With Decorex just a few days away, the excitement for this year’s event is building. Here’s a preview of just some of what attendees can expect…
The Heritage of Chair Making: A spectacular entrance embracing this year’s theme, the roots of design, curated by renowned British Furniture Designer Tim Gosling. Working with the historic collections from the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Frederick Parker Collection, the exhibition will document the links between interior design, architecture and the exceptional heritage of British craftsmanship throughout the ages. Tim has asked 12 leading British visual creators: Jasper Conran, Michael Craig-Martin, James Dyson, Tim Gosling, Anya Hindmarch, Roger Jones, Robert Kime, Jo Malone, Philip Mould, Sir Paul Smith, William Yeoward, and Andrew Winch, to choose their favourite piece and why it speaks to them.
Crafthouse: A series of interactive roomsets presented by The New Craftsmen, which explores the fundamental characteristics of what makes a home by studying the domestic rituals by which we live. Building upon the strong anthology of British makers, materials and skills, ‘Crafthouse’ will look to reconsider and question craft and how it is used in our lives, with makers taking up residency in each roomset, contextualizing them within a familiar environment and pushing them to the limits of their skills. The New Craftsmen will be hosting daily tours at 2pm.
120 New Exhibitors: More than 400 brands launching new collections, with 120 exhibitors new to the show. Don’t miss Allyson McDermott’s first ‘ready to hang’ wallpaper collection, Tom Raffield’s range of steam bent furniture and Hand & Eye Studio’s new ‘A-Beam’ terracotta light.
Future Heritage: An exhibition of new works by some of the leading names in contemporary British craft. This showcase of new materials and techniques is curated by renowned design and applied arts critic, Corinne Julius, with a select group of 14 makers presenting new work exclusively for this year’s Decorex.
The works can be commissioned by interior designers and architects for use in their projects, such as lighting, flooring, and sound absorbent, fire resistant textiles.
Talks Programme: An interesting and diverse series of talks in the Seminar Theatre, in association with LuxDeco, offering debates and an insightful exploration around industry relevant topics, hosted by some of the leading names in the design world, including Ben Pentreath, Christine Van Der Hurd, Nina
Campbell and Nicky Haslam. Not to be missed are a series of BIID mentoring roundtables in the Syon Estate Restaurant on Tuesday 20th September at 4:30pm, designed to support new and emerging designers making their way in the interior design profession.
Hospitality Offering: A classically inspired Champagne Bar designed by 1508 London, five-star dining at the Syon Estate Restaurant in association with Country Life magazine with scenic views of the Capability Brown landscape, gourmet cuisine from the ‘pop-up’ street food market, an entrance café transformed into a botanical fantasy designed by Nicky Haslam in collaboration with de Gournay, and the main café in association with HK One.
Wool Trail: Supporting The Campaign for Wool, Decorex has teamed up with Homes & Gardens to create a wool trail. Maps will be provided to visitors guiding them around the show highlighting the array of furniture, textiles and accessories made from this natural and sustainable material. Don’t miss the flock of live sheep in the pen at the entrance from ‘The Little Grey Sheep Company’.
Decorex International 2016
Date: Sunday 18 September – Wednesday 21 September 2016
Location: Syon Park, London