Guest Appearances

At Focus/21, the Design Avenue is playing house to 21 House Guests, only in situ for the duration of the show. Carefully curated to bring even more inspiration to visitors, their offering includes everything from bespoke furniture to lighting, tiles, rugs and art.

Head to Charles Burnand to see how this gallery is blurring the boundaries between art and design, elevating functional objects through luxurious materials, technically complex manufacturing techniques and the unique eye of the designer. The ‘Cloud’ console (above, on right) is designed by Mia Jung; made from hand-silvered Murano glass, it has an ethereal quality and reflects the light in a beautifully distinctive way.

Art consultancy Quintessa (above) has been creating bespoke and made-to-order art for more than 30 years, its in-house artists working across a variety of media. Its latest collection has a calming feel, with works in plaster, acrylic and ceramics, intended to chime in with three key element: gratitude, wellbeing and considered forms.

“We believed that there was a gap in the market for fabrics and wallpapers that were more authentic – something that was more about the hand of the maker,” says Rapture & Wright’s co-founder Peter Thwaites (above). See this boutique British brand’s latest collection in the Design Avenue –and then head next door to see Amy Kent’s new rugs, a collaboration with Rapture & Wright that sees some of its patterns reinvented for the floor.

Explore all the House Guests in the Design Avenue, or see them all online here.