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Decorex 2017 – Top 5

 

Decorex is one of the leading events of the London Design Festival and their 40th anniversary this year certainly didn’t disappoint. It was amazing to be surrounded by such an incredible variety of fabric, wallpaper, lighting and flooring as well as a good mix of colour and pattern too. Brands stuck to what they do best rather than following trends, which was refreshing to see. I’m a believer in keeping your home personal and this can often mean veering away from being on-trend.

The quality of the lectures this year was outstanding with lots of themes and much about women in business – I wish I had been able to attend more! With so many inspirational speakers, it made for an exciting choice for both exhibitors and visitors alike.

I was very proud to be one of smaller brands exhibiting at the show and to meet all the other entrepreneurs in the industry. It’s exciting to see new businesses appear from the woodwork and discover the next generation of new designers.

Below are my top 5 brands (both old and new) from this year’s show. There is an underlying theme of nature that runs through them all, a topic I am both personally and professionally drawn to.


 

Newton Paisley

Susy Paisley is both a conservation biologist and a very talented artist who by fusing the two has created the most incredible collection of fabrics and wallpapers – each of which has it’s own story. She captures the beauty of many endangered species and through her collaboration with World Land Trust; 100m2 of wild habitat is preserved for every metre of fabric sold.

 

 


The London Basin Company

Every single basin is completely unique, hand finished and made from the finest porcelain. They use inspiration from around the world for their designs and have turned hand basins into an art form.

 

 


SERIP 

Their products are pure art. Each piece is inspired by nature’s uneven shapes to produce organic lighting that sets them apart from any other lighting company. Seeing the organic theme in a more sculptural form (compared to surface pattern or print) fascinated me and their level of detail is second to none.

If I had the honour of putting my wallpaper next to one of their installations in a client’s home it would be their Pathleaf design (inspired by fallen leaves) alongside my Nutcracker wallpaper.

 

 


Whiteworks

JET is the stunning new collection of wallpapers by Whiteworks in collaboration with Hamilton Weston. Joan Evelyn Thomson, who was the grandmother to the founder, Susanna White, originally created the designs in the 1940’s. The prints have since been re-created after Susanna found a whole archive of her grandmother’s work in a chest of drawers. It’s amazing to see two brands merge together to resurrect such beautiful designs that can be used in both traditional and contemporary homes.


Anne Kyro Quinn

Following on the sculptural theme, Anne Kyro Quinn merges twenty-first century design with textures and natural fabrics from the natural world. Each piece is cut, sewn and finished by hand and turned into beautiful contemporary wall art.

Although obvious for commercial use or the home cinema, I would love to see a piece (like the image below) installed as a beautiful textured circular ceiling to a luxurious nursery alongside my midnight blue Free Fall wallpaper on the surrounding walls.


I also want to give a special mention to Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam. Their stand was beautiful which brought Italian sophistication to English design. They were quite rightly given The Editor’s Choice Award by The English Home Magazine. The use of layers, textures and tones is everything you would hope to include in a room and the moment I stepped onto the stand, I was transported to a beautiful villa abroad.

 

Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit us. It was an amazing show for us with some incredibly exciting new projects in the pipeline and we can’t wait for them all to unfold over the coming months.

 

Juliet x

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