Focus/19 Event – Conversations in Design

A carefully curated programme of design talks and panel discussions on the main stage at Focus/19 feature some highly influential figures as well as rising stars. 

These sessions are ticketed. Book ticket CLICK HERE


Hosted by Homes & Gardens
Sunday 15 September, 11.30am-12.30pm

TALK Lecture Theatre, Third Floor, South Dome
Three of today’s most interesting and relevant tastemakers Suzy Hoodless, Susie Atkinson and Flora Soames share insights into creating beautifully curated interiors with editorial director, Sarah Spiteri. This renowned panel of designers work across both residential and commercial spaces with a shared interest in context, colour and confidence. Throwing the spotlight on design for today and for tomorrow, a considered approach will be a strong thread of the session, alongside the role of art and story-telling, the trend for bespoke and the significance of architectural history in design concepts. With an all-female line-up, the conversation will also extend to the role and position of women in the interior design industry.


Sunday 15 September, 3pm – 4pm
TALK Lecture Theatre, Third Floor, South Dome
Exploring the power of a collaborative spirit, an internationally renowned panel discusses the merit of creative partnerships, shining a light on craftsmanship. Sarah Miller, luxury brand ambassador of the Wall St Journal, talks to Andrew Winch, founder and creative director of Winch Design, Ann Grafton, managing director and creative director of GP&J Baker, Staffan Tollgård, co-founder of Staffan Tollgård Design Group, and Dr Thalia Kennedy, creative director of Turquoise Mountain, to understand the impact of cultivating relationships with designers, artisans and manufacturers across the world. Sharing a passion for exquisite workmanship and a common goal to create a beautifully designed product, discover the significance of a collective approach to interior design. Followed by drinks in Summit Furniture.


Hosted by Vanity Fair
Monday 16 September, 3pm-4pm
TALK Lecture Theatre,
Third Floor, South Dome
Interior designers are often credited with a particular design aesthetic, but to what extent is it shaped by early influences, both geographical and cultural? Join a trio of international panellists, Natalia Miyar, founder of her eponymous atelier, Fiona Barratt-Campbell, founder of Fiona Barratt Interiors and Hubert Zandberg, founder of Hubert Zandberg Interiors, as they reveal the formative influences behind their design DNA to Vanity Fair‘s travel editor Michelle Jana Chan. From the rugged landscape of Northumberland to the vivid colour palettes of Miami and Cuba, the savanna grasslands and Karoo desert of South Africa, discover how a blend of culture, history and global panoramas has informed their work.  Fiona Barratt-Campbell will be signing copies of her new book Elemental following the talk.


Tuesday 17 September, 11.30am – 12.30pm
TALK Lecture Theatre, Third Floor, South Dome
Anthony Collett and Andrzej Zarzycki, founding partners of Collett-Zarzycki, explore an extraordinary 30-year design portfolio. From London townhouses to Tuscan retreats, every project is defined by a bespoke aesthetic, distinguished by originality and individuality, and informed by an emphasis on craftsmanship, materiality and timeless elegance. In conversation with Dominic Bradbury, journalist and author of The Tailored Home, a new book about their work, discover the inspirations and influences that have shaped their unique approach to working together. Anthony Collett and Andrzej Zarzycki will be signing copies of The Tailored Home by Dominic Bradbury following the talk.


Hosted by House & Garden
Tuesday 17 September, 3pm – 4pm

TALK Lecture Theatre, Design Space, Third Floor, South Dome
David Mlinaric, one of the most influential interior designers of his generation, takes a fascinating journey through his 58-year career which has seen him work on an array of impressive projects the world over – from private houses for a starry client list to public buildings and galleries. In conversation with editor Hatta Byng, he shares a personal glimpse into the changing face of interiors from the 1960s to today. A true originator with a faithful eye for historical recreation and razor-sharp attention to detail, expect insights from a design legend.


Wednesday 18 September, 11.30am – 12.30pm
TALK Lecture Theatre, Third Floor, South Dome
Three visionaries explore the role of design in creating luxury hotel and residential spaces that fuse originality, imagination, hospitality and discovery. Paolo Moschino, interior designer and owner of Nicholas Haslam Ltd, Anna Beeber, partner at New York-based design practice Champalimaud and Bryan O’Sullivan, founder of Bryan O’Sullivan Studio, talk to Times Luxx travel editor Lisa Grainger about how they create sought-after destinations. Expect an insightful, well-travelled journey in this design talk as they cross the globe, from an ethereal castle in Ireland to beach escapes in The Bahamas and Ibiza, elegant hotels in New York, Sicily and the West Indies and idyllic dream homes in LA and Puerto Rico.


Hosted by Country Life
Wednesday 18 September, 3pm – 4pm

TALK Lecture Theatre, Design Space, Third Floor, South Dome
A former DJ and music promoter, Nicholas Ashley-Cooper, 12th Earl of Shaftesbury, is the unexpected saviour of his ancestral home, St. Giles House in Dorset. Unoccupied since the 1940s, the 17th century Grade I listed house was on the point of collapse before he and his wife took it on. He describes his unconventional, yet ultimately award-winning journey to bringing the house back to life with interiors editor Giles Kime. Nicholas Ashley-Cooper will be signing copies of his book, The Rebirth of an English Country House following the talk.


Hosted by Livingetc
Thursday 19 September, 11.30am – 12.30pm
TALK Lecture Theatre, Design Space, Third Floor, South Dome
Whether a thriving design studio, a recently established start-up or if the business idea is still a dream, a panel of acclaimed interior designers share their entrepreneurial advice, design tips and the important lessons they have learnt building their own businesses. Charu Gandhi, founder and director of Elicyon, Kate Guinness, founder of her eponymous studio, and Nicholas Spencer, co-founder of Spencer & Wedekind, share personal experiences and perspectives from managing global projects and responding to a client’s brief to running a growing team and working with a loved one. Join executive editor Pip McCormac and learn how to take your business to the next level.


Hosted by Elle Decoration
Thursday 19 September, 3pm – 4pm
TALK Lecture Theatre, Design Space, Third Floor, South Dome
Artist and designer Luke Edward Hall has taken the interior design world by storm with his playful, nostalgic, charming yet sophisticated work. In conversation with editor Ben Spriggs, he explores the happy and optimistic hallmarks of his aesthetic, which embraces an exuberant colour palette and whimsical and romantic themes. Luke Edward Hall will be signing copies of his new book, Greco Disco: The Art and Design of Luke Edward Hall following the talk.
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Friday 20 September, 11.30am – 12.30pm
TALK Lecture Theatre, Third Floor, South Dome
Discover how four inspirational tastemakers bring a sense of joyfulness and wellbeing into their everyday lives. Fiona Leahy, creative director of her own event design agency, Clare Nolan, stylist, author and photographer, Clodagh McKenna, chef, cookbook author and broadcaster, and fashion editor Kim Hersov discuss how they each bring their own inimitable style to living life with authenticity, integrity, colour and fun. Expect insights into how to make conscious lifestyle decisions when it comes to fashion, entertaining, cooking, decorating, gardening and connecting with nature, and how to be mindful when living and communicating in a modern digital age. Chaired by lifestyle journalist Fiona McCarthy. Clare Nolan will be signing copies of her latest book, In Bloom and Clodagh McKenna will be signing copies of her latest book, Clodagh’s Suppers, following the talk.
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