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A Guide to Four of the World’s Top Interior Design Districts |

A Guide to Four of the World’s Top Interior Design Districts

The Chelsea Design Quarter is situated in the areas of Kings Road, Fulham Road, Lots Road and Imperial Wharf. Here, classic, vintage, and contemporary design brands converge. A large number of established interior design practices are
located in this hub, making the area a creative quarter for many design events, including the London Design Festival. It’s also home to The Design Centre, a massive 155,000-square-foot building that plays home to 120 showrooms
and over 600 of the most prestigious luxury interior design brands of fabrics, wallcoverings, furniture, lighting, kitchen, bathrooms, outdoor living, hardware, tiles, and carpets under one roof—the largest of it’s kind
in Europe.

“The Chelsea and Fulham areas have always been hot spots specifically for the interior design industry due to the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, which is located at the end of Lots Road, which is in itself very famous for its eclectic
auction house,” said Helena Lowry, director of Taylor Howes design studio in London.

“Design Centre, Chelsea Harbor, or as I like to call it ‘the shopping center/ one-stop shop’ for all your interior design needs,” said Des Ademaj, creative director of Fenton Whelan Studio design and development
firm in London. “It’s a very popular destination for designers looking to quickly source materials/ specifications. It offers a wide variety of different brands and products from luxury wall coverings to sanitary wares
and ironmongery/ hard finishes, and lighting, to mention just a few.”

This interior design paradise, however, has overflowed in the last two decades or so, with Fulham Road and New Kings Road both a stone’s throw from the Harbour, and featuring more and more exquisite showrooms, Ms. Lowry said. “The
range and quantity of shops and showrooms in this small area offers such a diverse and eclectic variety of product that it is really very difficult not to be impressed, surprised, and wowed at every visit.”

The two design experts’ favorite shops include:

Birgit Israel

“Birgit Israel showcases an amazingly eclectic range of furnishings and accessories, both bespoke and one-off collectors pieces,” Ms. Lowry said. “Their signature collection provides some real feature deco pieces using
mirror and brass inlays as well as a cream parchment range which is both classic and contemporary. They are a great source of inspiration with their unique finishes, which never fail to add a sense of drama to any interior.”

Rubelli Donghia Group

“They carry fabric collections from Dominique Kieffer, Armani Casa, and other fantastic ranges of textiles and wallcoverings, not to mention their iconic furniture and accessories,” Ms. Lowry said. “The Donghia Collection
of furniture and lighting features the most elegant in timeless, contemporary design with extraordinary lighting pieces in Murano glass, which incorporate gold- and silver-leaf flecks, all of which are collector’s items of the

Colefax Fowler

Designers of fabrics and wallpapers, Colefax Fowler are renowned for their classic English style, Mr. Ademaj said. The brand relies on its long historical palette and range of patterns, as well as chintzes, woven fabrics, silks,
sheers, trimmings, and wallpapers.

William Yeoward

“I like to visit William Yeoward for a more sophisticated, elegant, and highly individual style and variety of home products,” Mr. Ademaj said. Known for its modern British style, originality, and craftsmanship, the brand
is a staple for furniture, upholstery, crystal, lighting, fabrics, wall coverings, rugs, and home accessories.


“For more of a vintage flavor you can’t go wrong stopping by at Talisman’s showroom,” Mr. Ademaj said. It’s an emporium replete with furniture, lighting, objects and sculpture from five continents.

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