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Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is the world’s premier destination for design and decoration. This autumn, it celebrates an optimistic new chapter with the return of Focus/21. Kickstarting on Sunday 19 September with a virtual launch, in-person visits will follow from Monday 20 to Friday 24 September. Whether you want to view the latest collections up close, reboot your creativity with a talk or workshop, or reconnect with cherished industry contacts, Focus/21 delivers the physical experience you may have been craving.

Engage with leading lights including Todhunter Earle, Martin Hulbert Design or Cordelia de Castellane, artistic director of Dior Home, as part of the acclaimed Conversations in Design series, head off on a Design Discovery Tour and delve into the stories behind the latest collections at an Access All Areas event in the showrooms. Each day will bring a different design agenda, with creative confidence the theme that ties everything together.

The Design Centre has a strong collective, unseen anywhere else; everywhere you turn there is the promise of design inspiration. There will be plenty of new pattern and colours, tactile materials and quality craftsmanship to see. New arrivals to expect at Focus/21 include Eccotrading Design London, Australia’s ABI Interiors, which sells tapware for the kitchen and bathroom, and luxury furniture, upholstery, lighting and accessories-makers Visionnaire from Italy. Andrew Martin will host a curated showroom featuring furniture, art and sculpture. Pop-up House Guests in the Design Avenue add another layer to offering. For sourcing, nothing beats experiencing key details like scale, craftsmanship and artisan finishes in person. Showroom teams are eager to share their knowledge, so Focus/21 is the ideal time to talk to them about your projects, get expert guidance or discuss bespoke options. Installations and specially commissioned places to eat and drink will bring plenty of visual inspiration. This wealth of experience is extraordinary and, what’s more it is a free resource for every visitor.

Come to a Grow Your Business Event In Association with the Biid

Join Lindsey Rendall, BIID president and co-founder of Rendall & Wright, Cinzia Moretti, founder of Moretti Interior Design Ltd and Verity Coleman, founder of Rascal & Roses as they discuss how they made the leap from small practice to growing studio with Elspeth Pridham of The Insider. Expect sage advice and plenty of entrepreneurial spirit as the panel delve into their rule books, revealing pivotal decisions and shrewd strategies. Discover ways to expand your design business, build your brand and communicate your design vision to clients. The physical talk, in association with BIID, will take place on Monday 20 September at 2pm.

Block out your diary and get set for autumn’s unmissable design event. Come to be inspired, to learn, to share. Be the first to see best of the best in design and hear from industry’s leading lights, all in real life.

Register now for the chance to win lunch for four in the FT How to Spend It Restaurant, with a bottle of house wine or equivalent; or membership of the Design Club during Focus/21.

Find out more about Focus/21  

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