Focus/19 – The Programme

The diverse and dynamic Focus/19 Access All Areas programme forms the foundation of the six-day show, and this year, it’s thriving. Featuring more than 100 individual showroom events – all of them free to attend – it includes international names dropping in to unveil the latest collections, celebrations of new openings with special launches, experts talking to enrich understanding and hands-on demonstrations that reveal the narrative behind the productss

MEET THE DESIGNERS

  

Be inspired by leading creative minds from around the world:

  • At Sutherland Perennials Studio, meet renowned Belgium architect Vincent Van Duysen with David Sutherland for the unveiling of the Otti collection
  • Engage with Mattia Albicini and Luca Martorano, the founders of Draw, as they discuss their acclaimed collaboration with Ceccotti Collezioni
  • Straight from London Fashion Week, Paul Costelloe will be in the Ventura showroom for an exploration of the crossover of fashion to interiors. See some of Paul’s new collection for Ventura
  • Alton-Brooke hosts designer Melinda Marquardt of The Vale, whose first collection is inspired by London and her travels
  • SA Baxter Design Studio & Foundry and award-winning design studio Taylor Howes have teamed up to create a new hardware collection, The Churchill. Join Karen Howes and the team for an engaging Q&A and a champagne reception
  • David Seyfried talks to interior designers Nicole Salvesen and Mary Graham of Salvesen Graham about their love of colour and pattern and how they use it to create interiors with character and personality
  • Italian designer David Dolcini discusses the inspiration, materials and shapes of his new collection for Porada
  • Amanda Ferragamo, founder of Ailanto shares the latest evolution in her creative partnership with interior designer Keeley Green at George Spencer Designs
  • Jim Thompson’s Susan North tells the story of the company’s exquisite silk ikats
  • Dylan O’Shea, co-founder of A Rum Fellow, talks about the craft of hand weaving at George Spencer Designs
  • At Zimmer + Rohde, Hodsoll McKenzie designer Fredericke Winkler explains the thought process behind her Bridge collection
  • Find out why classic pelmet designs are relevant for today’s interiors from Edward Harpley’s Pat Harpley, in the Alton-Brooke showroom

MEET OWNERS & INFLUENCERS

   

Get the insider track from those who count:

  • CEO Emmanuel Lelièvre shares the world of French artist Cocteau and unveils new wallcoverings, all conceived from original works
  • To coincide with the launch of the new Metamorphosis collection, C & C Milano’s owner Emanuele Castellini discusses Italian style
  • Lucy Vaughan and her daughter Emma discuss how the Vaughan collection has evolved over the past 35 years
  • Owner and creative director of Backhausen, Dr. Louise Kiesling, talks about the remarkable qualities of wool at Colony
  • Join Philippe Houlès as he explores the histories and passions that inspire their creations
  • CEO and designer Hossein Rezvani discusses the Persian carpet and how it has been transformed into artwork at Art Rugs Gallery
  • Alexander Lamont discusses the beauty of straw marquetry at the worldwide launch of Le Mur wall panels at Miles x Bookshop
  • Jason D’Souza celebrates the UK launch of Giardini Wallcoverings. Meet the creator Giacomo Giardini and enjoy Italian wine and local delicacies
  • Helen Cormack of Tissus d’Hélène shares her love for everything green, celebrating her favourite prints, wallpapers and trimmings, and discussing why she believes green should be envied by all
  • Celebrating the launch of the collaboration with the San Patrignano community in Italy, Paolo Moschino at Nicholas Haslam Ltd presents a demonstration on the creation of hand painted wallpapers, alongside an introduction by Paolo Moschino

MEET THE STUDIOS

   

Get the inside track on methods, makers and materials by talking to the people behind the new collections. Catch up with international studios teams including:

  • Designer Kathleen Hockey presents the new Cole & Son Pearwood wallpapers
  • Dylan O’Shea, co-founder of A Rum Fellow, talks about the craft of hand weaving at George Spencer Designs
  • Hodsoll McKenzie designer Fredericke Winkler showcases the Bridge collection and examines how design spans past and present at Zimmer + Rohde
  • Tai Ping’s Juliana Polastri discusses the creative design process behind the Tides rug collection
  • Kathleen Butler champions luxury, ethical design at Fox Linton
  • De Le Cuona introduces Maverick and discusses the relationship between contrasting colourways
  • Head of design Claire Greenfield discusses hotel chic at home and introduces the new Harlequin collection at Style Library
  • The GP&J Baker showroom hosts multiple events including the unveiling of the Coromandel collection, inspired by George Percival Baker’s passion for indienne textiles; the folkloric designs of Baker Lifestyle’s Fiesta collection; and Threads’ Nala collection, inspired by art and architecture of Western Africa.
  • Peter Gomez of Zoffany discusses how the two worlds of the Antiquity and Alchemy of Colour Damask collections come together at Style Library
  • Baker Lifestyle reveal the folkloric designs of the Fiesta collection
  • K Decor and British designer Nicky Hunter explore their new collaborative collection, Silk Dynasty, at Christopher Peacock
  • James Malone, founder of James Malone Fabrics, shares the story behind his latest collection at Altfield
  • Kirkby Design’s Jordan Mould talks to Elle Decoration’s Bethan Ryder at Romo about a new collection of velvets inspired by archive London Underground moquettes
  • Threads at GP & J Baker explores the Nala collection, inspired by tribal architecture and art of Western Africa
  • Altfield launches The Designer’s Palette with Amelia Carter discussing how colour influences her life and business, and how to be brave with colour in your home
  • At Jim Thompson, Richard Smith revisits original artwork behind favourite No 9 Thompson designs, recoloured for 2019
  • Rebecca Craig pays homage to a previously unsung hero of the Arts & Crafts Movement, May Morris, who inspired the Morris & Co Melsetter collection
  • In Marvic Textiles, there will be a permanent display on silk rearing, alongside presentations by Saffron Hare of James Hare about the history, myths and practise of silk production
  • Melinda Marquardt of The Vale shares the inspiration and the creative process behind Oakley, her debut textile and wallpaper collection at Alton-Brooke
  • Senior design director Susan North discusses Matmi and the unique silk story of ikat weaving at Jim Thompson
  • Pat Harpley, design director of Edward Harpley Ltd, presents classical pelmet designs that have influenced their work for over 30 years at Alton-Brooke

MEET THE ARTISTS

  

  • Porta Romana has teamed up with studio potter Dylan Bowen, artists Gareth Devonald Smith and Viola Lanari. Join them for lively discussions on the collaborative process
  • At Topfloor by Esti meet French-born artist Nicolas Galtier
  • Stella Zuegel, one of London’s up and coming artists, discusses her work for Sacco Carpet

ARTISAN DEMONSTRATIONS & WORKSHOPS

   

See experimentation, technique and skill up close. Try activities to broaden your mind and sharpen your hand:

  • Producing wallcovering for over 140 years, new arrival Lincrusta presents an interactive session, with the chance to create your own bespoke finish
  • Artisans of Devizes hosts a tile marbling workshop with Marmor Paperie, focusing on colours of nature from lush greens to floral bursts
  • Chase Erwin holds a gentle workshop filling scented lavender bags
  • Christopher Peacock hosts a ‘live’ cooking demonstration, showcasing the durability and beauty of the Porcelanosa XTone worktop
  • Paolo Moschino at Nicholas Haslam Ltd presents a demonstration on the making of the Jean lamp, alongside a wider talk about techniques working with plaster and the inspiration behind the designs
  • Techniques from the Cotswold workshop of David Hunt Lighting can be seen during a session in its new showroom.
  • Editor and interiors stylist Emilio Pimentel-Reid reveals how to style the perfect bed at Savoir Beds
  • Watch a demonstration of hand-painted wallpapers at Paolo Moschino at Nicholas Haslam Ltd to celebrate the collaboration with the San Patrignano Community in Italy
  • Floristry studio Blooming Haus joins Villa Nova’s Hayley McAfee to curate floral masterpieces at Romo
  • Jensen Beds is hosting sessions with both a physiotherapist and a sleep therapist, to teach the tools and techniques for a good night’s rest
  • Beaufort Collection’s sessions on creative curtains offer a practical take on a technical subject
  • Find out how to get the ultimate calm interior at th2, where the design team will share their insider knowledge with Carole Annett of Country & Townhouse magazine

DISCUSSIONS & FORUMS

  

Tap into the expertise of design industry talent:

  • Taking a holistic approach to both the outdoors and indoors, Christopher Peacock hosts a discussion on designing for urban settings with Arabella St John Parker, Christopher Peacock, David Harber, Helen Elks-Smith and Neil Dusheiko
  • Sophie Bush of Warehouse Home shares insights into distinctive ways to achieve an industrial look at Samuel Heath
  • Designer and textile expert Charlotte Stuart discusses her design heroine, interior decorator Imogen Taylor, at Colefax and Fowler
  • A panel of experts talk about tile trends, colours and materials at Artisans of Devizes. Panellists include Jessica Doyle, The Telegraph’s design & interiors editor, Busola Evans, associate editor of Livingetc and Homes & Gardens, Elspeth Pridham, editor of Studio magazine and blogger and interiors writer Lisa Dawson
  • Head to new showroom Collier Webb for a panel discussion with designer Gemma Marnier and head of design, David Arratoon on the growing desire among the interiors community for one-of-a-kind bespoke pieces.
  • O&A London designer Anna Agapova talks about powerful collaborations with established brands that can take a business to new heights at Art Rugs Gallery
  • Decca brings together Esra Kumbasar, associate designer of Accouter Design and James Jago, associate and Australian architect of Lees Associates, to discuss the ever-evolving link between architecture and fashion
  • Beaufort Collection holds sessions on creative curtains
  • Altfield hosts an informal discussion on fabrics, wallcovering and leather in a 101 about the design industry
  • Editor and interiors stylist, Emilio Pimentel Reid, reveals how to style the perfect bed and explores upcoming trends at Savoir Beds
  • With more projects demanding a higher level of environmental concern, Julian Brinton of Wool Classics discusses the myths, legends and facts around choosing environmentally-friendly flooring
  • Founder of Bill Chill Appliances Orion Creamer, Migle Gri, interior designer at Christopher Peacock and interiors influencer Erica Davis explore using colour, appliance silhouettes, textures and finishes as an expression of personal style in kitchen design
  • Sophia Salaman of The World of Interiors chairs a discussion on contemporary craft and collaboration with Shoshana Stewart of Turquoise Mountain, artist Kate Blee and Afghan producers at Christopher Farr
  • Jensen Beds holds an educational talk with Joseph Lawrence, co-founder of Beyond Health Physiotherapy, on the perfect sleep posture for the perfect night’s sleep
  • Stark Carpet discusses innovation in hand knotted rugs
  • Revered design studio 1508 London is at Simpsons to predict the hotel of the future
  • A team talk from th2 on the season’s top trends includes the unveiling of a new th2studio collection
  • Turquoise Mountain’s Shoshana Stewart discusses contemporary craft with artist Kate Blee, chaired by Sophia Salaman of The World of Interiors, at Christopher Farr
  • Join journalist Claudia Baillie and Decoroom as they explore home staging at Victoria + Albert Baths
  • At Fox Linton, lighting lighting advice is under the spotlight with Chris Turner of CTO Lighting, Jay Williams of Lutron and Peter Veale of F-Pov; and Kathleen Butler champions luxury, ethical design
  • Summit furniture’s Hilary Gustafsson talks to Selina McCabe from Winch Design about their latest furniture collaboration, steered by Sophia Salaman from The World of Interiors

CURATED SPACES

  

  • Enjoy GP & J Baker’s curated space, designed in collaboration with Suzy Hoodless
  • At Tollgård Pop-up discover brands such as Man of Parts, Meridiani and Utility & Utopia, in a space presented as lounge, dining room and bedroom zones by interior designer Staffan Tollgård
  • US brand oomph is bringing is distinctive design DNA to the London launch of its outdoor collection. A beautiful trellised space designed by British interior designer Nina Campbell will show planters, oversized trays, coffee tables and console tables as well as an outdoor backgammon table, in a palette of six shades.
  • As part of its Designers Interpretations Series, Arteriors has teamed up with UK interior designers Hill House to create the Medina Lounge. The zoned space features new designs of global appeal and handcrafted artistry
  • At the Morris & Co guest pop-up, see a curated space devoted to Melsetter which will be an explosion of pattern including designs inspired by the work of May Morris

NEW ARRIVALS

  

For many visitors this will be the first chance to explore some of the wealth of new showrooms. They include Collier Webb, David Hunt Lighting, Frato, Lincrusta, Morris & Co, Tollgard Pop-up, th2 and Turri.

  • Join Turri for cocktails and meet Italian architect Andrea Bonini, the creator of some of its collections
  • The th2 design team will share their insider knowledge and thoughtful designs to help you create the ultimate calm interior with Carole Annette of Country & Town House
  • Get a glimpse into the archives of David Hunt Lighting and see techniques from its Cotswold workshop
  • Collier Webb hosts a panel discussion on the growing desire amongst the interiors community for one-of-a-kind bespoke pieces. Designer Gemma Marnier and head of design David Arratoon discuss favourite projects and craftsmen demonstrate intricate processes
  • Start your day at Focus/19 with an Italian breakfast at Turri and view the Italian way to beauty
  • Th2 reveals exciting pieces from the th2Studio collection and the secrets behind the new design hive over post-breakfast cleansers

FOCUS/19 GUEST POP-UPS

  

Guest pop-ups will add another layer to the offering at Focus/19, augmenting home-grown talent.

They include Alice Lily Interiors, Alternative Flooring, Amy Somerville, Barneby Gates, Baroncelli, Blithfield, Christopher Farr, Ecco Trading, Gaze Burvill, Gingerlily, Gosling, LF Trading, Ligne Roset, Little Greene, Nico, Paint & Paper Library, Pooky Lighting, Riviere/ O&A London and Timney Fowler

  • At Christopher Farr, demonstrations showcase the craftsmanship and ancient techniques in Afghan rug weaving and explore the creative collaboration with Turquoise Mountain
  • Meet the designers behind the new Stair Art collection by Alternative Flooring. Ella Doran, Margo Selby, Jamie Watkins and Tom Kennedy of Divine Savages show their textile floor art
  • Designers Tim Gosling and Emily Todhunter discuss the pitfalls and sizing issues when commissioning upholstered pieces of furniture at Gosling
  • Sue Timney talks to Peter York about a new era of bold monochromatics at Timney Fowler
  • Hear the designers behind Barneby Gates share their passion for pattern with Country Life interiors editor Giles Kime
  • Tim Gosling discusses the ‘golden rules’ of rugs in interior design with The Rug Company director, Sam Turner and interior designer Samantha Todhunter
  • Paint & Paper Library‘s managing director, Ruth Mottershead, explores monochrome, an elegant collection of black and white tones
  • Kit Kemp talks about the pop-up she has created in collaboration with Blithfield at Blithfield: The Kit Kemp Edit
  • At Gosling, Tim Gosling discusses the ‘golden rules’ of rugs with The Rug Company’s Sam Hunter and interior designer Samantha Todhunter

LAUNCHES & RECEPTIONS

  

  • Toast the latest introductions from McKinnon and Harris with cocktails and canapés celebrating the flavours of Virginia, the US state where its furniture is hand crafted
  • Phillip Jeffries celebrates the showroom’s second anniversary with bubbles and bites
  • Discover the intricate textures in Tufenkian Artisan Carpets new Urban Fresco collection
  • Learn how to connect with nature and bring the outside in with Arte’s wallcovering collections
  • Ardmore and Casamance go back to their original roots from South Africa and Senegal with a food and wine tasting at Colony
  • Join Gallotti&Radice for an Italian breakfast and discover the story behind artisanal finishes in the new collection
  • After decades manufacturing high-end furnishings for interiors, discover how Flexform has designed a new outdoor collection
  • Shepel presents the newest additions to the Helen collection at Christopher Peacock
  • Bella Figura explores the history of the brand from humble beginnings to its new Halcyon collection
  • Rubelli is showing its new wallcoverings, as well as celebrating a decade of collaboration with Giorgio Armani
  • Stark Carpet is unveiling hand-knotted rugs and telling the story behind them