World-Famous Gozitan Interior Designer Is New Ambassador Of Culture For Malta

Francis Sultana runs one of the world's most famous interior design studios

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Malta has named one of its top exports, world-famous Gozitan interior designer Francis Sultana, as an ambassador for culture. 

Born and raised and Gozo, Sultana set up his eponymous studio in the heart of London in 2009 in the same building as the international art and design gallery David Gill, of which Sultana is also artistic director. As artistic director of David Gill, he has curated the design collections of major names in the industry such as Frederikson Stallard, Mattia Bonetti, and the late Zaha Hadid - who was also a personal friend of Sultana. 

Sultana is a judge of both PAD and Masterpiece fairs in London and Paris, an advisor to the NSPCC Rebuilding Childhoods and co-founder of the Design Fund for the Victoria and Albert Museum. 

He is one of only a handful of UK designers to be featured in Architectural Digest's annual AD100, has been cited as one of Wallpaper’s Top 20 interior designers, and was recently included in House & Garden's Top 100 and in AD France Top 100 Interior Designers annual lists.


One of Francis Sultana's interior designs

Sultana has maintained to Malta; he was pivotal in securing Malta's triumphant return to the Venice Biennale last year, where he hosted a reception for the country's pavilion. He also sits on the board of MICAS, Malta's new museum for contemporary art and design which opens in 2021 and will house Malta's contemporary art & design collection.

And he can now count ‘ambassador of culture for Malta’ among his long list of titles.

"To be honoured by my home country in this way is a very proud moment for me, something I could only have dreamt of as a child growing up in Gozo,” Sultana said. “I have worked hard to establish my career over the past 25 years and I am delighted that I am able to continue supporting Malta to establish herself on the global map as a new hub for contemporary art and design. I will work tirelessly to ensure that Malta attracts the best artists, designers and architects, collaborating with other cultural institutions globally, both during this year of Valletta2018 and moving forwards as we build MICAS (Malta International Contemporary Arts Space), our incredible new museum. 

"I want our future generations to have access to the best the creative world has to offer, right on their doorstep, so they know that their dreams can truly become realistic ambitions."

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