Our Visit to Decorex International and Focus 17 At the London Design Festival

Focus 17 at the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour

Our Visit to Decorex International and Focus 17 At the London Design Festival

And here it is, the London Design Festival 2017 is here and not holding anything back. All that we promised in the last blog post is officially open and the budding designers and the simply curious have flocked out in their masses to take in all they can. Though, with that being said, there isn’t much time to go hopping around to see everything, sadly. But we had the pleasure of wondering around two of the most highly anticipated events of the week. Decorex International 2017 in Syon Park and the Focus 17 exhibits in Chelsea Harbour.

The first thing that stood out to us with each of these incredible events is the extent of the variety on show. The word ‘International’ dobbed for the Decorex event wasn’t taken lightly. With representatives coming in from all corners of the globe, the variety on display was mesmerising. With this cultural variety came huge variations in influence to be gained by those learning the trade as well as those who have been a part of it for years.

On Monday we ventured into West London and the beautiful Syon Park to the Decorex International 2017 tent for something quite special. We spent as much time as possible scaling through the various stalls dotted throughout the vast tent and spoke to many of the interior designers that we have had the pleasure of working alongside over the years as well as many of the textile, bathroom, lighting and many more experts that influence them as well.

Focus 17, Decorex International 2017's 'Decadent Banquet' And Eligo Studio's 'Disruptive Dining' Carousel Display.

Photos: Focus 17 at the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour, Decorex International 2017's 'Decadent Banquet' (Photo Via Run For The Hills) And Eligo Studio's 'Disruptive Dining' Carousel Display. (Photo Via Arredativo)

Our favourite presentation the entire day has to be the stunning quadruple carousel display we were met with straight away identified as ‘Disruptive Dining’. Much like the festival itself, the display incorporated a variety of sectors of the design world, fashion, set design, interior design and floristry. Though that floral display of a garden table surrounded by a wave of flowers was stunning, our favourite was the Interior design sector that represented the world of Interior Design with warm yet modern colours of red, black and gold. We felt that the display, constructed by Elgio Studio showing two characters meeting for dinner at sunset was a very pleasant and inviting start to the event. With that said we did follow the carousel round and round, staring at each quarter for almost an odd amount of time, but with the crowd staring too, it didn’t matter.

Our other big visit to the festival was to the Interior Designer candy shop that was Focus 17, which was all based just over the Thames from us at the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour. Showcasing over 120 exhibitors and over 100 experiences to take part in every day with a series of famous faces dotted about from the world of interior design. Experts in fabrics and paintwork to furniture and lighting designers, it was a place with a wealth of knowledge to be taken advantage of by seasoned interior design firms to the budding student making the trip from college.

We managed to get down there on Tuesday to see what was on offer and the venue didn’t disappoint with every stall window occupied with a series of international brands and products bringing new light to the world of interior design and where we take our influences from. And what was so refreshing about it was it variance in styles that the exhibitors catered for. From rustic and traditional fabrics that add a regal touch to any country home to an Italian sofa company’s take on Scandinavian minimalism in their furniture designs, there was plenty to see.

Along with the exhibitors, standing proudly among their work, there were a series of events within the Design Centre to take part in. From reveals of new collections to seminars on wall covering options, the events kept coming, as if on a conveyor belt.

And we had the very well timed joy of seeing the very talented interior design and lifestyle blogger ‘Interior Style Hunter’ present a seminar in the vibrant style Library which was fascinating.

And after a very busy day of wandering around and basking in everything, we headed for one of the dining areas inside the Design Centre for a quick bite before heading home.

And so that has been our experience of the London Design Festival for this year and we have had the most incredible time, seeing what the rest of the world has to offer up for us in terms of influence in all of our work and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more and more of it in the years to come. And with that in mind, London Design Week is coming next year so we have that to look forward to.

What did you think of this year’s festival? Tell us what you enjoyed the most in a comment below and be sure to check in next week for another Plantation Shutters post.  

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