Focus 2017: Chelsea Design Centre

Martyn White

Posted on December 08 2017

Highlights from the 2017 Focus event at the Chelsea Design Centre during the London Design Festival. 

During the London Design Festival, the Chelsea Design Centre hosts insightful talks, showroom events and celebrations for the design crowd and members of the public to enjoy. This year, the Design Centre defied expectations to put on one of their best events to date. Below are just a few highlights from the Focus week of events. 

FOCUS 17 London Design Festival De Le Cuona Lucia van Der Post and Helen BrocklebankFOCUS 17 London Design Festival De Le Cuona Lucia van Der Post and Helen BrocklebankFOCUS 17 London Design Festival De Le Cuona Lucia van Der Post and Helen Brocklebank

de Le Cuona hosted an insightful panel discussion called 'Luxury Revisited' with guests Lucia van der Post, founding editor of FT How to Spend It and Luxury columnist and editor of Country &Town House’s Great British Brands, Helen Brocklebank, CEO of Walpole and Bernie e Le Cuona herself. The talk centred around the definition of luxury, what it can mean to particular people and how this has been translated to the British market as the country continues to expand into the luxury industry with fashion houses, accessory and furniture brands. 

To Bernie, the true definition of luxury is how it makes you feel both as a product and an experience. To Lucia, luxury is charm, sophistication and great quality. A luxurious interior is deeply connected for whom it is done –that particularity and attention to detail marks out true luxury. To Helen, luxury is enchantment, emotion and creativity. Idiosyncrasy, eccentricity and quirkiness is really pertinent to what British luxury means. This expert panel discussion is part of series of Bernie de Le Cuona in conversation events held with leading creative women – from CEOs to editors, in the world of interior design and luxury industry.
A full video of the talk can be found on the de Le Cuona youtube page via the link.

Focus 17 London Design Festival Daniel Hopwood Martyn WhiteFocus 2017 Opening party London Design FestivalFocus 2017 Launch Party Chelsea Design Centre

In the Design centre's domes, the party was in full swing, quite literally with swing dancers, a live band and a luxurious collection of cocktails for guests and party animals to enjoy. Bathed in pink and purple lighting and dressed with impressive floral displays, the dome spaces looked magical, the perfect party setting and exciting event to launch the Centre's latest Focus edition for members of the public and designers alike to make take part in exciting talks, demonstrations and design tours amongst the many luxurious brands taking part. 

Marc de Berny Focus 17 Chelsea Design CentreMarc de Berny Focus 17 Chelsea Design CentreMarc de Berny Focus 17 Chelsea Design Centre

Marc de Berny opened its showroom to the public with a series of talks and workshops for guests to enjoy. Showcasing their latest collections of furniture and home accessory designs, the showroom was completed with beautiful floral displays by Philip Corps, a florist, stylist and designer that specialises in a range of displays including television and film. Furniture designs in the showroom from the Sparkx and Munira collections can be found by visiting the Marc de Berny website via the link whilst information on Philip Corps designs and services can be found at his official website. 

FRONT Rugs Chelsea Design Centre Focus 2017FRONT Rugs Chelsea Design Centre Focus 2017

Last but not least, FRONT Rugs hosted a talk with Daniel Hopwood, interior designer and former president of the British Institute of Interior Design as he discussed with visitors photorealistic flooring designs and how he has used this beautiful form of art within some of his beautiful interior design projects. The showroom displayed a series of Jan Kath's Spacecrafted designs, images taken from the Hubble telescope of outer space and replicated with up to 160 vivid colours to create unimaginable rug designs, quite literally out of this world. The full collection of rug designs can be found on the FRONT website via the link.


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