FOCUS/17: PROGRAMME

At the heart of the design community, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is bricks, mortar and beyond. A fixture on the international design calendar, Focus/17 is a testament to its continued growth, diversity and openness to new ideas and visitors. With 120 exhibitors and over 100 immersive experiences all within one show, it is the place to connect, converse and create with key influencers, industry experts, pioneering innovators and luxury brands.

With 600+ brands and over 100 design experiences, the impressive six-day event is bursting with opportunity to access the creative process of design and the global talent behind it. They include talks, demonstrations, workshops and discovery tours that explore the fascinating design journey, alongside artistry, technique and skill up close. Enjoy new dining experiences, inventive pop-ups and imaginative installations. This fusion of design encounters offers a dynamic collective unseen anywhere else.

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. They include, amongst others, Patricia Urquiola, Nipa Doshi, Katharine Pooley, Audrey Carden, Madeleine Weinrib, William Yeoward, Kim Wilkie, Niall McLaughlin, Tiffany Duggan, Sally Mackereth, Fernanda Marques, Samantha Todhunter, Michael Ruth, Linda Morey-Burrows, Bill Amberg and Witney Bromberg HawkinsWatch this space for more names...

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ACCESS ALL AREAS

At Focus/17 feel the power of joining in to make our design world a brighter and more brilliant place. Try your hand at a workshop, meet influential designers and big thinkers and get rare level of access inside the creative process of design at Access All Areas sessions in the showrooms. Highlights include:

Meet the Designer

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 and from the USA, Philip and Jeffrey of Phillip Jeffries discuss the positive impact of design on culture, community and environment. More to come...

  

 Workshops

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; test the resilience of luxury performance fabrics at Sutherland Perennials Studio and design your own door with bespoke ironmongery at SWD. 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. More to come...

   

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. 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...

  

Wellness - Within and Without

Join nutritionist Marie Guerlain for lunch and learn more about her approach to healthy cooking at Christopher Peacock. 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. More to come...

  

Interior Designer Insights 

Interior designers share insights into what has informed their style aesthetics. Meet award-winning designer Martin Brudnizki and see the new collaboration with &Objects at Porta Romana or hear from Ashley Hicks about his new book ‘David Hicks Scrapbooks’ in GP&J Baker. Anna Standish talks on past and present influences at Birgit Israel; Daniel Hopwood discusses photorealistic flooring trends in Front Rugs; Salvesen Graham and Nathalie Farman-Farma of Decors Barbares elaborate on creative schemes in David Seyfried LtdMore to come...

  

Home Technology

Come to Sunday brunch at Espresso Design and taste white chocolate pancakes cooked on the latest Bora appliances. Join Susie Rumbold, former president of BIID, for an exclusive launch of Crestron’s new automated shades. An interactive discussion presented by Grant Pierrus of Interior Style Hunter in Topfloor by Esti explores what’s new and changing in social media. More to come...

It's Good to Talk

Philip and Jeffrey of Phillip Jeffries discuss the positive impact of design on culture, community and environment and Mark Bickerstaffe of Kohler Co talks about why the future of luxury is time in West One Bathrooms. Sophia Salaman of The World of Interiors moderates a panel discussion in Evitavonni with Kate Erwich, Natalia Miyar and Lawson Robb and P.J. Keeling of Zardi & Zardi and Marie-Séverine de Caraman Chimay of Watts of Westminster elaborate 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. More to come...

   

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 and Summit Furniture on its new endurance fabrics. Passerini hosts a session on Piemme Ceramiche tiles and Chaplins on the 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. More to come...

   

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 proseco 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 and if you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss a chocolate tasting at Création BaumannMore to come...

     

SENSORY SERIES WORKSHOPS

Sessions that speak to the senses bring an emotional connection in an increasingly fast-paced world and include those with award-winning chef Tom Aitkens, floral artist Tony Marklew, Jing Tea, Jo Malone LondonWatch this space...

DESIGN DISCOVERY TOURS

From the most-talked-about new designs to bespoke installations, get a fresh view of the show, all accompanied by a glass of fizz. 

OFFICIAL FLORIST

Admire draw-dropping displays from the talented, London-based luxury floral designer Tony Marklew. 

INSTALLATIONS 

Don’t miss a specially commissioned aerial installation of re-engineered paper by Cutture in the centre dome.

SENSORY SALON

Stimulate all five senses in this space dedicated to relaxation and rejuvenation. Be uplifted by the simple pleasure of a perfect cup of tea from Jing, and watch artist DD Regalo, appearing courtesy of ArteMea, create a meditative piece of art.

COURTESY TRANSPORT

Visitors can arrive via the Mercedes Benz shuttle service leaving from Sloane Square via participating Chelsea showrooms. 

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