Design Centre Stories

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Collection of The Year
Porta Romana has been honoured by The World of Interiors, winning the magazine’s Collection of the Year award at Focus/19 for its collaboration with Italian artist Viola Lanari. Her plaster lighting and furniture – recast from the originals in a composite material – marry simplicity with organic, sculptural shapes. Lanari was presented with the award by editor Rupert Thomas himself. Four further designs won Highly Commended awards: Tissus d’Hélène’s French collection by Pukka Fabre; Morris & Co’s Lethaby Weaves; the trimmings collection by Michael Aiduss for Houlès; and Cole & Son’s Pearwood wallcoverings.

Best Showcase
This year’s Focus/19 saw the launch of a new award, judged by ELLE Decoration, for Best Showcase. Style editor Kiera Buckley-Jones toured the floors to select one winner and two highly commended places, with the top spot going to Hermès’s bold showcase on the Ground Floor, Centre Dome. The runnersup were Ventura, showing its new collaboration with fashion designer Paul Costelloe, and Tom Faulkner.