Francis Sultana is one of the coolest designers I have ever had the pleasure of interviewing. Reviewing the AD100 for 2017 this year was bitter sweet. Some of the names I was use to seeing were not there. Had the new editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest Amy Astley made an error? Then I saw Francis Sultana’s name on the list and I had a smile on my face. I remember seeing his name on the AD100 last year. His bio and his use of art really stood out. The paintings he uses with his interiors are just incredible. His eye for matching interiors with art is something special. Francis really does it all and I am so flattered he took the time to be interviewed.
Francis Sultana is lucky enough to call London is home. With events like “London Design Week” setting center stage it attracts the best of the best. If London is becoming the center of Europe’s design scene then let me introduce you to one of the reasons why.
What manufacturer would you love to partner with and why?
Companies like Hermes, chic and timeless with exceptional quality and craftsmanship.
What is your favorite time period?
The 1920’s -1940’s – especially European and American designers working in Paris
How important are inspirations from your travels to your work?
Very! Places and cultures are a big influence on my work – it could be anywhere, from Venice to Marrakech to Mustique…wherever I go in the world I see new and exciting things
Describe the process of creating furniture?
I dream, I sketch, then I do a watercolour for the archive – all my drawings are bound in leather books.
If you had three people to take on a trip who would they be and why?
What is a design motto you live by?
Perfection is a demon
Describe how the London design scene is developing.
Since London Design Festival has grown from strength to strength, London has truly become for me, the design capital of Europe. It’s a very exciting time to live and work there.
How do you like to spend your downtime?
At my house in Valletta in Malta – a palazzo that I have completely renovated.
How important is eco-friendly to you?
Very – I reuse things and love re-making things that have longevity – I don’t like the disposable.
What trend so you see happening in 2017 in the design world?
The trend? Not to follow trends!
Contact Information for Francis Sultana
Francis Sultana Ltd.
2-4 King Street, St. James’s
London SW1Y 6QP
+44 (0)20 7589 5946