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Decorex announces highlights

Showcasing the best of luxury design, Decorex International 2014 will deliver more than 100  new exhibitors in September

Syon Park acts as the backdrop to this year’s Decorex International 2014 (21-24 September 2014), an integral part of the London Design Festival. Showcasing more than 350 leading British and international luxury design brands, with over 100 new exhibitors, the show is an acclaimed mix of new talent and established masters. Source the very best of luxury design, discover new and innovative product launches and immerse yourselves in a community of the brightest minds in the design industry. The new location provides greater space for Decorex to create exciting new feature areas as well as larger exhibitor stands, along with a prestigious seminar programme featuring some of the top names in our industry.

New Exhibitors
Decorex has an established reputation for attracting the latest designers and companies. This year is no exception. Newcomers to the show include Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors, Eley Kishimoto, Maya Romanoff, Interior ID and Scapa House together with Bluebellgray, Haute Deco and Melodi Horne among others. Liberty’s signature style of combining print and colour is at the heart of its three new ranges including The Heritage Collection (see right).

Interior ID, the high-end joinery company, known for producing innovative solutions to complex specification, will be presenting a sleek luxury kitchen island (see left) that when not in use, looks like a stunning piece of furniture. Shown together with an organic shaped executive desk. BluebellGray celebrates colour and all things floral to create original vibrant over-sized painterly textile pieces. They will be launching their Autumn/Winter collection at the show.

Specialists in contemporary door handles and knobs, Haute Deco, will present new textures and collections including Bark, Crocodile and Leather, available in a variety of finishes including nickel, antique and gold bronze. While Melodi Horne creates statement lampshades (see right) and cushions in bold, interesting colours and patterns that can instantly change the mood and atmosphere in a room.

Established Masters
Be inspired by excellent design, innovative new products and superb craftsmanship from established masters in the design and interiors industry including William Yeoward, Fromental, FRONT London, de Gournay, Best & Lloyd, Zoffany, SCP, Pinch and Julian Chichester. SCP, the manufacturer and retailer of modern furniture, will be introducing Roll & Hill, the NY based contemporary, high end lighting company, that works with both emerging and established American and international designers. They will be showcasing the Agnes chandelier (see left) designed by Lindsey Adelman alongside the Counterweight pendant light by Fort Standard.

Julian Chichester’s contemporary pieces draw inspiration from traditional designs. This year he introduces the clean lines of the open gilded frame Bay Bookcase adapted from a 1950s design (see right) alongside a striking lime green organic faceted glass Tassia lamp.

Sanderson this year will be introducing its first children’s collection, entitled Abracazoo from its new brand Little Sanderson. Prints, embroideries and wallpapers make up this collection, aimed at pre- school age, which has a playful and slightly educational feel to the designs.

New Feature Areas
Inspired by this year’s theme of The Georgians, an original entrance walkway, seen through the eyes of design celebrities and exhibitors, will take visitors on a journey with a twist, reinterpreting eight contemporary scenes from Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress. Nigel Coates will create The Levee; Fromental and Russell Sage The Orgy; with De Gournay designing The Marriage; Harlequin London and Martin Kemp The Gaming House; with Shaun Clarkson creating The Prison, and Timorous Beasties and Retrouvious focusing on The Madhouse. Designers for The Heir and The Arrest will be announced shortly.

Look out for In The Making, four working feature installations, which highlight the skill and craftsmanship behind leading brands. FRONT London is flying in its master weaver from Nepal to highlight how hand-knotted rugs are created, while Watts of Westminster will be demonstrating the process behind its Catch your breath at the decadent champagne bar designed this year by the acclaimed Les Trois Garcons, whose renowned flamboyance and glamorous eclecticism is highly distinctive. Be tempted by the delectable treats on offer in the pop up street food area or spoil yourself with fine dining on-site restaurant.

At Future Heritage, discover an edited group of the names to collect in British craft, selected and introduced by leading contemporary applied arts and design critic Corinne Julius, with many of the artists on hand to talk about their work. Since the 18th century, celebrated British collectors have commissioned the best contemporary artists of their day. Corinne has handpicked some of the most inspiring and talented craftspeople practicing today. Their work spans a range of disciplines including ceramics, glass, metalwork, textiles and furniture, exploring new technology and materials. This is an opportunity to discover and connect with the leading names within each discipline, who make one-off pieces and who can also work to commission to create site-specific installations or functional pieces. Their work will be the heirlooms of the future. Artists to be featured include ceramicists Liz Aylieff, Michael Eden and Hitomi Hosono, glass sculptors Colin Reid, Tav Jorgensen, textiles by Jennie Moncur, Natasha Kerr and Neha Lad; silver and metals by Adi Toch and Ane Christensen together with furniture by Laszlo Beckett and Zachary Eastwood Bloom.

Decorex International 2014 will take place Sunday 21 September through Wednesday 24 September at Syon Park, West London. www.decorex.com
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