London Design Week 2023

Panel in conversation at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour including Frank Ponterio, Sophie Robinson, Anouska Tamony and Carole Annett

All Aboard…

As London Design Week 2023 draws to a close I thought it would be fun to give you a whistle stop tour of my brief excursion to the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour and The Old Truman Brewery on Friday just gone.

For once in my life I decided to let the train take the strain and headed-off first thing to Clapham Junction. This station has become my ‘go to’ London hub for getting around on the, easy to navigate, London Overground.

First Stop…

First stop, Imperial Wharf, to attend the last day of Focus/23 at DCCH. To make the most of my time at this popular venue I pre-booked a ticket to listen to a talk hosted by Carole Annett, interiors editor of Country & Town House and the host of the House Guest podcast. Entitled “Palette Perfect; Colours To Live With” the panel was made up of three distinguished interior designers; Anouska Tamony, Frank Ponterio and last, but by no means least, well-known journalist and T.V. personality, Sophie Robinson.

As I arrived prior to the designated registration time I had the luxury of exploring the three floors of the three glass domes at a leisurely pace. Keen to source finishes for current projects and to tap into current trends I methodically visited the showrooms that I had flagged up as being of interest to me. The House Of Rohl piqued my interest with its beautiful range of handcrafted kitchen sinks and colourful countertop basins.

Fully equipped with technical specs I continued my tour of the showrooms. A very noticeable trend that jumped out at me was the increasing number of well-known names collaborating with fabric houses. Most striking was the Disney collaboration with Sanderson which has resulted in a collection of fabrics and wall -coverings featuring many infamous Disney characters.

Other collaborations of note were Sophie Robinson x Harlequin and Minnie Kemp x Mind The Gap. Both interior designers have inspired some really cheerful contemporary patterns in their respective collections.

Moving on…

Having completed my showroom tour I made tracks to the Design Centre East to take my seat in the TALK theatre. With the panel fully assembled the host introduced the panellists and dived into her first question – “How do you know what colours to use?” Topics covered included “couples’ mediation”, “US v UK style” and “high-screeners v low-screeners”. After an hour of lively conversation discussing how to design with colour and a brief Q&A I decided to leave my fellow designers schmoozing the celebs while I jumped back on the London Overground service, this time, to Shoreditch High Street.

Well, talk about a culture shock! From the genteel confines of the designer showrooms of Chelsea Harbour I suddenly found myself amidst the street art of Shoreditch. Not to be deterred I used my sat nav to direct me to The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, where I collected my badge for entry to the London Design Fair 2023. On entry the atmosphere was much more buzzy as music thumped out through the building-wide PA system and a rooftop cocktail bar served rainbow coloured refreshments.


With an A3 map of the Brewery in hand I meandered my way around the many pop-up stands that housed newbie designers and fascinating furnishings. As you would expect with such a contemporary exhibition there was much emphasis on sustainability with the use of cork being high on the agenda and sea-based waste being used in imaginative ways. The first product that caught my eye was an acoustic board derived from mussel beards. YES, you did read that right! When mussels are cleaned their ‘beards’ are collected and compressed into an acoustic board that can be used and recycled over and over again. The second product that snagged my attention was a range of plant pots that had been fashioned from discarded fishing nets. Perhaps not to everyone’s taste but certainly a novel way of cleaning up our oceans.

Heading home…

With my head thudding from the music, and the possible effects of the colourful cocktail, I decided that it was time to head back to the train station before the Friday afternoon exodus commenced. Sinking down into my seat I let the train take the strain once again as I headed home after my exhilarating day out.

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