My Visit To Europe’s Premier Interior Design Destination
During a recent trip home to England, I made sure the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, was very much on my itinerary this time. I had read about it several times, but never had the chance to visit. The Design Centre must be applauded for its efforts to bring together top interior design brands and their accessibility to all.
On a sunny afternoon in June, I made way to the Royal borough of Chelsea. Very posh! Having entered the lobby of the design centre, the first thing that struck me, was the building itself. Contemporary yet charming – the centre comprises of three circular structures flooded with natural light. Each is made up of four floors of boutiques and finished with an architectural glass and metal framed dome that opens to the London skies.
met by Sue at the exclusive Design Club (members only) who then accompanied me on a tour of the centre. Home to the biggest and best names in interior design and decor, the one stop shop started with just 4 showrooms and has since gained immense popularity with designers and direct retail customers. Rental space is hard to come by these days as the centre boasts of a long waiting list.
Providing pure elegance and luxury, the 98 showrooms showcase over 500 of the world’s prestigious brands e.g. Armani/Casa, Ann Sacks, Fendi Casa, Illuminati Lighting, Romo, Victoria & Albert Baths, Tufenkian Artisan Carpets. Areas of decor include furniture, lighting, accessories, bathrooms, kitchens, carpets, yacht furniture, paint, hardware, outdoor furniture, tiles and wall coverings.