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Monday, 21 March 2011

London Design Week - Pt 1: Fabric Collections

Silks by Zimmer & Rohde, Linens by Kravet

Visiting Chelsea Harbour Design Centre during London Design Week is always a rewarding experience. I popped down, twice, last week to meet with other interior designers (often, it's the only time we have to chat about work) and of course to see the latest fabric collections. I also attended two design lectures. There is so much to share with you that I've decided to split these events into three separate blog posts.

I love this vermilion, especially coupled with graphite/midnight blue - it has such intent.

Calvin Klein

If you really must have it (and who would blame you...), you'll find this at Kravet

This silk velvet has the must lustrous quality and although it's not new - I've been holding on to these samples for a little while, I wanted to show it to you. Silk velvet is not user friendly for 99% of the population because even a drop of water will stain it but we can still dream, can't we?

Edith - Violet

Argh, I LOVE THIS. I'm dying to use this on a current project, either on upholstery or for drapes in the master bedroom. The colours are perfect but the price tag is going to be a tough sell... Donghia also produce the most beautiful furniture - their take on the corner sofa has to be seen to be believed:
It was *painful* to be forbidden to photograph anything, so we'll just have to try to imagine that piece above in this colourway (below) - large cushions in the pink silk. Isn't it just the loveliest palette? 

Sahco Samira reversible  2276-22

The Donghia showroom is currently enjoying a sedate colour palette. If you're in London, you'll just have to go to Chelsea harbour to see it for yourselves - don't miss it.


Zoffany surprised me with their latest collection. It took me a little while to love this but the colours are vibrant and, the context they've placed it in is inspiring. 

The dark navy walls (and clean lines) give the Intaglio design, sourced from their archives, a certain modern relevance and is a perfect example of the power of context. Other favourites were Lelievre for championing Vermillion; Sahco for their silks & Zimmer & Rohde their sheer variety designs.

Where you there, too? What caught your eye? 

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