SENSORY SERIES WORKSHOPS
At Focus/17 sessions that speak to the senses bring an emotional connection in an increasingly fast-paced world. Highlights include:
EXPERIENCE TEA WITH JING
Sunday 17 September, 4:30pm. Sensory Salon, Third Floor, Design Centre East
Join an expert masterclass with Jing, tea partner of choice to more than 80 Michelin-starred restaurants. Focusing on three authentic Chinese teas – a white, a green and an oolong tea – experience a tasting that is as delicious as it is uplifting. With China considered the true home of tea, learn how mastery, provenance and ancient ceremony is translated for today.
COOKING DEMONSTRATON WITH TOM’S KITCHEN’S AWARD-WINNING CHEF TOM AIKENS
Monday 18 September, 3pm. Espresso Design, Second Floor, Design Centre East
Join award-winning chef Tom Aikens and Tom’s Kitchen’s executive chef Richard O’Connell to watch a live cookery demonstration and take part in a Q&A with Tom himself. Tom and Richard will take to the hobs to showcase the finest cookery techniques and produce, focusing on items that will also feature on the menu at Tom’s Kitchen at the Tatler Restaurant.
STYLE YOUR HOME WITH SCENT
Wednesday 20 September, 12pm. Mulberry Home at GP & J Baker, Ground Floor, Design Centre East
Join Emma South, fragrance & lifestyle expert for Jo Malone London, and discover how any room and any occasion transforms when it is styled with scent. A way to personalise your home with flickering candles, elegant diffusers and enticing room sprays. Because the ambience of your home should be as inviting as the fragrance on your skin. Introduced by House & Garden’s executive editor Laura Houldsworth.
COFFEE MASTERCLASS WITH VAGABOND COFFEE ROASTERS
Thursday 20 September, 12pm. Crestron, Second Floor, South Dome
‘Coffee cupping’ is like wine tasting – and there are just as many tastes and aromas to explore. Let the experts guide you through a selection of coffees to discover their different flavours and characteristics. Find out how specialty green beans from around the world, carefully selected by these passionate North London roasters, make it to your cup at home or in their coffee shops.
THE ART OF FLORAL DESIGN WITH TONY MARKLEW
Friday 21 September, 2pm. Zimmer + Rohde, Ground Floor, North Dome
Join floral design and event imagineer Tony Marklew for a unique floral demonstration that will delight all the senses. Known for his natural, abundant style, he designs breathtaking installations for events, weddings, parties and product launches worldwide. Learn about his design aesthetic and discover why ‘doing it from the heart’ creates beautiful memories that will last forever. Tony is the official florist for Focus/17.
DESIGN WORKSHOPS hosted by KLC School of Design
THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF LIGHT: AN INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEY
Wednesday 20 September, 2pm - 2.30pm. Rubelli/Donghia, Ground Floor, Design Centre East
Rebecca Weir shares her passion for lighting and wealth of knowledge from successful completion of over 1,400 award-winning residential and commercial projects. The lecture will explore the transformative power of light, with a visual journey through recently completed residential projects including her own.
BEFORE & AFTER - HOW TO TRANSFORM YOUR SPACE
Thursday 21 September, 2pm – 2.30pm. Tai Ping, Fourth Floor, Design Centre East
From the acclaimed team at th2designs, Charlotte Mackenzie and Harriet Ashton, share some of their inside knowledge on the ever-evolving world of interiors. Talking through some of their most recent projects, they will discuss some simple and stylish ways of dramatically transforming a space.
THE SENSUAL HOME
Friday 21 September, 12pm. Pierre Frey, First Floor, Design Centre East
In an uncertain world, the home has, more than ever, become the place of rest, relaxation, recreation and rejuvenation. What are ways you can create this comfort zone -- an escape from the stresses of daily life -- in your own home? Interior designer and KLC tutor Adrienne Chinn will discuss how you can use the latest colours, textiles and materials to create a home layered with sensory experiences.