The other week I got myself down to Chelsea Harbour Design Centre for London Design week. For those of you that haven’t been before it is open all year round, its just that there are extra events and talks going on within this particular week and a very handy shuttle bus which dropped me off at one of my favourite places, the Designers Guild showroom !.
I had a fabulous day, I went on my own and loved being able to wander round at my own pace. The last time I went must have been about four years ago and boy has it changed since then! . The number of showrooms seems to have tripled and it really was fabric heaven. It was so refreshing to see some top end brands that I haven’t come across before, and some different design hand writing particularly from foreign fabric and wallpaper houses. Some of my favouites included Zimmer & Rohde , Elitis, Lelievre, and Sahco.
I must also add that there is an amazing bookshop at the entrance to the Design Centre, it has every interior related book you can imagine. As well as books from all my favourite interior bloggers there were some really interesting surface pattern and illustration books as well as many books focused on colour.
Below is the GP & J Baker showroom, I absolutely love the tropical bird print on the left which is part of one of their new ranges, this mossy wall looked fabulous.
Below are just two of the gorgeous wallpapers from Elitis. I was amazed by some of textures and materials now being used for wallcoverings, it really opened my eyes as to how advanced and innovative the wallpaper production process has now become.
If you are on a similar journey to me and looking for somewhere (reasonable) to eat on the Kings Road, I would highly recommend The Bluebird. I didn’t eat in the restaurant but across the lovely courtyard there is a food store where they make their own bread and make fresh sandwiches and salads. You can watch the world go by then head to the gorgeous fashion shop inbeween the two which sells beautiful Mary Katrantzou dresses! perfect.
The next stop after the Design Centre was the Osborne and Little showroom. They always have great window displays and I wasn’t disappointed with this massive wallpapered iron!.
Ok so I know I this is silly but living in Nottingham and not being able to get down to London every day, I have never been to Anthropologie!. I have always said that if I ever have a career change I would be a visual merchandise, and this would be my perfect shop. I love the urban feel to the store and the clothes were just as gorgeous as all the homewares I made a bee line for. All in all I had a lovely day and would definitely go again next year if not before.