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September 22nd, 2013


Highlights from Decorex International 2013

Today I spent a very worthwhile afternoon at Decorex, one of the main trade shows of the year for seeking out new products, trends and general inspiration. This year was definitely one of the best, made extra enjoyable by the great new location at Kensington Palace and also the “Silk Route  theme – the latter gave rise to some great stands and visual displays (see below).

The new location for Decorex at Kensington Palace

The new location for Decorex at Kensington Palace

It’s almost impossible to pick favourites this year, the effort suppliers had put into their displays was enormous, but these three really caught my eye….

1) The “Silk-Route” themed entrance by Kit Kemp – so true to style experimenting with colour, pattern and scale.

"Silk Route" themed entrance to Decorex by designer Kit Kemp

“Silk Route” themed entrance to Decorex by designer Kit Kemp

Kit Kemp entrance to Decorex1

I loved the detail on this otherwise simple armchair in the “Silk Route” themed entrance to Decorex by designer Kit Kemp

2) Artist Jessica Zoob’s interpretation of the “Silk Route” theme in the form of these amazing sculptures – I had followed Jessica’s progress in making them on Twitter over the last month and they far outweighed any expectations in real life (my photo doesn’t do the detail justice)!

"Silk Route" themed sculptures by artist Jessica Zoob

“Silk Route” themed sculptures by artist Jessica Zoob

3) This great display by “And so to Bed” which speaks for itself.

Striking "Silk Route" themed display by "And so to Bed"

Striking “Silk Route” themed display by “And so to Bed”

Moving onto the products, I was determined to be focussed as it can be overwhelming (and exhausting!) trying to take in the contents of over 100 stands. Here are some of this year’s favourites, as well as key themes emerging.

Technology continues to transform bathroom design

One strong theme was the impressive shapes that continue to be developed in all aspects of bathroom design, which need never be mundane again … this basin by Original Bathrooms is made from crystal plant which allows it to be moulded into this strongly contemporary shape.

 

Contemporary basin by Original Bathrooms

Contemporary basin by Original Bathrooms

And this innovative display by copper bath specialists William Holland shows the huge range of finishes on offer.

Huge range of bath finishes available from copper bath specialists William Holland

Huge range of bath finishes available from copper bath specialists William Holland

Monochrome remains dominant, in new fabric ranges, tableware and this collection of ironmongery

Many of the new fabric ranges and also tableware featured a monochrome black/white theme. I particularly liked this range of porcelain, bone and horn turning handles by specialist Chloe Alberry.

Monochrome porcelain handles by Chloe Alberry

Monochrome porcelain handles by Chloe Alberry

And finally grey continues to dominate…

The current preoccupation with “grey” continues to dominate many of the fabric/upholstery ranges. In addition, paint company specialists Little Greene have just released 28 new shades in their new range, quite simply called “Grey” (note the very effective use of camel/mustard as an accent colour in the image below).

The new "GREY" range from Little Greene

The new “GREY” range from Little Greene

September 8th, 2013


Entry for the “Harlequin London Trendsetter” Competition at Decorex International 2013 – “English Baroque” Moodboard.

This month’s post was prompted by a “tweet” from the team at Harlequin London (specialists in Tableware, Decorative Accessories and Lighting) inviting me to participate in their Decorex International 2013 competition. Being a fan of both Decorex and Harlequin London, I thought I would have a go.

The challenge is to create a moodboard, reflecting the “English Baroque” style together with my predictions for key trends in interiors for Autumn/Winter 2013. For inspiration my thoughts turned to the complex shapes, extravagant ornaments, opulent paintings, and bold contrasts which lavished buildings early in the 1600s, as the exuberant new style called Baroque emerged.

THINK: OPULENT, GRAND, DRAMA, CONTRASTING COLOURS

I then combined these with key trends I see emerging in interiors for the current season:

THINK: UP-CYCLED, MONOCHROME, VINTAGE and GOLD

I’m particularly interested in the apparent contradiction between opulence and up-cycling, but it’s possible (see item 1. on the moodboard below)! Combine these trends and this is the result, “The English Baroque Moodboard”. I hope you like it…

 

Decorex and London Harlequin 2013, Hilary J White Interior Design

“English Baroque” – see product details below at the end of the post

“Opulent, Grand & Dramatic”

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  “Up-cycled, Monochrome, Vintage & Gold”

MODERN ENGLISH BAROQUE

And finally a quick cross-check against some of the themes emerging on the designer catwalks this 2013 A/W season suggests I’m along the right lines: see the new Emilio Pucci Baroque shift dress, the Marc Jacobs Baroque bag  or the Cavalli Baroque pleat collar shirt.

Emilio Pucci Baroque shift dress

Emilio Pucci Baroque shift dress

Marc Jacobs Baroque quilted shoulder bag

Marc Jacobs Baroque shoulder bag

Cavalli Baroque pleat collar shirt

Cavalli Baroque pleat collar shirt

Product details:

1) Michael Wiegand baroque style up-cycled light bulbs, deconstructed and embellished with wire decorations.

2) 12-light flannel grey grand siècle chandelier by St Louis

3) Michael Wiegand baroque style up-cycled light bulbs

4) Fistoria Chintz compote with Baroque stem, estatetrinketsandtreasures.com

5) Versace Arabesque Red Wine Glass at Houseology

6) Versace Gold Baroque Wall Plate at Rosen Thal

7) “Old Kyoto” cup and saucer at Alberto Pinto tableware

8) Black baroque cutlery set at Maisons du Monde

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