Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is where great design thrives and flourishes. At the heart of a highly globalised design community, it is renowned as the place to discover world-class talent and share ideas with influencers, established makers, emerging innovators and luxury brands.
With 120 showrooms and over 600 international brands, it is the destination of choice for all professional designers, architects and style-seekers from around the globe. Nowhere else will they find such design diversity or such a high concentration of design’s biggest names shaping high-end interiors today – all at one address.
More than a design resource, it is a thriving platform, both creatively and commercially, for an exceptionally dynamic industry. What is on offer at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is beyond compare. From five-star hotels, bars and restaurants to superyachts, private jets and residences, this is where interiors come to life. The largest of its kind in Europe, it’s an astonishing treasure trove of fabrics, furniture, lighting, wallcoverings, accessories, kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor living, trimmings, leather, hardware, tiles and carpets of exceptional quality and creativity.
With a reputation for providing imaginative solutions for prestigious projects, the international showrooms on site are at the top of their game, and visitors come to see impeccable materials and finishes up close and seek out expertise in person. Many design houses also create bespoke pieces, providing clients a rare level of access inside the creative process.
But that is not all: the showrooms are just the starting point. There are cafés, a specialist bookshop and a personal shopping service to complete the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour visitor experience. The private members’ Design Club – designed by Rabih Hage is a stylish sanctuary in which to relax and recharge, with a stunning bar and modern menu. Seating nooks and functional work spaces also make it the ideal place to host meetings with clients, brainstorming sessions or even a second office. There is a design reference library with shelves full of the best in design, art and fashion titles, along with an extensive back catalogue of the top interior consumer and industry magazines.
Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour not only has its finger firmly on the pulse of global trends, it is setting them. It is a measure of its influence that people fly in from all over the world to see what is on the style radar there. With access to the latest design directions and authoritative social media channels, design enthusiasts can get the inside track on all the pieces and people making waves in the design world.
Keen to foster creativity and push artistic boundaries, special projects are commissioned on a regular basis to work in harmony with the Design Centre’s famous architecture. These have included a floral sky of 6,500 blooms by floral artist Rebecca Louise Law and artwork by international fashion illustrator Megan Hess. In fact, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour supports a broad spectrum of creative disciplines across the design agenda. Exhibitions have included ‘Marilyn Monroe: Legacy of a Legend’ and ‘Art & Interiors’, a curated display featuring photography, paintings and sculptures that have inspired 30 leading designers and ‘East Meets West’ celebrating Asian art and creativity.
Dedicated to inspire, inform and deliver the best, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour has become an established commercial and creative platform and it plays a central role in Britain’s cultural landscape. Every year it hosts Focus and London Design Week, bringing the design world together for a dynamic fusion of immersive experiences, collection launches, bespoke installations and food and drink initiatives, unseen anywhere else. At its heart is an inclusive ethos of sharing ideas and generating a deeper understanding of design; from the Access All Areas showroom events to workshops, demonstrations and discovery tours to the acclaimed Conversations in Design programme.
This has gained much momentum, too, with renowned names from the international stage eager to share their design knowledge. New initiatives are introduced constantly to offer specialist interest and inspiration. Dedicated events have included Superyacht Design Week, which saw international delegates gaining insights from the marine world and beyond. No one with even a passing interest in design and interiors could fail to find something new and inspiring; the events are not just for industry insiders by any means.
What began over 20 years ago as a spectacular building near the River Thames, has grown into much, much more. With strategic expansion on the horizon and a landmark building project, an exciting new chapter is now unfolding at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. Some highly influential names are moving in, so the sense of community – already one of the Design Centre’s strengths – is set to get stronger.
The spotlight is now on Design East with over 40 showrooms, many of which are new arrivals, and work has already started on a permanent atrium linking it with the domes. With the creation of this Design Avenue, combined with additional showroom space on the third floor, a world of new possibilities is opening up with even more opportunities for visitors to connect with design connoisseurs, attend events and engage with experts. Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is bricks, mortar and beyond. It’s no wonder visitors come back again and again. A single visit is rarely enough.
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