Decorex 2018 - We came. We saw. We conquered.

Decorex 2018 - We came. We saw. We conquered.

The lazy summer months have left to welcome September with open arms, and more importantly The London Design Festival. For nine days each year London becomes a stage for thousands of individual designers and artists, companies and organisations to unite and present their most recent works. A combination of events, exhibitions, open houses, seminars and talks pop up throughout the city, all participants ready to amaze and stun the variety of visitors.

Decorex International is one of the main events for The London Design Festival; the only show of its kind for the high-end UK interior design industry. Spread over 4 days in the leafy surroundings of Syon Park, the event welcomes over 400 exhibitors across trades, and over the 4 days sees an array of trade buyers, manufacturers, and consumer interior lovers come together and form a community of passion for design, something that has become the very spirit of this event! We ventured over to the event on Tuesday to have a little peak at some of the best bits of the festival, and the variety of design inspirations.

As we drove over towards the show, the large white tents became apparent, appearing amongst the beautiful greenery surroundings. On entering the tents, we were greeted by beautiful installations by design studios Maddux Creative, Studio Suss and Designed by Woulfe and Henry PrideauxContrasting installations, that very much complimented one another to develop a create a vibrant and sensual entrance experience.

Venturing through the show, we explored the variety of exhibitors, picking up inspirations as we progressed our journey. There were some definite stands that captured our attention and stole our Decorex attention.

Lambart & Browne

During the early stages of the visit we stumbled across the main event bar - The Botanical Bar. A stunning centrepiece of colour and texture. Lambart & Browne designed the bar with great expertise and intricacy, creating an eclectic combination of style and demure. The designers designed the centrepiece with a 19 Century inspiration in mind and focus, developing a luxurious and grandiose feel. Meandering through the bar, we came across an array of pinks, greens, blues and yellows, a splash of gold here and there to highlight the colonial feel to the bar. The centrepiece was a definite showstopper- a beautiful male peacock design with a long floating feathered tail. A perfect bar for a quick mid-show champagne.

For an injection of colour, we stumbled across the Sarah Fortescue stand. The designer of Fabrics and Home Accessories focuses on cultures and the natural world for her inspiration. The energetic display captured our senses and took us on a visual journey of natural beauty. A combination of striking colours and busy patterns on cushions, covers and walls. We felt warmth and passion within this stand and display, a flurry of energy and excitement and passion for the soft furnishing designs.

Sarah Fortescue

The next stand to catch our eye was the Faolchu installation, simple but effective. The grey marl walls created a relaxed and tranquil backdrop for the bedroom set. The rustic bed frame had an industrial characteristic to it, accompanied by a tartan throw falling on the end of the bed. This Scottish furniture company combines the masculine and the feminine to unleash the strong Scottish identity. We love the story and inspiration behind the designer’s inspirations, materially influenced by Scotland’s rich heritage, this passion and focus tell a unique story about the style behind the design.


We practically fell into the plush pink bed at the centre of the Sweetpea & Willow stand.  This art deco style, French-inspired bedroom set felt homely and stylish. We fell for the French style large mirror hanging on the wall; the light blue chaise longue emphasising the French style and feel; the geometric repeated black and white pattern created a masculine side to the somewhat feminine appearance of the room. The set had a romantic feel and a nostalgic touch!


Sweetpea & Willow

These were just a few of our highlights from the show, what did you see?

The theme for Decorex International this year was Blank Canvas, thinking and addressing how a blank canvas can create new beginnings within the design. We’ve drawn our connection with the show theme and concept: - our shutters complete blank canvas and are the finishing touches to a new beginning, there is something beautiful about the finishing touches to the window frame – completing the interior design and adding style to the external view. Thank you Decorex International for an exciting exploration into luxury interiors.

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