Design Candy at Decorex 2012

Decorex – London, the granddaddy of the London Design Festival.  After 35 years, and with over 250 exhibitors, this annual luxury interior design show continues to be a must see event for Interior Design professionals. In addition to furniture, lighting and accessories exhibits there is a strong emphasis on wall coverings and surfaces.  Contemporary, traditional and bespoke – this event has it all. It’s pure ‘Design Candy’!

Celebrating 35 years since the show began, Decorex went all hi-tech.  A Decorex App, a specially created Twitter hash tag for the list of the Top 100 interior design Twitter influencers (#DECOREX100), and even an official Tweet-Up; a clear sign of the times.

In addition to the established brands that I have come to expect and love at this show, it was refreshing to see a mix of a younger brands too. Here are my favorites:


Image: The ‘Seed Cloud’ light installation (rectangular 112 buds) by Ochre was simply stunning.  Like golden raindrops descending from the sky, this fixture would be an incredible statement piece in a dining room or kitchen or even as a room divider. Solid cast bronze buds (polished), each housing tempered glass drop illuminated by LED. Available in satin nickel finish too.

Image: Major crush on these gorgeous, modern lights which are all handmade to order in England, by Tigermoth Lighting. Floor lamps, chandeliers, wall lights, table lamps – with so many finishes (wood, crystal, chain), colors, lengths, shapes and sizes you can virtually design one to suit whatever scheme you have. This brand new long silver chain chandelier floor lamp (launched at the show) would work equally well with a traditional scheme, as it would with a modern scheme. Love it! The luxurious green velvet chair is supplied by Stuart Scott Associates.

Image: For luxury and a bit of glamor I couldn’t pass up these dip dye fringed crystal chandeliers from Spina Design. Impossible not to run your hands through! Spina are well known for their elaborate tie backs and it is clear that this is what inspired these wonderful fringed lights. Spina also provide a completely custom service where their designs can be made to your clients own dimension, finishes and specifications. How great is that? Apparently The Beckhams and Madonna think so!

Another eye catching creation. The Tom Kirk ‘Facet’ pendants (launched at Decorex) would look incredible in any modern interior. Made from mirror polished stainless steel and an aluminum frame, they shimmer like jewels suspended from the ceiling. The Facet chandelier comes in a variety of dimensions, each one as stunning as the next. Photo credit: Right image by Tom Kirk Lighting

Image: No one does florals and patterns quite as well as the Brits.  Dramatic patterns, sophisticated textures and an interesting mix of scale, teamed with vibrant contemporary colors resulted in Clarke and Clarke’s new ‘Floribunda’ wallpaper and fabric collection, launched at Decorex. The patterns are somewhat traditional, yet the colors are most definitely modern.

Image: With a young boy of my own, I was super excited to how Paperboy London reworked traditional children themes to create bang up-to-date modern wallpapers and fabrics for boys rooms. With adorable names like ‘D’ya-think-e-saurus’, ‘The Final Frontier’ and ”ere be dragons’, what’s not to love?. The new ‘Final Frontier’ design launched at Decorex will be perfect for any outer-space loving children, like mine.

Photo credit: Middle and top right image supplied by Paper Boy London

Photo credit: Image supplied by Deborah Bowness Wallpapers

Image: Deborah Bowness delivers exciting new wallpaper designs – the tiled floor, subway brick wall complete with stove, shelves with crystal classes and even a montage of antique photographs.  What’s even better is that all these wallpapers are handmade, so they can be printed in any color, to match your interiors scheme. Deborah also designs numerous ‘cut outs’ of objects which can be layered on top of wallpaper to future enhance the illusion. eg shelves, hooks, pictures, frames, a dress, a chair etc. Placing a real armchair next to a wallpapered lamp – who thought it could look so fab?

Image: Miss Print’s wallpaper Collection 2 includes two great prints inspired by Great Britain. ‘Mountains’ depicts the scenic peaks and fells in Great Britain and ‘Garden City’ is inspired by the tree lined streets of London. Garden City print would make a great feature wall in a bright and sunny eat in kitchen – visually connecting the outdoors with the indoors. Definitely a modern retro vibe to these collections.

Photo credit: Images supplied by Miss Print London

Image: Aram created a laid back, eclectic vibe in their stand with a mix of traditional pieces vamped up in a modern way –  like this tufted sofa alongside an interesting mix of globally inspired decorative objects. I must admit what caught my eye the most was the curtain-like wallpaper lining their stand. Tracy Kendall’s ‘Drape’ wallpaper plays homage to the traditional wallpapers which mimic draping fabrics across the walls. In  this case Tracy Kendall actually incorporates meters of hand stitched fringing onto her wallpaper. WOW!

Image: Dynamic duo, former Vogue living editor, Vanessa Barneby and former fashion illustrator, Alice Gates of the wallpaper company Barneby Gates, launched two new designs at Decorex – ‘Fresco Birds’ and ‘Honey Bees 01′; two patterns that will stand the test of time. The Honey Bee motif is very classical, yet the repeating geometric lines and subtle gold shimmer give it a very current feel.  This stunning wallpaper would add drama and sophistication to any small space (an entrance hall, bathroom or study), or an evening lit space like a dining room.
Photo credit: Images supplied by Barneby Gates


Image: To celebrate its 35th year, Decorex enlisted the help of the iconic British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, to decorate the entrance. She created a dramatic gallery like space with mannequins wearing stunning wallpaper dresses of her own designs.

It was impossible not to miss Christopher Guy’s eight-meter high Beacon of Craftsmanship creation, which took centre-stage at Decorex.  The styrofoam sculpture comprises 270 hand carved pieces mounted together. Specially made for Decorex, this impressive feature made quite the impact and was possibly the most photographed feature at the show.

Photo credit: Right image supplied by Decorex

Image: Little Green Paint Company has always been one of my favorite paint companies and they never disappoint on their show display either.  A color lovers paradise, they replicated their entire paint chart on the tips of paint brushes and presented them on the wall. Fabulous!

Come rain or high water, there was no way that Sam (@DesignLoversUK) and I (@DesignLoversUSA) were going to miss this event. The glitz, the glamor, the old, the new – Decorex had it all going on this year. Still clearly the Interior Design show for the Professionals and a must see during London Design Festival!

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Jill Brandenburg is a Freelance Interiors Writer & Stylist and Co-Editor of Design Lovers Blog.
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2 Responses to “Design Candy at Decorex 2012”
  1.' Andi says:

    Amazing recap! I wish I had gone!

  2.' Simone St G says:

    I love your teams blogs on Decorex 12, 150% making the time to attend next year, you have bought the event to life for me, big hugs x

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