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September 21st, 2016


DECOREX 2016: A few of our favourite finds

Every year in September, at London Design Festival, professional designers and interior design enthusiasts alike have a chance to see the latest products being launched, often from around the world.

The festival is packed with events, exhibitions and presentations, where everyone who’s anyone on the international design and manufacturing scene comes together to keep up with the latest developments in the field.

We kicked-off the week with a visit to Decorex, which again took place in a vast tent in Syon Park!

Whilst we can only but touch the surface in this blog, the show included over 800 exhibitors; here are some of the highlights for us from this year’s show.

 It’s all in the detail…

We’re often advised to spend wisely on one or two pieces from this top end of the market, filling in the gaps from the mainstream and with a few fine details such as an intricate curtain braid, a door handle or handmade ceramic/glass.

Chloe Alberry, specialising in treasure-like door handles from exotic materials such as Druze Crystals and Agate, displayed an amazing array of designs including these fossilised wood and porcelain favourites. Guaranteed to transform most cupboards or doors.

Fossilised wood and porcelain/bone handles from Chloe Alberry

Fossilised wood and porcelain/bone handles from Chloe Alberry

Ways with wood…

We recently read an article “is wood the new white”? It would seem so. We loved the stand of Tom Raffield, who has produced a very timeless range of lighting and furniture, reflecting the beauty of wood in products that will stand the test of time.

Handcrafted in Cornwall by Tom Raffield Ltd

Handcrafted in Cornwall by Tom Raffield Ltd

And these handmade wooden lights from MacMaster Design

MacMaster Design

MacMaster Design

A new find this year, clean lines and a simple modern aesthetic from Harto in Paris.

New range from Harto in Paris

New range from Harto in Paris

Time for a statement piece…

If you’ve got your eye on a piece of furniture you absolutely love but it’s a bit of a statement-maker, don’t be afraid to buy it. Here are a couple of pieces that stood out for us, this vibrant rug from Ramezani (normally known for more classic and traditional pieces) and these decorative basins from The London Basin Company.

Ramezani rugs

Ramezani rugs

The London Basin Compan

The London Basin Company

If you missed Decorex, there are still a couple of days of FOCUS at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour with 100% Design and Design Junction still to come. We hope you’ll be inspired!

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

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