- Posted on 14th October 2013 by Nicola Holden
My final post of the London Design Festival 2013 is all about Decorex – my all-time favourite exhibition! And, in its new location at Kensington Palace, it was a bigger show to boot, with two new tents featuring outdoor living and lifestyle. Decorex just oozes luxury around every corner. It’s hard to know where to start with this post as so many of my favourite companies exhibit at Decorex, but as always I will try to focus on new finds.
- Curiousa & Curiousa do a fabulous range of coloured glass lighting in all shapes and sizes.
- Galerie Smith is a Scottish interior design company that have put together a fabulous selection of furniture ad lighting, including this statement wall light.
- Heathfield & Co have a huge range of lighting, including table and floor lamps, pendants, picture lights, etc, as well as an equally large selection of lampshades, which can also be made bespoke.
- My eye was caught by the new Mizu pendant light from Terzani. Made from the clearest crystal (each droplet is quite heavy I can tell you!), the material emulates the mesmerizing light refractions created by water.
Furniture & Accessories
- If it’s luxury furniture you’re after, then Amy Somerville has a great selection of pieces.
- Aura always has a wonderful, eclectic range of furniture, lighting and accessories, and this year was no exception!
- Sue Pryke was showing her new tableware collection, created with artisans from across the UK including English bone china and terracotta, spun pewter from Sheffield and a variety of wooden items. All beautiful.
- SCP were exhibiting their new collection including this woven basket ware, designed by Donna Wilson and produced by People of the Sun, a non-profit social enterprise based in Malawi, the result of a cross-continent collaboration.
- I was delighted to see that Margo Selby has started doing a range of rugs, complete with her signature style and colours.
- I have mentioned Claire Coles’ wall panels before, but they are so lovely they deserve another mention!
- A gem of a company is Turnberry Rug Works who make bespoke hand tufted rugs in Scotland for very affordable prices. You just pick your yarn type (shown), colours and design, and bingo … a beautiful new rug just for you!
- The bluebellgray stand definitely lived up to the vision of creator Fi Douglas – vibrantly colourful, all things floral and unique painterly pieces. This was a happy stand indeed!
Fabric & Wallpaper
- As well as their lighting, Curiousa & Curiousa do a quirky range of fabrics and wallpapers. I love their ‘barbed pinstripe’ design!
- I loved Juliet Travers ‘Safari Collection’ of wallpapers, including this ‘Birds of a Feather’ print featuring Vulturine Guineafowl.
- Hibou Home have a fantastic range of wallpaper and fabrics for children.
- I love the quirky flavour of Timorous Beasties fabrics and wallcoverings, and their Classic Hunt wallpaper is no exception to that rule.
- Having taken down one tree in my new garden, and thinned out another, I now have quite a stack of cut wood. This ‘Wood Bee’ from Robeys looks like the perfect solution!
- I know that summer seems to have left our shores for the year, but I did rather like the outdoor furniture and fabrics at Odd, and this is a great image to sign off with now that the weather has turned.
That brings to an end my review of the London Design Festival 2013. Although I packed in as much as I could, there was still a huge amount I didn’t get to see. If you attended any of the other events, which ones would you recommend so that I can look out for them next year?
So, until next time, that’s all folks!
Image credits from respective companies.
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