Focus/13 – Design Centre Chelsea Harbour – 23rd September 2013

Oct 22 2013

We started our day with a Conversation in Design seminar hosted by ELLE Decoration’s Editor-in-Chief Michelle Ogundehin talking to British designer Tom Dixon. Throughout the talk many different areas of the designer’s career were discussed including his work as the creative director of Habitat, and using design as a motive for changing and rejuvenating companies, bringing fresh ideas and new life through design. He also spoke of his efforts to make design less complicated, focusing more on its simplicity. It was a really great opportunity to hear from the designer first hand and very informative. After this we moved onto the event at Crestron.

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Conversation in Design with Tom Dixon

Crestron provide automated systems for the home including programmable controllers for lighting, blinds and media. Crestron wanted to create a show ‘apartment’ that designers and developers could bring their clients to, to give them the full automated systems experience. They collaborated with interior designer Louise Bradley who worked with the technology in mind, showing how you can incorporate beautiful interiors with modern technology. The ‘apartment’ has been designed as a multifunctional space with a 60′ TV hidden behind a bespoke storage unit for a ‘normal’ viewing experience and a 120′ projector that comes from the ceiling for a ‘home cinema’ experience.

Another feature of the space that was popular with the other interior designers was the battery operated lights that Crestron had linked up to the system enabling them to be turned off one by one, a great alternative for anyone with children!

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Battery operated candles at Crestron

This space can also be hired out – the main ‘apartment’, technology room and boardroom-  separately or together.

Then it was time to take a look at and hear about the new collections from ROMO fabrics…

Orvieto: Prints, Weaves and Embroideries - This collection was our favourite. It contained a real mix of patterns. From a large block print Scandinavian style fabric and wall covering with a matte finish (Suvi) to an intricate metallic design inspired by a Moroccan cushion (Xilia). The collection also had a beautiful colour palette with bright pinks and oranges mixed with soft greys.

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New ROMO fabrics from the Orvieto Collection. Suvi and Xilia. 

Kashta: Wide-Width Sheers and Taffetas – This collection included some beautiful sheer fabrics, with metallic hints and multiple styles of vertical stripes. There were also some geometric shapes appearing within the collection.

Our last event of the day was a talk with Brentano fabrics on their A/W 13 collection at the Altfield show room.

Brentano are working hard to develop fabrics that are more eco- friendly with green credentials, within the collection there were multiple fabrics made from recycled polyester.

One of the main advantages of Brentano’s fabrics is their durability. Many of them have coatings disabling liquids and other stains penetrating through the fabric. One fabric also had a plastic backing so if any liquid did get through it wouldn’t damage the product underneath, making them great for hospitality and corporate uses.

Prominent colours within the collection were auburn tones, ‘baby chick’ yellow, deep purples and burnt oranges.

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Fabrics from the Brentano A/W 13 collection

In amongst all of this we had a look around lots of the other showrooms to see all of their latest offerings. Make sure to take a look at our Pinterest Board for the event and see all the other pictures!

http://www.pinterest.com/johnsongillies/focus13/

It was a great event and would recommend a trip to the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour to anyone looking for inspiration, ideas or just a nice day out.

 

 

 

 

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