I had the best day out at Decorex this year. This annual show for the interior design trade just keeps on getting better and better, I think. Historically, it’s had the reputation for rather chintzy, traditional “country house” style.
But increasingly over the last few years, alongside the established and traditional, I’ve found fresh, exciting and inspirational contemporary design. Plus Decorex is very much looking to the future, too, as evidenced by their Future Heritage collection of emerging British makers and craftspeople.
So here’s my roundup of my favourite finds from Decorex 2019. Some are old friends and favourites that I’ve written about before and who were showing their latest designs. I just love to see how these talented folk go from strength to strength every year. Others are brand new discoveries, and I’m very excited to be featuring them for the first time. I hope you like them too.
Decorex 2019 highlights
Right inside the main entrance, it was a delight to see A Rum Fellow‘s beautiful stand. They were showing their new flatweave rugs and latest fabric designs. What a colourful, beautiful start to the show!
Just two stands away I spied the latest Art Deco-inspired lighting designs from UK lighting brand Bert Frank. (We’ve been following them since we saw them at their first Decorex show back in 2013). The new designs combine their trademark brass fittings with fine bone china from Stoke-on-Trent and luxurious veined alabaster to create elegant, timeless pieces.
These tall, sculptural baskets are aptly called giraffe baskets, and are woven from grass in Rwanda. You can see more exquisite baskets (and much better photographs!) along with ceramics and contemporary African art at www.monkeyapple.art. The image below is from their website and features the award-winning Tintsaba sisal baskets woven by women in Swaziland.
The latest designs by Neisha Crosland for Fine Cell Work are already flying off the shelves, apparently. (We wrote previously about the inspirational Fine Cell Work here). They’re a charity and social enterprise that provides highly-skilled needlework training for prisoners and also helps supports them after release. As a very amateur stitcher myself, I can only marvel at the extraordinary quality of their finished products.
Reminiscent of shagreen, this intriguing contemporary material is created by embedding peppercorns in resin – so obvious once you know! Laurent Peacock designs and creates fine furniture with exquisite detailing and lots of hidden delights. Above and below: the ‘piper x’ credenza, which I saw at the show (images via Laurent Peacock website, photo credits: Kenneth James photography).
More lighting, this time from Curiousa & Curiousa. Their stunning Sculptural Stacks pendant lights combine handblown coloured glass with delicate disks of walnut wood. As a counterpoint, the silk lanterns use the natural translucence of Dupion silk and combine imagery of English gardens with the style of traditional Chinese lanterns.
If I had to choose the pieces that I’d have most happily taken home given the chance, it would most definitely be these chairs. Danish Disrupted is a collaboration between furniture maker Jonathan Rose and textile artist and weaver Angie Parker. I’ve written about Angie’s joyously coloured textiles previously here and here, and it was a delight to catch up with her again, and to also meet and chat to Jonathan. (Image courtesy of Angie Parker/Jonathan Rose).
I’m also very grateful to Angie for introducing me to the amazing work of Louise Gardiner. She’s a British artist who specialises in contemporary embroidery art that combines free-machine embroidery, painting and appliqué. If a one-off commission isn’t in your budget, she’s digitally reproduced some of her intricate pieces onto silk and velvet to produce opulent scarves and luxurious velvet poufs and cushions. Contemporary art to wear and as homewares – what could be better?
Last but not least, Andrew Dominic Furniture of Cape Town created the most serene, beautiful and uplifting stand – definitely my favourite out of the entire show. The ethereal, dusty pink floral clouds are by floral designer extraordinaire Frida Kim, the paints by Pure & Original and styling is the work Alex Kristal of Made Good creative studio (lots of great images on their Instagram if you want to see more). And, of course, the furniture was all utterly covetable too (and can be shipped worldwide).
So, those are my highlights from Decorex 2019. On this showing, I can’t wait for next year – what did you think?
Images: © colourful beautiful things unless otherwise stated