Williams Chase’s Gin O’Clock has become a firm fixture at Focus – and this year the hallowed hour of complimentary gin got even better with the addition of a roving trolley that brought the refreshment directly to the show’s visitors. British distillery Williams Chase’s gin once again proved the perfect pick-me-up following a day of exploring the showrooms.


The seamless integration of home technology is now a key ingredient in any luxury interior, and a visit to Crestron EMEA’s redesigned showroom offers a tangible lesson in how to meld creative flair with controllable features such as lighting and audio visual. Crestron has partnered with companies including Poltrona Frau, Jacaranda Carpets, Boffi and Flos to imagine a series of rooms that show how smart technology can enhance every space, from the kitchen to the home office. Showroom visitors are invited to try out the control pads – as well as the voice-activated Amazon Echo speaker, as yet not available in the UK – and experiment with the technology to see how it might work in their own projects. It’s the closest you’ll get to actually installing it at home.

Crestron EMEA, Second Floor, South Dome


For those seeking bench-made cabinetry with a contemporary twist, Refectory from Christopher Peacock could be the perfect fit. Inspired by monastic dining rooms, prep school dining halls, and Ivy League and English university eating quarters, it features signature inset doors with a simple stepped profile using hand selected, quartered white oak. Chunky icebox roller latches and strap hinges are a modern interpretation of a classic. “The hardware in the Refectory collection had to be beautiful as well as adhere to this notion of scale that is inherent in it. I think of the hardware as cabinet jewellery and, as such, the character of the room is often defined by the choices made. It is important that it functions well within a hectic modern family,” says founder Christopher Peacock.

Christopher Peacock, First Floor, Design Centre East