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Inside WOW!house in London’s Chelsea Harbor Design Center

By Vaseline Jun10,2024

I remember being bored with interiors after two years of lockdown, when all the great shows I used to trot out to were either canceled or a shadow of their former selves online.

Despite last week’s rain, spring started beautifully with an invitation to preview the WOW!house at London’s Chelsea Harbor Design Centre, which I easily accepted to marvel at the interior design plans of some of the most famous designers in the world. the world.

So what is the WOW! house if it is home?

It is a temporary, modest – viewed from the outside – one-storey showhouse, built in the Design Center, where each room is taken over by an interior designer who collaborates with an interior design brand, based on the American showhouse concept, but with a difference, such as explained for me by interior designer Ken Fulk who counts Pharrell Williams, Gigi Hadid and Dolce & Gabbana among his clients.

“In America, interior designers are invited to take over a room in an existing house, so you already have the structure of the room,” he says. “This is different because you are building the entire room from scratch. We started with a bespoke rug that we designed with The Rug Company, inspired by the traditions of storytelling in Delft and Azulejo tilework dating back to the 14th century, and the William Morris Green Dining Room at the V&A.”

    Jamb London's bedroom design is inspired by the palettes and curtains in Renaissance and Baroque paintings.
Jamb London’s bedroom design is inspired by the palettes and curtains in Renaissance and Baroque paintings.

It also includes a chandelier made from hundreds of recycled bottles by Thierry Jeannot and a French Empire fireplace, while the dining table is laden with plates hand-painted by Californian ceramicist Linda Fahey.

Design A-lister Alidad talks about how he was initially approached to design a Wow!house room. “It took them four weeks to convince me, five months to plan it and five days to build it.”

It was worth the persuasion and effort because the finished room is true to Alidad’s signature style, based on antiques, textiles and color in collaboration with textile company Watts 1874. His starting point was a heritage piece of the company, a redrawing of a large-scale Renaissance -design.

“I decided to use it for the walls because I wanted a large design with movement in it that seemed to grow all the way to the ceiling,” he says, adding layer after layer of pattern and texture throughout the room. . I wonder if I’m in an English Victorian Gothic country house or an Italian palazzo. Either way, I’d happily curl up on one of Alidad’s velvety chairs with a cup of tea and a book and understand why his style is coveted by Middle Eastern royalty and British aristocracy.

    Studio Vero's collaboration with bespoke furniture maker Martin Moore creates a kitchen space for entertaining and living, not just cooking.
Studio Vero’s collaboration with bespoke furniture maker Martin Moore creates a kitchen space for entertaining and living, not just cooking.

Opulence, texture and color are the beauties of this year’s WOW! home, but there was a simpler beauty to be found in the tranquility of a bedroom design by Charlotte Freemantle and Will Fisher of Jamb London. Their austere historical context suggested a more modest country house, furnished with a four-poster bed, Regency stripe cushion, mottled mirror, antique cupboards and screen, with wall coverings adding a modern touch.

    Suzy Hoodless' dining and living space focuses on warm creams and terracottas.
Suzy Hoodless’ dining and living space focuses on warm creams and terracottas.

Keeping quiet is the Suzy Hoodless dining and living space which begins with an Adam Ellis wall covering of a treescape that, despite being spring, has an autumnal seasonal feel of mists and soft fertility. Earthy and understated, her tablescape is simple, texture is present throughout, especially in the use of rattan and rough-hewn wooden dividers.

Of course it wouldn’t be a house, wow or otherwise, if it didn’t have a kitchen, a job taken on by Notting Hill-based Studio Vero. They’ve applied their keen eye for style and functionality to make the kitchen more than just a place to cook, says co-founder and co-director Romanos Brihi. “We wanted it to be a place to spend time and really enjoy, with the same ability to show personality as any other room in the house.”

    Studio Vero's collaboration with bespoke furniture maker Martin Moore.
Studio Vero’s collaboration with bespoke furniture maker Martin Moore.

Rich terracotta on the ceiling and walls of the kitchen with olive granite worktops could be the color combination of the season, with subtle references to the duo in the WOW! house. But it’s the design eye that added brass hardware, a four-armed Italian lighting fixture, and a confident collection of art and accessories that delivers a desirable balance of function and aesthetics.

WOW!house is at Design Center Chelsea Harbour, London until July 4, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Tickets from £10 online at www.dcch.co.uk.

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