World of Interiors, October 2017, Antennae roundup. Susan Chair & Susan Ottoman, available to order from Francis Sultana Collections
A week of Art & Interiors.
Last week Francis kicked off the busiest week in the art calendar with a talk for House & Garden on Art & Interiors and how to create an art collection. Hosted by Emily Tobin, House & Garden's Arts & Deputy Features Editor, Francis talked at length with Frances Christie of Sotheby's on how to choose art for your home, his own collection and what artists he will be collecting in the future. The talk was hosted by the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. Francis was delighted to be invited once again to joint the prestigious judging committee for PAD.
Narmina Launches at Claridges
With the backdrop of Claridges, it was always going to be a typically stylish affair as Francis Sultana launched its brand new furniture collection entitled Narmina and new catalogue. Upholstery, lighting, furniture and accessories in rock crystal, marquetry, mica, rattan and patinated bronze sat alongside fabrics including mohair velvet and a bespoke tweed inspired by Coco Chanel. Francis welcomed 70 guests for a wonderful dinner as featured in Tatler. The collection was covered by Architectural Digest, World of Interiors and Wallpaper around the world. The collection will move to the showroom next week and we are taking appointments to view.
New Francis Sultana Accessories collection launched
Francis has been working on a new collection of cashmere throws for the past year which launch this month. The delectable throws, made for Francis Sultana in Scotland, are available in a bespoke colour palette of ecru, dark blue and moss green - one of the designs, the only pattern in the collection, nods to an original bronze design taken from his Diliana cabinet from the Yana Collection. Blanket stitched edges and two tone colourways, the stylish throws can be used in the home as well as being the ultimate in travel luxury.
Francis is featured in a new book & short-listed for an award
We are delighted that Francis has been featured in a new book - Take a Bath by Gestalten is being published later this month and features the best bathrooms around the world. The new book is just one of several books coming out over the next few months featuring the work of Francis and the interior design studio. We are also thrilled to have been short-listed for Best Homeware award in the Mayfair Awards 2017 which will be announced at the Royal Academy in November.
Maltese-born, London-based designer Francis Sultana is known for instilling his furniture with exotic and eclectic references – his latest collection, ‘Narmina’, is no different. The new offering touches on influences from haute couture and Coco Chanel’s sartorial credentials, to the Indian Maharajas’ personal collections of art deco, and the work of Catalan fresco painter José Maria Sert.
Sultana’s in-depth research (a strong suit of the designer) brought to life the most fascinating details of these inspirations. Take for example, the rock crystal collections of Sert’s wife, Misia. The Serts decorated their Rue de Rivoli apartment with crystal shards – a material new to Sultana, whose recent collection included amber-coloured rock crystal on table tops and lamp bases.
Misia was one of Coco Chanel’s best friends, and the legendary couturier’s approach was a starting point for Sultana. ‘“Poor materials” like straw and rattan conjure the ingenuity of Coco,‘ he explains. ‘She was the ultimate 20th-century fashion icon, who forged her signature by producing luxe sportswear from humble textiles, such as jersey and cotton.’ Sultana further developed this concept throughout the collection, using modest rattan as decoration, concealed under a table glass top, or applied with striking marquetry techniques to a table and a credenza.
Sophisticated with a dash of flamboyance, ‘Narmina’ is a restrained exercise in the eclectic with Sultana’s canny take on classics, evident in pieces such as the luxurious velvet daybed, or his imposing sofas. As with his previous launches (‘Narmina’ is the designer’s fourth fully-formed collection), Sultana explored the full potential of production techniques and materials including patinated bronze, bespoke silks and hessian tweeds, rattan, leather and pâte de verre.
Francis Sultana introduces new collection 'Narmina'.
Haute Couture, Coco Chanel, Indian Maharajas, Art Deco: Francis introduces his sumptuous new collection, Narmina
We are delighted to announce the launch of our new furniture and accessories collection, entitled Narmina. The collection comprises upholstery, furniture, lighting and small accessories and offers a journey through the myriad of influences at work within Francis’s designs, including Art Deco Paris of the 1920s, the work of Coco Chanel and designer/artist José María Sert and the exotic extravagance of the Indian maharajas.
Striking glamour, sinuous lines and fluid proportions are at work in a series of elegant and sophisticated pieces. The collection retains Francis’s love of artisan craft techniques and use of noble materials. Expect to see straw marquetry, rock crystal, our signature patinated bronze, bespoke silk and hessian tweeds designed by Francis as well as rattan, leather and pate de verre. The colour palette includes soft pink, white and golden crystal, sage and forest green, dark bronze, ecru and straw. The collection will be on show by appointment at the showroom during London Design Festival from mid September onwards.
Francis at Decorex 2017
Francis was delighted to have been invited to be an ambassador for the annual Decorex interior design show that runs from 17-20 September at Syon Park. You may have seen him appearing in the fabulous advertising campaign that features the great and the good from the UK interior design industry. On September 18th at 12pm Francis will be talking with Emilio Pimental-Reid on the “Future of Design.” For information and tickets please visithttps://www.decorex.com/
My Foundations: interior designer Francis Sultana shares his inspirations
23 June 2017 • 3:24pm
Maltese-born designer Francis Sultana established his interior design business in 2009. Specialising in luxury residential projects around the world for an art-collecting clientele, his atelier and showroom are based in St James’s above David Gill Gallery, of which Sultana is also CEO.
In addition to interiors, he also produces annual collections of bespoke and limited-edition furniture and textiles, often inspired by friends such as gallerist Harry Blain or Serpentine Galleries CEO Yana Peel. He is the only British designer invited to join AD Collections 2017 in Paris and he sits on the judging panels of both PAD and Masterpiece. Here he shares his inspirations...
When you were growing up which building first made you want to become a designer?
Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright. I just loved everything about it and I remember copying the plans when I was six years old! The whole concept of the architecture with the bespoke furniture have had a profound effect on me.
Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright Credit: Getty Images/Richard T. Nowitz
Which designer first inspired you?
David Hicks – it was actually the Villa Verde in Portugal, again it was about designing not only the interior but the furniture too, and in this case the entire building.
Which piece of architecture do you most admire?
The Chrysler in New York – this building's design, scale and glamour and its timeless beauty have a captivating hold on me.
You collect lots of art, which artists do you most admire?
My all-time favourite living artist is George Condo and historically it's Francis Picabia
Which design classic do you love most?
My iPhone – as it's one of the most important tools in my life.
How about an artist you've recently discovered?
Secondino Hernandez, he is consistently getting stronger and stronger, I love everything he paints.
Where do you consistently return for inspiration?
The art deco period, it has glamour and sophistication with clean modernist lines, but it still has an undercurrent of the 18th century…
If you could return to any other design era, which would it be?
1930s Paris for the design and perhaps Hollywood for the glamour - that era just fascinates me.
Which materials do you enjoy using in your work?
Bronze, without a doubt… I use it in every collection I design, it is my favourite material.
Which city most inspires you?
London: quite simply, everything about it from its Georgian elegance to absolutely all aspects of life here. It's well mannered, sophisticated and full of creativity.