In September I visited Decorex 2012, an event focusing on interior finishes, furnishings and accessories which forms part of the London Design Festival. Whilst making my way to the Royal Hospital Chelsea on foot (much of the underground was shut for repair after the Olympics), I anticipated lots of baroque fixtures and studded upholstery.
In reality the event was far fresher and more contemporary than expected with a huge range of styles and exhibitors on show. The leading fabric and wallpaper houses were all there, but in addition there were new British brands like Emily Bond, Rapture & Wright, Barneby Gates, quirky new styling from long running British company Linwood and a striking stand from De La Cuona. Whilst most of the modernist furniture labels were over at Tent or 100% Design, there were contemporary furnishings from Ochre and Pinch amongst others.
To underline the modernity of this year’s Decorex, Christopher Guy‘s unmissable installation of stacked up furniture seemingly commented ‘chuck out your chintz (or Louis XV style furniture)’. Mmm not sure about that one. However, as much of CG furniture is clearly historically influenced, I have probably misinterpreted it, and the figure diving from the top more likely implies an Olympic reference.
With a forthcoming KLC project requiring research into hard materials, it was great to see the decorative and fretwork panels from French company Lamellux and the fused materials from Nero Designs. I adored the Japanese screens and wall coverings from Biden Designs but for me, the best part of the show was the lighting including the stunning chandeliers from London Designer Sharon Marston, those from the Portuguese Serip lighting and the understated glamour of the pieces by British company Tigermoth.
However, perhaps the nicest part of the day was meeting up with fellow KLC buddies Laura, Kelly, Sam and Annabel for afternoon tea and chatter at the Abigail’s Party inspired tea rooms. Well, it can’t all be about work can it?
Photos all mine except; Tigermoth thanks to Tigermoth Lighting; Christopher Guy installation and De Le Cuona stand thanks to www.design-union.ru