I recently visited Decorex Interior Design show at Syon Park in London. I am always encouraging my students to visit trade fairs as it is important as a designer, to know what is new to the market, but , so that you have more innovative and inspirational items to offer your clients. This is largely because, if someone is paying you a design fee, they want to see something that they could not have found themselves and Decorex is one of the main platforms on which companies from all over the world can showcase their new collections to the trade.
All through the show are stands set up to create inspiring room sets and to display new products. New this year, were actual artisans working on the stands to show that many of the items on show were hand crafted rather than mass produced. ‘Craftwork’ was also a platform for the next generation of designers across the disciplines each displaying a high level of artisanal craftsmanship.
Decorex is one of the main events in the design calendar and one which is attended by all across the field of design and for anyone hoping to source and select items which are either new to the market or not readily available to the mass market.
As well as the display stands, there was also a seminar programme opening with a discussion about the relationship between architect and designer focussing on how the two disciplines can work together fruitfully , the challenges experienced and tips on how to work well together in to the future.
William Holland Ltd handcrafted copper baths and basins. A really nice display of mini baths showing the different finishes to choose from.
Pooky Lighting Ltd creative and affordable lighting company including new marbled lampshades, statement mirrors and contemporary pendants.
Hellooow Design and concepts. This company supports HIV + women, teaching them to hand make clay bead chandeliers and other bespoke pieces.
An interesting display showcasing items from the Sir John Soane museum, curated by the designer Sue Timney.
Annie Sloan Interiors Ltd. The world leader on paint, colour and technique. In 1990, she created chalk paint, then wall paint and now also a fabric collection.
So, just a small taster of what was on offer, but I would suggest, definitely worth a visit next year.