Fierce Focus/16: the Wallpaper* edit of new collections at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour
The ever-growing Focus/16 opens at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour for its yearly contribution to London Design Festival, and this time Wallpaper* are getting involved in the action with an installation of our favourites from the collections at London’s essential one-stop-shop.
This year’s iteration promises more range than ever, with 15 new showrooms, and 127 events set across the six days. Since its upgrade from specialising in the decorative side of design, to becoming a retail panorama and crucial point of reference for the capital’s design firms and international visitors, the west London space now harbours a refined offering of the unique portfolio of luxury European brands and local marquees. Fresh in from Milan’s Salone del Mobile are highlights including Galotti & Radice’s sophisticated vanity table, playful side tables from Porada, and an indulgent velvet sofa from Edra. These are joined by the talks from the likes of Patricia Moroso, and a specialised exhibition that explores that narrowing bridge between art and design with featured works from international designers from David Collins Studio and Formafantasma to Kelly Wearstler.
With Wallpaper* following the Design Centre’s evolution, our editors trawled 120 showrooms and 600 brands to present our top Design Centre picks. In a layered set up, starting with intriguing textured materials from Rubelli and Kirkby Design, these are enriched by a decorative 1950s Cole & Son wallpaper. The range of the wondrous finishes extends to the furniture pieces, with Cecccoti’s curvaceous wood and verde mediterraneo marble ’Fagiolo’ tables, and Armani Casa’s ’Halcon’ vase of pure Murano.
And the diverse blend doesn’t stop there, Focus/16 is having a moment for craft too with a bespoke 3ft aerial installation as their centrepiece to the event, and workshops from talents including RCA graduate Stuart Carey ceramics.