Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

Championing its design community with strength, positivity and agility

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is the world’s premier destination for design and decoration. Its sense of community, commitment to creative excellence and specialist expertise make it the first port of call for professional designers, architects and design enthusiasts. With 120 showrooms representing more than 600 international brands, it is a compass point for world-class talent, makers and luxury brands.

The Design Centre is where interiors of individuality and distinction begin. It’s the place to discover beautiful patterns, uplifting colours and tactile materials, alongside details like scale, craftsmanship and artisan finishes. After a very digital 2020, it has never been more vital to see products close up, from fabrics to furniture, leather to lighting, beds to bathrooms, tiles to trimmings, carpets, hardware, wallcoverings and much more.

A commitment to creative excellence and specialist expertise make Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour the first port of call for professional designers, architects and design enthusiasts

As needs shift and ideas develop, the Design Centre maintains momentum. From sustainability and interest in biophilia to the development of bespoke pieces, showrooms keep up the pace, with many collaborative projects yielding impressive results.

The personal shopping team knows the showrooms inside out, accessing products from leading global brands, remotely and via in-person visits. A new online hub supports this service, aiming to showcase the breadth of creative inspiration. The designer sourcing service helps busy professionals find what they need.

Even as forthcoming vaccines offer the prospect of a brighter 2021, many organisers of international trade shows have cancelled or postponed their events – except for London, where London Design Week 2021 remains a design calendar highlight. Focus/20 in September was a remarkable show of inspiration and strength, and the Design Centre will continue in the same hybrid format for its annual spring event.

Wider expansion plans, including an enhanced space for curated design exhibitions, means that there is always more to explore. These experiences, including a future exhibition devoted to contemporary craft, have been devised to appeal to targeted sectors to gain exposure to important clients. An indispensable hub for the industry, the Design Centre continues to attract more companies, build new international audiences and invest in infrastructure. Offering professional support and strategic marketing ensures that it is the place to grow a business.

The Design Centre has been swift to ramp up its digital offering with more e-news, dedicated microsites and in-depth content via the design blog. Its free-to-view virtual content brings together A-list designers, industry insiders and thought leaders, showcasing remarkable, ever-evolving creativity. An exceptional line-up of talks with global names, masterclasses and business-focused webinars provides engaging conversations and in-depth analysis that keep the design industry competitive and connected. Signing up to the mailing list via the website is the quickest, easiest way to hear about latest news and events.

Carrying forward the strength of togetherness, and keeping the design community engaged and informed are the messages of positivity and connection that have put the Design Centre firmly on the international map.