Our second year exhibiting at Decorex International, Syon Park was as successful as it was enlightening. This year marked the 40th edition of the popular Interior trade show and it was a treat to be surrounded by a whole host of fantastic creative teams. We caught up with old friends, introduced ourselves to some wonderful new faces, explored the latest designs and relaxed with a glass or 2 of bubbly at the Champagne Bar (pictured below - designed by Shalini Misra)
Our stand (E31) was lovingly created by Julia (our head designer) and Barbara herself with the aim of showcasing the full scope of our work. Our 5 bespoke items representing bed, bath, kitchen and living spaces were on display and on sale (4 of which were sold at the event. We kept the kitchen for our showroom)
While we were there, our team managed to find some time to wander round the show to check out the latest offerings from creative teams old and new. With plenty of first time exhibitors, there was loads of new and exciting products and designs to explore. We’ve put together a list of just a few companies who caught our eye.
Handmade in The Cotswolds, Kaelo are self-professed “Pioneers of the Integrated Iceless Ice Bucket”, which does exactly what it says on the tin, but with some added style and innovative design. The Kaelo cooling buckets are powered by secret “patented, smart touch technology” that means no ice is necessary, avoiding wet, dripping bottles, creating a perfectly dry, chilled bottle of bubbly.
Coming in both fully integrated and freestanding forms, it can be enjoyed anywhere in the house. The integrated range can be fitted into a kitchen worktop or island, in the middle of the dining table or even in a bedside table! The freestanding range comes in 4 standard finished (Arctic White, Piano Black, Oak and Walnut) but can also be fully customised to accommodate your taste. Not only was the Kaelo stand very eye-catching, so is their brochure, a sleek and subtle matt black booklet. Definitely worth a browse.
It seems, we weren’t the only ones who loved first-time exhibitors Faolchu, as they were awarded the accolade of “Best New Exhibitor” at Decorex 2017.
Established by craftsmen Derek Wilson (pictured on the right) and John Galvin (left), Faolchú is a Scottish furniture company devoted to producing beautiful and timeless pieces distinguished by exceptional craftsmanship. Being recently voted as ‘Most Beautiful Country in the World’ (Rough Guide Poll), Scotland boasts endless stunning woodlands, which provide Faolchu with their primary material, distinctive and characterful wood.
Handcrafted and finished in natural oils and waxes, Faolchu create seating, lighting, storage, tables and even a bed, each piece as unique and individual as the beautiful surroundings it was found in.
This Belgium based art publisher/editor team strives for "Beauty through simplicity" by "revealing a unique identity". It was this pared down, simple beauty that caught our eye at this year's event.
Gardeco’s “art-decoration objects” are all made from quality materials; ceramics, bronze, glass, and are skilfully and responsibly crafted by local artisans. “For them, to feel is as important as to see” and judging by the amazing array of textures and colours, this is expertly expressed through their work. Pictured above (left) is the work of Regina Medeiros, who has mastered glass casting and painting techniques and embraced the beauty of colour in her work. Pictured above (right) is the friendly ceramic figure ‘The Visitor’ created by Belgian artist Guido Deleu.
Pictured above (left) is a piece from Gardeco’s New Design collection, an “intense and passionate collaboration” between Gardeco and a number of creatives. I’m sure you’ll agree, an eye-catching, yet wonderfully subtle piece. Another offering from Gardeco is a collection of wall panels (pictured above right) made in certified wood from a plantation in Brazil.
This stand was picked out by our Installation Manager Gabriel, who has a passion for all things related to gardens, and Architectural Heritage certainly had an emphatic display to catch his eye.
With a workshop up in the Cotswolds Hills, there’s no shortage of surrounding beauty to inspire the team of craftsmen, who use traditional materials and classic designs from times gone by to create planters, sundials, fountains, pool surrounds, ornaments, urns, seats and more.
The copper and lead planters proved to be a real traffic stopper at Decorex, and Architectural Heritage also undertake restoration and preservation projects, working with stone, marble, bronze, terracotta and composite stone.
We had the pleasure of being positioned directly opposite Dominic Schuster’s stand, and therefore had plenty of time to admire his antique mirror glass pieces and stunning tiled coffee table.
Starting off in antique restoration, Dominic then went on to become a leading manufacturer of hand-crafted antique mirror glass, developing his own unique and secret technique to replicate the ‘aged’ and ‘distressed’ effect that forms naturally in antique Mercury mirror glass.
Dominic still also undertakes restoration projects (as pictured above) of furniture, mirrors, architecture.
All in all, we had a fantastic time at Decorex 2017. We came, we saw, we met some new creatives, we sold all our furniture. Job done!