For years, the Design Centre’s event programme has informed, inspired and entertained. Now the Focus/20 virtual programme – all of it free to view – will reach out to a global audience, strengthening the Design Centre’s mantra to connect, converse and create.
This year’s stellar line-up includes exceptional headline speakers including Peter Marino, Michael S Smith, Rose Uniacke and Yabu Pushelberg. There will be business-focused sessions with designers Linda Boronkay, Charlotte Rey and Alexandria Dauley, as well as with next-generation names such as Georgia Collett, Minnie Kemp and Lucy Hammond Giles.
Shining the spotlight on an unrivalled collective of world-class talent, dive deeper into the new collections, including many like Porada that would have debuted at Milan this spring. A new snapshot series ‘Right Here, Right Now’ provides access to the creative forces behind international design studios. They include, amongst others, Bernie de Le Cuona, Lucy Vaughan, Marisa Gutmacher (Samuel & Sons), Sarah McGregor (Colefax and Fowler), Peter Gomez (Zoffany), as well as Dara Caponigro, the creative director of Schumacher.
Online masterclasses will include those on the alchemy of lighting with Sally Storey, Sophie Paterson and Andrew Hills of Porta Romana, scenic wallcoverings with US designers Timothy Corrigan, Mark D Sikes and Dimonah and Mehmet Iksel. Informed by neuroscience and psychoanalysis Sue and Tom Stuart Smith will discuss the benefits of gardens. Finely calibrated creative partnerships, including those from US designer Ray Booth and Arteriors will be explored, while a session on the future of superyachts will feature Dickie Bannenberg and Simon Rowell. The Personal Shopper will be sharing knowledge of what’s in the showrooms, and the Design Discovery Tours and Style Radar sessions will report on the veritable treasure trove at the Design Centre.
Focus/20 remains a design calendar highlight. As a Design Destination at the London Design Festival, it is at the heart of the wider momentum across the capital. Post lockdown, there has been a surge of creativity and horizons have been expanded. A hybrid offering, as both a physical and online experience, will encapsulate how design can continue to innovate and unite in a positive way.
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