For those of you not familiar with Decorex International – it is an interior design show that takes place once a year in London, this year in the grounds of Kensington Palace.
The days of ‘no photography allowed’ seemed to be over, with hundreds of people pointing their camera phones at the displays and many tweeting and blogging their photos. I thought I too would list a few of my favourite finds from the show here.
For me, a show like Decorex is partly about finding new products to use in my projects, but as time goes on I am starting to see more and more familiar faces at Decorex as I continually expand the network of suppliers I work with. So it has also become a great opportunity to catch up face to face with people who I have worked with during the year!
Here’s my list, in no particular order:
1. Missprint Wallpaper and Fabrics
I just love the patterns that Miss Print has created. I must admit I like the clever company name too!
2. Graham & Green
I have been a Graham & Green fan for a long time now. A trip to Primrose Hill is not complete without me popping into the shop on Regents Park Road to see what’s new. So it was a real treat for me to see them at Decorex this year.
3. Benchmark Furniture – cluster of tables
I admire everything about these – the multifunctionality of having side tables that can come together like a coffee table but also the mix of materials which feels almost like large scale jewellery.
4. Linwood wallpapers – The Ephemera Collection
According to Linwood, the term ‘Ephemera’ covers a wide range of items including leaflets, handbills, tickets, match box covers, playbills, advertising inserts and more – ‘the minor transient documents of everyday life’. The Ephemera wallpaper collection draws inspiration from the collection of these documents and aims to deliver something more permanent – with a twist.
My two favourites are the rulers and the train tickets, shown below.
5. Aram – ‘Oota’ coffee table
This is an example of a product that would have passed me by on the website – but seeing it in the real world made me stop and look (and take a photo!) and I must say I do think it fits it’s online description:
‘The Oota Table wants to be seen. A very special companion, as splendid and elegant as a jewel. The delicate trellis work supports the round glass top that subtly and atmospherically reflects the light.’
6. Original Bathrooms – Falper Scoop freestanding bath
Not only was this black and white bathroom display extrememly striking (along with the ‘faux-tiles’ wallpaper behind)- the bath itself is made from one of the thinnest bath materials I have come across. Upon further investigation I found out that these Faber Cristalplant baths are made from a material characterised by their unique ‘soft touch’ effect and beauty that reminds us of natural stone.
7. Bert & May – Reclaimed tiles
Ever since I stayed in a riad in the heart of Marrakech a few years ago, I have developed a soft spot for these types of tiles. Also, have a look at the photo of the stand – what a great way to display the tiles!
8. Missoni Home
Last but not least, I was drawn onto the Missoni Home stand by these woolly hats on the lights – what a great idea!