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Editor’s round-up of London Design Festival 2018

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As the 16th edition of London Design Festival comes to a close, Hamish Kilburn shares the interior design moments, trends and discussions that made London’s design scene roar once more…

Ten design districts, nine days, eight talks, seven parties, six after parties, five exhibitions, four hours sleep between each day, three fabulous media partners, two tired legs and ONE city. This year, an estimated number of more than 450,000 designers, architects and creatives from more than 75 countries visited the 16th edition of London Design Festival – and what a way to remind the world of London’s position as one of the best design hubs in the world than with the installation of a fifth lion protecting the city’s landmark Neslon’s Column in Trafalgar Square. We were ready to hear London Design Festival roar, and with two days still remaining, that roar can still be heard echoing in an around the city.

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Positioned in the one-stop interior design haven of Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, with more than 120 showrooms, Focus18 began with a topical discussion about how to use Instagram effectively for business.

Among the showrooms, Vaughan showcased a new collection with a strong focus on table lamps. Demonstrating that interior design inspiration can come from anywhere, its new Tribal collection is based on travels around the globe that Lucy Vaughan, the creative director of the brand, has experienced. The result is an array of vibrant lampshades, embroidered cushions and unusual upholstered chairs which aim to celebrate the craftsmanship and culture of fabrics Vaughan and her daughter have sourced. Each unique in their own right, the collection is ideal for boutique hotels looking to create a statement, an editorial story we brought you only last week.

Image caption: Vaughan’s new Tribal collection

Elsewhere, the award-winning Alexandra Champalimaud celebrated her love of fabrics by unveiling Framework. With its durable features, the collection for Holland & Sherry is perfect for hotels. Champalimaud herself chose the materials, textures and colours that she would use when designing hotels, such as the recently completed The Academy and the highly anticipated Monkey Island, which is about to be unveiled.

“Tackling the topic of ‘Interiors in two great cities’, interior designer and owner of PSW Interior Design Paul Williams and architect and designer Emmanuelle Sirven.”

Collecting Best Wallpaper Collection of the show was Anna French’s Palampore collection. The highly detailed collection takes strong inspiration by the strong visual and graphic arts and design moment that occurred at the turn of the 20th century – with purple being a dominating colour story within the collection.

Another wallpaper that captured the attention of the crowd was Cole & Son’s new hand-painted Botanical range. The collection, which is inspired by a seasonal exploration of the English landscape, was showcased in the company’s new Chelsea showroom home. Strong references of lilac, wisteria, thistle, bluebells, roses, allium, fern and maidenhair are featured in the wallcoverings and designer Kathleen Hockey was at the showroom with a live painting demonstration to help further explain the range.

Showcasing something different, edgy brand House of Hackney unveiled a spectacular collection of wallpaper, fabrics and accessories created in partnership with the renowned and historical French wallpaper house, Zuber. But what really stood out was the eye-catching furniture, with the Saber becoming the statement piece of the showroom.

This year, Focus/18 celebrated its positive power with ‘Journey of Colour’, a specially commissioned installation by international artist Moritz Waldemeyer which offers an unforgettable immersive experience of light, colour and movement.

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Tackling the topic of ‘Interiors in two great cities’, interior designer and owner of PSW Interior Design Paul Williams and architect and designer Emmanuelle Sirven, discussed how each destination’s distinctive voice have made them the interior design hubs they are known for being today. In addition to this, tickets to this year’s Brit List, which on November 22 will celebrate the best designers, hoteliers and architects in Britain today, are available online.

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There was an overarching theme of ‘The Colour of Light’ happening among Chelsea, with two designers, Rebecca Weir and Sophie Robinson, taking on the topical talk on how to inject light and personality into your interiors. Robinson’s talk focused around the psychology of colour and how it can be used to invigorate the design process. Meanwhile, Weir’s panel focused the topic on lighting technology, a trend that was predicated by Richmond’s Fiona Thompson not so long ago.

Wrapping up the show was Arte International with a fabulous, in-depth trend report on the rise in powerful, positive and exuberant palattes. The Design Centre Chelsea Harbour‘s Becky Metcalfe took the microphone to give audience members a round-up of AW18’s most defining interior trends.

Decorex
(Hotel Designs is a proud media partner)

Hidden in London’s leafy neighbourhood in south west London – in between Richmond and Kew – Syon Park, for the last time, became a hub of design, welcoming the world to experience the latest products, trends and hot discussions.

The theme given to the designers who created this year’s main entrance was Blank Canvas, which opened the floodgates to let in innovative, bold and lavish designs from four visionary creatives. Henry Prideaux took the theme and unveiled a classic British set which was inspired by his school days. The set took materials and colours of his school, the uniform, the architecture and incredible aesthetic of his surroundings. Simone Suss went geometric and quirky, incorporating the interests and passions that have inspired her including a diverse spectrum of music, art and fashion. Meanwhile, Brian Woulfe went into the jungle with bold, botanical design and Jo Legleud and Scott Maddux went ruby red with a strong disco theme.

Where lighting has becoming such a major focus as technology improves, Le Deun Luminaire were certainly ahead of the curve resulting in them winning Best New Product Launch by the Decorex awards, and its clear to see why. With a strong focus on dynamic, statement lighting, the company has succeeded in its mission to allow function to generate the shape, and to create lighting that is effective, not only decorative.

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This year, the show’s 400 exhibitors included the likes of Knot Rugs, Ian Sanderson and Dedar to Little Green, Timorous Beasties and Robert Langford. Decorex also welcomed around 50 first-time exhibitors – Officine Gullo, Sahrai, Meisterwerke, Another Country, Sharon Marston and Benott among them.

Another interesting addition to this year’s show was ‘In The Making’, an area of the hall which shed light on how products are made, finished and decorated, using artisans and craftspeople to showcase materials and design processes.

The first participant was Shalini Misra Ltd, a London-based interior designer with an impressive portfolio of award-winning projects. The studio partnered with iconic British luxury brand Asprey to create an interactive ‘dining-scape’.

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Next was Lancashire-based wallcovering brand Lincrusta. Crafting exceptional wallpapers since it was founded in 1877, the brand’s production remains entirely in the UK. It showcased its unparalleled expertise with paint effect demonstrations that revealed how they can be applied to wallcoverings.

“The space featured four different makers a day for the duration of the show.”

Pigmentti offered insight into the technique of bas-relief Marmorino and gold leaf, bringing the ancient material of Marmorino into contemporary architectural design. Live demonstrations were staged while an accompanying wall installation showed the intricacy of a completed design.

The final participant to be announced was Artisan Collective. Its area hosted a group of designers that showed a range of skills, such as furniture making, upholstering and wood-carving. The space featured four different makers a day for the duration of the show, each recreated  ‘a day in the making’ to reveal what a normal day in a workshop or design studio is like.

Beosound Edge is roughly the size and shape of a car wheel and is designed to blend in to its interiors.”

There seemed to be a strong sense of indoor-outdoor among many of the new products exhibited at the show. Photographer Benjamin Rice showcased his large, at-one-with-nature photography in what can only be described as his own private gallery. Fenella Elms, meanwhile, unveiled tactile art/wallcoverings made from porcelain. Innovative mirror-tech company Overmantels displayed its latest collection of TV mirrors, following large demand for hidden technology.  Technology giants Bang Olufsen displayed a minimalist stand as they prepared to launch what was being billed as its ‘coolest speakers yet’, a coin shaped speaker that’s volume controls via tilt. The bold yet minimal and ironically titled Beosound Edge is roughly the size and shape of a car wheel and is designed to blend in to its interiors.

100% Design
(Hotel Designs is a proud media partner)

Colour and looking ahead to the future was this year’s theme as the show took some serious moves to up its game on the design scene. The highlight of the show, in addition to welcoming leading brands into the exhibition hall, was the quality of the 100% talks. Highlights included Thomas Heatherwick, Marcel Wanders, Kelly Hoppen and Marcus Fairs who all took the stage throughout the week at the show’s home in London’s Olympia.

“Down the vibrant carpets, 100% Futures was also an interesting add-on.”

Speaking at the exclusive press launch, Max Fraser, the content editor for the show officially launched the show to the international press. “2018 is a bright and cheerful year, we have gone for colour,” he said. “Another feature we have focused on this year is the future, and where design is heading.”

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In regards to the exhibitors, the focus for many was corporate furniture with several companies displaying colourful and quirky options. Of those companies was The Meeting Pod Company, which impressed with its fully customisable meeting pods. Made in high quality composite external surfaces, the pods can be installed inside or outside and come in a range of sizes to fit and suit any space. With the promise that it can create virtually any internal or external colour combination, material or specific branding, the company has recently just completed a piece for a client which requested its pods to look like a rocket.

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Down the vibrant carpets, 100% Futures was also an interesting add-on, following much hype in the industry on how technology will further shape the look and feel of the hotel of the future. The new exhibition shone light on some of the most exciting designs under the theme ‘Designing for London’ across travel, technology, wellbeing, public spaces and sustainability.

designjunction
(Hotel Designs is a proud media partner)

Turning up fashionably late, as ever, opening on the Thursday, designjunction, in my opinion, had the sharp edge over London Design Festival with quality brands and sheltering a real, unmatched designer buzz on the quirky riverside of the Southbank.

The award-winning event – and rightly so – showcased more than 200 of the world’s most iconic design brands. The show was presented across three areas which are owned and managed by Coin Street Community builders; the Doon Street site, OXO Tower Wharf and Riverside Walkway. Highlights this year included the second edition of the Rado Star Prize UK, The Mud Shell Project by Stphanie Chaltiel as well as talks programme curated by Justyna Sowa.

On the exhibition floor, LSA International displayed a dymamic sneak peek of its SS19 collection of glasses in-between a strong focus on furniture. New Zealand-based brand Revology was at one with nature with a eco-friendly and striking product which combines dark wood and is made from 100% recyclable, sustainably sourced composite linen fibres, bio-based resin and recycled brass. Another brand that stood out with bold and unique designs included Norr11‘s simple and clean collection, Galvin Brothers‘ quirky hand-made furniture, Johanson‘s eye-catching bar stools and James Burleigh‘s contemporary chairs, tables and stools. Furniture specialist Vitra showcased the new Belleville collection by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Launching in the UK for the first time, the Belleville family consists of hybrid chairs and versatile tables, characterised by its varied materials and muted colours. Leading British furniture brand Deadgood, on the other hand, put the spotlight on its new Hug Armchair, which utilises Lloyd Loom, a traditional yet somewhat forgotten 20th century material, manipulated over a plywood shell and sat atop a recycled steel frame.

Image caption: Deadgood’s Hug Armchair

Downstairs, lighting up ‘lightjunction’ with so much focus on technology in lighting at the moment, there was a clear indication that manufacturers are exploring with the elements, combining materials to create stunning effects.

London Design Fair

Venturing outside zone 1 to the creative heart of East London, London Design Fair was a four-day industry event that brought together 550 exhibitors from more than 36 countries.

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For 2018, the show hosted 10 country pavilions, from all corners of the world including the return of the Swedish Design Pavilion alongside the Balearic Islands, Italy, Finland, Korea and Japan.

Other highlights of the week included a fabulous party at Shoreditch’s The Curtain to celebrate 10 years of Design Triangle, the exclusive opening of Kent + London and Kartell by Laufen unveiling its East-meets-West collection in collaboration with celebrated designer Ludovica + Roberto Palomba.

It’s fair to say that London Design Festival has delivered once more in showcasing to the world that Britain remains a strong design hub for inspiration, ideas and savvy innovation. London leaves a lasting impression on the hundreds and thousands of visitors who can now return back to their studios full of creative ideas and vast inspiration.

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Live from LDF: Behind the main entrance installation at Decorex 2018

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Four of the UK’s leading interior designers are behind this year’s main entrance concept for Decorex…

What can you do with a blank canvas. Well, it seems quite a lot as four of the UK’s leading designers were asked to create this year’s Decorex entrance using only the theme of ‘Blank Canvas’ as a guide.

Decorex this year invited its participants to explore how an empty space can celebrate a beautiful new beginning, and it is this idea of a new beginning that led Decorex to brief four acclaimed interior designers to design the main entrance.

Henry Prideaux, Simone Suss, Maddux Creative and Brian Woulfe created site-specific installations that tell the stories behind their development as designers. Each produced a vignette that represents their journeys, featuring items, colours and patterns that have influenced and inspired them along the way. These vignettes will be partially hidden to visitors entering the event, allowing them to be discovered as they move around the entrance space.

With installations from Maddux Creative and Brian Woulfe taking on the Jungle and ruby-red disco lights, Henry Prideaux Interior Design drew on its eponymous founder’s senior year at Harrow School, where he was given the opportunity to create his most decorated room. It was during this chapter in Henry’s maturing life that an inherent instinct to decorate began to evolve and a natural path towards a career in interior design began to reveal itself. The studio took inspiration from the materials and colours of his school, the uniform, the architecture and incredible aesthetic of his surroundings.

Studio Suss, meanwhile, drew on the past experiences of founder, Simone Suss, and how the varied decades have shaped her, incorporating the interests and passions that have inspired her including a diverse spectrum of music, art and fashion.

Decorex, of which Hotel Designs is a proud media partner of, returned this weekend, kick-starting London Design Festival for its 41st edition to the historic Syon Park. It is hosting more 400 exhibitors from established names to up-and-coming brands.

LIVE FROM LDF: Furniture designed around raw emotions

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Portuguese furniture company exhibits furniture at Decorex inspired by emotions as it attempts to challenge conventional hotel furniture…

A Portuguese furniture company has exhibited new furniture that is inspired by human emotion at this year’s Decorex during London Design Festival. There’s a thin line between a functional object and artwork. Emotional Objects aren’t just objects, they are almost art pieces. Unique and perfectly crafted by passionate Portuguese designers and artisans, in Portugal.

True to ensuring that each product is bespoke, all of its objects are handcrafted or handpainted with love. “We treat furniture as art and when they leave, a part of us goes with them,” said owner and architect Joao Faria on his stand at Decorex. Faria does not believe his product is in the category of a being a ‘luxury product. “Luxury brands spend a lot of time and money creating a sense of… Luxury. Selling a lifestyle instead of their products and making you believe that buying their product makes you hip,” he explained.

“The company tries to take its objects a little bit further than its function”

Emotional Objects are designed and manufactured with the sole purpose to make a connection with us as people. The company tries to take its objects a little bit further than its function, bushing the boundaries of design. “Our objects aren’t transparent; they make us smile every time we use them. That is an Emotional Object,” explained Faria. “An object that relates to us, with our life and taste.”

Roots Console and Mirror

“Roots” is a line of furniture inspired in the Sacred Ceiba tree in Havana. A line goes around the volume of the pieces and changes its expression just like a root. “After all nature is the mother of all forms,” said Faria. “It is only necessary to go a little bit further…” In 2016, the coffee table won an “A’ Design Award” in “Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design” category.

Emotional Objects is one of many Portuguese design companies exhibiting at Decorex, a show which Hotel Designs is a proud media partner of.

 

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Top 5 stories of the week: Big data, Britain’s best spas and it’s almost show time

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Editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn breaks down the major happenings in this week’s headlines…

Lights, camera and action. That’s right, here at Hotel Designs we are counting down the days before the curtain rises on yet another full and fabulous London Design Week. As the drumroll roars ahead of designjunction, Decorex and 100% Design, here are the top five stories of the week.

1) Hotel Designs announces the judges of this year’s Brit List 

It’s a busy time in the Hotel Designs HQ – when is it not? With less than a month for designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers to get their free entries in, we have announced this year’s esteemed judging panel.

2) Top design hotel spa concepts in Britain

Following on with this month’s ‘Spotlight On’ theme focusing on Hotel Concepts – and with this year’s Brit List fast approaching – Hotel Designs investigates Britain’s best spa concepts…

3) Designing Instagrammable: Big data = big opportunities for hospitality design

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In part four of Designing Instagrammable, Scott Valentine, the Managing Director of Valé Architects, explains the benefits and potential of analysing big data…

4) Spotlight On: The hotel lobby and furniture

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Throughout September, Hotel Designs will be shining the spotlight on two areas that together help the other evolve. Namely: the hotel lobby and furniture…

5) It’s showtime, almost! 

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Blue is in this season, according the Decorex. In addition to the bold statement that blue will be bold during this year’s London Design Festival, the BIID has also announced its plans around all three of the major shows, of which Hotel Designs is a media partner for all….

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Could this be the most innovative wallpaper in the industry at the moment?

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New LED wallpaper from Meystyle is lighting up the walls, quite literally…

The latest collection of LED wallpaper Conductivity combines dazzling natural textures with an unprecedented use of light patterns.

Wallpaper specialist Meystyle is about to launch the Conductivity collection with the mission to rescue walls from the background. The company has done this by integrating bold patterns with LED lights and crystals to create deep visual experiences that totally transform walls and wallpaper into works of art.

“The Conductivity collection is a celebration of the ubiquitous yet mysterious power of electricity,” explained the company in a recent press release. “The designs dig into the infinitesimal world of the atom and its scientific representation as a source of visual inspiration.”

Simple geometric elements like the line and the circle are used to give sense and order to the impenetrable complexity of chemical and physical phenomena.

The Conductivity collection echoes its fascination with nature also in its choice of materials

The LED injection is inspired by the exchange of subatomic particles generating the prodigy of light itself. Different wavelengths and levels of light intensity combine into dynamic compositions suggested by the way electrons interact. From cascading lines merging into sumptuous light waterfalls, to concentric circles representing the varying configurations of the atom, each design expresses the beauty of the natural world in its most essential form.

The Conductivity collection echoes its fascination with nature also in its choice of materials, ranging from refined linens and cotton canvases to elegant silks. A variety of metal accents, notably electricity’s best companions enrich the natural properties of each texture with hand-painted details and gilded applications.

The anticipated collection will be launched at this year’s Decorex on September 16 – 19 at Syon Park, London.

Associate Design to showcase the best of portugal at Decorex International 2018

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On the September 16 – 19, Decorex International will shelter the best of Portuguese furniture, lighting and objets d’art..

Associate Design will present a fine selection of luxury and contemporary Portuguese design at Decorex International 2018 . With its motto ‘a space for beauty to flourish’, Decorex provides the ideal platform on which to showcase some of Portugal’s best design and innovation. Portugal is a country with a proud history of craft and manufacturing: today, its skilled artisans draw on that history, with a wealth of highly original designs that capture Portugal’s creative verve.

Recognising the importance of promoting Portuguese design on a world stage, Associate Design was established by the Portuguese Association of Wood and Furniture Industries (AIMMP). Associate Design works to exhibit the best of Portugal at some of the most discerning and distinguished international design shows. At Decorex International 2018, expect to find an eye-catching collection of Portuguese furniture, lighting and objets d’art, featuring a cleverly curated mix of playful, novel, deluxe and aesthetic pieces. Focusing on hotels, offices and retail, the Associate Design showcase will demonstrate Portugal’s burgeoning design relationship with the luxury contract market.

Portugal is a country with a proud history of craft and manufacturing

Brands and products at Associative Design’s Decorex International 2018 Showcase Portuguese brand Bateye was founded in 2011 by architect Marco Sousa. Creating furniture that represents a ‘convergence between art and the city’, Bat eye’s goal is to make passionate pieces that provoke, stimulate and seduce. The brand will present decorative furnishings from its London collection, inspired by the grandeur of the city’s palaces and parks. Pieces include the new Divinity mirror, a design inspired by the gates at the Palace of Westminster, and the Golden Lake tables, a reference to the nature found in London’s Hyde Park.

Corque Design combines sustainability and originality to produce well-designed objects using cork, one of Portugal’s greatest natural resources. Corque Design’s Cellula bookcase, a playful interpretation of cork’s microscopic cellular structure, is a clever modular storage system comprising six construction pieces.

Image caption: A series of Corque Design products

Starting out as a family-owned wood workshop in the early 1970s, Defontes was established in 1989 and today works across the interior design, automotive, nautical and aviation sectors. Skilfully making products from a selection of exquisite materials, De Fontes created its Royal Club range. The brand will present Fugu, a sharp dining table (named after the Japanese pufferfish) with an explosive atomic-nucleus-style base, and Tulip, a simple, elegant lamp inspired by the flower of the same name.

With the motto ‘design to die for’, Duquesa & Malvada is a luxury Portuguese brand creating designs that reflect a refined urban sensibility. The brand will present a number of deluxe pieces, including the elegant Kate bar stool (inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge), the bold Marble side table, the decorative Minerva sideboard, the sumptuous Desire sofa and the petite Anne stool (inspired by Anne Boleyn).

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Creative studio Emotional Brands champions a select group of six young, high-end Portuguese design brands, each combining personality, design vision, innovation and artisanship. The brands—Creative Mary, Emotional Projects, Malabar, Ottiu, Porus Studio and Wood Tailors Club—will present contemporary pieces from their respective collections.

The NUUK sideboard is a well-made piece that showcases MBN Tailor’s use of beautiful materials

Portugal-based Green Apple is a luxury brand exporting made in Portugal design throughout the world. Creating and manufacturing furnishings and lighting for the residential and hotel sectors, Green Apple’s extensive collection mixes ornate, graphic and contemporary styles.

Founded in 1980, furniture manufacturer MBN Tailor applies traditional knowledge, a creative mindset and a fastidious sprinkling of extravagance and exquisite detailing, to its eclectic range of products. The NUUK sideboard, designed by Hugo Pereira, is a well-made piece that showcases MBN Tailor’s use of beautiful materials and its meticulous level of craftsmanship.

Muranti is a Portuguese furniture brand whose work seeks to create a balance between the mind and the heart. Its luxury pieces seek to add colour, style and elegance to both modern and exclusive home interiors. Muranti will present its Onyx sideboard, Csarite cabinet and Pyrite wall lamp. The striking and opulent Onyx and Csarite designs are wonderfully visual characterisations of their respective gemstone-inspired names. In contrast, the more restrained Pyrite lamp has a classically retro shape.

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Nauu Design was created in the Portuguese port town of Setúbal. Producing luxury and bespoke furniture, Nauu Design’s distinctive collection is imbued with personality, elegance and passion. The Empire wall mirror is a reflection of the golden days of ancient civilisations and is made using wood covered with shiny copper leaf. The A Duquesa sofa recalls the classic Chesterfield sofa, but adds a certain Portuguese flair with Portuguese tiles applied to the base.

Hailing from Oiã in Portugal, OIA was born in 2017. A modern-day brand, its products combine traditional stone craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology. OIA creates designs that are functional and that emphasise the need for emotion and identity. The brand will present: Cosmos, a range of stone laminated side and coffee tables inspired by a sense of weightlessness; Kandinsky, a series of geometric side tables inspired by Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian pioneer of abstract modern art; and Orbiter, a marble-topped dining table whose base is made up of a repeated series of metal strips.

Created in Lisbon, Se7e symbolises the city on seven hills. Its handmade Berço chair is a cradle-like rocking chair designed for children and adults alike. Personalised for each individual customer, Berço is numbered with a serial number and the production year.

Portuguese brand That Place was established in 2004. Since then, it has explored the concepts of fluidity, simplicity and functionality in both interior and exterior design. Its Pendant Globes by Liga Narciso draw inspiration from jewellery design—they express a certain sensuality and add both harmony and beauty to a space.

Hotel Designs is a recognised media partner for Decorex International 2018. To register for the show, click here.

 

Decorex International announces latest Future Heritage makers

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Stellar additions to this year’s Decorex line-up will offer new perspectives on materiality…

Renowned applied arts critic and curator of Future Heritage, Corinne Julius, returns to Decorex International (16 – 19 September, Syon Park) with a carefully selected group of designers who represent the pinnacle of contemporary craft making…

Plastic Boroque side table, 2013, by James Shaw

Image caption: Plastic Boroque side table, 2013, by James Shaw

Joining multi-disciplinary studio Glithero, glassblower Jochen Holz, and the ceramicist Kaori Tatebayashi for this year’s edition of Future Heritage is South London-based James Shaw, the experimental product and furniture designer. Shaw will create new pieces, including a fountain, console table, stools and vessels that build upon ‘Plastic Baroque’, his acclaimed series in which he uses a hand-operated gun that extrudes recycled plastic to create furniture. ‘Plastic Baroque’ challenges the contemporary perception of plastic and asks, ‘how can plastic be used better?’

Metal-smith Rebecca de Quin also joins this year’s line-up. She will be making three new, large-scale patinated wall panels that include detachable vessels, which can be used as bowls or platters. Combining copper and brass with steel and sterling silver, de Quin will use patination – the process whereby changes in the surface of a metal are induced by the application of chemicals and heat – to alter the colour and texture of her material. Hand-applied textures and finishes will create further contrasts, offering an innovative and unexpected aesthetic. De Quin is a maker whose work is driven by beauty and function. She employs abstract geometry to create simple, streamline forms that are often the result of vigorous technical experimentation.

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Founded by Turkish twins, Begum and Bike Ayaskan, Studio Ayaskan is a London-based, experimental design studio. For Future Heritage the duo will develop ‘Trace’, a clock that uses a UV-activated, light sensitive liquid solution to create a fluctuating cycle of colour as time passes. Accompanying it will be a new design with the same concept: a self-standing clock that projects the passage of time on to the wall behind it.

They will also show a cluster of table lamps featuring liquid optics that project patterns and rippling rainbows onto the table below and ceiling above – an evolution of initial experiments undertaken during the Designers’ in Residence programme at London’s Design Museum. All their work explores themes of nature, time, light and interconnectivity. Katrin Spranger will evolve her ‘Aquatopia’ collection for 2018’s Future Heritage. Made by electroforming copper and combining it with glass containers, the primary materials for the transit and storage of water, her intricately crafted glasses, jug and containers will straddle the line between function, imagined function and aesthetic quality. Her vessels look beautiful but also investigate the human impact on water supplies, in which pure water is on the verge of extinction.

Karlyn Sutherland has been working with glass since 2009. For Future Heritage she will present a series of fused, wall-mounted installations, the surfaces of which are uniform and flat. The effect will be an illusion of depth created by overlapping planes of subtle colour, reminiscent of the ephemeral qualities and memories of light within spaces Karlyn has visited. The material and her studies in architecture are both central to her work, which explores the relationship between people and places. A play between light and shadow allows her to convey atmosphere, emotion and narrative.

Jewellery designer Marlene McKibbin and textile designer Alison White will work as a duo for the first time. The designers, who have been firm friends since they began their careers in the 1970s, were encouraged to collaborate by Future Heritage curator Corinne Julius, who saw potential in the combination of KcKibbin’s high impact dyed resins and White’s use of print. Both makers are masters of colour. The result of this partnership is a series of LED table lamps, which mark a new direction for both makers.

Also investigating colour is Royal College of Art recent graduate, Jie Wu, who will showcase miniature boxes made in wood and resin; materials which clash and merge in different conditions to create a variety of marble-like patterns. Wu’s investigation of the contrast between the natural and the artificial, explores a world where the impact of manmade materials is leaving an indelible mark on the face of the planet.

Curator Corinne Julius comments: “Future Heritage offers a fantastic platform for these makers to expand their ideas and develop new work to present to Decorex’s design-minded audience. I spend a lot of time in their studios, taking with them to ensure that they take the opportunity to develop and present their most exciting new work.”

Rugs to take centre stage at Decorex 2018

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For more than 40 years, Decorex International has been the show of choice for the luxury interior design market, and the go-to destination for the design-minded looking to discover new styles and trends. This year, the event returns to Syon Park from the 16th to the 19th September, and will see rugs designed from across the world bringing an international flavour.

Premium quality rug brands offer the chance to brighten any interior space with original, exquisite designs, and pieces which are made to last.

Sourcing the highest quality materials everywhere from China to India, to Kathmandu, each of the pictured exhibitors offer a bespoke service, producing totally original designs for every taste and client, from private residences to commercial projects.

Rug brands that will be exhibiting at Decorex include: Crucial Trading, Amy Kent, Moquetas Rols, Ptolemy Mann, Sahrai, Knot Rugs, Classic Rug Collections, and Mahout.

Hotel Designs is a recognised media partner for Decorex.

 

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Decorex International announces 2018 exhibitors

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Decorex will return to the historic Syon Park from September 16 to 19. Once again, the show will open London Design Festival as one of its five key Design Destinations. The 41st edition will host more than 400 exhibitors from up-and-coming brands to the most established names showcasing the latest in luxury design.

Decorex offers a qualified audience of more than 14,000, including interior designers, manufacturers and buyers, the opportunity to explore the latest products and services.

Established names returning this year includes: Sebastian Cox, Nicholas Haslam, Amy Kent, Drummonds Bathrooms, Curiousa & Curiousa, Beaumont & Fletcher, Knots Rugs, Villaverde, Pooky Lighting, Lasvit UK, Prestigious Textiles, Genevieve Bennett, Harrison Spinks Beds, Riviere and Watts of Westminster.

Gilly Nicolson, who offers contemporary, bespoke bedlinen favoured by designers such as Turner Pocock and Fiona Barratt Interiors exhibits for the first time this year. Also new to the show is emerging brand The Monkey Puzzle Tree, which will unveil wallpapers and fabric prints, designed in collaboration with British artists. Camilla Thomas Textiles, another first-time exhibitor, will bring a new collection of handwoven textiles.

Back for the second year, following a successful 2017, is ceramic design studio, Fenella Elms, which designs bespoke, wall mounted, porcelain sculptures. Also returning is Scottish-based studio Faolchú, with exceptionally crafted new furniture.

This year international exhibitors from more than countries will take part. Danish-based lighting brand EBB & FLOW will show new collections, including the mouth-blown Horizon pendant, a new collection of fabric lampshades and the jewellery inspired Smykke pendant lamp. Alma De Luce from Portugal will show a selection of its new furniture designs.

Other names to look out for include A Rum Fellow, with its collection of textiles designed in collaboration with indigenous artisans from around the world. Lindsay Alker Fabrics & Wallpaper will be showing a new collection of folk art and historic samplers inspired designs. Another highlight is Blackpop’s new fabric and wallpaper collection under license with Sir John Soane Museum.

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Decorex 2017: Successful show for Hypnos, exhibiting to thousands

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Multi award-winning British bed manufacturer and Royal Warrant holder Hypnos, exhibited its latest collections to thousands of attendees at this year’s Decorex show in London.

From September 17th–20th, Hypnos showcased its latest innovations to interior designers, including the Regal Signature no turn mattress, a luxury, handcrafted product and the new Paris sofa bed, specifically designed to meet the demands and rigours of the hospitality sector.

The bed manufacturer also showcased its Continental split divan, Alpaca topper and stylish Eleanor headboard, along with the company’s latest fabric collections.

Clare Taylor, Marketing Manager at Hypnos, comments: “Unveiling our new range of products and fabrics at Decorex was a huge success. We were able to showcase our latest innovations to thousands of interior designers, demonstrating first hand just how versatile our range is.

“The Hypnos brand is synonymous with luxury, quality and the ultimate in comfort and support, enabling designers and accommodation providers to trust that our products will ensure their clients get a great night’s sleep.”

Hypnos specialises in the production and installation of supremely comfortable, hygienic and safe mattresses, beds and sofa beds for the hospitality and retail markets. It also provides a supreme range of design-led, comfort focused beds for retailers and designers.

It is this dedication and attention to detail which has won Hypnos numerous awards, including the prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise for International Trade and most recently the National Bed Federation’s 2017 “Bed Manufacturer of the Year” accolade.

Furthermore, the Hypnos brand is reinforced by a rich heritage and royal warrant which has been appointed by HRH the Queen. It is this reputation for superior quality and expertise that has allowed Hypnos to cement this prestigious reputation both in the UK and around the world.

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Decorex 2017: A fresh approach for Kobe’s Essente brand

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Luxury fabric specialist, Kobe, has introduced a contemporary, new-look to its Essente collection of stylish curtain and upholstery fabrics – and displayed it at this year’s Decorex.

The collection includes curtains, voiles and sheers, dim outs and upholstery fabrics, suitable for both domestic and commercial installations.

It takes the range in a fresh new direction with more colour and pattern, offering a host of exciting, of-the-moment looks for interior dressing including the much in-vogue ikat geometrics.

David Harris, MD of Kobe UK said: “The new-look Essente range has a much more contemporary feel with the focus on a vibrant colour palette and more pattern. We still offer the same selection of neutral tones but have added more choice to reflect all interior tastes.”

The collection follows on from the success of previous Essente ranges which offer a wide selection of chic, and easy-care interior fabrics. As a sister brand, Essente also benefits from the logistical excellence of Kobe and its sophisticated automated warehouse and ERP system, while giving access to a wider customer base through realistic price points. Retail prices start at £16 for curtain weights and £27 for upholstery fabrics.

Essente also features a range of durable upholstery fabrics that are easy to wash and score highly on the Martindale rub test. The collections are available direct from stock or FR treated to order with a domestic back coat which complies with the BS 5852 ignition source 0 and 1, passing the cigarette match test.

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Hypnos is exhibiting at this year’s Decorex show in London.

Attendees to the show will be able to find the Hypnos stand at C20A from 17th to 20th September where they will be showcasing their luxury, handcrafted products including the Regal Signature no-turn mattress and new Paris sofa bed. Also available on stand will be the Continental split divan, Alpaca topper and Eleanor headboard, along with our latest fabric collections.

Clare Taylor, marketing manager at Hypnos Contract Beds commented: “We are delighted to be exhibiting at this year’s Decorex show. Interior designers will be able to experience first-hand our extensive range of products, which we will be showcasing.

“The Hypnos brand is synonymous with quality and supreme comfort, providing designers and accommodation providers with the confidence that our products will ensure their customers get a great night’s sleep.”

Hypnos specialises in the production and installation of supremely comfortable, hygienic and safe mattresses, beds and sofa beds for the hotel, hospitality and retail markets. At Decorex, Hypnos will be launching a new range of sofa beds specifically designed for the hospitality sector.

Hypnos Paris SofabedTheir brand is reinforced by a rich heritage and royal warrant, which has been appointed by HRH the Queen. It is this reputation for superior quality and expertise that has allowed us to cement this prestigious reputation both in the UK and around the world.

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Decorex 2017: Still one of the hottest shows on the calendar

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Decorex has been in full swing all week and comes to a close on Wednesday, Hotel Designs was there to take a look at this year’s edition…

Succeeding Tim Gosling’s 2016 spectacular entrance, 2017’s entrance celebrate the design industry through interiors, floristry, theatre and product.

Meanwhile, a programme of seminars take place across all four days, Hotel Designs caught insight on modelling business for design, luxury lighting, global design trends and working with wool.

As part of the Sight area of Design Sense, Tim Gosling and guests were teaching a series of masterclasses on all aspects of visual design. From drawing and watercolours to gilding and works with leather and glass.

 

Key members of the BIID hosted a series of mentoring sessions during this year’s Decorex, designed to support new and emerging designers making their way in the interior design profession. These informal round-table Q&A sessions will focus on both the residential, commercial and hospitality markets as well as offering business skills advice.

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Decorex 2017: Cultural-Agenda’s client launches on show

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With Decorex International 2017 fast approaching, here’s a pick of Cultural-Agenda client product launches, events and installations to look out for at the UK’s leading destination for interior design…

DEDAR
Dedar will present its new collections at Decorex International 2017. The firm will launch a tactile collection of wallcoverings inspired by traditional Chinese lacquerware techniques. Developed using a unique beeswax coating, the vinyl wallcoverings have a singular luminous look with superior resistance and fire retardancy, perfect for the contract and hospitality sectors. Natural wood tones, pops of geometric colour, ancient lacquer shades, metallic finishes and precious metal hues combine to create lavish contemporary wallcoverings.

Stand D30 / For further information or if you wish to make an appointment please contact dedar@cultural-agenda.com

SHALINI MISRA
Shalini Misra unveils a spectacular concept at Decorex International’s prestigious Champagne Bar, inspired by The Great Exhibition of 1851. Celebrating the show’s 40th anniversary, the design will feature a dramatic central canopy in red velvet, a ruby-shaped bar with metallic fretwork and a bespoke chandelier featuring handcrafted parrots and a waterfall design.

For further information or if you wish to make an appointment please contact shalini@cultural-agenda.com

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Vanderhurd launches new A/W rug collection and fabric collection at Decorex 2017. Internatioanlly acclaimed bespoke luxury textile maker will present two of its new collections at Decorex international for the first time. The new Autumn/Winter 2017 rug collection, “From the Point” will be presented alongside new fabric design ‘Aerial’ as well as fresh new colourways to some of its most popular embroidered collections: Verde, Saffron, Aqua, Lapiz, Cloud and Blush.

Stand A40 / For further information or if you wish to make an appointment please contact vanderhurd@cultural-agenda.com

VISPRING
Vispring will showcase its exclusive collection with Missoni Home at Decorex 2017. At this year’s Decorex International, British luxury bed maker Vispring will present a limited-edition bed collection designed using iconic fabrics from renowned Italian brand Missoni Home. The designs demonstrate Vispring’s exceptional craftsmanship and combines its bespoke expertise with Missoni Home’s creativity and fashion influence.

Stand E49 / For further information or if you wish to make an appointment please contact vispring@cultural-agenda.com

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Lighting trends at Decorex 2017

Lighting trends at Decorex 2017

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For forty years, Decorex has been the UK’s leading luxury interiors showcase and where the design-minded come to discover trends and gain new inspiration from over 400 exhibitors and this year will be no exception.

Showing the bright side of design will be London-based designers Margit Wittig, Naomi Paul and Sotis Studio, exhibiting pieces made from a range of materials; ceramics, textiles, bronze and resin.

With designs inspired by those of the historical architect, Lutyens will be adding a nod to the past with their furniture and lighting collections. Among those illuminating this year’s sculptural trends are hand-blown glass specialist Curiousa and Curiousa and glassware installation brand Lasvit.


Lighting at Decorex 2017: 1. 24 carat gold, black and textured pendant lights by Sotis Studio, (www.sotis.co.uk)
2. ‘Crystal Rock’ light by Arik Levy for Lasvit, (www.lasvit.com) 3. Table Lamp by Lutyens Contemporary, (www.lutyens-contemporary.com4. ‘Simple Shade 5’ by Naomi Paul, (www.naomipaul.co.uk) 5. bespoke floor lamp by Margit Wittig, (www.margitwittig.com) 6. ‘Tigerlily’ light by Curiousa & Curiousa (www.curiousa.co.uk)

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House & Garden launch first design collection at Decorex 2017

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As the ultimate launchpad for new talent and the show of choice for the discerning interior design market, it was fitting for House & Garden to select Decorex International as the platform to debut their exciting new venture in collaboration with Arlo & Jacob.

To celebrate their 70th anniversary, House & Garden are launching their first ever furniture collection at the UK’s leading interior design fair this September.

Conceived by House & Garden decoration director, Gabby Deeming, and designed to keep the price accessible, each piece has considered proportions that are at once elegant and comfortable, with stylish details such as single seat cushions and painted legs.

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Inspired by English country house style, with an emphasis on deep comfort and a sense of prettiness, this design collection offers statement pieces that would also make chic additions to sophisticated townhouse interiors. A contemporary take on classic shapes, each piece is instantly recognisable for its smart, refined design.

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Arlo & Jacob were an obvious partner for the House & Garden Collection; a fresh, young brand with ambition, underpinned by craftsmanship and a heritage of almost a century of manufacturing in Long Eaton. With a broad collection of popular designs, the brand has the heritage and skills needed to bring the House & Garden Collection into reality.

The collection includes six elegant designs: three sofas, two chairs and a footstool. Each piece can be upholstered in up to 20 fabrics chosen by House & Garden, over 120 of Arlo & Jacob’s fabrics, as well as customers’ own fabrics.

17 – 20 Sept | Stand D28
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Decorex announces seminar programme

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Among the most highly acclaimed features at Decorex International, the UK’s leading destination for interior design, is that of the Seminar Programme.

The much anticipated programme of talks will return to Syon House to offer visitors an extensive series of insightful debates that will explore industry relevant topics through detailed discussions hosted by experts from the world of design. A diverse and dynamic array of design experts join this anniversary year to discuss current trends, projects and predictions as well as share their expertise in the Seminar Theatre.

DecorexHighlights include a discussion on the future of design by acclaimed stylist Emilio Pimentel-Reid, Francis Sultana and Kirstie Carey from Cole & Son and on designing for the millennial with multi-award winning Afroditi Krassa. A session on taking your brand global heads Monday’s line up featuring panelists Nina Campbell, Katharine Pooley, Sophie Ashby, Natalia Miyar. Acclaimed interior designer Shalini Misra will be discussing using art within interior design. Discussing modelling a business for design will be panelists Charles Leon, Anna Burles and Lambert and Browne’s Freddy Van Zevenbergen. Design faux pas will be settled once and for all in the much anticipated Design Room 101 with an expert panel including interior designers Simon Hamilton, Sue Timney and Joanna Wood.

For those passionate about interior design or those launching their own successful business Polly Williams, the Designers’ Advisor at the award-winning Camberyard, will host a panel talk along with designers Ana Azevedo, Kay Westmaas, Emma Hooton and Robin Sprong offering expert industry mentoring and advice to interior design professionals. With 12 years of expertly honed knowledge advising an interior design studio Polly will lead the discussion offering key business and marketing strategies for establishing and running your own interiors business.

For colour trends, don’t miss the discussion with ColourHive. Sophie Conran, Beata Heuman, Kim Kuhteubl and Farrow and Ball’s Joe Studholme will partake in a candid charrette about vision, communication and business strategy with women in design Other design sessions include a conversation between designers Martin Hulbert and Jay Grierson with Carole Annett as well as a discussion with leading interior designer Guy Oliver.

To see the full Seminar Programme, visit the Decorex website.

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Kobe to unveil new collections at Decorex

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Luxury fabric specialist Kobe will join other prestigious brands to introduce its new window décor, upholstery and soft furnishings collections at Decorex International in September.

The four-day event takes place at Syon House in London where Kobe will unveil its latest ranges including the new Boutique collection.

David Harris, managing director of Kobe UK, said: “We are excited to be part of Decorex again this year. This is the perfect backdrop for luxury design and the ideal platform for us to reinforce our brand and showcase our new contemporary and classic collections.”

Boutique’s curtain and upholstery fabrics are suitable for both domestic and contract use. This lavish mix of innovative textiles features sumptuous velvet, woven jacquard, cool cotton and a soft satin appearance. A palette of rich deep and softly nostalgic tones complements the geometric, floral, paisley and botanical patterns. The collection includes Clemence and Adore, the former featuring a beautiful floral pattern on a subtle satin base and is available in three colours. Adore is woven with a range of vibrant coloured matt and shiny yarns, in a stunning paisley design to create a multi-dimensional effect on the damask pattern. It is available in eight colours.

Adore Kobe's Boutique collectionAnother range within the Boutique collection is Henry, a sumptuous velvet, made from 30% cotton, 20% polyester and 50% viscose. The palette of rich deep and neutral tones comes in a range of nine colours.

As Kobe’s Boutique upholstery collections are above 80% natural fibres, they are FR exempt when used in conjunction with a suitable flame retardant interliner. Alternatively they can be supplied with an ACE FR treatment which passes domestic upholstery (cigarette and match) BS5852 part 1, source 0 and 1, and contract upholstery (Crib 5) BS 5852 part 1, source 5 (Crib 5).

Complementing the Boutique upholstery collection is Volterra, a co-ordinating plain velvet, with a matt and natural cotton look and feel. Volterra is woven in the latest timeless and on-trend shades with 65% cotton and 35% polyester yarns in warp and 100% polyester yarns in weft with 100% polyester yarns as pile. The Boutique range includes a wide choice of room highs, the stylish, extra wide fabrics for window décor. The room-high fabrics are more than 300cm high with the pattern printed or woven horizontally across, making matching patterns and sewing seams a thing of the past.

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Also unveiled at the show will be the latest collection from the fresh and contemporary Essente, designed to reach a broader clientele, looking for a cost effective option, with the quality and reassurance of the Kobe name.

All Kobe’s upholstery fabrics offer exceptional durability, scoring highly on the Martindale Rub Test.

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Future Heritage announces new makers for Decorex 2017

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Future Heritage returns to Decorex this year, showcasing the names to commission and collect in British contemporary craft. Curated by renowned applied arts and design critic and curator, Corinne Julius, the acclaimed feature will showcase new pieces made exclusively for the show by 15 makers, working in a variety of different materials.

Curator Corinne Julius comments: “I am really excited about this year’s Future Heritage. As curator I encourage the very talented makers to produce new and unexpected work for the show. I have taken the Decorex 2017 theme of collaboration as a starting point; several of the exhibitors are already working in partnership with other designers, but all of them have collaborated with me for the show, to investigate new processes, push their materials and liaise with other specialists. All have upped their game, in terms of ambition, quality and scale.

All but one of the makers will be creating their largest work yet, with one-off pieces that will demonstrate the possibilities of their craft. They are working with a range of natural materials including wood, metal, textiles, leather, glass and ceramics, but are extending traditional techniques and combining them with new processes.”

Meet the Makers
Ceramicist David Marques will present three intricate installations including ‘Cherry Blossom’ and ‘Bazaar’. Inspired by spring, ‘Cherry Blossom’ combines brass branches with clusters of porcelain cup flowers, while ‘Bazaar’ is a delicate, Moroccan inspired work made up of brass and stained porcelain. All three of his installations can be adapted to any space, whether private or commercial. Ceramicist Lauren Nauman, explores the boundaries within clay through experimental processes. Her striking lantern-like sculptures are made of ceramic, some incorporating silver wire. She has acquired a new kiln to make especially large scale pieces for Future Heritage.

Ceramicist Matt Davis and interdisciplinary designer Naomi McIntosh both use a combination of digital and traditional methods. Davis, who is known for his hyperreal vessels, challenges visual perception and the nature of traditional craft with a series of new vessels and a range of ceramic tiles. Using modern tools and traditional hand-making techniques; he employs multiple software stages to generate models that are 3D printed, moulded and slip cast in bone china. McIntosh, who trained both as an architect and a jeweller, manipulates surfaces to create sculptural objects, transforming 2D surfaces into 3D objects, that results in work that appears to be organic. She presents a striking and original walkthrough of gently curving wooden screens.

DecorexZac Eastwood Bloom also exploits the potential of computer technology to create arresting marble tables that look as if they are being consumed. The consoles sit alongside his brand new marble wall tiles and are the result of his collaboration with Italian marble workshop Torart.

Makers Helen Carnac & David Gates collaborate to produce wood and metal cabinets and a console enhanced with enamel panels and vessels. Carnac creates a series of original interlocking enamel wall panels, to complement Gates’ asymmetrical furniture, which draws upon the visual and structural elements of industrial and agricultural buildings. The theme of collaboration is embraced by Adam Blencowe, who shows not only his own vases, made by casting melting ice forms in powdered plaster, but also a flexible and elegant shelving and seating system made of brass and wood, designed in collaboration with Thor ter Kulve. He also shows his brilliantly coloured double sided Motley Rug Collection, designed with Marine Duroselle.

Collaborations continue with Merel Karhof and Marc Trotereau’s ‘Forest of Light;’ a light installation that includes ‘The Totem’, a slowly rotating light some 4 metres high. Based on the form and construction of the classic lampshade, this series explores a new language of lighting by combining and deforming this familiar object.
Recent graduate ceramicist Ilona Broeseliske also plays with scale, in her case the tiny. She presents a series of precious porcelain boxes and contemporary netsuke – hand holdable treasures. Pia Wüstenberg’s pieces also confound expectations of scale. She celebrates the glories of blown glass, in new collections of brightly coloured tables and vessels in which she combines glass with traditional Sicilian basketry.

Traditional materials and processes are also celebrated and tweaked n a contemporary way by Simon Hasan, renowned experimenter in leather. He presents an installation of leather furniture, wall panels, vases and lighting. This celebration of natural materials is in contrast to furniture maker Richard Lowry’s approach; he celebrates the man-made. His ‘Liquid Plastic’ table collection examines man’s relationship with plastics, demonstrating that plastic can look and be a precious material. His new ‘Bricolage’ series exploits the structural potential of paper and card combined with plastic coating.

Experimentation is the key to pushing design development and no one takes this further than experimental designer Marlène Huissoud. Known for her use of unusual natural materials, she presents a new collection of cabinets created from cocoons and bio resin. In a second series she explores the cocoon form still further, casting it in metal to create sculptural furniture.

Julius continues: “Through Future Heritage, Decorex is giving these makers the opportunity to work in new ways; to explore the process of making, to experiment with materials and to investigate existing and new technologies to transform natural materials to create works relevant to both public and private interiors.” Each maker will be at Future Heritage during the course of the four-day show and will be available to discuss their work and the commissioning process.”

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Hotel Designs partners with Decorex International for second consecutive year

HD partners with Decorex International for second consecutive year

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Hotel Designs is delighted to announce, once again, its media partnership for the 2017 edition of Decorex International, being held at Syon Park, London on 17-20 September.

As Hotel Designs continues to grow its name within the interior design and hotel industry, partnering with shows of the pedigree of Decorex is the perfect way to reach key influencers and figures from across the industry.

With a rich heritage of 40 years, Decorex is internationally renowned for being the destination where interior design professionals discover the finest and most coveted luxury products from new, emerging and established talent.

Decorex LogoDaniel Fountain, Hotel Designs editor, said of the partnership: “We thoroughly enjoyed partnering with Decorex last year, and I am delighted we will have a presence at one of most well-known shows in the sector once again.

“For four decades, Decorex has more than earned its reputation as one of the key places for interior design professionals to discover the very latest trends, luxury products and innovative design. I am truly excited that Hotel Designs can be part of one of the most coveted shows in the business,” he added.

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Decorex 2017 exhibitors announced

Decorex 2017: Exhibitor list now live

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Decorex International, the UK’s only show for high-end interior design, has announced its initial list of exhibitors for 2017.

Taking place this September [17-20] as part of the London Design Festival, the highly anticipated event will see more than 400 established and emerging designers descend to the historical grounds of Syon Park, to launch new collections – from furniture, lighting and decorative accessories to fabrics, wallpapers, tiles and architectural elements – over the course of four days. Expect something special in 2017, as Decorex celebrates its 40th anniversary and will be exploring 40 years of design collaborations, both past and present.

A loyal community of established exhibitors return to Decorex each year and 2017 is no exception; A Rum Fellow, Benchmark, Cox London, Julian Chichester, Nicholas Haslam, Original House, Royal Crown Derby, Sebastian Cox, Tom Faulkner and Vispring to name a few. Renowned for always supporting and celebrating rising talent, Decorex will also host a selection of exciting, new industry names, both from the UK and overseas.

Hunt & Hope, a design duo based in London, are creators of modern, vibrant, hand-stitched needlepoint designs using traditional techniques, but with a fresh and modern approach. Look out for their debut collection of bold and colourful patterns. Larusi will also be exhibiting for the first time
this year. The company has built up a large collection of crafted and weaved textiles from all over the world, some of which will be on display at the show. Artist, Margit Wittig, will offer seven striking, A Rum Fellow Ptolemy Mann sculptural lamps, while Jonathan Rogers will present his range of contemporary hand-blown glass designs. Ceramicist Fenella Elms will showcase her intricate, nature-inspired porcelain panels, and Sotis Studio will also be presenting his ceramic pieces, inspired by his childhood spent by the sea in Greece.

Dutch company, Beck & Kinch will showcase an array of design items, taking visitors on an emotional journey through all sensual inputs. Italian firm, Turini & Werich, born out of Carlotta Turini’s and John Werich’s mutual love for Italian furniture and design, will showcase their line of high quality furniture.

While Layered, a new Swedish fashion interior brand, will present its latest collection of woven rugs. Other new exhibitors to look out for this year include Boho 1325, Charlotte Jade, Materiko, SkinFlint, Susi Bellamy, Zoe Glengross and Witch & Watchman.

To view the full list, visit the Decorex website: www.decorex.com/uk/exhibitors

Kobe celebrates Decorex success

Kobe celebrates Decorex success

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Luxury fabric specialist Kobe UK is celebrating its most successful Decorex yet. The company, which first exhibited at the event in 2008, showcased visitors its stunning new collections.

David Harris, MD of Kobe UK said: “This was a fantastic show for us. It was a great opportunity to meet new customers and the ideal platform for us to promote our new collections.”

Debuting at Decorex was Kobe’s Elegance, inspired by Art Deco, reflecting the lavish glamour reminiscent of this period. Also for the first time the company showed a new compact range of ‘room highs’, the extra wide fabrics for window décor.

The fabric is more than 300cm high with the pattern printed or woven horizontally across, making matching patterns and sewing seams a thing of the past. The sophisticated, luxurious easy-to-care-for, washable fabrics come in a pale tte of neutral pastels and rich deep tones.

Kobe has a range of collections featuring room high fabrics as well as the standard widths. Both City Chic and Aurora offer the very latest trends in room-highs.

Said David: “Listening to our customers is our number one priority and the feedback we got about the collections was fantastic. We will certainly be back again next year!”

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‘Monochrome’ – Trends at Decorex 2016

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Decorex International is the UK’s leading design show and the only one of its kind in the UK for the luxury interiors market.

Decorex – now in its 39th year – is firmly recognised among the international design community as the trusted resource for high-end interior designers, retailers, property developers, hoteliers and architects.

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L-R: ‘Jet Set Collection – New York’ flooring by Artisans of Devizes, £12 per sheet (artisansofdevizes.com) // ‘Perse Gray’ paint by Paint and Paper Library, from £31 per 750ml (paintandpaperlibrary.com) // ‘Venezia – Gray’ rug by William Yeoward, £1,495 (williamyeoward.com)

Decorex is where the trade comes to discover trends for the upcoming season and this year will be no exception. With over 400 exhibitors, from leading names to emerging talents, visitors have the chance to see new collections first-hand.

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L-R: ‘405 Line’ cushion by Eleanor Pritchard, £110 (eleanorpritchard.com) // ‘Kala Checks’ organic cotton towel by Stitch by Stitch, £40 (stitchbystitch.com)

The four-day show takes place each September in the prestigious location of Syon Park, attracting 13,000 professional trade visitors from across the globe. Decorex will be exploring the roots of design as the 2016 show theme.

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New exhibitors announced for Decorex 2016

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With more than 400 brands taking part, Decorex, the UK’s longest running event in the design and interiors calendar, returns this year with a host of new exhibitors for the 2016 edition.

Contributing names include…

– Aiveen Daly, a specialist upholsterer who is known for her complicated couture inspired work featuring fine beading, pleating, stitching and fabric manipulation techniques using the finest fabrics and butter soft leathers. At Decorex, she will be unveiling her new seven-piece upholstery collection, ‘Treasured Possessions’, inspired by the intrigue of haute joaillerie and its associated preciousness.

– An authority on conserving, recreating and hanging historic wallpapers, Allyson McDermott Interiors works with clients such as The National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces and interior designers and architects worldwide. This year’s Decorex sees the launch of its first ‘ready to hang’ wallpaper collection, combining historic patterns with contemporary colourways.

– Benjamin Moore, one of North America’s leading manufacturers of paint, will show at Decorex for the first time, distributed exclusively in the UK by Shaw Paints. Paint & Paper Library will also be offering its new colours and paint finishes at this year’s show, made of two palettes: ‘Architectural Colours’ and ‘Original Colours’.

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– Textile design studio, Eleanor Pritchard, presents the ‘Aerial’ upholstery collection alongside an accessories range. Designs characterised by bold geometrics and graphic reversible patterns, the studio will also be launching a new upholstered edition of its ‘Long Eaton’ bench – a collaboration with Assemblyroom. Nigerian born Eva Sonaike will introduce her latest printed textile collection, ‘Falomo’. Taking inspiration from mid-century West African architecture, also known as Tropical Modernism, the collection consists of hand-made lampshades, cushions and pouffes.

– Established in 2011, Hand & Eye Studio will launch its new ‘A-Beam’ terracotta light designed by Founder, Tom Housden. The light is hung from two suspension cables that also provide power to the lamp, and can be glazed to a bespoke colour.

– Tom Raffield will launch a new range of steam bent furniture and lighting. Hand-made and produced by a skilled set of craftsmen, in his woodland workshop in Cornwall, the collection will include the ‘Amble Hanging Seat’, the ‘Gwelson Screen’ and the ‘Artus Table Light’. Sebastian Cox, renowned for his use of
native British wood, presents three new additions to its Bayleaf collection, with pieces in Tiger Oak, Apple, Sycamore and Chestnut.

– Founded in 1996, Plateaux Gallery will bring a selection of works from some of the internationally acclaimed glass artists’ it represents. With particular emphasis on Eastern European glass, featuring leading-edge sculptures by Vladimir Zbynovsky, Oliver Lesso, Stepan Pala, Jan Frydrych, Tomas Hlavicka, Zoltan Bohus, Pavol Hloska and Laszlo Lukacsi, to name a few.

Other names to look out for include: Laura Meroni, Lost Cowboys, NB Boutique, Neatsmith, Santorus, Stitch by Stitch, The White Company and Waterworks.

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‘Pretty in Pink’ – Trends at Decorex 2016

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Decorex International is the UK’s leading design show and the only one of its kind in the UK for the luxury interiors market.

Decorex – now in its 39th year – is firmly recognised among the international design community as the trusted resource for high-end interior designers, retailers, property developers, hoteliers and architects.

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L-R: ’Hua Trees Pink’ wallpaper by Sian Zeng (sianzeng.com) // ‘‘Fumiko’ fabric by Bluebellgray, £86 per meter (bluebellgray.com) // ‘The C hevron’ chair by Aiveen Daly (aiveendaly.com)

Decorex is where the trade comes to discover trends for the upcoming season and this year will be no exception. With over 400 exhibitors, from leading names to emerging talents, visitors have the chance to see new collections first-hand.

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‘Ida Andrea’ armchair from Dom Edizioni (domedizioni.com) // ‘Aluro’ lamp by Eva Sonaike (evasonaike.cm)

The four-day show takes place each September in the prestigious location of Syon Park, attracting 13,000 professional trade visitors from across the globe. The show will be exploring the roots of design as the 2016 show theme.

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Hamilton Litestat

Product Spotlight: Hamilton Litestat to showcase ‘smart living’ at Decorex

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Smart technology and devices have become everyday essentials for many in today’s ‘always connected’ life, enabling people to do whatever they want, whenever and wherever.

Visitors to the Hamilton Litestat stand H17 will be able to see samples of their favourite and new ‘on trend’ collections that suit modern living, including the ‘now-essential’ dual USB switched sockets available in 10 elegant finishes – quenching today’s thirst for 24/7 access to smart devices in the home, hotels and the workplace.

Hamilton will also be demonstrating the latest developments with its Mercury® Lighting Control and Multi-room Audio system, including its RGB DMX control option where a colour wash can be given to an area with lighting. The DMX standard is becoming more popular domestically and in many boutique hotels to provide accent lighting and even add drama to a space.

Matching control plates are available from the Hamilton collections for that totally co-ordinated look.

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Decorex partners with London Design Fair

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Decorex International, the UK’s longest running design show and only one of its kind for the luxury interiors market, announces that it will partner with the London Design Fair, the umbrella brand for Tent London and Super Brands London, for the 2016 London Design Festival.

This collaboration between two complementary shows will see both present their exhibition consecutively, with Decorex open between 18 and 21 September and the London Design Fair from 22 to 25 September. A pass for either show will be valid at both, which means that visitors will be able to access two major destinations of the London Design Festival for virtually the entire festival.

In addition, the partnership will be promoted on social media, with both shows picking their highlights from each event. A dedicated entrance at the London Design Fair will greet visitors coming from Decorex to ensure a swift entry.

While both shows champion a different aspect of the design community, by joining forces Decorex and the London Design Fair are offering visitors a broader perspective on design. Through this enhanced experience, they are encouraging them to engage in an even wider discussion on the emerging trends and topics facing the industry today. Drawing on the synergies between the two, retail buyers, specifiers, architects, interior designers and design devotees can consider the many diverse facets of a range of contemporary interiors.

Simone du Bois, Brand Director for Decorex comments: “Given the sheer number and breadth of events to navigate during the London Design Festival, it can be overwhelming for design professionals with more focused time constraints. By partnering with the London Design Fair, we feel it offers a unique opportunity for our shared audience to experience some of the best British and International brands alongside fresh, new emerging talent. Highlights will include design collaborations from country pavilions to exciting new processes and technologies and the kudos of established brands.

For visitors, it offers excellent value for money and a curated experience to the very best London has to offer in terms of design.”

Jimmy MacDonald, the Founder & Director of the London Design Fair, says: “As the margins between design ad craft, retail and online, contract and end-user diminish; one show on its own will struggle to complete the visitor experience. Two shows might just deliver – actually we are very sure they will!”

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The New Craftsmen joins up with Decorex

New Craftsmen to present installation at Decorex

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Taking over four substantial spaces at this year’s Decorex, The New Craftsmen will be presenting ‘CraftHouse’, a series of interactive roomsets exploring 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 room-set, contextualising them within a familiar environment and pushing them to the limits of their skills.

Recognised as a champion of contemporary British craft, Decorex is committed to providing a platform for individual craft makers/studios as it continues to meet the evolving needs of designers and specifiers working at the top end of the market. Some of the most noteworthy projects include an element of craft and interior designers are constantly drawing on this sector to commission truly bespoke work for its clients.

Room 1: Eating
Nic Webb will highlight the processes and versatility of making with clay, with the space showcasing a selection of his collectible clay vessels and functional pieces for eating and serving food, while also featuring large sculptural furniture pieces rendered in scorched wood.

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Room 2: Bathing
Makers Malgorzata Bany and Jochen Holz will consider the bathing space, working in both Jesmonite and glass. Malgorzata will present a new textural range of tiles in Jesmonite and will also experiment with pigment and form to create new furniture including a console table. While Jochen will explore the possibilities of laboratory glass, showing a new lighting feature with neon gas and water pouring vessels.

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Room 3: Sleeping
Combining both Pedro da Costa Felgueiras and Georgia Kemball’s passion and knowledge of historic interiors and textiles, the space will display a strong use of rich colour, texture and pattern. Pedro’s lacquers and embellishments will be crafted from hand-ground pigments and minerals, while he will also be bringing to the fore the ancient craft of lead applications. Georgia’s textiles will build upon her debut collection for The New Craftsmen, including hand-made pieces as well as launching an exclusive fabric by the metre range, in collaboration with Bristol Weaving Mill.

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Room 4: Working
Serving as the studio for Crafthouse’s architect, the working area represents the hub from which all the other spaces were conceived. The studio will be encased in willow paneling hand-crafted by Hilary Burns, and braided handles by Aimee Betts, while furniture designer Gareth Neal has collaborated with basket-maker Annemarie O’Sullivan to present the third iteration of his line of chairs exclusive to The New Craftsmen.

The New Craftsmen worked with architect William Smalley to create a model of the founders’ retreat which will be on display in the workspace.

“This ambitious project – The New Craftsmen’s largest presentation to date – is all about unleashing the creativity of makers and giving them an opportunity to showcase their material fascination in a holistic environment. Each room has a completely different look and feel, but they are all united by a desire to bring material to the fore,” said Catherine Lock, Creative Director at The New Craftsmen.

“Crafthouse is an extension of the way in which our business is rapidly evolving, we are increasingly facilitating the opportunity for interior designers to play with the craft skill and an extensive material palette to realise new objects and finishes for projects. Our team have listened closely to their needs and desires and the 4 rooms offer up a whole plethora of new products, new ideas, new finishes and new inspiration,” she added.

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Decorex International 2016 seminar programme announced

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Organisers of the Decorex International 2016 show are excited to reveal the leading industry figures who will be taking to the stage at the renowned Decorex Seminar Theatre.

For four days, those renowned for pushing design boundaries; from the use of rare materials; the influence of custom and culture and the art of collecting, retailing and branding will share their insights and experience. Highlights are below, for the full programme click here.

Speakers at Decorex International 2016
As well as a full programme of seminars, on Tuesday 20 September at 4.30pm in the Decorex Restaurant, the BIID will be chairing a series of mentoring sessions designed to support new and emerging designers making their way in the interior design profession.

Each table host boasts expertise within a specific interior design sector and participants are invited to spend 15 minutes with each:
• Residential, BIID President Susie Rumbold, Tessuto Interiors
• Commercial, May Fawzy, MF Design Studio
• Hospitality, Harriet Forde, HF Design
• Retail, Yentl Flo, Househam Henderson

To book a place at one of these sessions, please contact sam.fisher@ubm.com.

Only Decorex visitors can attend, secure your ticket now and benefit from exclusive insights to inspire your latest projects.

Elegance by Kobe on display at Decorex

Kobe to introduce new collections at Decorex 2016

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Luxury fabric specialist Kobe, will join other prestigious brands to introduce its new window décor, upholstery and soft furnishings collections at Decorex International in September.

The four-day event takes place at Syon House in London where Kobe will unveil its latest ranges including its Elegance collection.

Inspired by Art Deco, this rich array of innovative fabrics features statement pieces, combined with timeless plains and semi plains in sumptuous velvet, woven jacquard, cool linen and soft silk and satin appearance.

Reflecting the lavish glamour reminiscent of this style period, a palette of soft and sumptuous shades ranging from metallic tones to gentle graceful hues complements the distinct and intricate designs of geometric, floral, medallion and trellis patterns.

David Harris, managing director of Kobe UK, said: “We are excited to be part of Decorex again this year. This is the perfect backdrop for luxury design and the ideal platform for us to reinforce our brand and showcase our new contemporary and classic collections.”

All Kobe’s upholstery fabrics offer exceptional durability, scoring highly on the Martindale Rub Test.

For further information visit: www.en.kobe.eu

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Decorex 2016 theme announced as ‘The Roots of Design’

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Decorex 2016, the UK’s leading destination for interior design, will explore the roots of design as its theme for this year’s edition.

Examining the origins of design, which continue to define and shape the future of the industry, Decorex partnered established names with emerging designers to mark the start of this year’s campaign.

One of the first destinations to open the 2016 London Design Festival, Decorex will explore the theme through a series of interactive installations and its popular seminar programme. Visitors to the show will experience how true design is built on a rich heritage, constantly evolving to incorporate new techniques
and materials.

Commenting on what the roots of design means to him, Sebastian Cox, says: “I strongly believe that by looking at the roots of design we can continue to make things that don’t adhere to short lived trends; by looking at our roots we can make things that remain beautiful for centuries.”

Registration is now open and tickets are available to purchase from the Decorex website