ART & INTERIORS AT FOCUS/16
View an exhibition of modern and contemporary art that has inspired over 30 leading international designers including Alidad, Ashley Hicks, Audrey Carden, Bunny Turner, Chester Jones, David Collins Studio, David Mlinaric, Douglas Mackie, Eleanora Cunietti, Emma Pocock, Francis Sultana, Jinny Blom, Joanna Wood, Karen Howes, Keech Green, Kelly Wearstler, Kit Kemp, Mark Smith, Martin Brudinzki, Natalia Miyar, Neisha Crosland, Nina Campbell, Rabih Hage, Randle Siddeley, Robert Angell, Scott Maddux, Sophie Paterson, Terence Disdale, Wendy Nicholls, William Yeoward, as well as our two 'voices from the art world,' Tim Taylor and Pearl Lam. Curated by Sophie Hastings, an arts writer and contributing editor at GQ.
Art and design has never been closer - it is a creative force in interiors today. Interior designers regularly dispense expert advice to clients on showcasing art, curation or commissioning new pieces. They are familiar with what is happening in the contemporary art world, frequent galleries, auction houses and art shows, both at home and overseas. Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is a leading platform for a broad spectrum of creative disciplines. As well as a world-leading destination for excellence in luxury interiors, it celebrates all creative expression across the design agenda. With this in mind, Focus/16 is the perfect place to launch a curated exhibition which brings art and interiors together.
CONVERSATIONS IN DESIGN
Enjoy fascinating talks and lively panel discussions with an all-star line-up including Alidad, Ashley Hicks, Barnaby Barford, Beata Heuman, Ben Pentreath, Caroline Roux, Catriona Gray, Charlotte di Caraci, Dina De Luca Chartouni, Emilio Pimentel-Reid, Gabby Deeming, Giles Kime, Karen Deeks, Luke Edward Hall, Max Rollitt, Natalia Miyar, Neisha Crosland, Patrizia Moroso, Suzanne Imre, Suzy Hoodless, Thea Darricotte, Thomas Croft, Tim Butcher, Vanessa Curry, and Wendy Nicholls who will share privileged insights into their world of design.
ACCESS ALL AREAS
Visitors can get privileged insights from tastemakers at a raft of Access All Areas showroom sessions. These are perfect for design-lovers who are fascinated by the design narrative – how a product comes about, what materials are used, where they are sourced and how they are made. They are informal and informative, guaranteed to give you the inside track. They will include, amongst others, artisan demonstrations to showcase maker expertise and skilled techniques, meet the designer sessions, Q&As and panel discussions to exchange ideas. Highlights include:
Artisan Demonstrations: Nothing beats seeing bespoke artistry up close and at Focus/16 this is the show’s forte. Observe ancient skills in action as the head artist from China paints in a free-flowing style at Fromental; celebrate British craftsmanship and watch a demonstration on the making of its famous No 2 mattress live in the showroom at Savoir Beds; see a skilled craftswoman handstitch a leather door handle at Turnstyle Designs; marvel as senior designers at Cole & Son paint elements from the new Mariinsky Damask Wallpapers collection; learn about the process of hand-painting to printing at Iksel - Decorative Arts; join a member of the workshop team at Porta Romana for an informal demonstration on the techniques involved in creating some of their beautiful finishes; experiment with 50,000 shades of colour to create stunning bespoke rugs at Wool Classics; and see a craftsman create a bespoke gift using a leather of your choice at Simpsons.
Meet the Designer: Be inspired by the new collections by talking to the people who created them. Listen to Nicolò Favaretto Rubelli, fifth-generation CEO, as he unveils the ideas, themes and collaborative craftsmanship that underpins the three newest collections from Rubelli/Donghia; hear stylist Charlotte Boyd and Villa Nova’s Haley McAfee give an insight into how to create beautiful photography at Romo; join designer Stefano Bigi for a discussion about his masterpiece ‘Infinity’ at Porada; be the first to hear about the inspirations behind the new A/W collections at Lewis & Wood with artist, Alexander Hamilton; join an informal talk on architectural lighting by Jo Mann from Light House Designs at Vaughan; meet Casamance’s Florence Vermelle who will discuss the creation of the Rêve de Burchell collection at Colony; join Karin Verzariu at Black & Key as she reveals how the new lighting collection can be customised; learn from an industry master about parquetry and how to use wood flooring to greater design effect at Topfloor by Esti; meet Birgit Israel and be inspired by her carefully-chosen selection of vintage pieces, antiques and art; join Alberto Casali of Glamora, Nicholas Terzani of Terzani lighting and Sophia Trinidad Passerini at new arrival Passerini; head to Watts of Westminster to learn from creative director, P J Keeling, about the inspiration behind the new Zardi & Zardi collections; visit Edelman Leather to celebrate a new collaboration with visionary designer Kyle Bunting, the originator of the decorative hyde rug; join award-winning designer, Zoë Luyendijk at Front Rugs to explore the techniques behind her rugs; take a journey of discovery with Patrick Frey and the head archivist for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of Pierre Frey - highlights include designs by Jean Lurcat and those from a recent exhibition in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs; join British textile designer, Clarissa Hulse and interior designer Linda Thacker at Harlequin as they explore two new collections, Callista and Tresillo; and head to Sanderson to meet Rebecca Craig who will be discussing the inspirations behind its first panel wallpaper collection, 'Waterperry' and Alison Gee who will present the process behind one of the brands most iconic designs, 'Pure Morris'.
Meet the Author: Join Neisha Crosland at Turnell & Gigon as she signs copies of her new book Life of a Pattern; meet internationally renowned designer Jean-Louis Deniot at Baker, see his new collection and get a signed copy of his book Jean-Louis Deniot Interiors; and join Tricia Guild and John Derrain at Designers Guild as they talk about their love of flowers and botanical illustrations.
Connect, Converse, Create: Throughout the day showrooms will host convivial events. Network with like-minded individuals at a designer lunch at Christopher Guy and learn more about exquisite wood carving techniques; come along to a drinks reception and a discussion on the English luxury market at Christopher Peacock; raise a glass at J. Robert Scott’s fabulous larger showroom as they introduce new talent including Countess von Eckermann, Textures in Wallcovering and Victoria Bain Embroidered Textiles; celebrate Tufenkian Artisan Carpets' 30th anniversary at a cocktail reception and see the latest vibrant rugs, inspired by James Tufenkian’s travels; join Ann Sacks for champagne while taking a visual tour of its Portland facility where the distinctive Made collection series of earthenware and stoneware designs are still expertly handcrafted; and join Kate Consiglio, vice president of the rug division, for drinks to celebrate the launch of Holland & Sherry's new showroom.
Presentations, Talks & Panel Discussions: Join landscape architect Randle Siddeley and interior designers Fiona Barratt-Campbell, Kate Earle and Rita Konig in Summit Furniture for a panel discussion on 'Blurring the Lines Between Indoor and Outdoor'; join Jo Mann from Light House Designs at Vaughan and listen to an informal talk on architectural lighting; learn about hand-weaving at Jacaranda Carpets; hear the story of Ceccotti Collezioni and how some of the world's most beautifully handcrafted pieces evolve into functional pieces of art; see an exclusive presentation on the ‘Essential’ sofa designed by Francesco Binfare at Chaplins; join stylist Alice Taylor at Zoffany to discuss how the new Phaedra collection was made, accompanied by a video 'Artistry Revealed'; meet Arte’s Lorenzo Lozano for a presentation of three new collections; Monochrome, Ligna and Signature; learn about the unique Artic and popular JP Leathers exclusive to Chase Erwin; join the team for coffee and croissants at Decca (Bolier) and explore the huge range of luxury finishes that can be achieved; see an exclusive installation dedicated to Indigo Summer at Designers Guild; and enjoy a presentation of Jürgen Dahlmanns' Rugs Star collection at Stark Carpet's trendy pop-up.
Home Technology: Head to Espresso Design for tea, freshly baked cake and an exclusive demonstration of Bora’s downdraft extraction system, which represents a radical shift in kitchen design; and join Rebecca Weir, LightIQ, Habadashery London, Cox London and Boffi kitchens for an open discussion to mark the relaunch of Crestron's brand new showroom.
Design to Dine
Meet Chef Daniel Greenock at Whistler Leather who will take us through the process of what makes Marcus Wareing Restaurants the incredible experience it is at. Champagne and nibbles afterwards.
Join KLC School of Design discussing hot topics including 'Everyday sustainability' with Simon Dodsworth, 'Design Psychology' with Diana McKnight, and 'Top Tips for Creating a Successful Scheme' with Nicola Burt. Design Hub, Ground Floor, Centre Dome (link)
Experts will demonstrate their skills at informal workshops. Design Hub, Ground Floor, Centre Dome (link).
Style your home with scent: Join Emma South of Jo Malone London and discover how to style your home with scent. Transform any room for any occassion with candles, elegant diffusers and room sprays because the ambience of your home should be as inviting as the fragrance of your skin.
The Art of Paint: Join Vanessa Galloway, interior designer and co-founder of Konig Colours, as she explores inspirational ways with paint. This session will guide you through the minefield of choosing the perfect shade and the use of different paint, showing you how to transform any space with originality and style.
Specialist Lighting & Framing for Art: Art lighting specialists and co-founders of TM Lighting, Andrew Molyneux and Harry Triggs are joined by Matt Jones of master-framers, John Jones, to host an interactive masterclass discussing and demonstrating how to display, light and frame art. From lighting techniques to choosing the perfect frame, expect practical, accessible information and top tips for how to best display your art collection.
How to Source Art:Vanessa Curry of Fine Art Source is a specialist art advisor who helps new and established collectors, private individuals and interior architects on the direction of their collections. Hear her top tips on how to begin sourcing sculpture, objet and paintings, to create a meaningful collection of art within the home.
Meet the Maker: Potter Stuart Carey: Get unique maker insights from Shoreditch-based potter Stuart Carey. Discover why every piece of his ceramic tableware is unique, hand-thrown and driven by feel and tactility. Stuart was recently awarded the Homes and Gardens designer award for ‘use of materials’ and the ELLE Decoration British Design Award for ‘best craft maker’. He also runs The Kiln Rooms, an open access ceramics studio.
CHAMPAGNE CURATED TOUR
Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour’s creative offering is more diverse than ever before, and this guided tour features all the show’s highlights in one hit, from the most talked-about new collections to bespoke installations, accompanied by a glass of fizz.
RESTORE & REVIVE
Jo Malone London: Spoil yourself with a complimentary hand & arm massage and discover your bespoke scent through Fragrance Combining TM. Second Floor, Centre Dome.
FOOD & DRINK
Salt Yard at the Tatler Restaurant
Savour a modern menu and a well-curated wine list from Salt Yard, the awardwinning charcuterie bar and restaurant.The space has been specially designed to be cosy and inviting, with warm colours, banquette seating and a large central bar. Ground Floor, North Dome.
The Sky Terrace
A restorative new space to relax in: keep your cool under a parasol amid lush green planting, and sample a delicious menu by Absolute Taste. Third Floor, South Dome.
Chase Gin Trolley
British distillery Williams Chase will be on the move throughout the show to deliver gin pick-me-ups, so keep your eyes peeled for the trolley. Every afternoon, set your watch for a complimentary gin at Williams Chase Gin O’Clock (4.30 – 5.30pm daily).
Enjoy a free caffeine fix by Nespresso to perk up your energy levels. Nespresso Coffee Bar, Third Floor, Centre Dome.
Keep hydrated with complimentary water, available exclusively at Focus/16. Water Hut, Ground Floor, Design Courtyard (adjacent to Design Centre East).
See the work of top London florist, Mary Jane Vaughan who has been commissioned to create floral artistry specially for the show.
Jeremiah Goodman - Inspired Interiors - For almost seven decades, Jeremiah Goodman’s paintings of interiors have chronicled the homes of key names from the worlds of fashion and interior design. An exhibition space has been created for Focus/16 to display some of his most evocative room portraits including those of Diana Vreeland and David Hicks. Second Floor, Design Centre East.
The Power of Passementerie - Making a statement in the centre dome is a spectacular aerial installation made from hundreds of tassels. Ground Floor, Centre Dome
Arrive in style in a Mercedes. The shuttle service leaves Sloane Square to Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour via selected Chelsea showrooms throughout the day. Transport links to Decorex.
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
Focus/16 is a designated Design Destination at the London Design Festival. This annual event is held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community.