Chelsea Summer Street Party 2017

Martyn White

Posted on June 26 2017

Attending for the third time, the Chelsea Summer Street Party is always one of the highlights of my year. Celebrating beautiful design and wonderful people, showrooms across Kings Road open up to showcase their latest collections and party in their own unique ways, from brass bands to baths of sweets, there is always something spectacular going on. With so many showrooms and so little time, it is always difficult to see them all, and this year I spent my time between Drummonds & Talisman, Tatiana Tafur and John Cullen.

Brass band at Drummonds BathroomsTalisman sculptures in the Drummonds showersDrummonds bathrooms Chelsea design quarterDrummonds Bathrooms and Talisman Chelsea Summer Street Party

The first stop was Drummonds bathrooms, a brand that always knows how to throw a party. This year they had teamed up with Talisman to showcase designs in a very original way, displaying the Talisman vintage animal designs within the bath and shower units to recreate the feel of a very contemporary zoo. Giraffes filled the bath and shower cubicles whilst a brass gorilla was swinging from a shower head. It did not stop there however, Drummonds offered massages and tarot card readings to guests whilst serving Summer cocktails, enjoying upbeat music and the visit of a brass band.

Tatiana Tafur showroom Kings Road LondonTatiana Tafur table lamp and luxury finishesTatiana Tafur carved wooden mirrorTatiana Tafur Chelsea Showroom

Tatiana Tafur had sophistication and class down to an art with a beautiful event in their showroom, exhibiting their latest furniture designs such as the hand dyed parchment and bronze sideboard and woven metal wall finishes. Sharing salmon platters and Champagne, guests were invited to experience the diverse range of bespoke styles and and furniture designs on offer, everything for the contemporary design lover to the admirer of traditional hand made pieces. The more I discover about this brand, the more I fall in love with it.

John Cullen Chelsea Summer Street PartyJohn Cullen large twisted filament light bulbJohn Cullen Summer Street PartyJohn Cullen Showroom Chelsea Summer Street Party

What has almost become a ritual now is to finish the evening with the fabulous team at John Cullen. This year the brand kept up expectations with an impressive display of artwork and lighting designs, including a large bath at the front of the store full of sweets. Within minutes guests were on sugar overdrive, draining the bath of its contents and celebrating the Summer Street Party with a glass of Prosseco. Having admired the designs many times in passing, I could not get enough of the large twisted filament pendant lighting displays in the window. These beautiful lighting designs regularly stop passers by in the tracks with their beautiful sculptural presence.

I would like to thank all the brands for another phenomenal Summer Street Party, It had to be the best year.  Another year of inspirational design and a chance to catch up with the best people in the business. I am already counting down the days until the 2018 Summer Showcase.


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