Here at Topfloor, as ever, we enjoyed a wonderfully inspiring London Design Week. One of the highlights of the design calendar, Design Week is the perfect opportunity to navigate the ‘design compass’ that is Chelsea Harbour, whilst connecting with our creative peers.
Synonymous with quality, taste and embracing fresh thinking, during Design Week the Harbour buzzes with talks on everything from contemporary craftsmanship to traditional bespoke design during the day, while at night it plays host to wonderful parties celebrating new collections and releases. With 102 showrooms and more than 500 prestigious brands on display, for us it’s a lovely excuse to indulge in the inspiration that is right under our noses.
There were many interesting events held throughout the week and we were so taken by some of the brand’s products and styling that we just had to share them.
The Topfloor Showroom
Our founder, Esti Barnes, created the beautiful SCRIPT collection in collaboration with Hassan Massoudy. Moved by his contemporary take on traditional calligraphy, Esti has turned his eloquent work into luxurious rug designs.
Gerard, of the October Gallery who represent Hassan Massoudy, discussed with our audience the historical context and creative development of calligraphy. We were particularly inspired by the way Massoudy took inspiration from the Japanese form of calligraphy, allowing his designs to become more unpredictable and spontaneous. A step away from the more controlled Arabic style, Esti’s process to transform this more abstract art into precise combinations of knots to create a solid pattern was a challenge and pushed her as a designer.
Thank you to all who attended, it was wonderful to share Esti’s creative inspiration with you all.
Among our highlights were Porta Romana, a firm design week favourite. The lighting specialists continued to show us that warm golden tones, creams and browns shouldn’t be resigned to the deepest throws of winter.
As we tip-toe into spring (London may be sunny, but it still requires a few warm layers), Porta Romana’s showroom welcomed visitors into a world of shimmering elegance and style. We always admire the craftsmanship that goes into their organically inspired designs and naturally styled displays.
Another brand that always impresses is contemporary Italian furniture company Flexform. Perfectly combining that undeniably Italian brand of moodiness, and Britain’s infamously unpredictable seasonal change, the team at Flexform have curated a diverse range of furniture and finishes to complement the many needs of the London design lover.
Much like Porta Romana, Flexform’s showroom embraced us in warm orange and walnut tones, perfectly set off against masculine grey rugs and textiles.
Against a backdrop of elegant lighting design, delicious cappuccino marble echoed the earthy tones and nature-inspired themes that continually reached out to us from all corners of the Design Centre.
With a more feminine approach to spring, Kravet impressed us with their floral and abstract patterned fabrics. Perfect for revitalising feature pieces of furniture, such as a pouf or dining chairs, their bright and beautiful prints were truly invigorating.
Just in case we weren’t already aware that spring is well on its way, the Design Centre was elegantly styled with unusual topiary. Each hospitality space was transformed into a relaxing oasis for resting in between each showroom exploration. ‘George the Giraffe’ made a great focal talking point!
With pastel greens and deep forest shades present throughout the Design Centre’s showroom, all with a hint of gold thrown in, the spring theme felt fluid throughout and even the buzz of activity during Design Week couldn’t break the sense of calm it created.
For us, the real highlight had to be the walk-in feedback tree that allowed us to share our praise for another wonderful Design Week.
Here at Topfloor we believe in connecting with other creative minds, gaining inspiration from our environment and indulging in the beautiful design that surrounds us. London Design Week at the Design Centre allowed us to do all of this, while reminding us that the changing seasons are at the root of our inspirations. We can’t wait for next year already.