Decorex International 2017: What not to miss

The UK’s leading interior design destination, Decorex International, returns to the London Design Festival this year.

This year Decorex is 40 and to mark the occasion it is pulling out all the stops, hosting the best in design from across the globe. The theme for Decorex 2017 is collaboration so expect to see the show celebrating past and future partnerships.

It all sounds fabulous and we can hardly wait to see what is in store. Luckily for us, we managed to get a sneak preview of some of the highlights we can expect to find at the show this year.

 Future Heritage

Exclusive to Decorex International, Future Heritage showcases some of the best designers in British craft.

Those chosen to exhibit are curated by arts and design journalist, Corinne Julius, and are the most talented working in Britain today.

Julius said: “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.”

With a wide variety of designers taking part, you will find work specialising in different materials and across a range of materials.

This year will feature one off pieces from 14 new participating designers including Lauren Nauman, Simon Hasan, Matt Davis and Zachary Eastwood-Bloom.

The Decorex Champagne Bar

Every year Decorex has a champagne bar as its central meeting place. This year, award winning interior designer, Salini Misra, had the daunting task of putting her stamp on it. Her design is inspired by The Great Exhibition of 1851 and features rich velvets paired with geometric motifs. Palace iron work juxtaposed with Victorian finishes have allowed for a contemporary take on the original design.

Disruptive Dining

The main entrance installation is based on the art of dining this year. Four unique and exclusive dining scenes see the worlds of fashion, floristry and interior design collide to create a colourful dining experience. Designers include Matthew Williamson at Osborne & Little, Larry Walshe, Beata Heuman with Fromental and EligoStudio.

Entrance Café

To celebrate Decorex International’s big Four-O, leading Derbyshire brands have curated the main exhibition, Entrance, Café. Innovative designers and artisans, Blackpop, Curiousa & Curiousa and Royal Crown Derby, will celebrate Derbyshire design and British manufacturing through colour.

Seminar Programme

Alongside the incredible exhibits and installations, Decorex will be offering an extensive programme of talks exploring current trends, projects and predictions for this year’s seminar programme. The programme brings together leading industry experts, this year’s highlights include a discussion of the Future of design by acclaimed stylist Emilio Pimentel Reid, Francis Sultana and Kirstie Carey from Cole & Son and much more

Decorex International will be on from Sunday 17 September – Wednesday 20 September 2017 at Syon Park, London

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