Decorex International – highlights for 2019

Decorex International makes its debut at Olympia London, from the 6-9 October, marking an exciting new chapter in the show’s 42-year history. As Europe’s leading show for the luxury interior design trade, it will host over 400 exhibitors showcasing the very latest in high-end design alongside an exceptional speaking programme and much anticipated features.

Providing unrivalled access to the world of luxury interiors, visitors will discover everything from hand-painted wallpapers and printed fabrics to bespoke furniture and conceptual lighting. Exhibitors include Arte International, Hastens, Beaumont & Fletcher, Bert Frank, Dedar, Devon & Devon, Ferreira de Sá, Lincrusta, Nicholas Haslam, Officine Gullo, Rose Uniacke, Tom Faulkner, Thibaut, Vaughan and Villaverde.

Design Encounter explores cutting edge AR technology

For 2019 Decorex will unveil the innovative augmented reality technology behind its boundary- pushing installation, Design Encounter. Developed in collaboration with John Allsopp Studio, Central Saint Martins and Catalyst VR in response to the challenge of creating a personalised experience for visitors to the show, it brings interiors to life using storytelling and augmented reality.

The installation takes attendees through a series of interconnected rooms, created by six acclaimed interior design studios including Natalia Miyar Atelier, Sam Todhunter Design, Sella Concept, Run for the Hills, Zachary Pulman Design Studio and These White Walls. Visitors will be invited to explore and react to the designs by identifying items that they like, leading towards the ultimate goal of revealing an augmented reality visual spectacle that matches their personality type and is influenced by the choices they have made along the way.

Foundation offers a platform for the next generation of designer-makers

Decorex continues to nurture new talent with Foundation, a platform for the next generation of designer-makers of contemporary, bespoke furnishings. Featuring craft and design companies from various disciplines united by exceptional craftsmanship, Foundation will present twelve businesses that have been operational for fewer than five years.

Participants include designer and artist Amy Collins, product design brand Iluka London, Kevin Stamper Furniture, Laurent Peacock Design, glass maker Michèle Oberdieck Glass and ceramics brand Unit89. Joining them will be Vacarda Design offering contemporary plastering, Monkey Apple, Louise Gardiner showcasing contemporary embroidered designs, cabinet maker James Pillier and wallpaper and fabric brands Susannah Weiland Collections and Chapman Collection.

Craft exhibition Future Heritage

Decorex will remain at the forefront of luxury British craft and applied arts this year with the return of Future Heritage, an exhibition of some of the best emerging talents in the UK. With each maker commissioned to create new work for Decorex, the show’s audience will be introduced to the possibility of working collaboratively to create bespoke pieces. Renowned applied arts and design critic and curator, Corinne Julius, has selected 15 artist-makers who work across diverse mediums.

Participants include Fernando Laposse, who will present furniture made using loofah, sisal and husks from heirloom corn from his native Mexico. Alongside developing sustainable materials, Fernando is also involved in preserving biodiversity and supporting indigenous communities. Luke Hope will showcase exquisitely crafted sculptures, skilfully carved and shaped from single pieces of wood using a combination of traditional and modern carving tools and techniques.

Designer Helen Stokes, whose current work is the result of ongoing PhD research into the optical perception of image in glass, will display virtual landscapes captured in 3D forms within glass. Also showing is pioneer in 3D printing and digital tools Lynne MacLachlan, who specialises in colourful, geometric jewellery and objects.

Hsiao-Chi Tsai & Kimiya Yoshi Kawa’s otherworldly organic sculptures and art installations will also be shown, consisting of forms and colours found in the natural world represented using post- industrial materials, such as glass and metal, through to the more contemporary Neoprene, Jesmonite, fibreglass, Perspex, UV pigments and blacklight.

Bar designer Paula May Evans in collaboration with Cameron Gardens

Designing the 2019 Decorex Bar is London based interior stylist and set designer Paula May Evans. In collaboration with Cameron Landscapes and Gardens, Paula will transform the space into four garden zones. Inspired by the rise in prominence of biophilic design, the bar explores how we can create harmonious interiors that incorporates and connects us with nature.

The four areas include the Amazonian Jungle Garden, complete with lush tropical planting, deep green oversized leaves, palms and brightly coloured blooms. This area features bold colours, botanical print, luscious velvet and glimpses of gold. In the second, the Abandoned Dessert Garden, dry terrain is eclipsed by a golden sun, dusty rocky dunes and shimmering hints of reflection from metallic furniture combine with futuristic design, intriguing forms and luxurious fabric.TheEnglish Country Gardenevokesa19thcentury oil painting where soft wildflowers punctuate long grasses. This space will be furnished with elegant furniture, demonstrating fine craftsmanship; delicate patterns and pastel shades will be favoured. Lastly, the Urban Industrial Garden represents a disused and abandoned concrete landscape where plants have reclaimed their habitat, here minimalist functional furniture were select for their sculptural silhouettes.

Harding & Read explores sustainable design through the Legacy VIP Lounge

Leading UK interior design practice Harding & Read has this year reimagined the show’s VIP space as a platform to champion sustainable practices in the luxury design sector. The House & Garden VIP Legacy Lounge is set to explore the long-lasting impact of our environmental, economic and social choices, creating a narrative around what we can do to inspire change.

By working with suppliers who are already leading the charge, the studio will champion sustainable practices, offering an exceptional example of how consciousness need not forgo luxury. Providing furnishings is Vinterior, the vintage and antique ecommerce platform, while several pieces will be sustainably made by Matthew Cox and others provided by antiques dealer turned maker, Christopher Howe.

British Standard, whose joinery is built to last a lifetime and made from local and environmentally responsible family-managed woodlands, will provide the kitchen and tiles will be reworked from rejects supplied by Douglas Watson in the café area. Environmentally friendly paint from Farrow & Ball will be used throughout.

Opening Hours:

Sunday 6 October: 10am-6pm (trade only)
Monday 7 October: 10am-6pm (trade only)
Tuesday 8 October: 10am-7pm (open to the general public)
Wednesday 9 October: 10am-5pm (trade only)

Tickets: trade £18 in advance and £28 onsite /consumer £40