360º design vision at Focus/17

Pop down to Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour this week to see what’s in store.

International trailblazers and tastemakers take to the main stage to share rare insights at talks and panel discussions. They include, amongst a host of others, Patricia Urquiola, Nipa Doshi and Madeline Weinrib who will impart their knowledge at the Conversations in Design sessions. In the showrooms, the Access All Areas programme is bigger than ever. What’s on offer is a rare level of access inside the creative process of design and the global talent behind it. Don’t miss any opportunity to get the inside track from big names in interior design from around the world including Madrid A-lister Lorenzo Castillo, Korean Designer Teo Yang, Chinese Artist Jackie Tsai, Simon Rawlings of David Collins Studio, and many more.

Focus/17 has been designed for visitors to enjoy, explore and engage in. They can try their hand at a workshop; go to a talk; view the latest collections; join a design discovery tour; see skilled techniques up close or get the lowdown on the latest methods, makers and materials by actually talking to the people involved. There are more options than ever to meet and mingle with big names, experts and specialists or connect with friends, colleagues and clients at one of many convivial spaces specially commissioned for the show. There’s plenty of places to eat and drink – the menu for Tom’s Kitchen at the Tatler Restaurant has been devised by award-winning Chef, Tom Aikens.


Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour’s famous architecture provides the perfect setting for imaginative pop-ups and bespoke installations (you can’t miss the stunning spectacle by Cutture in the centre dome). In an increasingly fast-paced world, experiences that speak to the senses bring an emotional connection and visitors can attend Senses Series workshops or head to the Sensory Salon that stimulates all five senses as well as giving a revitalising perspective on life and art with contemporary Artist, DD Regalo. This wealth of experience is extraordinary, and what’s more (apart from the main stage), it’s a free resource for every visitor and there’s courtesy transport to get there. This fusion of design encounters, together with opportunities to connect with 600+ leading international brands, offers a dynamic collective unseen anywhere else.

Focus/17 is also a ‘Design Destination’ at the London Design Festival, connecting visitors with even more talent across the city.

For many visitors, this will be the first chance to explore some of the wealth of new showrooms in the newly-expanded Design Centre East and beyond. They include Julian Chichester, Villeroy & Boch, Sutherland Perennials Studio, Phillip Jeffries, Arteriors, Siberian Floors and Lacaze London. Further growth is on the horizon, with a landmark building project that will cement the sense of community that is already one of Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour’s greatest strengths. At the heart of the design community, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, is bricks, mortar and beyond.

Opening times:
Trade preview:
17 to 19th September
All welcome: 20th to 22nd September – 10am-6pm
Event location:
Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, London, SW10 0XE.



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