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17th Mar 2017

London Design Week - next year we are all going!

Last week’s London Design Week event at The Chelsea Harbour Design Centre was a must see for the SB Interior Design team.  We sent our scout Rachel Barrett (not to be confused with in house designer Rachele Bowley - just to make sure you are paying attention!) to soak up the latest trends and report back to HQ.  Obviously we were all fighting for this little mission but somehow the RB ‘sans e’ managed to sneak over there.

On a normal Thursday morning the design centre is a calm serene space for designers and their clients, as well as individual home-owners to avail of the many of the top interiors retailers under one roof.  “Last week was a whole different experience” says Rachel. “The centre was buzzing with visitors taking advantage of all of the design week specific add-ons not usually available”.  The packed programme included collection launches, workshops and discovery tours, meet the designer sessions and a roster of international names appearing on the main stage.

The Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, long time favourite destination of the SB interior design team, this year ‘embraced the shifting landscape in which the art and design worlds are profoundly inter-connected’. It was with this in mind that showrooms were asked to nominate artworks for visitors to enjoy.  The specially commissioned works were displayed, to inspire and desire, in the second floor designer walkway.

Up in the gods of the second dome, the Design Club room hosted “Conversations in Design”, a line up of eminent designers and industry movers and shakers, which certainly added to the draw of the event.  There were fascinating talks and lively panel discussions, including insights from Tara Bernerd and Tom Bartlett, of the infamous architectural and Interior design house Waldo Works and Peter Gomez, Director of Zoffanys.

One not to be missed slot was the Jinny Blom session hosted by Telegraph garden colomnist Tim Richardson. Jinny, prolific garden designer and landscape artist took centre stage on the Thursday morning, for a unique analysis of her creative process.  A project collaborator to StuartBarr CDR, Jinny has designed more than 250 gardens around the world (many here in Oxfordshire).  Through sharing her thoughts from intelligent planting and craftsmanship to a deep understanding of the landscape, the audience was privileged to an insight into her world and works. (more about Jinny and her inspiring new book “The Thoughtful Gardener” coming soon on the StuartBarrCDR news page; watch this space!)

Throughout the Design Centre green & pink was the overwhelmingly stand out theme. Window displays popped with this striking colour combination, as botanical palm prints (which have been with us for a couple of seasons) were combined with pink hues, from rose petal to cerise, a playful and surprisingly perfect pairing. The pantone colour of the year is ‘Greenery’ has clearly captured the imagination of the major fabric and wallpaper design houses.

By all accounts London Design Week 2017 was an unmissable event, for designers, architects and style seekers from across the globe. Bursting with ideas, new perspectives and ways to see creative innovation up close. The thought-provoking installations and experimental pop-ups add a whole extra dimension to this great design institution.  Next year the rest of the SB interior design team will definitely be there in body, not just in mind and spirit!

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