Coinciding with the London Design Festival, the highly-anticipated Focus event returns to Chelsea this weekend (September 15-20) with a host of talks, workshops, pop-ups and brand new collections and collaborations.
Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is year-round mecca for those looking for high-end interiors inspiration, but during the annual London Design Festival it really comes to life. Set to be its biggest show to date, Focus/19 will showcase design collections from 600 international brands, with more product launches and showroom openings than ever before.
As always, a highlight of Focus/19 will be the Access All Areas programme that offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at some of the Design Centre’s most prestigious brands. Choose from Elle Decoration’s deep dive into British design and heritage, a Q&A and champagne reception at Taylor Howes, or pop in to designer meet-and-greets at Nina Campbell, Oomph, Alternative Flooring, and Italian design studio Draw. For those in search of some sustenance, breakfast is served at Galloti&Radice as they showcase their 2019 collection, or at Turri's new flagship showroom.
For a more in-depth insight into the world of interior design don’t miss Focus/19’s workshops. Design Centre’s Becky Metcalfe will be delivering her influential trend report, while 'The Power of Pattern' looks at iconic heritage prints establishing themselves in today's interiors. Elsewhere, Nicola Burt encourages designers to embrace colour and texture, and Tatler's Olivia Bennet chats with floral mastermind Philippa Craddock on her creative flower installations for the V&A Museum, Alexander McQueen and the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The popular Conversations in Design talks series will also return to Focus/19. Among this edition’s must-sees is a discussion between designer Andrew Winch, Ann Grafton and Staffan Tollgård exploring the power of collaboration in design, Paolo Moschino, Anna Beeber and Bryan O'Sullivan on how to create sought-after destinations, while interiors icon David Mlinaric shares a glimpse into the changing face of interiors from the 1960s to today.
And, if that isn't enough, Focus/19 will also feature a number of guest-pop ups offering visitors the chance to view brand new showrooms from the likes of Collier Webb, David Hunt Lighting, Lincrusta, Morris & Co, th2, Tollgard and Turri.
Focus/19 takes place from September 15-20, 2019 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. Visit dcch.co.uk for more information.