FOCUS/17: PROGRAMME

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360° DESIGN VISION

Focus/17 brings together the design world at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. There is an incredible line-up this year, with 120 exhibitors and over 100 immersive experiences, offering a rare level of access inside the creative process of design, and the global talent behind it. An inclusive event, it is all about sharing ideas, passions, inspirations and conversations with influencers, established makers, emerging innovators and luxury brands. This fusion of design encounters, together with opportunities to connect with 600+ leading international brands, offers a dynamic collective unseen anywhere else.

For many visitors this will be the first chance to explore some of the wealth of new showrooms in the newly expanded Design Centre East and beyond. Further growth is on the horizon, with a landmark building project that will cement the sense of community that is already one of Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour’s greatest strengths.

Highlights include:

CONVERSATIONS IN DESIGN

A stellar line-up of international trailblazers and tastemakers take to the main stage to share rare insights at talks and panel discussions. Keynote international speakers include Patricia Urquiola, Nipa Doshi, Katharine Pooley, Audrey Carden, Madeline Weinrib, William Yeoward, Kim Wilkie, Niall McLaughlin, Tiffany Duggan, Sally Mackereth, Fernanda Marques, Samantha Todhunter, Michael Ruth, Linda Morey-Burrows, Bill Amberg, Witney Bromberg Hawkings, Jo Littlefair, Kate Maclaren, Louise Wicksteed and Bernie de Le Cuona. Tickets are limited. Click here to book.

ACCESS ALL AREAS

A huge part of the event programme, showrooms welcome visitors to fascinating sessions on every floor:

MEET THE DESIGNERS

This year’s line-up offers big names from around the world. Meet Madrid A-lister Lorenzo Castillo at Abbott & Boyd and Korean designer Teo Yang at Savoir Beds. Join Chinese artist Jackie Tsai and Mineheart discussing inventive furniture that fuses tradition with politically potent pop at Chaplins and get the inside scoop from Simon Rawlings of David Collins Studio on an exciting Anglo-American collaboration with Baker. From Japan, Hiro Tomita of Tomita wallcoverings explores the beauty of artisanal methods at Lizzo, while Poliform introduces Marie-Lise Féry, the creative force behind Magic Circus lighting. Nicolò Favaretto Rubelli celebrates Italian heritage and innovation at Rubelli/Donghia, creative directors Ou Baholyodhin and Richard Smith invite you to the new launch of Thai brand Jim Thompson in Design Space and from the USA, Philip and Jeffrey of Phillip Jeffries discuss the positive impact of design on culture, community and environment. 

MEET THE MAKERS

Get the inside track on methods, makers and materials, by talking to the people behind the new collections. Be captivated by live interior scheming with Bernie de Le Cuona; see a demonstration from Wendy Cushing Passementerie at Jason D’Souza and get behind-the-scenes insights from Iksel - Decorative Arts and the Casamance creative team at Colony. Learn how Tufenkian Artisan Carpets are made, from shears to showroom or head to Julian Chichester for an enlightening discussion on textures and materials. Experience Marvic Textiles’s pop-up studio with print designer Steph Reid demonstrating handpainting skills and join Zoffany’s Peter Gomez on how the Alchemist studio distills colour back to its purest form at Style Library. Join Remains Lighting for a discussion on production processes or have lunch at Black & Key and peruse its original design sketches. More to come...

GET INVOLVED

Try activities to broaden your mind, sharpen your hand and warm your design soul. Experience the makers’ art by carving a relief tile in raw clay at Artisans of Devizes; design your own door with bespoke ironmongery at SWD and test the resilience of luxury performance fabrics at Sutherland Perennials Studio. See a demonstration by a skilled artisan or learn marbling techniques with Studio 198 at Marc De Berny; celebrate 25 years in the making at Turnstyle Designs and enter a ‘design a door handle’ competition or visit Stark Carpets for the chance to design your own custom rug and win it. 

WELLNESS – WITHIN AND WITHOUT

Join a panel of experts – Karen Howes of Taylor Howes Designs, Florent Duperrin of Gensler and Katie Le Chevalier of Planteria – for a discussion at Decca (Bolier) on how wellbeing is influencing office design. Learn about healthy cooking with nutritionist Marie Guerlain at Christopher Peacock, ethical and sustainable carpets at Wool Classics or unwind with HumbleFit at C&C Milano’s spa-style sessions. Float back to the hustle and bustle of the show relaxed, rejuvenated and ready for action. 

HOME & TECHNOLOGY

Join BIID’s Susie Rumbold for an exclusive launch of Crestron’s new automated shades. There will be an interactive discussion presented by Grant Pierrus of Interior Style Hunter in Topfloor by Esti exploring what is changing in social media, a session on bespoke TV mirrors at Simpsons or come to Sunday brunch at Espresso Design and taste white chocolate pancakes cooked on the latest Bora appliances.

IT’S GOOD TO TALK

Philip and Jeffrey of Phillip Jeffries discuss the positive impact of design on culture, community and environment; Mark Bickerstaffe of Kohler Co talks about why the future of luxury is time in West One Bathrooms and Victoria + Albert Baths hosts a session on trend forecasts for AW 2018/19 with global colour experts Colour Hive. Sophia Salaman of The World of Interiors moderates a panel discussion in Evitavonni with Kate Erwich, Laura Hammett, Sophie Paterson, Fleur Rosdale and Marie Soliman, and Marie-Séverine de Caraman Chimay of Watts of Westminster talks to P.J. Keeling of Zardi & Zardi on design compatibility. In Holland & Sherry, Sam Reich shares the legacy of his grandfather Tibor Reich, a leading post-war textile designer who worked on the interiors of Concorde and the Savoy hotel.

MEET & MINGLE

Meet founders David & Ann Sutherland of new arrival Sutherland Perennials Studio; visit Colony for breakfast and a trip through classic and current collections, have an inkwell martin in Whistler Leather, raise a glass in Houlès or head to Gallotti & Radice for cocktails and learn about collaborations with Artefatto Design Studio, Lanzavecchia + Wai and Pietro Russo. Join a prosecco tasting at Porada and see new pieces by Patrick Jouin and make your way to Design Space for Italian treats to welcome Kohro to the Altfield family. Join Samuel & Sons’s president Michael Cohen for insights into the inspiration behind the new collections and head to Flexform to celebrate its newly expanded showroom. Raise a glass to J. Robert Scott’s 45th anniversary, join Lewis & Wood for a Middle Eastern mezze and if you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss a chocolate tasting at Création Baumann

PRESENTATIONS & DISPLAYS

Discover design inspirations behind the latest collections. Join Lizzo’s CEO Jose Angel Climent as he reveals the creative journey, from moodboard to launch; Carl von Eckermann of Countess von Eckermann on the history of luxury Swedish textiles at J. Robert Scott; Summit Furniture on its new endurance fabric and the story of artisan craftsmanship at Giorgetti and Cecccotti Collezione. Passerini hosts a session on Piemme Ceramiche tiles and Chaplins on the secrets of Contardi Lighting for yachts, restaurants and hotels. See a film revealing the art of passementerie at Turnell & Gigon or head to The Silk Gallery to hear the story behind its new fabrics; Bella Figura elaborates on lighting for country living and Edelman Leather on colour, texture and finish in hides. In the Style Library, Rebecca Craig talks about William Morris’s passion for Persian carpets and global textiles and Becky Brown discusses the concept of architectural fashion and its influence on the new Harlequin collection. 

WORKSHOPS

The Senses Series Workshops is a new initiative that speaks to the senses, bringing an emotional connection in an increasingly fast-paced world. Sessions include those with award-winning chef Tom Aitkens, Emma South of Jo Malone London, floral artist Tony Marklew, Jing Tea and Vagabond Coffee Roasters. This year, KLC School of Design is back to host informative Design Workshops, sharing their knowledge and expertise with sessions with lighting expert Rebecca Weir and interior designers Adrienne Chinn and th2Designs

BESPOKE INSTALLATIONS

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour’s famous architecture provides the perfect setting for imaginative pop-ups and bespoke installations. You can’t miss the stunning Floral Designscope by Tony Marklew in the Centre Dome, a breathtaking 14-metre drop of cascading circles. Encapsulating the theme of 360-degree design thinking, it encourages you to see design from every angle. Head to the Sensory Salon, a new space that stimulates all five senses as well as giving a revitalising perspective on life and art with contemporary artist DD Regalo, represented by ArteMea Advisory. Tony Marklew is the official florist for Focus/17.

DISCOVERY TOUR

Join a guided tour of the show’s highlights, including some of the exciting new arrivals in Design Centre East and beyond. Navigate the latest collections with ease and take in some of the must-see installations, all accompanied by a glass of fizz.

LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL

Focus/17 is a Design Destination at the London Design Festival, connecting the event with even more visitors and talent across the city.

COURTESY TRANSPORT

Courtesy transport will ensure that getting here is easy.