Focus/18: The House Directory Highlights

Focus/18 at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. Trade preview: 16-18 September. All welcome: 19-21 September. A not-to-be-missed destination for design enthusiasts with an exciting programme of daily talks, seminars and demonstrations. We’ve cherry-picked some of the best events. Register here in advance.

Sunday September 16 2018

Zoffany‘s head of design, Peter Gomez, discusses the country house inspiration and creation of the Darnley collection of wallpapers and fabrics at Style LibraryFirst Floor, South Dome 11:30 am

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Zoffany Darnley collection from Style Library. 

Harlequin‘s textile designer, Charlie Locking, explores the iconic designs and trend-driven colours of the Momentum collection at Style LibraryFirst Floor, South Dome 3pm

Monday September 17 2018

Marvic Textiles hosts an Instagram clinic with marketing expert Hana Clode offering tips to optimise your business. Ground Floor, South Dome  10:00 am-5:30 pm  (tickets can be booked via Eventbrite).

Topfloor by Esti hosts a discussion between Paul Williams, interior designer and owner of PSW Interior Design, and interior architect and designer Emmanuelle Sirven exploring different approaches to interior design in London and Paris.  Second Floor, South Dome 12:30 pm

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Topfloor by Esti CANCAN rug, with French inspiration

Vaughan is holding a lampshade workshop with their in-house lampshade maker Maria, who will be demonstrating the complexities of making gathered and pleated lampshade designs.  Ground Floor, South Dome (just outside) 2pm -3:30 pm

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The newly launches Tribal Lampshade Collection at Vaughan

Hannah Bowen explores the ancient Japanese theme of ‘imperfectly beautiful’ and the inspiration behind Scions’s Japandi collection, which incorporates a Japanese aesthetic with Scandi influences, at Style LibraryFirst Floor, South Dome 3 pm

Davidson is hosting a discussion on A/W18 design trends with Karen Howes of Taylor Howes, Gemma Martinez de Ana of Bonadea and florist Larry Walshe chaired by Lucy Cleland, editor of Country & Town House. Davidson are also launching their first collaboration, the Howes Dining Table, with a demonstration on how to dress the ultimate table with flowers and tableware.  First Floor, South Dome 3 pm-5pm

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Davidson dining table in a Taylor Howes project in Kensington

Phillip Jeffries hosts a talk with interior design partnership Carden Cunietti about creating design identity.  Second Floor, North Dome 5 pm

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A recently completed Nash house overlooking Regents Park designed by Carden Cunietti in a sophisticated palette and textures. The wall covering is Phillip Jeffries Ltd Grey Horsehair 3250

Tuesday September 18 2018

Richard Smith discusses his life in textiles and the creation of a beautiful range of fabrics and wallpapers for the company he founded, Madeaux, at Tissus d’HeleneFourth Floor, Design Centre East  10:30 am-11:30 am

Samuel Heath hosts a Continued Professional Development accredited seminar on modern and traditional manufacturing techniques. Members of RIBA and BIID are required to do training each year as part of their membership and this seminar is accredited by both organisations.  First Floor, North Dome 1 pm. To reserve:

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Samuel Heath Landmark Industrial Wall Mounted Basin Filler in Matt Black Chrome

Helen Cormack, owner of Tissus d’Helene leads a journey of glorious colour and pattern through artisan print and woven collections including Galbraith & Paul, John Stefanidis, Namay Samay and Sequana. Fourth Floor, Design Centre East 1 pm – 2 pm

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Printed fabrics from Galbraith & Paul at Tissus d’Helene

Wendy Cushing will be presenting a fascinating discussion regarding the traditional crafts of the Moroccan Berber culture and the making of Berber tassels and trimmings drawn from traditional Moroccan jewellery. First Floor, Centre Dome 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm (Tuesday the 18th and Wednesday 19th September)

Moroccan Meski Tassels by Wendy Cushing

McKinney Gainsborough explores the world of colour conjured up in the Gainsborough dye-house.  Third Floor, South Dome Design Space 2:30 pm

Celebrating 80 years since first opening, Peter Afia, owner and CEO of Marvic Textiles shares the stories behind its most iconic designs.  Ground Floor, South Dome 2:30 pm (tickets can be booked via Eventbrite)

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Marvic Misa Moire 6565 was introduced in the early 1960s and remains sought after. With a contract rating of 39,000 rubs, it is ideal for drapery, upholstery and makes a very attractive wallcovering

Sophie Robinson presents ‘The Psychology of Colours’ and how it can be used to invigorate the design process, while introducing 50 new and timeless Sanderson paint colours at Style LibraryFirst Floor, South Dome 12 pm and 3 pm

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Sanderson Paint mood board at Style Library

Wednesday September 19 2018

‘An Afternoon With Brian Turner Trimmings.’ Marian Turner, from Brian Turner Trimmings, will be demonstrating how their beautiful trimmings and tassels are created. You can also have a go at creating one yourself at Tissus d’HeleneFourth Floor, Design Centre East 12 pm – 6 pm

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Exquisite trimmings created by Brian Turner at Tissus d’Helene

The Healing Power of Colour’. Author and energy healer Georgia Coleridge presents an experimental workshop: seven easy ways to boost your health, heal your home and enrich your life with colour, at Lewis & WoodFirst Floor, Design Centre East 2:30 pm. At 3 pm Georgia Coleridge will be signing copies of her new book, The Chakra Project

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Lewis & WoodVineheart, Acanthus’. This design was adapted from one of the architect CFA Voysey’s earliest drawings which were found in the V&A archive

Thursday September 20 2018

Hunt & Hope talk about what needlepoint brings to an interior at David SeyfriedFirst Floor, Centre Dome 11am

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The new Montpelier chair from David Seyfried Ltd

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