Our pick of the best exhibitors at Decorex 2014.
This year we really were spoiled for choice at Decorex, taking place in the glorious green fields of Syon Park, London. We couldn’t help but notice that the interior trends this year were more wide ranging than ever. Whether you veer towards the traditional, or prefer the pristine simplicity of a contemporary home, there was something for everybody. Here we countdown our favourite 10 stalls that we fell in love with, and in some cases, became totally obsessed with.
These sugary sweet discs of light remind us of a grown up version of our favourite childhood confectionery, the classic Flying Saucer.
The New Kids on the Block
Mixing traditional patterns with a kaleidoscope of contemporary influences, designer Maxine Hall, the creative driving force behind textile company Black Pop is firmly putting this heady collection of wallpapers and fabrics on the map. Launched at Tent London 2013, this was the first year that Black pop exhibited at Decorex. May they become a staunch regular!
Charlotte James Furniture was certainly an explosion of glamour and gloss this year. With a nod to art deco, this collection is not for the faint hearted, but the popping colours, sumptuous fabrics and original accessorising, this stand was a firm favourite.
The Everyday Winner
The thing about Timorous Beasties is that they are the pioneers that cannot be beaten. Every year we see troupes of textile designers, attempting to create dramatic yet appealing patterns that will wet the appetite for us to get experimental with our fabric. But in our books, these Scottish giants are yet to be defeated.
Fashion for Walls
2014’s acid answer to Laura Ashley, husband and wife design team behind House of Hackney are re-inventing the traditional aesthetic. Influenced by English heritage, this bold and adventurous style is capturing the latest fashion trends and translating it over into Interiors. With their strong ethos for providing local employment by supporting small traditional industries, and using British-made materials and manufacturing, they are certainly set to make waves.
In the mood for Blue
For wonderful pattern and prints, new textile house making ripples with ‘Inkat’ prints and intricated geometric patterns on understated coloured backgrounds, Korla have us looking to see what we can get re-upholstered!
Fashion for Floors
This rug by Front London made me want to stick to the wall and squash my face into the fibres. The hand knotted weave ripples with subtle shimmering tones, that works wonders with the giant leaf pattern. This is a great piece for any floor, as the design will work with a wide range of interior aesthetics, whilst it just adds enough bang to your boards ( or tiles ). For understated luxury, these are my favourite of the show.
Love doesn’t quote cover how we feel about these iconic wall lights by Ochre
Hung next to a headboard in a bedroom for an unsual take on the reading light, or lining a dark hallway, these beautiful creations make any space look effortlessly cool.
Tom Faulkner is one of those designers who you spot, think they are some iconic name, like Vitra or Eames, that you must have forgotten all about, then realise it’s not. With a comprehensive, and obviously stunning selection of finishes available, Tom’s furniture features metal structures that all feature refined, elegant and dynamic shapes. With a strong trend in geometric references in furniture, these pieces tick all the boxes whilst adding a large helping of class. All you need is one of his tables to make any room a stand out feature of your home.
Paint it Bright
Our absolute winners for Decorex 2014 are Little Greene paints and wallpaper. With an eye catching display of 7 sets, each colour chosen came alive with the staging of the display. The colours chosem were also each one truly brilliant. Although pricing is comparable to leading paint favourite, Farrow & Ball, Little Greene paint colours have the edge. They seem more vivid, and more ‘pigmented’, and with such brilliant styling, how could anyone refuse that they home would look all the better for having a colour revival! Whilst there were so many designers, products and stands to admire and drool over, the thing that made this stand our winner was that while not everybody can afford most of the things displayed, anyone can go home and pic up a pot of paint, transforming their home. We left this stand feeling inspired, and now there are a number of tubs of paint, waiting for the weekend to arrive!