25th September 2019

Focus/19 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

A team of Ulster Carpets designers attended Focus at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, during London Design Week, to expand their awareness of upcoming design themes and gain some new inspiration.


“For six days Focus/19 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is the interior design event for excellence. Welcoming trade professionals and design enthusiasts from around the globe to London, the programme is dedicated to inspire, inform and deliver the best in world-class interior design talent. This year, the design exhibition has more product launches and showroom openings than ever, alongside an abundance of talks, demonstrations, interior design workshops, discovery tours and guest pop-ups.”


Here’s what they found:

The theme of the design centre was ‘Sky Garden’. These amazing lanterns used new season fabrics that were then suspended in the glass domes of the centre. The theme promoted freshness, creativity and growth in design with a ‘positive connection to nature’; this like many other design shows throughout London and Paris design week shared a strong connection to the biophilia trend introduced earlier in the year.



One of the pop-up exhibitions was housed alongside the domes and used a graffiti theme. Huge eye catching paintbrush motifs, made using fabric, injected colour to the white walls behind.


The pop-up show and resident showrooms were all presenting lots of colour and pattern. Layers of patterns were used together and combined with a variety of materials and textures.

For example Mulberry used layers of colourful printed velvets while other designs incorporated a mix of traditional patterns to complement.

Image right and left shows Blithfield’s Brookfield collection, which includes ‘Fern’, based on a design by early-20th-century artist and designer Peggy Angus


Christopher Farr  showcased a fantastic project with Turquoise Mountain (a Prince of Wales project) supporting traditional textile skills such as; Screen printing, weaving and embroidery – as well as artisans from Afghanistan.

Based in the North Dome, Christopher Farr teamed up with NGO Turquoise Mountain to showcase Afghan hand-made rugs and artisan textiles – including live hand-knotting demonstrations.


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