Exploring 500 brands at Chelsea Harbour during London Design Week can be daunting enough for professionals, let alone a design novice. So meet award-winning stylist and interiors editor Emilio Pimentel-Reid (right), who is hosting shopping tours around Chelsea Harbour on March 20 (free, but call 020 7352 1900 to book). Here he shares his top-five hits.
1. Dedar, ground floor, Design Centre East; dedar.com
This top Italian fabric brand has a sleek architect-designed showroom that's like an interactive interiors library, so well arranged. The trimmings drawer has yummy, candy-coloured, simple yet beautiful trims for a finished look that's totally not OTT. And while there, discover new papers and fabrics by Hermès, with equestrian chic, dapper herringbone and a hiss of snake.
2. Rubelli Donghia, ground floor, Design Centre East; rubelli.com
Using luxury fabrics for upholstery is a big trend but it can end up getting torn if the fabric is too delicate. I've found a fabulously romantic silk brocatelle called Semper Augustus (in nine colours), named after the famous tulip.
3. The new Nicholas Haslam showroom, second floor, South Dome; nicholashaslam.com
This outfit has the feel of a continental boutique and the décor is a great contrast between antiqued-mirror walls with distressed factory-wood floors. Shop for lighting, vintage accessories, furniture and works of art — plus plenty of décor tricks to steal.
4. Original BTC, second floor, Centre Dome; bowlesandbowles.com
Here's a British brand, only 10 years old and famous for its industrial-style, lighting. Now there's a batch of furniture inspired by wire mesh lockers found when Original BTC took over some metalworks in Birmingham. They've done 12 pieces under a new Bowles & Bowles label — Peter and Charlie Bowles are the directors of Original BTC. In weathered zinc or copper are cube-like seating, side tables, versatile storage and a beautiful glass-topped desk that's perfect for a home office.
5. Ann Sacks, first floor, Centre Dome; annsacks.com
This tile company is famous for its originality. Ann Sacks herself brought a car-boot of craft-made glazed tiles from Mexico to sell in New York in the Eighties. Now you can wow your walls with cement, and shagreen, or even petrified wood. And Boston artist Tony Davlin adds real gold leaf to hand-crafted glass tiles in his garage.