Published on : Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Decorex International celebrated 40 years of exceptional design with another highly successful event held in the prestigious grounds of Syon Park. Running from September 17 to 20, the four-day showcase featured high profile exhibitors across all sectors including furniture, interiors and lighting and attracted over 14,000 trade and consumer visitors.
Disruptive Dining, the main entrance installation, featured four unique and elegant exclusive dining scenes bringing together the worlds of fashion, floristry, set and interior design. Created by leading designers including Matthew Williamson at Osborne & Little, Larry Walshe, Beata Heuman with Fromental and EligoStudio, these innovative settings brought to life a summer garden party in a stately home, a geometric metaphysical sunset dinner, an architect’s working dinner and a casual dining floral feast.
The visual extravaganzas continued inside, particularly at the Shalini Misra-designed Champagne Bar which at its centre piece was an exquisite crystal chandelier designed by Erfre for Clartes. Inspired by the world’s first exhibition at Crystal Palace in 1851 opened by Queen Victoria, the design represented the fountain under the original canopy, topped with Prince of Wales feathers with a vegan gilding by royal wood carver Paul Wilson. With 55 LED candles and more than 6000 Swarovski crystals, the chandelier gave a ‘royal’ seal of approval to this prestigious event.
The Entrance Café marked Decorex’s 40th anniversary theme of collaboration with the coming together of three leading Derbyshire brands, Blackpop, Curiousa & Curiousa and Royal Crown Derby, who celebrated the creative heritage of the county. Inside the halls the ambience continued with the Design Sense installations featuring a sensory experience created by Rachel Vosper, an audio space by Lamont in collaboration with Bowers & Wilkins, “Sight Sensation” by Tim Gosling and friends, and a touch feature area by Country Life in collaboration with The Campaign for Wool.
One of the undoubted highlights was Future Heritage, where 15 makers exhibited designs commissioned especially for Decorex. Ceramicist David Marques, furniture designer Richard Lowry and jeweller Naomi McIntosh were among those who received new commissions and made contacts in different sectors and territories for their work. Curated by Corinne Julius, this show within a show has been an innovative success for Decorex and will feature new stars next year.
The Decorex Design Awards were judged by celebrated Interior Designers Shalini Misra, Fernanda Marques and Staffan Tollgård. Scottish furniture company Faolchu was awarded Best Newcomer for their exceptionally crafted timeless pieces, lighting designers Giopato & Coombes scooped Best New Product for their emotive and innovative products, cutting edge Italian fabric company Dedar won Best Stand Award and Czech glass company Lasvit walked away with Best International Exhibitor.
Key interiors titles selected their winning exhibitors with contemporary furniture designer Tom Faulkner walking away with The English Home award for Best in British Craftsmanship and the World of Interiors Award for Excellence going to Westbury Garden Rooms. Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam scooped House & Garden’s Most Stylish Product award and Faolchu saw yet more success with FX awarding the Scottish brand Best Contemporary Design.