5 minutes with....Francis Sultana

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Acclaimed interior designer, Francis Sultana, who as brand ambassador for Decorex took part in this year's creative campaign, spends a few minutes with us to speak about his work...

Francis Sultana

Describe a typical day for Francis Sultana

I wake at 5.45 am and get my emails done. I spend a wonderful hour in the gym with my trainer Matt Darius at Akasha Spa and Gym at Cafe Royal. I will get to my office around 10am. No two days are the same at the moment as we have projects all over the world, I am also working on projects relating to Malta City of Culture 2018 as well as my work with the V&A and with David Gill Gallery. I try to have dinner with friends every few nights and then back home to bed before midnight. 

What is your most recent interiors discovery?

The colour and material Amber - I am using it in my new Narmina Collection as a finish in pate de verre, it will also be the signature colour for the invitations and decorations for the official launch in September. 

What is your first memory of Decorex?

I always remember spending time catching up with people in the House & Garden VIP area over the years. It's always fun to see who has designed the VIP space each year and what they have created.  

 

What is the one characteristic you think every designer should possess?

Patience!  

What projects are you currently working on?

We have projects running across the USA and across Europe at the moment, so I am liaising with people in about 5 different time zones. However they are all so different, from chalets in St Moritz to country estates in England to sky-scrapers in Manhattan that that every project has almost its own life force. I love it! 

What has been your favourite project to work on over the years?

I designed a house in the Greek island of Hydra. On paper it was a nightmare as there are no cars or vans on the island, so we had to come up with the most ingenious ways to move large pieces of furniture and art, but it was also the most wonderful experience; the people and the place. A true labour of love.  

I have also been working on my own home in Malta in Valletta for around 10 years now. Often a frustrating experience, it is now transforming into a home of which I am really proud.  

Describe your design style in three words.

Elegant, Edited, Chic 

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?

If I had time, it would be sitting down and reading one of my books. I have a growing collection of books on art, furniture and design and it would be nice to take time out and devour them in one sitting. 

If you had one superpower, what would it be?

To make people happy! 

Also see Francis Sultana speaking in the seminar theatre this year, register for Decorex International in order to attend all of the seminars.