Kit Kemp and Martin Brudnizki lead the stellar line up of international designers who will be creating memorable features at this year’s Decorex International 2013 (22-25 September 2013). Presenting many of the most captivating and design-led companies from the UK and internationally, they will be exhibiting at Decorex’s new prestigious location, Perks Field & The Orangery, Kensington Palace.
Widely recognised as one of the most important international design events, the show provides visitors with an extraordinary opportunity to source new products in one location from among some of the most prominent names in the design world along with new talent exhibiting at the show for the first time. High quality, striking materials and impressive craftsmanship are just some of the characteristics that all the Decorex exhibitors share.
The historic site of Kensington Palace has provided the inspiration for the theme of this year’s show, the Silk Route, when silks, porcelain and other luxury goods were introduced to Europe. This theme will be used as a starting point by interior designer Kit Kemp, who has been invited to design the main entrance to Decorex. Kit says: “Our Trader of spices and glittering silks arrives back to his hideaway on a rainy Autumn London day. His cloak and hat hang, and his bedroom is a treasure chest of souvenirs from his travels to market places in the Orient. The spice colours of the East and the dappled light of an early Autumn day create a glowing scene. The chandelier of a glittering galleon above the bed reminds him of travels of the past and those to come in the future.”
Martin Brudnizki Design Studio will be creating the Champagne Bar with an alternative twist. The design will seek to demonstrate the Studio’s love for the interior design process and will capture the excitement of the build phase of a project in its rawest state. In a new central location, the bar will offer a welcome respite from the surrounding crowds.
Natural shapes have inspired many of the hand-knotted wool and silk carpets created by Amy Kent in colours far removed from the physical world. Bare leaf poplar trees that look austere at dusk, the extraordinary shape of a pink spider’s web frozen in winter or orange swallows circulating above heads are just a few of the ideas that have found their way into Amy’s new carpets.
Handcrafted Moroccan tile specialist Habibi Interiors will be launching a new range of customised panels alongside its existing range of handcrafted and hand-painted Moroccan tiles. The panels are available in any size and colour combination and can be mixed with borders to make an original design for both walls and floors. Specialists in reclaimed vintage tiles and antique terracotta from across Europe, The Reclaimed Tile Company will be showcasing a selection of their French, Italian and Spanish tiles at the show, offering an impressive range of designs, patterns and colours.
Cox London will be launching its new collection of handmade lighting and furniture designed and produced in London. The grottos of Renaissance Italy have been the inspiration behind their gnarled bronze vine occasional table as has the Magma chandelier in solid bronze. Italy has also been the source of the hand-crafted hide found on the new Saddle Up armchair created by Stuart Scott, who is known for mixing upholstery designs with cabinetry pieces. The armchair, handmade in their own workshops, is created from solid timber in either walnut or oak, and has a strong design edge that is both practical and comfortable to use.
Galerie Smith will be launching a new bespoke collection that consists of sofas, chairs, tables and other cabinetry as well as lighting. This includes the Circus table, a sandwich of oak balls that exhibits simplicity of design, inspired by Jean-Michel Frank.
Bamboo Cane wallpaper together with a floral design called de la Tour are just a few of the new pieces in Paolo Moschino for Nicky Haslam’s new collection. English in design concept, Paolo Moschino has brought a continental flair to the company that can be seen in the new range of upholstered chairs, table lamps, wallpaper and fabrics that will be showcased on the stand.
De Gournay, known for its exquisite hand painted wallpapers, will be displaying its hand-painted organzas in addition to its collection of hand-carved water gilded furniture. This has been inspired by pieces in the 18th century Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm, Sweden and includes a console table, large writing desk and impressive over mantle. New exhibitor Parisian Luc Druez will be showcasing his range of textiles that mix natural and technical fibers to maximize their uniqueness under light. His diverse collection features metallic, translucent, technical raffia, texture and rubber fabrics.
While Blithfield, designers and manufacturers of contemporary and archival printed and woven fabrics, will be launching The Langham Collection which includes two woven designs, features an elegant stripe as well as two fresh new contemporary prints. Harlequin London, specialist in luxury tableware, decorative accessories and lighting, will be showcasing new products by some of the most prominent names in the industry including St Louis’ Les Endiable brightly coloured glasses, Christofle’s new flatwear and Venini’s new Doge hand-blown glass chandelier. Curiousa & Curiousa, based in Derbyshire in the Midlands, design bespoke free-blown glass and hand-made bone china lighting in a wide range of colours, shapes and sizes.
A Tulip Globe table lamp and a series of new chandeliers including the highly distinctive Triptych Stacks as well as the Isabel chandelier form part of the new collection. Collier Webb have established a reputation for producing high quality metalwork, lighting and furniture. Highlights include the Round Odeon Plaffonier in a bright nickel finish and a bamboo handle (right) available in a wide range of materials including antique brass, bronze, copper and verdigris.