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Podcast Ep 3: Design As Art with Francis Sultana

The renowned creative discusses his philosophy

Jon Sharpe
By Jon Sharpe, Chief Creative Officer
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Francis Sultana is not just a world-famous interior designer and furniture designer and AD100, House & Garden 100 and LuxDeco 100 honouree; he's also the Artistic Director of London's prestigious David Gill Gallery, co-founder of the Design Fund for the V&A and council member for the Design Museum and the Serpentine Galleries. Additionally, he is co-president of PAD London, jury member of PAD Paris and Ambassador of Culture for Malta. To sum up, Francis Sultana is busy. Very busy. And he is also the very definition of a Tastemaker so catching up with Francis was a real joy.

With a reputation for designing furniture pieces which are known to double in value at auction and creating interiors which, in and of themselves, can be viewed as liveable galleries, I was particularly interested to tap into the designer's inherent understanding of interior and furniture design as art forms. Listen in as we talk art, furniture and interiors.


I have a very important role to play in the industry because what I do, fundamentally, [is] I create an interior where I create furniture for it and I employ important artists to create pieces alongside mine to create an entire scheme.

Don’t miss

  • Francis’ design beginnings at 05:33
  • The “recipe” for his iconic interiors at 13:12
  • A revelation about how he feels about his design work at 21:17
  • And his view on quality furniture design at 27:09
Art Podcast with Francis Sultana | Francis Sultana moodboard | Design As Art | The Tastemakers | LuxDeco.com
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Francis' Malta Home

Explore these images of Francis' Malta home which he discusses in this episode.

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I’m a strong believer in buying good quality pieces. One because they will last a lifetime so, from a point, it’s ecologically better to buy something more expensive that will last the test of time.

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I would rather have an artisan make me something and have less than have a larger quantity of things that are mass-produced and machine-made most of the time. They have something more human about them.

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ART-FILLED PROJECTS BY FRANCIS

Discover how Francis blends his furniture designs and contemporary art with that of other internationally renowned furniture designers in his modern projects.

Art Podcast with Francis Sultana | Modern Living Room | Design As Art | The Tastemakers | LuxDeco.com
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Art Podcast with Francis Sultana | London Apartment | Design As Art | The Tastemakers | LuxDeco.com
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Art Podcast with Francis Sultana | Art Installations| Design As Art | The Tastemakers | LuxDeco.com
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