UK, London. This year saw Decorex International at its new location in Perks Field & The Orangery, Kensington Palace. Now in its 36th year, the exhibition offered a variety of seminars and a host of traditional and modern furniture, carpets, flooring, lighting, bathrooms, fabrics and wallpapers from designers from around the world.
The change of venue provided the opportunity for organisers to create a new and fresh feel for the show. To help this transformation, interior designer Kit Kemp MBE was invited to design the entrance to the show, which she entitled The Silk Route.
The display created was position either side of the main doors into the exhibition, with one side presenting a colourful bedroom layout with a focus on rich yellows/gold and reds. The other centred on a freestanding copper finish bath in an organic surrounding with lighting in the shape of ships. The nautical theme wasn’t restricted to the entrance, with a beautiful boat dressed in fabrics by Sanderson, which had its Aegean Collection on display.
Among those that exhibited was SplinterWorks, which presented its new stitched vele leather Bodice Rocker that was inspired by “a love for curvy silhouettes and illusions”.  The chaise lounger levitates at one end when left horizontal thanks to careful weight distribution. When not in use, the Bodice Rocker can be stood vertically, taking on an anthropomorphic sculptural form.
Visitors were also able to listen to presentations from key industry players including Rabih Hage, Nicky Haslam and Fameed Khalique. Topics of discussion included emerging colour trends, sustainable luxury, designing for show homes, tips for interior designers working abroad, as well as debates on architecture.
Decorex International will return next year from 21 - 24 September.
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