As summer draws to a close and autumn rolls around, so does one of the most exciting periods of the year for the British interior design industry. Some key dates for your diary probably include London Design Festival (14-22 September), Design Centre Chelsea Harbour’s annual celebration of interiors, Focus/19 (15-20 September), Decorex International (6-9 October), now located at Kensington Olympia, and for those with a penchant for fine art, Frieze London (3-6 October). While we are looking forward to indulging in the latest news from our local art and design community, what we are most excited about is previewing a brand new collaboration with French-born artist Nicolas Galtier.
Exhibited in galleries worldwide, Galtier’s visually potent work is largely inspired by the rich sunshine and vibrant colours of the meditteraenean. The artist lives in Leucate, in a South West corner of France, not far from the Spanish border. Splitting his time between his France and Italy, Galtier chooses to spend much of his time in Rome, where one of Europe’s oldest paint suppliers provides him access to key materials such as linen canvas and gold and silver leaf, all wrapped up in the city’s ravishing architectural and cultural history.
Galtier’s resplendent works present depth, and upon closer inspection appear to be composed of layers, with background work offering a base for the illusion of movement within the painting itself. The repetition of pattern found within his work references the artist’s personal interest in meditation and reflection.
In this new collaboration, Topfloor designer Esti Barnes is using her own creative process to reinterpret Galtier’s stunning works of art as covetable rug designs. The processes, depth and patterns in the artist’s work lends itself seamlessly to the process of hand-knotting rugs and is the catalyst behind the collaboration.
Due to the complexity of this interpretive process, the majority of the collection will be unveiled later this year, in November. However, Focus/19 attendees can get an exclusive preview of the collaboration by attending Topfloor’s Access All Areas event on Monday 16 September at 12:30pm. The event is a unique opportunity to meet the artist and find out more about the elegant new collection.
Meet The Artist: Nicolas Galtier is part of Focus/19’s Access All Areas event and will take place at 12.30pm, Monday 16 September at Topfloor’s showroom, on the second floor of the Design Centre south dome.