Decorex 2016: Our Top 5 Design Highlights

By Oliver Burns

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September 23, 2016|Luxury Design

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  • a href="">Decorex International, the UK’s longest running show for the luxury interiors market, is an unmissable event within the design calendar. Now in its 39th year, Decorex returns again for 2016 to Syon Park, a suitably elegant setting to showcase the very finest in luxury design and craftsmanship. Spanning 400 hand-selected exhibitors, from established brands to emerging talent, Decorex offers an unrivalled selection of exquisite design. In this blog, we have chosen our top five pieces, ranging from glittering chandeliers to understated bathroom vanities; read on to discover our Decorex 2016 highlights.
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The specialist upholsterer, Aiveen Daly, has become renowned for her mastery of detailed embellishment and fabric manipulation techniques which adorn the surfaces of furniture and interior accessories. Her commitment to quality and exceptional attention to detail makes her designs a seamless fit within our luxury residences. Decorex provided the perfect platform to unveil her latest collection: ‘Treasured Possessions’. The seven-piece collection was inspired by the intrigue of Haute Joaillerie and incorporates suitably precious materials such as Italian lambskin and silks. Our favourite from the pieces on display was her ‘Paradise’ Chair inspired by the vibrant embroidered creations of Gucci’s new design director, Alessandro Michele. Upholstered in emerald green Tabularasa by Dedar and finished with a hand-beaded and embroidered swallow, the piece is nothing short of show-stopping.

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Another designer who incorporates precious materials in their designs is Atelier Alain Ellouz. Named after it’s founder, a French sculptor, the specialist workshop has carved a reputation for creating backlit alabaster and rock crystal which adorn the interiors of some of the world’s most luxurious homes. The ‘Elysee’ chandelier serves as a perfect example of the exquisite level of craftsmanship which characterises the work of Atelier Alain Ellouz. Crafted from 140 hand-selected Madagascan rock crystals and accentuated with gold leaf, this ambient light fixture resembles a piece of fine jewellery more closely than it does functional lighting. Comprised of two interlocking rings, the chandelier is available in both horizontal and vertical models and the light can be adjusted to create the preferred ambiance; a truly timeless piece.

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Italian company, SICIS, put on a spectacular display for Decorex. A leader in contemporary luxury mosaic, furniture and interior decoration, the pieces on display illustrated the inimitable style which the brand has become renowned for. Decorating the outside of their stand was a spectacular mosaic design comprised of thousands of intricate mirrored tiles. This geometric pattern was continued inside where it provided a decorative backdrop for their ‘Ballet’ ceiling lamps. These suspended pendant lights are made out of blown glass and prismatic bronzed metal; when illuminated by LED lights the effect is captivating.

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Showcasing a range of their heirloom quality lighting and furniture was the husband and wife team behind London-based design studio, Cox. Dedicated to the creation of well-crafted, timeless designs, Cox London produces works of art that are as functional as they are aesthetically pleasing. A stand-out piece from the collection was their ‘Golden Oak’ chandelier, attracting the attention of visitors drawn in by its burnished beauty.  This piece was inspired by the ancient Oak trees which line the North London parks where the couple regularly walk their dogs. Captivated by the irregular and imperfect growth patterns of Oak trees, the chandelier is equally as organic in its silhouette. By forging, twisting, soldering and colouring the metal, a unique composition is formed which reflects the natural shapes found in nature.

Image via Porter Vanities

After all the glitz and glamour of our highlights covered thus far, we wanted to finish on a more understated note. Proving that there is beauty in simplicity is the designs of Porter Vanities, a company specialising in bathroom products which reflect their ethos of quiet luxury. Sourcing only the very best in stone and wood finishes, Porter’s team of designers, stonemasons and wood craftsmen have perfected the art of understated elegance. Their latest collection features Bara limestone sourced from a family-run quarry in Spain; the chalk-like texture is the perfect antidote to the high gloss finish of marble. The stand featured an on-trend palette of slate grey and dusky pink paired with deeply-veined marble floor and countertops, to create an inviting and yet minimalist space which we simply could not resist.

Image via Porter Vanities

Decorex may be over for yet another year, but with London Design Festival continuing until the end of the month, there is plenty of exceptional design still on offer throughout London to discover. Next up is 100% Design and Luxury Made; stay tuned to find out what pieces are inspiring us.

Composed by LE.


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