Decorex 2018 officially opened its doors to the discerning interiors masses on Sunday. So I couldn’t wait to get down to Syon Park to see just who would be showcasing their wares at this year’s event. The interiors collections tend to range from the finest furniture and lighting to luxury textiles and accessories. As a result, you can imagine there’s plenty to see. So, I have carefully curated a collection of highlights, which I feel are musts, for those who are yet to visit. And if you can’t make it this year, simply read on and feel inspired!
Aline Johnson Glass Design
So let’s start with Aline Johnson Glass Design. One for trade, I adore the story behind the brand. Aline gets her inspiration from seaside rock and windbreak patterns on rural retreats to Devon to create unique glass lighting, platters and vessels. So, if you’re an architect, interior or lighting designer, she’ll work with you on site-specific glass lighting commissions. I absolutely love the fine threads of bold colour throughout every piece.
Now Anna Glover continues to be one to watch – it was good to finally meet her at the show. Award-winning designer Anna creates luxury, bespoke wall coverings as a rule. But I’ve got news for you as her new made-to-order range has just launched at Decorex 2018. How exciting! With another great story to tell, The Silk Route Collection has been inspired by intertwining cultures through art, textiles and mythology. This is as a result of the historic silk trade route when trading stretched from China to the Mediterranean. Anna’s specialist team actually designs and hand-paints the wallpapers in London before they are printed. Bold and neutral colour ways cleverly combine to create an exotic, yet delicate, charm.
Boho & Co
Design brand Boho & Co dramatically combines flora and fauna for a mouth-watering display of boho chic at Decorex 2018. For me, decadence reigns in this exciting collection where romance and Bohemian glamour combine to create a heady mix. Designed by Patty Collister, a former art director and photographer, these dramatic fabrics and wallpaper join her striking Angel & Boho furniture and home accessories. Her work boasts British design and manufacturing brilliantly and she even combines elements of Chinoiserie in some of her designs. Very timely, especially as Oriental style is set to be huge in 2019.
Cressida & Rose
For Decorex 2018, newly formed Cressida & Rose unveiled a smart collection of lighting. These neat lights feature an exceptional finish and they can be used indoors or out. If you’re looking for an interior wall light, simply choose your favourite fabric. Take your pick from any material, from exotic shagreen to classic tweed, and this will be applied as an insert. What an innovative idea! I can just imagine this working beautifully in a new living kitchen extension. I also love their delicate sculptures, which can sway in the wind, just as you’d expect from a moving art installation. If you’re looking for garden solutions, try their collection of classic and modern planters for size – all come with the same exceptional attention to detail.
If African prints and African-inspired textiles float your boat, you’ll just love Eva Sonaike at Decorex 2018. I have been keeping a close eye on the beautiful, bright colour ways coming into play for the season ahead. And Eva has done just that with her beautiful fabrics and luxurious accessories transcending across home decor, fashion and interior design. She says she’s driven by her concept ‘Bringing Colours To Life’ and I love it!
Every hand and machine-made carpet and rug from Matthew Wailes has been created with traditional techniques and contemporary designs in mind. This brand uses highly skilled artisans in every process, from dyeing and yarn spinning to washing and finishing. You’ll see the results are pretty spectacular. In fact, you can pick from hundreds of designs to create your own rug or carpet from their library. Whether you require colour-matching with a piece of artwork or want to choose from thousands of colours, options are endless. You’ll find their latest bespoke handmade rug collections, luxurious wool and silk blends, super-soft merino wool and beautiful flat weave textures at Decorex 2018. They are also a licensed partner of GoodWeave so ensure their carpets and rugs are made by adult artisans, not children.
If you follow my Instagram feed, you’ll already recognise this cult brand. You will also know that I recently received a beautiful parcel filled with rolls of gorgeous Mini Moderns mid-Century Metroland wallpaper for our new cloakroom.
Owned by London designers Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire, Mid-Century and retro influences combine to create cleverly executed designs and finishes. Take your pick from wallpaper and lampshades to ceramics and bedding, and you’ve got a big, bold, beautiful range to behold. At Decorex 2018, just wait till you see their newest collection Culture! Our favourite is Net and Ball – this gorgeous geometric comes from a 1951 carpet design for the Royal Festival Hall.
This artisan decoration brand definitely deserves a mention and is a must-visit at Decorex 2018. Using traditional skills in artisan crafts, watch them at work on a bas-relief sculpture featuring marmorino. The carvings are incredible and Pigmentti is also a dab hand at producing frescos and murals using age-old techniques from great masters.
Boutique interior design firm Studio Suss embrace the spirit of sassiness in their installation in the entranceway at Decorex 2018. The team were tasked with an exciting brief to reflect the path they took to reach where they are today. As a result, their interpretation immediately draws the eye and it’s filled with energy, colour and simply oozes style. Based in King’s Cross, their mantra is to balance functional design with exquisite finishes to create memorable spaces. Well, this is one space I would love to live in.
Zelouf & Bell
This pair are furniture makers with a difference. If you’re looking for that extra special piece for your project or your home, Susan Zelouf and Michael Bell will make it happen. And you won’t be disappointed as this award-winning design duo don’t conform to one house style. Instead, they excel at producing every exquisite piece of furniture to be unique and perfectly functional, too. Zelouf & Bell is the brand to follow if you’re looking for a jaw-dropping finish featuring furniture in your living room, bedroom, in fact, anywhere. They make timeless furniture for residential and commercial properties, which spans across contemporary and classic settings. Definitely one to put on your wish-list.