Moghul Director Sallyanne Jones and I arrived with the doors opening on Monday morning – with over 250 exhibitors showing, there aren’t enough hours in the day to do the show justice! Every style is represented, from contemporary to traditional with bespoke furniture, lighting, floor coverings, fabrics and wall coverings, accessories and bespoke services.
Fabrics With the impending update of our own collections in mind, fabrics were our first focus of the show. Highlights included Linwood, breaking away from tradition with some fun new ranges including the eclectic Art House, with its oversize alphabet print, forest walks, made up tube maps and cups of tea!
Also on our radar was Swaffer, with an inspiring new collection that was in a more traditional vein, but lovely and relaxed using the increasing trend of raspberry shades.
Clarke and Clarke provided a pleasant surprise to proceedings. They’ve really upped their game with some great prints, which we will review here at a later date, but here’s a taster – very Designers Guild at an eminently reasonable price point.
Lighting: On to Lighting, and one particular stand blew us away – Branch Interiors featuring Luna Bella. This range includes not only the most amazingly inventive lighting, but furniture and accessories. With an on trend steam punk theme, these pieces are designed by Nicolas Trijillo and Teresa Costa who are based in Florida. Using mechanical details and distinctive materials, the pieces are completely unique and have a truly hand built feel to them, which they are!
I would say the design ethic is based in Art Nouveau but with a real modern twist. In a world of mass produced product, it is so exciting when you come across the work of artisans. The pieces are only made on a short run which means you won’t see your light in every restaurant you go into over the next ten years! Overall, a little bit bonkers, but fabulous!
Furniture: Decorex’s furniture offering was, as ever, broad and varied, but it was great to see Aram represented with a packed stand full of their signature contemporary style. Sallyanne got very excited by a modular corner sofa with corner seats that could swivel on an axis so you could configure the seating in lots of different ways! Very cool.
Colour: And finally, what colour dominated the show this year? Orange. And here’s the proof…..
After all that, and much more, we felt a little treat was in order so we headed to the champagne bar designed by Rabih Hage. I would post a photo, but I forgot to take one….we were rather distracted by the pink fizz!
Watch the Decorex 2012 video highlights
Since we posted this blog, footage from the show including thoughts from Rabih Hage, Mikhail Pietrenek, Nicky Haslam and Nina Campbell has been posted on the Decorex website. You can view the video by clicking on the link below: