Outdoor spaces are following indoor design cues, with furniture reaching new heights in performance, durability, comfort and elegance. Notable examples include US brand oomph, available at Nina Campbell, launching a debut collection of outdoor furniture (pictured top) that has the same playful look and gorgeous colours as its indoor lacquered pieces, but in powder-coated aluminium. Interior design and architecture studio Winch Design has collaborated with Summit Furniture to create Arc, with its technically challenging design of laminated teak woven around a curved frame (pictured centre), while McKinnon & Harris’s ‘Suhling’ dining table and ‘Fayette Yacht’ dining and side chairs (pictured bottom) demonstrate the effortless elegance that the Virginian furniture brand is known for.

Nina Campbell, Ground Floor, Design Centre East
Summit Furniture, Third Floor, North Dome
McKinnon & Harris, Second Floor, North Dome

 

The power of passementerie was in full effect at the FT How to Spend It Restaurant at Focus/19. Rising above the bright, airy space was a magnificent tiered tower of Houlès’ ‘Ebony’ cut fringe. Beneath this installation, distressed metallics and deeply textured fabrics brought a sense of urban glamour, with CTO Lighting’s alabaster and bronze ‘Lucid’ lights (from Fox Linton) gently illuminating the bar. Round banquettes were upholstered in ‘Vasily’ fabric by Créations Métaphores at Abbott & Boyd, ‘Hallerbos’ fabric from Kravet and ‘Totem’ fabric from Pierre Frey, trimmed with Samuel & Sons’ ‘Harbour’ cord. ‘Galaxy’ wallcovering by Scalamandré and paint by Zoffany complemented the space’s ambience.

The temping menu featured small plates including tuna tartare and beetroot carpaccio alongside more substantial dishes such as truffle and porcini tagliatelle, plus a well-curated wine list.

Direct access to a green space has been proven to soothe the body and boost the immune system – but it’s even claimed that looking at an image of nature can help. The next best thing to the great outdoors might be this panoramic ‘Amami’ wallcovering, part of Villa Nova’s Ostara collection at Romo. Bold brushstrokes have been scaled up to create maximum impact, tempered by a soothing colour palette of greens and greys. The mural works as a repeat across six rolls.

Romo, First Floor, North Dome

If you see groups of people strolling through Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour with glasses of champagne in hand, they’re probably taking part in one of Focus/19’s twice-daily Design Discovery tours. Setting off from different locations each day at 11am and 2pm, the tours take in half a dozen showrooms, offering key highlights such as the latest collections, design exclusives and one-on-one time with top designers and artisans. The tours are accompanied by a glass of fizz, and as the stops vary on each one, repeat visits are possible.

Design Discovery Tours also take place twice a month throughout the year – making them the best opportunity to be first in the queue to see the latest design directions and new showrooms.