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Decorex 2011 … where you can find the inspiration for Cherised Places

August 30, 2011

It is almost Autumn.  The marquees are on the lawn of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.  The champagne fridges are being stocked.  This can only mean only thing, it’s time for Decorex International 2011 with its theme, this year, of Cherished Places. Showcasing the very best in high-end interiors products it covers everything a professional designer could ever need.  It also heralds the launch of many new exciting products onto the market.


The style of the show will be evident as soon as you arrive at the Sloane Square Lobby, designed this year by Nicky Haslam and Colette van den Thillart of NH Designs.  Drawing on their experience designing luxury interiors around the world, with Nicky’s sense of fun and wit you can expect to see something fabulous as soon as you arrive!


There will be over 300 exhibitors at this year’s show, the majority of them from the UK but also many from overseas.   Every style is catered for – if you want contemporary furniture head to Ligne Roset;  if traditional French is your style Atelier du Brou should be your destination.  Home-grown personal favourites include Julian Chichester for gorgeous furniture, Paris Ceramics for their exquisite natural stone and Fromental for their stunning wall coverings.

This year’s theme is the role of design in creating Cherished Places, the secret places we go to escape and recharge our batteries.  My own cherished place would be the beach, a place where you can appreciate the colours and textures of nature that inspire us when we are designing interiors.

While Decorex is known for the product displays it also runs a very varied seminar programme.  This year’s sessions include Tara Bernerd questioning What is Luxury and the charity GoodWeave teaching us about Ethical sourcing.  One seminar not to miss will be Piers Gough and Nicholas Chandor talking about their involvement with Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, who Decorex are supporting this year.  On a lighter note Dan Hopwood will be baring all when he discusses the Confessions of an Interior Designer!

Before you leave Decorex catch up with industry friends old and new in the Champagne Bar. This year the bubbly is served Martin Hubert style as the bar has been designed by the award-winning designer himself.  After viewing wonderful interior products what better way to end the day?  Just don’t drink too much and leave your brochures behind …

Whatever you do at Decorex, whether you visit every stand, attend a couple of seminars or simply catch up with friends – enjoy your day.  Let your annual visit to Decorex become one of your Cherished Places.

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