Having rounded out London Design Festival with a day at Decorex International, I’m delighted to be sharing my highlights from the show with you all. There’s plenty of great designs to see, so let’s get started, shall we?
This colour block storage unit from James Mayor Furniture immediately caught my eye thanks to the clean lines and vibrant colours of the piece. The company has been making bespoke furniture for more than 40 years and having now seen its pieces in person, I can attest to the fine level of craftsmanship. I think it’s great how one can work with James Mayor to create a personalised piece of furniture that is perfect for their space.
The orange and white stripe runner rug was one of many striking hand tufted rug designs I spotted on Anna V Rugs’ stand.
Volga Linen is a family run, British company that sells a beautiful array of linens sourced from Europe and Russia. All of their linens are suitable for upholstery, crafting, drapes, bedding and more. Although not a vast collection, there are options for both modern and traditional interior schemes. I liked how the brand displayed customised lampshade pendants with contrasting linens from their current collection.
Pairing four coloured sliding drawers with the walnut frame makes Aram’s Bykato sideboard a statement piece that is stylish and practical.
Having seen its designs previously in America, I’ve long admired of how Julian Chichester’s range adds modern twists to furniture classics from 19th and 20th centuries. One of its latest pieces, the Umbria chair, is a new favourite – it was modelled on a 1950s Italian design.
As well as Penny Morrison’s tribal-inspired fabrics and her collaboration of cushions and lampshades with Carolina Irving, I loved tactile feel of the vintage linen cushions.
If you only had time to see one stand at the show, I would have recommended you saw Pinch; the elegant and arresting furniture and lighting offerings were not to be missed. My stand out pieces were the Yves desk for its opulent aubergine hue and the Pendel two seat sofa, which is now firmly on my Wish List.
For some of the best fabrics at the show, a visit to Katerina Tana’s stand was a must. Katerina gains inspiration for her dye-printed, yarn-dyed, custom-woven grounds and hand screen printed fabrics from the natural environment around her in California.
Given the world’s spotlight has been on the UK throughout 2012, I thought it would be an injustice to our tea-loving nation if I were not to include Linwood’s Teacups wall covering.
It’s always a pleasure to see the textiles and wallpapers from Swedish brand, Sandberg. Keep an eye out for its exotic Amalfi paper that instantly transports you to an imaginary Mediterranean island.
These contemporary rugs designs are ideal for adding pattern and colour to a space. I would consider pairing these rugs with a complementary shade from Little Greene…
… if only it wasn’t so difficult to choose a favourite colour from the brand’s imaginative paint display at the show!
I’m not normally drawn to carpet but these contemporary and colourful designs by Stark Carpet would certainly transform a lacklustre landing.
The neon piping detail makes these cushions from Teasel England ideal if you don’t wish to add lots of bright colour to your home but still want to add a colourful accent.
Emily Burningham launched her fourth collection at Decorex; I loved her nautical-inspired textile prints – they are perfect for a little boy’s room.
Given dachshunds are currently enjoying their en vogue moment it would be wrong not to include Emily Bond’s charming print that features our four legged friends!
Niki Jones’ entire range is handcrafted by skilled crafts people using traditional and specialist techniques. My favourite piece is the Optical cushion, which is embroidered and finished with handmade pompoms.
Will Taylor works as a freelance interiors journalist and authors one of the UK’s leading daily interiors blogs, Bright.Bazaar.
Photography by Will Taylor
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