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23rd March 2016 • News

London Design Week 2016


Last week, we were greeted by the beaming sunshine streaming through the glass domes at Chelsea Harbour. The Design Centre’s theme was ‘Going Geometric’ which translated into an array of incredible suspended pipes in different shades of blue, paired with a show stopping paper dress sculpture from Zoe Bradley. With the azure sky as a backdrop, the stage was set for a fabulous London Design Week.

Our showroom had a spring facelift with the windows being re-designed to tie in our Cocoon motif; a wonderful graphic fretwork which came from the original design of the pendant light, and was replicated in panels for display. The blue, silver, rust and white theme tied in perfectly to the rest of the Design Centre and drew lots of passing attention.

I kicked off my LDW experience by joining a panel of lighting experts at the DCCH’s seminar ‘Designing with Light’. Along with Sally Storey of John Cullen, interior designer Juliette Byrne, and Nick Fichte from Crestron, we discussed everything from the importance of combining practical light sources with decorative ones to impact of layering light, choosing the correct lampshade lining and craftsmanship in the industry. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and educational seminar to be a part of and from the packed auditorium and furious note-taking I witnessed, it seems our audience agreed!

To see more of my thoughts on London Design Week check out ‘Right Here, RightNow’.

This has to be one of the buzziest LDW I’ve seen. The crowds were out in force, even on a Sunday morning! What a testament to the draw that the DCCH has at this time of the year. Talking to some of our visitors, it felt that designers were working on some really exciting projects and the arrival of Spring collections at the Harbour seemed fuel their creativity. We were really excited to tell people about our new Prism lamp in Petrol with its co-ordinating satin shade, unveil the Abacus Floor Lamp and have another chance fall in love with our Antique Rose Velvet all over again.

We also hosted an Access-all-Areas event which saw a pop-up workshop in our showroom with demonstrations on how we create some of our painted finishes back at the Artist’s studio in Farnham. With the Cocoon being a key piece in our Elemental collection, we took the opportunity to show the love and attention that each piece receives. Tying in with our wonderful new film showing how this astonishing fusion of glass and metal is made, it was a real tribute to the incredible skilled makers and artists we’re lucky enough to have on our doorstep. Make sure you check out this magical movie on our website.

With that, we close the LDW chapter for another year feeling truly inspired for the seasons ahead. Roll on Focus 2016!

Shazeen Emambux
Creative Director