Making Themselves at Home
Adding to the potent mix of brands at Focus/19, there are a raft of guest pop-ups augmenting the home-grown talent. Companies of international standing, many of which can’t be seen anywhere else during the London Design Festival, are exhibiting a breadth of products, from lighting to furniture, fabrics and paint.
Based in the North Dome, Christopher Farr (pictured top) teamed up with NGO Turquoise Mountain to showcase Afghan hand-made rugs and artisan textiles – including live hand-knotting demonstrations – while the Design Space is hosting the instantly recognisable, strong graphic textiles of Timney Fowler.
Many of the pop-ups are based in the Design Avenue, offering the first chance for visitors to see how this exciting expansion project is progressing. They include beautifully made furniture from Amy Somerville (pictured centre), rugs from Jennifer Manners, paint from Paint & Paper Library and Little Greene, and a Kit Kemp-designed stand from Blithfield (pictured bottom). Italian lighting from Baroncelli, French furniture and accessories from Ligne Roset and Belgian linens from LF Trading cement the show’s global standing.