Celebrating design← ALL PRESS

The House and garden party to celibrate the start of Focus/13 and Decorex took place amoung the stylish lots destined for the design auction at Phillips in Howick Place SW1. Guests from the world of interior design enjoyed Laurent-Perrier Champagne and Elephant gin cocktails while admiring the lots on show, including 'Trepezoidale' table by Giacometti and the 'Banquette' chair by Fernando and Humberto Campana. Wise Productions was invaluble in arrangingt the evening, along with Ron Van Heldon, whose eye popping fuchia hydrangeas punctuated the white gallery space and signposted the location of Bar and food stations, where Absolute Taste offered a feast of inventive canapes. Savoury Parmesan 'H' and 'G' shoertbreads hung from pegs on a washing line, spikes of radishes, baby fennel and carrots rose in towers, and bowls of Thai chiken curry and beetroot spelt risotto satisfied guests' appetetites. Royere's 'Quille' bed looked tempting at the end of the evening but thankfully remained untouched and, in the auction a few days later, feached a staggeringÂŁ98,000. Carole Annett.

Paul, sue and gill