Focus/19 – New Product
Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour nurtures a vibrant design community year-round – but Focus/19 is where this fertile creative ground bursts fully into life. For six days, Europe’s leading design destination blazes a trail, showcasing the work of 600 international brands. This page is dedicated to portraying new collections / products that will set the design agenda in September. More to come…
Metamorphosis is the new capsule collection from C&C Milano which represents a unique collaboration between world renowned master photographer Giovanni Gastel and architect and interior decorator Piero Castellini Baldissera. It is a collaboration that blends the unparalleled skill and atmospheric signature work of Giovanni, with Piero’s aesthetic taste, to create an innovative collection that displays an eclectic and refined sensitivity.
Butterflies, shells, feminine faces and stylised figures are all brought to life with a supreme lightness of touch. The inspiration came about by combining Giovanni’s elusive search for beauty and perfection with the provenance of Pietro’s family background, and his links to the world of architecture and the rich heritage of the Lombardy textile industry.
The project beautifully captures the ‘Milanese spirit’ of two influential families who have contributed substantially to the cultural, industrial and productive development of the city, creating an indelible Milanese style and elegance.
Modern Desert is a fresh interpretation of pieces taken from the archive of Domicile – a signature Bolier & Co. furniture collection designed by Michael Vanderbyl.
“For Modern Desert, we were inspired by several overlapping cultural themes from the last mid-century, which together
speak to a West Coast design sensibility as relevant today as it was 40 and 50 years ago,” says Gemma Allman, Director of Decca Furniture Europe.
“Modern Desert is a direct response to our client’s requests for clean, modern lines and light finishes,” adds Allman. “We’re appealing to the high-end segment’s affinity for casual, weekend getaway lifestyles.”
Outdoor furnishings, which have reached new heights in terms of performance and durability, have achieved the perfect blend of elegance and comfort. For September, Flexform is launching an Outdoor collection that includes seating systems, sofas, armchairs, tables, chairs and many accessories.
The collection draws upon the design culture that has consistently distinguished all of the company’s products and the contributions of a select few designers with whom it partners – from Antonio Citterio, to the re-editions of iconic products designed by Mario Asnago and Claudio Vender, reinterpreted with outdoor credentials.
George Spencer Designs
Founded in the 1940s, George Spencer Designs is one of Britain’s longest-established fabric houses. Bringing together in-house designs and international textile and wallpaper collections, it is renowned for artisanal products, luxurious natural fibres and textural weaves.
‘Cinchona’ is a large scale Matisse-like abstract floral, available in five colourways and with chain stitch embroidery.
Riviera takes its inspiration from the tropical and flamboyant vibe of the South of France during the
jazz era of the 1920s.
Featuring seven fabrics, which include colourful prints, sumptuous velvets, and smart wovens, Riviera evokes the colours
and spirit of this era, which saw artists, writers and musicians gather to party in lavish villas against a backdrop of sun, sea
Samuel and Sons
Barcelona is a luxurious collection of passementerie composed of sleek chainette fringes in a variety of lengths and mélange of
The fringes themselves are inspired by those edging the traditional hand-embroidered Mantón de Manila shawls worn by
Flamenco dancers. The weight of the shawl fringe influences the ebb and flow of its movement as an integral part of the
performance, much in the same way that the Samuel & Sons Barcelona Fringes cascade effortlessly down a drape or gracefully
around the base of an ottoman.
Bloody Mary designed by Giuseppe Casarosa for Ceccotti Collezioni is a bar trolley in solid american walnut with one removable tray. Trays top in wood or in coloured glass.
Paolo Moschino at Nicholas Haslam
Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam have launched a new partnership with San Patrignano; a not-for-profit community based in Italy that was created to offer help to people suffering from drug addiction via education and rehabilitation.
Each member of the community is put through a strenuous program lasting several years, during which they are required to study ancient skills including weaving, carpentry and printing.
Each design is painted by hand onto a premium and environmentally friendly non-woven wallpaper, which is then coated with a porous layer to increase the brightness of the artwork.
The results are truly magnificent works of art and are a refreshing alternative to anything else currently on the market.
Perrin and Rowe
Hoxton is a fresh take on modern luxury, blending together old and new, inspired by the Shoreditch area revival in East London.
It encompasses signature products such as the Tall Basin Mixer, Single Lever Basin Mixer with Backplate and a widespread Three-Hole Basin Mixer, all available in a range of finishes.
Elegant, lightweight and essential, the ‘Kay’ lounge chair boasts an inborn ease both on its own or in a pair, as well as an accessory in large living areas or communal spaces.
A simple steel architectural structure, it proposes three sophisticated finishings: hide on sharp edges, leather or pony hair. ‘Kay’ is an armchair that stands out in many surroundings, from the most classic to absolute state-of-the-art.
‘Aria’ is a stylish bookcase made from ash, but possible to have customised with smoked class and black matt metal.
Circus features daring acts of design and dazzling feats of performance in a showcase which fuels the imagination and ignites the senses.
Highlights include, ‘Horses’ (pictured) which is an exploration of depth and dimension as each horse appears to actively emerge from the fabric. The concept pushes boundaries of printed pattern and showcases the creative passion of the artist who drew them.
Morris & Co at Style Library
Custodians of a thoroughly British legacy, Style Library launches Melsetter from Morris & Co which celebrates May Morris, the daughter of William and one of English embroidery’s most important female figures. As an embroiderer, designer, teacher and campaigner, her career spanned more than 50 years.
The collection features seven embroideries, seven prints and 10 wallpapers, each paying homage to the stitching abilities of May, her colleagues, students and friends. The ‘Melsetter’ design (pictured) is inspired by embroidered bed hangings, originally created by May Morris for her father’s bed c.1893. Produced as a 3m panel (or 4m on special order), it is a hand painted fresco style design with a garden room feel and showcases birds and flowerheads trailing a central fruit tree.
Morris & Co will have a curated pop-up showroom during Focus/19.
With a proud heritage, Lincrusta has been producing wallcoverings since 1877 and is renowned for its highly decorative detailing and embossing. Durable, luxurious and tactile, everything is made exclusively in the UK.
Look out for the latest patterns, alongside those from the archives, including ‘Tropical Leaf’ (pictured) which is a beautiful bohemian nod to traditional organics. Heavily textured, it works equally well with bright, block colours or softer, more natural hues.
According to Turnstyle Designs, a door handle is like a button on a coat which has to function properly as well as look good. One of the foremost producers of design-led architectural door and cabinet hardware worldwide, every piece is meticulously handmade in the UK workshop.
The firm exports over 75% of what it producers, supplying handles to prestigious yacht and interior projects around the globe. This season, it has teamed up with award-winning yacht designers, Winch Design to launch the Labryinth Collection.
Victoria + Albert Baths
British bathing experts, Victoria + Albert Baths, unveils its first collaboration with Steve Leung, acclaimed Hong Kong-based architect, interior and product designer.
‘Taizu’ is a striking, contemporary round bath; a first for Victoria + Albert. Taizu’s round form features gently sloping sides, a chamfered rim and delicate exterior detailing. The opulent 1500mm spa-style masterpiece is at home in the most luxurious bathrooms.
Like finding a needle in a haystack, the design of this mirror is quite rare. Rattan is first steamed and then wrapped by hand in a wheat sheaf fashion to create a starburst-like form that surrounds beveled glass. Fashioned onto the top of a rattan frame in a gray wash finish, the design produces a floating effect that delivers a unique visual appeal to a space.
Arteriors will launch ‘The Medina Lounge’, a specially commissioned curated space for Focus/19.
Oficina Inglesa unveils it will represent De Gournay and to celebrate the collaboration they have prepared their own collection of Chinoiserie pieces including the ‘Zha’o bar cabinet (pictured).