Sacks/Kelly Wearstler collaboration.




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And finally – finials.  McKinney & Co’s finials, poles and tie-backs are works of art for your windows, and the showroom has a huge and inspiring collection on show.  A small selection is shown below, alongside one of my favourites.  Wondering which of the Black Edition fabrics would work best with this one…….

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So, that’s just a brief snapshot of my day at London Design Week.  This week it’s off to The Ideal Home Show; more on that to come soon.