Decorex 2012

by Kelly Sparkes on September 24, 2012

Decorex is a trade show for design professionals, situated in the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.  Stuffed with high end, luxury brands and inspiring seminars it’s a must for the design calendar.

I visited on Sunday, shattered after a week of work and attending design events for London Design Week but that was all forgotten as soon as I got there and met up with a few friends. I had a fabulous day soaking it all up, attending lectures and catching up over a delicious afternoon tea at Abigail’s Tea Room.

This impressive sculpture made from cast furniture by Christoper Guy was at the centre of the exhibition, accentuated by the patterns of fallen leaves on the roof of the marquee.

Christopher Guy Stand Decorex 2012
My favourite product of the show was this hand knotted rug, Erased Heritage – Tarbiz Canal Aerial by Jan Kath for Front. The lighter ‘erased’ pile was longer and softer than the rest of the rug, giving it a lovely depth and texture.

Tarbiz Canal Aerial rug from the Erased Heritage Collection at FrontThere was an impressive array of lighting on display, firstly the gorgeous chain chadeliers from Tiger Moth.

Chain Chandelier from Tiger Moth Lighting Art on the Serip stand.

Serip Lighting Art

Welch Chandeier at Branch Interiors.

Welk Chandelier on the Branch StandAfter those rather monochrome shots, a dash of neon on the Byron & Byron stand with the launch of their new curtain pole collection.

Neon Curtain Poles Byron & Byronand more colour on the imaginitive display at Little Greene.

Little Green Paint Decorex 2012 Paintbrush DisplayAt the end of the day I was left shattered but full of inspiration for my current projects and with a shopping list for home way over my budget.

 

 

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geraldine September 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm

That chair sculpture is amazing. Lovely photography :) That tea looks divine. Have a lovely restful weekend :) x

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Kelly Sparkes October 10, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Thanks, Geraldine, it was a fabulous tea, even better as it was with girls I’ve been communicating so long with but never met! x

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Laura Passey September 27, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Lovely to see the things that caught your eye as I only had a little under 2 hours to soak Decorex 2012 up. A little under 2 whole days wouldn’t have been enough. I did have a good look at the Graham&Greene paintbrush wall though! That rug is rather distressed-fabulous! I always want to buy twinkly door knobs from…I forget the name… is it Chloe Albery?!

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Kelly Sparkes October 10, 2012 at 10:44 pm

We had the whole day there, but spent far too much time chatting :) I would have liked to attend more of the lectures, I think I will take a whole week off to really make the most of LDF next year, there is so much to see and do, feel like I missed loads.

I love the Chloe Albery shop, I have some vintage coin door handles that I need to find a home for x

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tina September 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Oh Decorex. Me thinks it funked up a bit this year! Not usually my cup of tea at all but I do like what you’ve chosen!
Best thing, you girls having a jolly good tea party. Enjoyed the Instagram pics very much!! xx

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Kelly Sparkes October 10, 2012 at 10:47 pm

To be honest I was expecting it to be a little stuffy, but it really wasn’t, lots of innovative and wonderful objects. It obviously doesn’t have the edge of Design Junction, but it did feel very posh sipping tea from a china cup in Chelsea daarlink x

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Sam Lennie October 1, 2012 at 11:19 am

Great photos Kelly, you’ve captured all the best bits. The chain chandeliers are on my wish list for sure.

The day went too quickly though, I felt totally knackered at the end of it but at least we got our priorities right with the afternoon tea :-)

x

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Kelly Sparkes October 10, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Thanks love, those chandeliers are very special, trying to integrate the neon poles into my window treatment for module 3 x

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