FOCUS/16 – Highlights
A vibrant atmosphere packed showrooms and plenty of exciting and relevant product launches from over 600 of the world’s leading brands made the Focus/16 autumn’s defining design event. With 127 events in six days, it was the largest and most immersive show to date. Visitors from across the globe flocked to meet the designer sessions, curated tours, workshops and demonstrations, and gained insights at the all-star Conversations in Design sessions and Access All Areas events. This season saw ‘Art & Interiors’, a curated exhibition, featuring photography, paintings, sculptures and installations that have inspired 30 leading designers. Salt Yard at the Tatler Restaurant was a new initiative offering modern tapas in a specially commissioned space. A spectacular 13-tier installation featuring over 500 tassels brought drama to the centre dome.
ART & INTERIORS AT FOCUS/16
A highlight of Focus/16 was 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.
SALT YARD AT THE TATLER RESTAURANT
Salt Yard at the Tatler Restaurant was an exciting, new addition to Focus/16’s design credentials. The pop-up took centre stage on the ground floor with a specially commissioned space, designed with warm colours, cosy banquette seating and a large central bar to encourage conversation and conviviality. Chef Director Ben Tish created a modern menu and a well-curated wine and sherry list for visitors to enjoy while they visited the busy design event. Lyndy Redding and Absolute Taste, who run the Design Café at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, worked alongside the Salt Yard team to deliver this exclusive menu.