Focus/18’s Colour Workshops, a new initiative for the show, aim to expand upon the show’s broader theme of colour – beyond its use in design, to its importance in psychology, history, fashion, food and healing. Together, they build up a rounded picture of how colour is an essential influence in every facet of our lives.
Interior design and broadcaster Sophie Robinson visited Style Library to explain how colour psychology informs her work, and demonstrate some harmonious palettes that support various personality types. Author Kassia St Clair (pictured bottom in the Tim Page Carpets showroom) put the subject into an historical and cultural context, weaving fascinating stories about individual colours – some of them with unusual connotations, such as the vivid but deadly arsenic green used in Victorian wallpaper. The crossover influences between fashion and interiors were explored by jeweller Sabine Getty, in conversation with Tatler‘s Olivia Bennett, while author and energy healer Georgia Coleridge brought a holistic approach to colour, explaining how it can heal and energise. The importance of colour in food and drink came under the spotlight, too, as Cawston Press’s head of taste Micah Carr-Hill talked through how to make the perfect colourful cocktail.