LONDON DESIGN WEEK 2018 - PRESS RELEASE
Channelling a rising spirit of individuality and creative expression, London Design Week 2018 is this season’s most anticipated and influential interiors event.
This year’s programme of 100+ events is unmissable. Expect meet-the-designer talks and presentations, demonstrations of exceptional artisan skill, behind-the-scenes glimpses at how collections were conceived and insights on the latest design directions in the showrooms. Specially commissioned installations and a mouthwatering menu of food and drink complement the events programme and make Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour a buzzing destination where designers, innovators and style-seekers come together.
The most talented names in the industry will be sharing their stories, ideas and creative vision. On the main stage, Conversations in Design excels with a stellar line-up of high-calibre speakers. Meanwhile, a new initiative, ‘Legends’, sees showroom windows and showcases get the VIP treatment thanks to some highly imaginative collaborations. We hope that it serves as a voyage of discovery around the showrooms, including the much-expanded space in Design Centre East.
Courtesy transport will ensure that getting here is easy. And don’t forget, entry is free.
For many visitors this will be the first chance to explore the wealth of talent to be found here. At the heart of the design community, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is bricks, mortar and beyond.
CONVERSATIONS IN DESIGN
A stellar line-up of international trailblazers and tastemakers take to the main stage to share rare insights at talks and panel discussions. They include, amongst others, Kit Kemp, Martin Hulbert, Jay Grierson, Lord Snowdon, Sophie Ashby, Hubert Zandberg, Sir Peter Osborne, Susie Atkinson, Peter Mikic, Linda Boronkay, Christopher Jenner, Jo leGleud, Sophie Elborne, Afroditi Krassa, Simon Mitchell of Sybarite, Shauna Dennison, Mehmet Iksel, architects Fiona McLean and Mike Stiff, and Marianne Cotterill.
As inspiration in interiors continues to evolve, the design world is opening up all sorts of exciting possibilities. London Design Week 2018 sees international tastemakers from the worlds of design and decoration, art, fashion and architecture giving showroom windows and showcases a visionary new look. These eye-catching collaborations are visible expressions of imagination, style, wit and verve, and mean that a voyage of discovery will be waiting on every floor.
Collaborations, to name but a few, include luxury accessories brand Loewe, teaming up with Morris & Co at Style Library; and designer Gesa Hansen, bringing a modern Scandinavian look to Villeroy & Boch. There are further collaborations between Gavin Houghton and Tissus D’Hélène; Nina Campbell and Summit Furniture, Maddux Creative and Tim Page Carpets; Studio Kamini and The Silk Gallery, Rachel Willson and Nobilis; and Hill House Interiors and Bella Figura. Fashion names such as Tory Burch with Iksel – Decorative Arts, Cutler & Gross with Simpsons, Morts & More with Christopher Peacock, and Neisha Crosland with Artisans of Devizes. See what Taylor Howes does at Evitavonni’s showroom, how Lambart & Browne transforms Colony, and what Goddard Littlefair creates at new showroom Perrin & Rowe. Further offerings include those from The National Gallery with Savoir Beds, Shauna Dennison with Lizzo, New York artist Fernando Mastrangelo with Tai Ping, and florists Aesme at Porta Romana.
ACCESS ALL AREAS
Experience design on a deeper level with London Design Week 2018’s Access All Areas programme. These showroom-based sessions offer the first glimpses of new collections; bring artistry and craftsmanship to life with live demonstrations; excite and enlighten at meet-the-designer events; and enhance professional development with how-to Q&As and expert guidance. With 100+ events – every one of them free – it’s worth planning that diary now.
Meet the Designer
Join an in-depth discussion with some of the industry’s top talents. Come and hear how leading textile and surface designer Neisha Crosland’s new collection for Turnell & Gigon took shape; she will also be stopping by at Artisans of Devizes to talk trends and introduce her new Jigsaw tile collection. At Rubelli, Rubelli Venezia’s design studio director Alberto Pezzato will be paying a visit to unveil its new collection, tracing the story of its evolution and the marriage of tradition and innovation. Victoria + Albert Baths is hosting interior designers Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead of 2LG: tap into their distinctive style and find out how they transformed the showroom’s windows. Love discovering new brands? Drop in to George Spencer Designs, where New-York-based Karen Robert of Aux Abris will be unveiling a distinguished collection of wallcoverings; Pavoni’s founder Alan Newberry will also be presenting incredible Italian leathers.
Meet world-class designers and go behind the scenes to find out their inspirations and thought processes. Renowned French designer Jean-Louis Deniot will be at Marc De Berny to discuss his Sparkx collection and sign copies of his book; Lizzo invites Jessica Naveira and Shauna Dennison to talk through new launches, including Pepe Peñalver’s exotic Beyul collection; while Altfield will welcome a new member of its design family, James Malone, founder of the exciting textile and wallpaper company of the same name. At Fox Linton, meet hugely experienced in-house designer Kathleen Butler to discover luxurious new collections of leather and wool.
Art Meets Interiors
With the line between design and art becoming ever-more blurred, it’s no wonder that so many events have an artistic theme. At Savoir Beds, Judith Mather from The National Gallery and Andrew Martin’s David Harris talk about the role of art in design. Head to de Le Cuona to discover how founder Bernie de Le Cuona was inspired by the Old Masters for her new Artist Canvas linen collection. If you want to get hands-on, Artisans of Devizes is holding a tile-painting workshop – your endeavours will be sent away to be cured and glazed, then returned to you as a miniature work of art. Many regard passementerie as a discipline where art and craft intersect, and at Jason D’Souza you can watch a true artisan demonstrate how tassels and tiebacks are made.
Artisans in Residence
Admire some of the skills behind the products with a series of talks and demonstrations with talented makers. At Black & Key, glassblower Adam Aaronson and artist Fintan Whelan will be on hand to explain the mastery behind their work, while new showroom Perrin & Rowe will have their designers at work as well as offering visitors the chance to get hands-on and build a tap. Need to cool off? In celebration of Chase Erwin’s Polar Light collection, the showroom is hosting an Arctic ice-carving session, with a signature cocktail served alongside.
London Design Week 2018 is the perfect opportunity to fill knowledge gaps and learn specialist skills from the professionals. Pay a visit to Baker, where chief creative officer Tristan Butterfield will be talking about the year’s most significant design trends. Two lighting events will make you more switched on: Remains Lighting is offering up creative ways to tackle outdoor lighting, while Porta Romana welcomes Sally Storey of John Cullen Lighting, speaking to creative director Shazeen Emambux about how to harmonise decorative and architectural lighting. Head to Birgit Israel for expert advice on mixing old and new pieces, while styling know-how is under the spotlight at Romo, where Zinc Textile’s Justin Marr and creative stylist Arabella McNie explain how they create impactful brand images. Decca (Bolier) is hosting a round-table discussion on how to excel at hotel design, and new showroom Jensen Beds will have an expert on hand to discuss the all-important topic of getting a comfortable night’s sleep. Not forgetting the finishing touches, Davidson’s session with Taylor Howes will discuss dining.
Practical Advice & Inspiration
Tap in to the wealth of expertise that the showrooms have to offer with tailored advice on specialist subjects. Learn how to commission a bespoke rug at Jacaranda Carpets, or drop into Siberian Floors to find out the best way to care for flooring. Soft furnishings are in focus at Houlès, which will be showing how its exquisite trimmings and fabrics can be combined to make show-stopping cushions. Artisans of Devizes’ Q&A with top designers such as Rachel Laxer and Susan White will offer insights into their recent projects, while the dovetailing of design and technology will be up for discussion at Crestron EMEA, where experts from Poltrona Frau will explain how to customise your home with technology. Performance fabrics are under the spotlight with Thibaut at Jacaranda Carpets, while Summit Furniture is hosting a ‘garden party’ to celebrate Nina Campbell’s exciting new collection for Summit Endurance Fabrics. Need to up your game when it comes to digital marketing? Topfloor by Esti will host a leading industry interiors writer, answering Q&As on the best way to run a blog that supports your business.
A Taste of the New Collections
Sensory experiences add a deeper – and delicious – dimension to new launches. Visit Colony for olive-oil tasting, a complement to the Italian brand’s latest wallcoverings, and, staying on an Italian theme, Porada will have prosecco on hand to accompany a photography exhibition that celebrates its 70 years in business. Stark Carpet is also toasting its spring collection launch with a glass of fizz, while throughout the week, Espresso Design will be giving frequent cooking demonstrations to showcase its technology-packed kitchens. Finally, get a healthy boost at Christopher Peacock, where top appliances brand Wolf will be whizzing up smoothies and juices.
See What's New
‘Open house’ events let you see what’s new, ask questions and satisfy your curiosity about emerging trends. Italian furniture maker Gallotti&Radice will present a sneak peek of what it will unveil at Milan’s Salone, while Lelièvre
Paris will discuss the ‘Legends’ window collaboration with Ulgador, the Parisian specialists in metallic leaf. McKinney & Co’s open day will focus on its new collection of nursery fabrics, made with silk-weavers Gainsborough. New showroom Officina Inglesa Furniture will be opening its doors – come and find out what this furniture company can offer, including bespoke pieces and a huge variety of finishes. Find out about inspirations and processes at Lacaze London, Arte and Phillip Jeffries, all of which are hosting events that go behind the scenes of new collections, offering insider insights into how the designs came together. And don’t forget to visit Decca (Bolier) to cast a vote for entrants in its Custom Decca furniture competition.
DESIGN DISCOVERY TOURS
Join a guided tour of the show’s highlights, including some of the exciting new arrivals in Design Centre East and beyond. Navigate the latest collections with ease and take in some of the ‘Legends’ windows, all accompanied by a glass of fizz.
Trade preview: 4 – 6 March 2018
All welcome: 7 – 9 March 2018
10am – 6pm
020 7225 9166
Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0XE
Plus outside participants in Chelsea