LONDON DESIGN WEEK 2020 8th-13th March
It’s an exciting time to be at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. From 8 – 13 March, London Design Week 2020 will bring together masters of design, creating an unmissable dialogue between exhibitors and visitors in an arena that is as inspiring as it is influential.
Across six days, London Design Week 2020 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour will present new-season launches and share ideas and expertise on what it takes to be the best of the best. 120 showrooms and 600 international brands will unite to present a compelling vision of interior design excellence.
DESIGN EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Reflecting a commitment to creativity and connection, a curated programme of more than 100 events will include workshops, talks, artisan demonstrations and discovery tours that dig deeper inside the stories behind the designs and provide opportunities to meet the people who shaped them. On the main stage, eminent names including Olga Polizzi and Beata Heuman will share their experiences at the acclaimed Conversations in Design series, while Grow Your Business talks will be aimed at those who want to take the next steps. Memorable installations and specially commissioned places to eat and drink will bring plenty of visual inspiration and showcase current design directions.
New collections for spring speak of a confident, thoughtful approach: exquisite materials, couture detailing and the dramatic use of colour, pattern and texture; all celebrating the importance of provenance, skill, craftsmanship and a move towards informed choices.
LONDON DESIGN WEEK 2020 HOUSE GUESTS
Adding another layer to the offering will be the magnificent Design Avenue which will play host to a raft of house guests, only in situ for the duration of the show. They will bring fresh perspectives and even more ways for visitors to encounter world-class talent.
Every year, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour enriches the programme, broadening insights and specialist knowledge for both professionals and design enthusiasts to enjoy. A vital industry hub with an international standing, it is recognised as an authoritative voice of interior decoration.
THE EVENTS PROGRAMME
Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour has curated a programme of more than 100 events that will include workshops, talks, artisan demonstrations and discovery tours that dig deeper inside the stories behind the designs and provide opportunities to meet the people who shaped them.
CONVERSATIONS IN DESIGN
The all-star series brings world renowned speakers to the main stage. International talent includes Olga Polizzi; design director of Rocco Forte hotels and renowned interior designers Beata Heuman, Rita Konig, Martin Hulbert and Jay Grierson. Joining panel discussions will be leading interior designers including Tom Bartlett of Waldo Works, Sheena Murphy of Nune, Samantha Todhunter, Elnaz Namaki, Emma Pocock of Turner Pocock and Emily Todhunter of Todhunter Earle, alongside Tatjana von Stein from Sella Concepts. Highlights include:
CONVERSATIONS IN DESIGN: A NEW VISION: WHAT DOES THE DIGITAL ERA MEAN FOR INTERIOR DESIGN? TALK
Thursday, 12 March, 11.30am – 12.30pm
Lecture Theatre, Third Floor, South Dome
The digital age has transformed the lives of interior designers, creating new ways for them to imagine and communicate their vision for living. Three leading designers – Emma Pocock, co-founder of Turner Pocock, Elnaz Namaki, founder of her eponymous studio and Sheena Murphy, founder of Nune – share how the growth of social media and design apps have changed interiors. The discussion will explore how the digital landscape has democratised the design process, allowing everyone to share in the creativity, and ask whether, at the dawn of a new decade, there will be even more change to the way our homes are designed and seen. Moderated by acting executive editor, Kate Burnett. Book a ticket for £10 here.
CONVERSATIONS IN DESIGN: HOME AND AWAY
Friday, 13 March, 11.30am – 12.30pm
Lecture Theatre, Third Floor, South Dome
Credited with popularising the boutique escape, James Lohan, founder of Mr & Mrs Smith and his sister, interior designer Hannah Lohan, explore the growing influence of hotel trends on our own homes. The dynamic pair talk to interiors editor Carole Annett about what makes guests fall in love with a particular place – from hotel city breaks to beach resorts, safari camps and wellness retreats – and predict what’s next when it comes to the crossover between where we live, and where we stay. Book a ticket for £10 here.
ACCESS ALL AREAS
This year’s Access All Areas events programme, taking place in the showrooms, is the beating heart of the show, and is as diverse as it is insightful. The series will offer design enthusiasts the chance to meet leading designers such as Paolo Moschino, Lucinda Sandford, Nina Campbell and Selina McCabe of Winch Designs, alongside house guest Flora Soames, all of whom will share expertise and knowledge. Visitors will also have the chance to visit the GP & J Baker showroom where Emma Sims Hilditch, founder and creative director of luxury interior design company Sims Hilditch, will have designed a specially curated space within the showroom.
COLE & SON
ACCESS ALL AREAS: COLE & SON PRESENTS SEVILLE
Cole & Son Ground Floor, Centre Dome
Monday 9 March, 2pm
Join Cole & Son’s design director, Carley Bean, for an exclusive presentation of the new collection, Seville. Carley delves into the inspiration behind the collection and the unique techniques used for each design. Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the streets of Seville.
ACCESS ALL AREAS: EXPLORING THE DESIRE TO CREATE A CALMING SPACE
Wednesday 11 March , 11.30am
Romo, First Floor, North Dome
In celebration of Scene, Villa Nova’s latest fabric and wallcovering collection, join the brand’s design director Hayley McAfee and interior and lifestyle writer Lisa Dawson for tea and cake, and enjoy a discussion on why interiors are increasingly becoming restful retreat.
ACCESS ALL AREAS: SLEEP THERAPY
Wednesday 11 March, 3.30pm
Jensen Beds, Third Floor, Design Centre East
Sleep therapist and transformational coach Risa Gabrielle will be using her extensive knowledge to share the tools and techniques we need to switch off and get a better night’s rest. Her approach is “empowering, practical and intuitive – most of all, it’s about long lasting solutions over quick fixes” and she will be on hand to answer any sleep-related questions afterwar.
ACCESS ALL AREAS: DISCOVER TOKYO BLUE BY MOOOI X ARTE
Arte Second Floor, Design Centre East
Wednesday 11 March 4pm and Friday 13 March 4pm
Discover Tokyo Blue, the latest collaboration between Moooi and Arte. Experience the new wallcovering collection while on a Japanese whisky tasting journey: discover your favourites and learn to distinguish the flavours while experiencing the new wallcovering collection, which takes its inspiration from Japanese nature and culture.
Those wishing to strengthen their design credentials will find an array of workshops and trend talks to attend such as;
SS20 DESIGN DIRECTIONS TALK
Friday, 13 March, 4.30pm
Join Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour for a round-up of SS20’s defining interior trends at London Design Week 2020. Discover the new season’s collections and the brands behind them: these ‘masters of design’ present a compelling vision of excellence, embodying the renewed appreciation of skill, provenance and the move towards informed choices. Register to reserve your place here.
DESIGN WORKSHOP: KLC SCHOOL OF DESIGN PRESENTS BALANCING COLOUR AND TEXTURE IN INTERIOR DESIGN
Friday, 13 March, 2.30pm
Join interior designer and experienced KLC tutor, Evey Dunbavin-Hands as she explains the importance of incorporating colour and texture into our homes in a balanced and rewarding way. Evey will be sharing expert advice and tips that she has used in her own interior design projects. Register to reserve your place here.
London Design Week 2020 is more diverse than ever before, and this guided tour offers some of the show’s highlights. Delve deeper into the stories behind the latest designs, all accompanied by a glass of fizz. There will be an array of design tours throughout the week. Find out more and reserve your space here.
Trade preview: 8 – 10 March 2020
All welcome: 11– 13 March 2020
10am – 6pm
To register and for the chance to win a one night’s stay including dinner and breakfast at Firmdale Hotels