Design | Our favourites from London Design Week

As an interior design studio, we attend many trade shows and design festivals across the UK and Europe, but out of all of them, London Design Week at Design Centre is a favourite. It is for those curious about design, who wish to learn more and to celebrate creative practice.

This year, our team visited Chelsea Harbour to celebrate the very best in Design. We attended many events including inspirational talks, workshops, demonstrations and iconic showrooms.

Below we have shared a few favourites from this year.

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Conversations in Design: Kit Kemp

Speaking with interiors and lifestyle writer, Fiona McCarthy, Kit Kemp shared an insight into the inspiration behind her creative process. Each collaboration is treated as individual works of art which are highly personal and authentic. Kit explains ‘My interiors have an intelligent thread where rooms have their own character but are linked by a fine thread'.

Image Credit: Firmdale Hotels 

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‘The Gatsby Suite’ by Katharine Pooley

In collaboration with legendary fabric, trimmings and wall covering manufacturer Turnell & Gigon, Katharine Pooley depicted glamour and extravagance of the Art Deco period by creating an iconic window display inspired by F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. She paired Deco style antiques with intricate embroidered fabrics and hand cut glass panels. The design was described as “a theatrical setting for the most glamorous lives. It will transport you to a world of joyful, exhilarating opulence.”

Image Credit: Sims Hilditch 

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Maximalist Design

Known as ‘a movement against minimalism’, maximalist design celebrates colour, texture and pattern throughout the home.  This year, designers embraced luxurious materials and textures, added more details for visually compelling statement pieces and went larger with scale and proportion.

Image Credit: Firmdale Hotels

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Ben Pentreath and GP & J Baker Collaboration

Ben Pentreath’s collaboration at GP&J Baker celebrated maximalist design in the finest sense. The colourful yet cosy entrance display was inspired by the iconic ‘Magnolia’ fabric from an extensive archive collection. He used this as the focus for his design to reflect his own inimitable style. The space included notable architectural elements, statement lighting, unique accessories and bold colour combinations.

Image Credit: Sims Hilditch 

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George Smith: Celebrating Women in Design

The final highlight during Design Week was the insightful talk ‘on the Sofa’ at George Smith. Emma was invited to speak alongside Suzy Hoodless and Holly Tillott to celebrate International Women in Business. Interviewed by Carole Annett, Interiors Editor of Country & Town House, the speakers were encouraged to discuss Balance & Harmony in design.

Image Credit: George Smith 

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