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Royal Crown Derby to curate Decorex exhibit

Ultimate design experience by the Derbyshire collective in celebration of 40 years of Decorex

This year sees the 40th Anniversary of Decorex International and to mark the occasion three leading Derbyshire brands will celebrate the excellence and creative heritage of the county by collaborating to curate the main exhibition entrance café.

Innovative designers and artisans Blackpop, Curiousa & Curiousa and Royal Crown Derby not only share their Derbyshire base, but a passion for design, British manufacturing and the celebration of colour. The Derbyshire Collective Café will provide a sumptuous, eclectic and dramatic entrance to the Syon Park location.

Blackpop, who produce wallpapers and fabrics that 'punk up the past’, are creating bespoke table dressings mixing their trademark anarchic wallpaper patterns with a mix of surface pattern designs in the form of plate shapes from fine bone china manufacturer, Royal Crown Derby. Curiousa & Curiousa, renowned for their hand-blown glass lighting with colour at the heart of their appeal, will produce a series of playful stacked light chandeliers fusing glass shades with Royal Crown Derby’s fine bone china tableware to give an artistic and modern twist.

Royal Crown Derby’s Sales and Marketing Director, Steve Rowley, says: “We’re honoured to have been asked by Decorex to take part in the 40 year celebrations and have the opportunity of styling alongside fellow local brands, Curiousa & Curiousa and Blackpop main entrance café to be known as The Derbyshire Collective. It clearly showcases the high quality craftsmanship originating from the Derbyshire region.

“As a brand, we thrive when working alongside inspirational and innovative design excellence. We feel that both Curiousa & Curiousa and Blackpop align with our company values for providing customers with the highest quality, bespoke products which are manufactured completely in the UK.”

Design Director, Esther Patterson of Curiousa & Curiousa comments, "Having worked for a few years alongside Royal Crown Derby and Blackpop, I’m really excited about our first design collaboration, bringing the 'Derbyshire Collective' to the Decorex audience. I’m passionately proud of my rural roots so it will be great to show the creative industries are thriving outside the city.”

Design Director, Maxine Hall of Blackpop said, “Blackpop are excited to be collaborating again with our Derbyshire neighbours Curiousa & Curiousa and Royal Crown Derby - what a creatives dream! Our sumptuous wallpaper and fabric designs will be in their element, entwined with hand decorated fine bone china and colourful hand blown glass pendants, celebrating in style Decorex's 40th anniversary”.

Together, this Derbyshire Collective aim to establish an opulent yet outré aesthetic, championing innovative Midlands design, in celebration of Decorex’s landmark year.




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