Reporting from Decorex London

There never seem enough hours in the day at this time of year and with all the interior shows spread even further apart, it’s quite a challenge fitting everything in. Decorex moved to Syon Park this year- you could say back to its spiritual home as it was a favourite location some years back. Maison in Paris is very much a buying show for JENNY BLANC, but Decorex is different. The design team are looking for something new, something exceptional to present to clients for up and coming projects.

Jenny gets inspired by the Jim Dickens collection
Jenny gets inspired by the Jim Dickens collection

It didn’t take much searching to find exquisite fabrics. This collection by Jim Dickens is stunning. There is a strong influence of travel throughout the collections this season and these velvet weaves emulate the look of aged carpet bags you might find in India or Morocco. And the plainer weaves to go with make designing furniture around this sort of collection a really inspiring concept.

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Decorex is the ideal place to really experience the look and quality of furniture. We’d been blown away by some of the sophisticated recycled materials at Maison and Decorex didn’t disappoint on this concept either. It’s so refreshing to see furniture where the beauty of wood is there to tell the story- it’s the sort of look which fits into classic or contemporary homes anywhere in the world.

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At the other end of the scale is sophistication in every sense of the word with Jonathan Charles collection. Shagreen surfaces and metalwork creating statement pieces with the luxe factor.

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Decorex wouldn’t be Decorex without the enjoyment of seeing the latest offering from William Yeoward. We never fail to be amazed at how he manages to create new concepts – still very William and with humour, style and attention to detail part of every piece. His furniture collaboration with Jonathan Charles explores the use of inlay, veneer and carving. This greyed oak occasional table with its rams head drawer with spot inlay base is inspired.

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There something very special about the William Yeoward blue. And it was so beautifully presented in the cushion and Art Glass collections. It’s always a clear blue yet with a richness of tone.

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Blue was a recurring theme around the show. It’s a colour the design team love to work with as it’s interpreted in ever more beautiful ways with textiles from every corner of the globe. These ideas were from Guatemala and Sweden.Birds are a strong recurring theme too.

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I like this picture of the design team. It’s 5pm, the end of this year’s Decorex, a slow traffic-filled journey back to the London showroom and we are still standing and still smiling!

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