The Design Archives at The House Directory Live, Decorative Art Fair 2024

The Design Archives at The House Directory Live, Decorative Art Fair 2024

In May The Design Archives was on show alongside other selected interiors brands at The House Directory LIVE at The Decorative Fair in Battersea Park, London. The House Directory LIVE was instigated and organised by Angel Tan, and it took over the mezzanine area of Fair hosting brands and makers whose products and practices have a relevance to antiques and traditional processes. The Design Archives’ designs are all inspired by prints and patterns in the Crowson Archive. We showed a selection of wallpapers from the Birchgrove collection, as well as fabrics such as Qarshi, Exotic Fruits and Tree of Life hung on a bistro curtain pole kindly supplied by The Holbein Company. The event featured leading interior brands and crafts people, with a programme of fascinating talks and workshops by an A-list of experts. Workshop highlights included appliqué by textile artist Natasha Hulse, marquetry by conservator Elyse Vaudron and marbling by Phyllis Clair Smith, all members of The House Directory.

Angel Tan, architect and interior designer, is co-owner of The House Directory along with Cheryl Knorr one of the original founding duo. The House Directory started as an online interior sourcing directory in 2001 and has gone from strength to strength offering interior designers and public an essential tool when looking for interior and garden design and decoration specialists.

The Decorative Fair has a strong reputation as the UK’s must-visit event for interior designers, with over 130 specialist dealers showcasing every discipline of antiques, fine and decorative art and 20th century design, dating from the 1700s to the 1970s, at a wide range of price points.


Image of the House Directory Brand Showcase which features The Design Archives

The Design Archives in the Brand Showcase at the Decorative Fair with The House Directory

Taste of Design 2024 highlights

Taste of Design 2024 highlights

Above: Sharon Crowson, our founder, at Taste of Design 2024 American Museum

In May The Design Archives took part in the Taste of Design 2024 interior design roadshows. Did you visit? Thank you to the interior designers, decorators and professionals who came along, we hope that you were inspired! Taste of Design was founded over twenty-five years ago with a commitment to bringing great brands to beautiful locations close to you. Over two weeks we visited grand properties in Somerset (American Museum), Surrey (West Horsley Place), Bedfordshire (Wrest Park) and Warwickshire (Compton Verney). It is hard to choose which location was our favourite, it could be the magnificent 18th century Wrest Park wins for stunning historical interiors and gardens, or Compton Verney for their fabulous art collections, or even West Horsley Place for the highest visitor numbers. Brands which took part in the show included Ian Sanderson, Titley & Marr, Fermoie, John Boyd Textiles, Loomah, and many more brands showcasing textiles, wallpapers, paint, decorative hardware, rugs and furniture.

If you came we hope you enjoyed your time at Taste of Design, and were able to explore the stunning locations as well as the road show. For all those who left your details with The Design Archives team, you should have heard from us and received your samples by now. Please let us know if we can help you in any way, there is also access to our collections via the website. We look forward to Taste of Design 2025 and exploring our beautiful country further!


The Design Archives at Wrest Park Taste of Design

The Design Archives stand in the ornate Library at Wrest Park, run by English Heritage


Edward Bulmer giving a historical talk at Wrest Park


A close up of The Design Archives curtain and upholstery fabrics – Grand Tiffany Jade and Lime, Grand Floral Calypso and Amisha Turquoise


The spectacular approach to Compton Verney in Warwickshire

Taste of Design 2024

Taste of Design 2024

Come and join us at Taste of Design roadshow this May at one of these beautiful country house locations in Somerset, Surrey, Warwickshire and Bedfordshire to see The Design Archives collections as well as a host of other brands such as Ian Mankin, Ian Sanderson, Titley & Marr, Fermoie, Edward Bulmer, Hunter & Hyland and more! Interior designers register now to get your free ticket! There will be free refreshments as well as a prize draw at each location.

American Museum & Gardens, Bath – 8th May

West Horsley Place, Surrey – 9th May

Wrest Park, Bedfordshire – 15th May

Compton Verney, Warwickshire – 16th May

Taste of Design 2024 Dates



The Design Archives at London Design Week 2024

The Design Archives at London Design Week 2024

The Design Archives had the pleasure in being a ‘House Guest’, alongside other selected interior brands for Design Centre Chelsea Harbour’s London Design Week 2024. Thank you so much to all who visited us, we absolutely loved our residency, as did Bennett Silks and The Holbein Company, our showroom partners, who were also showing with us. London Design Week was the best show yet and we were thrilled with the feedback received. The stand looked fantastic, if you don’t mind us saying so, on the walls we had Grand Floral Zest, Malaya Emerald, and Malaya Plain Emerald wallpaper. The furniture by David Seyfried showcased our recently launched Samarkand collection.


Sharon Crowson, Creative Director and owner on The Design Archives stand at London Design Week 2024

Grand Floral Zest wallpaper from the Birchgrove collection

The Design Archives stand at London Design Week 2024

The Design Archives stand London Design Week 2024 also featuring Bennett Silks and The Holbein Company poles

The Design Archives will be a House Guest at London Design Week 2024 at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre

The Design Archives will be a House Guest at London Design Week 2024 at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre

We are pleased to announce The Design Archives will be a House Guest for the second year running in Design Avenue as part of the Design Centre’s London Design Week 2024. Find us in collaboration with our showroom partners Bennett Silks and The Holbein Company at stand K.

The show will run from Monday 11th – Friday 15th March, we shall be exhibiting at Design Avenue Chelsea Harbour Design Centre amongst a number of reputable leading interior brands, such as Ian Sanderson, Fiona Howard, Samantha Todd Hunter and Warwick. Adding an extra layer of creativity to the show, these carefully curated brands, spanning every major discipline, are only in-situ at Design Avenue during London Design Week 2024. 

Sign up HERE to register for free.

The Holbein Company joins The Design Archives showroom

The Holbein Company joins The Design Archives showroom

We are thrilled to welcome The Holbein Company to The Design Archives showroom!

The Holbein Company offers a broad range of exclusive drapery hardware, curtain poles, pelmets and accessories which are all hand made in Surrey, England. Designer collections in wood, metal, glass, acrylic and classic gilded and painted finishes are at the heart of Holbein’s work. Experts in their field no project is too difficult, and a fully bespoke service is available, from repairs and reproductions for heritage interiors through to original contemporary creations. Their in-house facilities cover a wide range of traditional and modern skills including wood carving, metal casting, engineering, 3d CAD and 3d printing.

Shown in the picture we have Sharon Crowson owner of The Design Archives and Nick Protts owner of The Holbein Company.

The Design Archives at Decorex International 2023

The Design Archives at Decorex International 2023

Thank you from The Design Archives to everyone who visited our stand at Decorex International 2023, Olympia, London. The response was fantastic and it was wonderful to meet you all and show you our collections.

The Design Archives hosted Bennett Silks on the stand this year, both brands enjoyed the chance to catch up with customers and suppliers as well as forge exciting new connections. The Design Archives launched the beautiful new Silk Road inspired Samarkand collection, featuring prints Amisha, Cyrus and Qarshi.

Joyce and Mike Bennett of Bennett Silks with Sharon Crowson owner of The Design Archives


The busy stand at Decorex 2023




Olivia, Sharon and Molly – Monday’s The Design Archives team at Decorex.

Visit The Design Archives at Decorex International

Visit The Design Archives at Decorex International

The Design Archives will be showing at Decorex International next week from Sunday 8th October to Wednesday 11th October, alongside hundreds of other luxury interior brands. Come and find us at the front of the Grand Hall on stand E02.

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We are excited to be showcasing our new SAMARKAND collection, with fabulous handmade furniture pieces by David Seyfried Ltd. As well as the Samarkand collection we will have our full range of fabrics and wallpapers to show you. Our founder and Creative Director, Sharon Crowson will be on the stand, along with her team Olivia and Alexandra.  As a special extra, we will also be joined by Bennett Silks.

We hope to see you there!

We welcome to Bennett Silks to The Design Archives showroom

We welcome to Bennett Silks to The Design Archives showroom

We are delighted to welcome another British brand, Bennett Silks to our showroom in London. As  the name suggests, the company specialises in top quality silk interior and fashion fabrics, and is one of the largest silk companies in the UK. Boasting a fascinating heritage, it was founded by William Henry Bennett in 1904, and still remains in the Bennett family hands to this day! Come and see the collections! The showroom is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. In front of the showroom in the photo we have Mike Bennett owner of Bennett Silks, and Sharon Crowson, owner of The Design Archives.

The Design Archives, Worlds End Studios,132-134 Lots Road, London, SW10 0RJ

Tel: 020 7349 7018   Email: info@thedesignarchives.com