Decorex Day 4
The doors have just opened at Decorex 2011 for the final time, and the crowds are still pouring in. If you haven’t visited yet you have until 5pm today before the show closes its doors until next September.
Surprisingly I am still making new discoveries at the show and visited the Media library for the first time this morning. The library has a variety of upholstered furniture from The David Knight Collection and is a perfect place to rest weary legs during your visit. There is a wide selection of magazines available for you to browse, some with special Decorex subscription offers! You will also find the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Charity stand here.
Another find this morning is the French Garden at Decorex. This large stand showcases the work and designs of twelve French manufacturers who all share a passion for Decorative Arts. Created by the designers Patrick Pagnon and Claude Pelhaite, the garden features products in some very eye catching colours – it’s a total colour fest!
The twelve manufactures featured in the French garden are: Atelier Alain Ellouz, Baguès, Collinet, First Time & Hughes Chevalier, Grange, Henryot & Cie, J.H. Furnishing & Collection Pierre, Ligne Roset, Moissonnier, Object de Curiosité, Soca and Taillardat. With a wide range of styles and products you are bound to find something that appeal to you. I particularly like the scale and colour of the products displayed by Moissonnier shown below.
Although the show is focused on interior products there are also several exterior product suppliers on show. A big favourite of mine is the David Harber stand. For almost 20 years David has been designing contemporary water features, sundials and sculptures that are found in gardens all around the world. The Mantle sculpture seen on the stand is made of bronze ‘petals’ that are welded together to represent the broken nature of the Earth’s crust.
On the final day there are four remaining seminars on the Seminar Programme. Continuing on a garden theme there is a talk this afternoon about the elements of good contemporary garden design from Rosemary Alexander. Rosemary is the Principal of the English Gardening School at Chelsea Wharf.
With the sun shining on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea this morning it’s a great day to visit Decorex – and then maybe have one last glass of Champagne in the Martin Hulbert designed bar.
In just a couple of hours the doors of Decorex 2011 will close for this year. There has been a great buzz about the show with everyone agreeing that the organisers have surpassed all expectations. This was proven by the full aisles every day, and even this afternoon there are still people coming into the show for the first time.
The special features this year added to the luxury feel of Decorex and proved incredibly popular. Visitors were greeted by a fantastic living wall when they arrived at the show, which is still looking fresh as the show closes. The Decorex Foyer providing many interesting reactions as visitors passed into the main hall. It was designed this year by NH Designs who drew on this year’s theme of Cherished Places to create a surreal welcome to the show.
The hospitality venues had all been given the designer touch and provided suitably fabulous places to sit and rest tired feet. Martin Hulbert designed the champagne bar that was located right in the middle of the show, but still managed to retain an intimate feel. With a large chandelier featuring the word ‘LOVE’ and decorated with champagne glasses it quickly became a popular meeting point for the exhibition.
The Ranelagh Restaurant featured wonderful wallpapers from Fromental and was busy every day with people enjoying the fine dining on offer. It was also the location of the first ever Decorex tweet up on Monday. The murals of Surface View were on display in the Riverside Café, complimented by wallpaper from Tissue d’Helene.
The seminar programme this year proved very popular. On Sunday attendees were sitting in the aisles for Nicky Haslam’s talk with Sue Crewe, the editor of House and Garden magazine. Martyn Lawrence-Bullard spoke to a packed house yesterday about his experience designing homes for the Hollywood elite. He also revealed his dream client would be Lady Gaga! Today Martin Redmayne of the Superyacht Report and Superyacht Design spoke about the things you need to consider when designing a yacht – a completely different type of interior!
The quality of the stands this year was outstanding. Some of the suppliers had really given a lot of thought into the design and style needed to pull people onto the stand. The large colourful objects on the Little Green stand made everyone smile. The colours of the Harlequin stand confirmed that colour, and lots of it, is very much a current trend. The large stand of And So to Bed proved to be a show stopper – though maybe this was also helped by the free ice cream?
I hope that you came to Decorex and found something that will help you to create your own Cherished Places. Don’t forgot to put next year’s dates in your diary – the show opens on 23 September 2012, see you there?