Decorex: 2017 Highlights
Posted on November 02 2017
Highlights from the twentieth edition of the Decorex exhibition, showcasing luxury designers and brands during the London Design Festival.
Decorex is one of the luxury highlights of the London Design Week calendar, a one-stop location where luxury brands come together to showcase their inspiring designs. Celebrating their twentieth year, the exhibition pulled out the stops, creating a beautiful carousel celebrating the history of the design show whilst also collaborating with Shalini Misra to create the latest Champagne bar to wow the guests upon their arrival. With so many exciting brands on display and so many incredible designs to explore, I share with you my favourite highlights from the year.
It came as no surprise that Cox London had created a breathtaking stand to attract the visitors to discuss their wonderful sculptural furniture designs. With soft natural tones highlighted by using a rich warming red within the wall art and fabric designs, Cox stood out from the rest, beautifully mirroring the homely and welcoming atmosphere that their two London showrooms create. The centrepiece design was the Grove Table and Chairs, a wrought Iron octagonal table supported by an impressive hand-forged iron tree trunk. When not in use, eight custom upholstered dining chairs, connect to frame the octagonal top to create a mesmerising sculptural piece.
CTO showcased an impressive collection of lighting designs during the exhibition, all of which have been made in England. Taking centre stage was the Ivy collection of pendant lights, designs that have been inspired by the unpredictable directions that plants can grow. The lighting pendants were finished in a beautiful bronze metalwork and included the option of opal or smoked glass shades to enable greater customisation for the perfect interior presence. These particular pendants would create a wonderful centrepiece suspended above a dining table or to invite guests to look up and take in the surroundings of an entrance hall or stairwell.
PINCH returned to Decorex this year with shades of green. The brand launched their TWIG bench in a new format an presented a gorgeous new olive green colourway for their Joyce cabinets, catering for the increased popularity that green has seen over the past few years. Continuing this theme, the stand also showcased a new hand blocked velvet fabric called 'TULIP' by the very talented Neisha Crosland for Turnell & Gigon which was upholstered on PINCH's Pendel two-seat sofa.
Exclusive to Decorex, Future Heritage presented the industry's most talented and highly sought-after designer-makers in a unique exhibition curated by arts and design journalist Corinne Julius centring around British craft. the designers have been selected for the quality of design and their deep understanding of the material and creation process. The selection for this year's show went above and beyond, with each and every design attracting attention for all the good reasons from beauty, to material craft and intrigue.
Barn In The City
Barn In The City immediately caught my attention with their metallic copper wall art, shimmering in the lighting of the surrounding stand. The Amsterdam-based design firm exhibits a collection of furniture pieces that juxtapose the rawness and natural qualities of reclaimed wood, with the sleek and polished nature of contemporary furniture design. Popular design pieces on display at the brand's stand included the 'Celine Polished Small Table', a beautiful piece that appears to be caught mid-motion, the 'Hervé Negro Marquina Side Table' defying gravity with its top-heavy profile and the 'James Brass Side Tables' in dark bronze finish with their extraordinary spun texture detail.
Beautiful 3-dimensional fabrics that have become a trademark of the Margo Selby brand were on display during this year's Decorex with some exciting new collaborations, including one with Casa Botelho, producing a series of designs that encompasses geometric, tessellating patterns made from interlocking shapes. Margo Selby has such a diverse collection of styles available and it was wonderful to see many of them on display for visitors to explore.
With their prominent stand directly next to the Champagne bar, FRONT Rugs showcased their latest collection of rug designs titled "Collection 54" by award-winning designer Jan Kath. The designs are created by using a series of fine lines, arranged into grids that create interlocking shapes and patterns. The result is an outstanding range of colourful designs that have the feel of an optical illusion, transferring art from the walls of an interior space to the floor.
For a full list of exhibitors to the 40th edition of the exhibition and for news and to register interest for year's show, visit the official Decorex International website.