Meet the House Guests

Fifteen House Guests have taken up residence in the Design Avenue during Focus/20. Esteemed brands such as Pinch (above left), Amy Kent (above centre) and Ecco Trading (above right) offer even more ways for visitors to encounter world-class talent. Their stay has been extended until Friday 25 September, maintaining the momentum of the new season’s product launches. 

The inclusion of two top galleries has brought a more artistic bent to the proceedings: Cavaliero Finn’s “museum quality, expertly crafted contemporary objects” includes the work of Nicholas Lees (above left), while Ting Ying Gallery’s stable of talent includes Alice Walton (above right), who makes intriguing labyrinthine forms from porcelain.

As well as art, there was a noticeable emphasis elsewhere on what could be termed ‘functional sculpture’, with strong silhouettes and beautifully crafted details. Tom Faulkner’s Atlantic collection (above left) features looping steel legs and a tabletop made of paper and card impregnated with acrylic resins, while Nico’s asymmetrical console table (above centre) has a monolithic presence, its outline traced in contrasting boxwood inlay. Ochre is showing its ‘Moonlight Murmuration’ installation (above right), a cascade of illuminated solid glass drops inspired by the shape of swooping flocks or birds or shoals of fish.

Showcasing the beauty of natural materials, Samarkand (above left) is showing woven lamp bases in freeform organic shapes, including one designed in collaboration with ceramicist Ikuko Iwamoto, while Belgium’s LF Trading (above right) specialises in the finest linen.

Be inspired by the latest colour stories, including the playful new children’s collection by Harlequin, Little Treasures (above left), and Adam Ellis Studio’s prints and wallcoverings (above centre). Haute Deco (above right) has added a new shade of teal to its collection of resin handles.

Looking for the latest in surface design? Calfe Crimmings is showcasing its extraordinary plaster finishes (above left): from the subtle to the sculptural, its work exhibits incredible skill. Parkside Architectural Tiles (above right) is presenting a bathroom concept that focused on wellbeing, with lush houseplants among the many tiles on show, including the eye-catching holographic ‘Spectre’.