Sleeper to host talk at Focus/18

Following the launch of its new magazine Starboard, Sleeper Editor Catherine Martin is set to host a panel session on the challenges and opportunities of designing hotels on water at Focus/18. Forming part of the event’s Conversations in Design series, the debate will examine what seafaring vessels can learn from their static, landlocked counterparts with Andy Yuill, Director of SMC Design; Ariane Steinbeck, Managing Director of RPW Design; and Emma Masters, Associate, Richmond International.

This year’s talks programme also features influential figures and emerging talents such as Veere Greeney and Nina Campbell, Timothy Corrigan, and Allegra Hicks in conversation with photographer Miguel Flores Vianna, as well as insights from Fran Hickman, David Bentheim, Karen Howes and Rachel Chudley – who will share their stories, ideas and creative visions.

Elsewhere in the Design Centre, Kit Kemp and her Firmdale team will create a Caribbean guestroom suite for the Turnell & Gigon at Home pop-up showroom, Patrick Frey will discuss the design legacy of his grandfather René Prou in the Pierre Frey showroom, and Michelle Ogundehin will explore the Designer Interpretation series alongside Mark Moussa, founder & Creative Director of Arterior.

Returning to Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour from 16-21 September, Focus/18 will host more than 100 experiential sessions, workshops and conversation under the unifying theme of colour. The event will bring the design community together across 120 showrooms, presenting the work of 600 international brands.