Decorex 2014 showcased luxury interiors and design as part of the London Design Festival in September. As one would expect, the glam and glitz was on full throttle with some fabulous stands and products on display.
In honour of the 300th year anniversary of the Georgians ascending the throne of Britain, the entrance to the show was a display of modern interpretations of A Rake’s Progress curated by leading designers like Kit Kemp. A Rake’s Progress is a famous series of paintings by 18th century artist, William Hogarth, which provide biting social commentary on the mores of the day.
There was lots of inspirational design on display. So many pretty things on display both contemporary and traditional, extravagant and affordable. Let’s look at 10 things I thought were noteworthy.
Doors & Walls
Not that I am an advocate of hacking up books, but Original Bookworks has created a very clever way of making a door disappear as a built-in bookcase. They also do a range of paperback books for a more contemporary look or for the minimalist hater of colour, vellum books.
Like the mixed-tile look but not ready to commit? Portuguese wallpaper company Oh Wallpaper has created this wallpaper based on Portuguese traditional tiles. The story goes that in 1498 King Manuel of Portugal went to Spain and brought back the style of Moorish tiles that he found in Spanish cities, such as Seville. So this wallpaper is a blend of Portuguese/Moorish/Spanish influences updated for today.
London-based Blackpop created by designer Maxine Hall does distressed elegance in wallpaper better than anyone else. They have now launched their designs onto fabric as well, specifically velvet, for a louche, opulent look and feel. I saw these wallpapers at their launch at Tent in 2013 and fell in love then. If you are tired of the distressed Brooklyn tiles wallpaper look launched by Parisian concept store, Merci, then you may just love this look too.
Is it a light fixture or is it sculpture? Serip Organic Lighting was one of quite a few Portuguese designers at the show.
Firmly in the extravagant yet traditional column, I Dogi had only one item on their stand – this gargantuan £120,000 Venetian glass chandelier.
London-based textiles designer, Korla, showed off two trends – the continuing fascination with painterly fabrics and the colour blue.
Fine Cell Work has been the official charity partner of Decorex for the last couple of years. Trained by volunteers from the Embroidery and Quilters guild, approximately 400 inmates in prisons in the UK have been taught needlework to make cushions and quilts. A tag on each of these beautiful pieces are handmade by prisoners who are identified on the tag. Fine Cell Work encourage purchasers to write thank you notes to these prisoners. Not only do inmates receive pay for their work but also positive encouragement, a useful skill and a creative outlet which can provide a life line in prison.
Spina designs luxurious trimmings and accessories to elevate fabric to the next level. How beautiful is this tassel? Such a humble object has become a work of art in itself.
Myburgh Designs does these covetable copper garden swing suitable for both indoors and out. The fluid shapes are designed in on-trend copper. The only thing missing from your garden will be a dashing prince on his white charger.
Scottish company, Precious Design, make steel planters which are made to measure for your garden. They come in assorted colours and can be made to any specification (around a corner, with a trellis, covered for a seat etc.). I wish I knew about these steel planters when we did our garden boxes for my last house.
What do you think of my choices? Which one is your favourite?