- Posted on 29th September 2012 by Nicola Holden
Between the London Design Festival and Decorex 2012, it has been a busy two weeks. And, whilst I love and dread these two weeks every September, it is always wonderful to see so much design, and to discover so many new ideas for current and future projects. Decorex, though, has to be my favourite!
I’ve already written a short blog for Decorex, highlighting my top 3 products, but it was so hard choosing just three that I thought I would expand upon those here. So, here are some more of my highlights from this year’s show:
I am a huge fan of lighting as it does have such an impact of the ambience of any room. Ochre’s Seed Cloud installation made it into my top 3, as I just love the element of drama this light creates. Emily Todhunter’s Anemone table lamp for Best & Lloyd exudes 1920s elegance and glamour, and I just love its sparkle. My eye was caught by Elstead’s collection of ‘retro-contemporary’ lighting, produced in collaboration with Harlequin, whose fabrics are used for the lampshades. And finally I thought I would share Sharon Marston’s exquisite fibre optic cascades!
Another item from my top 3 was this beautiful Exe dining table by Tom Faulkner. Don’t you just love those legs? Talking of great legs, I love the lines on this Spyder dining table by Paul Case – oh so elegant. Angus Ross steam-bends local ash or oak to create the strong triangulated Y component in these fabulous contemporary bar stools. Benchmark are now producing the fabulously shaped CH33 chair, originally designed by Hans Wegner in 1957.
The final item in my top 3 was this beautiful rug by Front. Designed by Jan Kath, I just love the concept of Erased Heritage depicted in this rug. Wow! In sharp contrast, don’t you just love the playful element in this bright and cheerful rug by Veedon Fleece? I was also delighted to find out about The Rug Company’s new Studio Collection of more affordable rugs, which includes this new design by Jonathan Adler, as well as dhurries and bamboo Ikats. My eye was also drawn to Tania Johnson’s collection, and in particular her Ripple rug, translated from a photograph of ripples on a lake.
Fabric and Wallpaper
There is always a wonderful selection of new fabric and wallpaper at Decorex, and this year was no exception. Don’t you just love Linwood’s eccentric and playful Mind the Gap wallpaper and fabric from their new Art House collection? I have had my eye on Deborah Bowness’ wallpaper, Genuine Fake Books, for a while now – perfect for a feature wall. Emily Bond has a wonderful range of classic printed linens, including this Oyster Catcher pattern. I love the simplicity of her designs, and the red splashes of colour in this one. I thought the new collection of Cecil Beaton Fabrics by Beaudesert was such fun –inspired by Beaton’s fashion sketches.
I find Spina’s beautiful curtain tie-backs totally irristible! And, I just loved this porthole bathroom cabinet from Chadder & Co. If your sport is cricket, then what better way to display your passion than these cricket ball doorknobs from Chloe Alberry? I love the textured finish of this solid bronze door handle by Philip Watts Design – it will add a touch of class to any door.
Did you visit Decorex this year? What were your highlights from the show?
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