The London Design Festival kicks off with Decorex this month. Here’s a preview...
Words Sabrina Nunez
Decorex International will be celebrating 40 years of design with collaborations as its theme. The event will take place from 17-20 September at Syon Park, the opening destination of the London Design Festival, and will feature over 400 of the most recognised and emerging exhibitors, along with newcomers all showcasing their latest collections. The event will look at past, present and future partnerships that bring together high-end trade buyers and luxury manufactures as exhibitors showcasing how design, art and fashion work together in the world of luxury interiors. Makers and products across the realms of ceramics, rugs, furniture, fabrics, paint, textiles, lighting, wall coverings, cushions and bedding will be featured at the event.
Working from the collaborations theme, curator Corinne Julius brings together 15 makers to Future Heritage, an interactive feature displaying the work of leading emerging British talent. The display is a must-see for its exclusive features from designers Helen Carnac, David Gates, Simon Hassan, Merel Karhof and Naomi McIntosh, among others. The event will also host talks in the form of debates centered around industry- relevant topics led by design experts, and the makers will display works using new technologies and natural materials.
Trends To Spot
The term ‘millennial pink’ has been making its way through the worlds of fashion, beauty and even food, so it’s no surprise that interiors have picked up on the trend while still incorporating the colour in ways to keep it from being too trendy. Pinks that fall into the dusky or pastel range can be neutral, while bolder fuschias and brights offer the stand out.
Bold colours, intricate designs, unique inspirations and high-quality products are all present in the works of Decorex’s featured designers. Wallpapers, cushions and fabrics include both trendy and timeless prints perfectly suited to make statements and finish off a room. Rugs and carpets in varying patterns and textures are anything but boring and will add interest, tying together vibrant colours and stylish furniture. While makers like Larusi and Sotis prove that minimalism and neutrals are still popular, Decorex will show that a shift in design has happened. A Rum Fellow, Newton Paisley, Witch and Watchman, and Beome Design are just some of the makers following the mantra that more is more when it comes to interior design.
Back To Nature
The Scandi trend of bringing plants into the home as a means of creating cosiness has been translated to prints. With green named as Pantone colour of the year, it evokes health and wellbeing in the form of botanical and palm leaves. The larger the print, the better with this trend.
Raise A Glass
Inspired by the Great Exhibition of 1851, Shalini Misra’s design for this year’s champagne bar will be a sight to behold. Lush velvets, palace ironwork and Victoriana finishes will help to modernise the design of the hexagonal central bar. Misra says: “In the spirit of international collaboration and scenic stage design, we will create a contemporary interpretation of a glasshouse infused with graphic pattern, luxe detailing and curiosities.”