Oh Decorex – you are the Grande Dame of the London Design Festival; 37 years strong and just as secure in your place among the history of art and design in England as any historical landmark.Set this year in Syon Park, attendees do not stumble upon the fair tents – you make a point to go. We arrived on a glorious day and entered to a celebration of the Georgians – the entrance into the show featured gorgeous vignettes based on famous paintings designed by leading designers and exhibitors – swoon-worthy.
Please join our two part tour of the show. Image credit Chasen West Photography.
The key word for this show: Texture. In furnishings, textiles, installations, lighting, flooring – the show was an enormous bedazzled jewelbox.
Here are some standouts:
Oh Julian Chichester, how do we love thee and how great to see your mid-century modern pieces this year. It looks like the Donna Chair below may not be available in the US? Is that so, Julien Chichester? Please don’t break our hearts.
Like the clean lines but need to take the comfyness factor one step further? How about some Graham and Green?
And then there was Tom Faulkner. The man known for his classic X and Y legged tables introduced a new chair collection, The Vienna Chair.
Do you see where we are going with this? Perfectly sized, perfectly appointed – modern lines with a nod to the past.
We will admit that we have a weakness for bath fixtures – not quite sure why, but rather than submit to psychological testing, let’s just enjoy these amazing brands and their equally amazing products:
Bard & Brazier is a company that subscribes to the adage of doing one thing and doing it well. Quite well in fact. Their towel bars/rails were put to excellent use at Decorex as an interesting showcase combined with Ashton & Bentley’s tub and Lefroy Brooks’ elegant fittings.
And of course perennial favorite Samuel Heath showed that they haven’t lost a step! Their beautiful Style Moderne Collection was a nod to Art Deco, particularly with their Luxe Levers.
Moving from the obvious loving Victorian homage to vintage of a different sort you must, must, must spend some time admiring the work of Bert|Frank.
Everything about this company is compelling: from their logo to their presentation and then of course their products. Their lighting is designed and manufactured with a nod to the past but with an eye on sustainability – past and future tense. Love them.
Barn In The City Is another company whose message of sustainability resonated with us. They are giving old barn wood a new life (and what a life) – furniture, cabinets, aged flooring, wall panels – exquisitely finished and protected by a resin coating to be perfectly beautiful even in wet areas.
Across the hall were Bert & May, another dynamic duo with a vision. We did already mention their fabulous hands-on exhibit at Design Junction and were treated to more of the finished product at Decorex. Collections of reclaimed wood and encaustic cement tile have one thing in common, the celecbration of days gone by. The cement tile collection is custom and incorporate new designs or match old patterns perfectly.
Please look for part 2 from Decorex tomorrow as we review more exquisite lighting, creative wallcoverings and much more.