My highlights of the LDF 2012 continues with Decorex, which celebrated it's 35th birthday this year. I started my visit by listening to the inspirational talk of Sue Timney, the new president of British Institute of Interior Design. Since my days at KLC School of Design where I had the privilege of meeting and working under her guidance for a project, she has been my inspiration idol. I love her style and have huge respect for her career and interesting life story. Therefore I follow her talks, projects and exhibitions wherever whenever. In fact, I will make a proper post about her soon.
Anyway off to Decorex, the haute couture show of the interior design industry. As usual the finest British furniture makers, top quality fabric and wallpaper brands and the handmade accessory and lighting products were showcased with style and elegance. The entrance designed by Vivienne Westwood and the champagne bar designed by Rabih Hage had set the mood of the show very well. I discovered new brands, made valuable contacts and got lots of inspirations for my residential project on hand. The only thing I regret is not having a glass of champagne, but it was packed with visitors enjoying the comfort of Pushpin cork stools of Cooima. So I settled for a coffee instead. As you already know, my short breaks are very valuable for me !
The Espresso bar wrapped with Azzuro Vinyl Wallpaper by Elitis. If you are interested in design wallpapers/coverings, I highly recommend you to have a look at their website. They are my latest favourite, http://www.elitis.fr/
I absolutely loved the stand of Harlequin-London, the luxury tableware and decorative accessories brand. It was such a visual treat ! Thanks to Tinks South, the PR & Marketing Manager who sent me most of the above images.
The chandelier by Patrizia Garganti and the decor of their stand was an art of Italian elegance. As they perfectly express in their website; "A combination of Florentine artistic tradition with modern handcrafting skills."
Wallpapers by Deborah Bowness were a perfect discovery for me. They are very original and beautiful. All hand made in England. A combination of digital printing, silk screen printed colour and hand painting. You must visit her website to know more, http://www.deborahbowness.com/index.php.>
Finally I found out about the concept of Andrew Martin stand. I had seen this Star Wars meets Design Furniture approach at Maison Objet. As it was packed, I did not have the chance to ask the idea behind this theme. As they always have an original stand, this year they applied the theme of Prometheus, the movie directed by Ridley Scott who used a range of Andrew Martin props and furnitures.
Last but not the least, Vivienne Westwood's collaboration with Decorex for the show entrance was very inspirational. Her designs for The Rug Company and Cole & Son were creatively displayed welcoming the visitors.