Decorex 2014: Highlights in Pictures

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We can't quite believe that it has been two weeks since we were indulging in high end design in the beautiful surroundings of Decorex 2014. Since the doors closed to the show we have been busy collecting all of the wonderful show coverage into our live blog, talking all things Decorex on social media, and of course, pouring over the thousands of stunning images we have from our four days at Syon Park.

With this in mind, we have sifted through all of our images to find our highlights of Decorex 2014 - which is no mean feat. With so many highlights to choose from, we decided to give you an overview of our 2014 best bits...enjoy!

THE ENTRANCE

This year saw a Decorex entrance like never before, with collaborations between some of the industry's most renowned designers and brands. Visitors to the show were treated to not just one, but eight installations as part of our Georgian themed Rakes Progress entrance. Below are just a couple of highlights, you can see all of the entrance vignettes here.

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The Levee by Nigel Coates The Orgy by Russell Sage and Fromental
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The inside of The Prison by Shaun Clarkson & Altfield Visitors take a peek inside The Prison

THE STANDS

Each and every year the Decorex Exhibitors excel themselves and by far exceed expectation with the effort and thought behind their beautifully designed stands at the show, and this year was certainly no exception. With so many fantastic stands it has been rather difficult to choose highlights, below are just a few of our favourites, keep an eye out on Twitter @decorex_intl and Facebook for more stunning stand images!   

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Eley Kishimoto, Winner of Best New Exhibitor in the Decorex Awards John Boyd Textiles Ltd
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Bert & May de Gournay
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Bluebellgray Atkey & Company Ltd


THE AWARDS

Each year a panel of esteemed Decorex judges take to the show floor to choose winners of our three award categories: Best New Exhibitor, Best International Exhibitor, and Outstanding Contribution. We announced the winners live from the show on the first day of Decorex in our Awards blog post. On the final day of the show, exhibitors are asked to vote for one of their fellow brands as their Best Stand at the show. This year's winner was the ever innovative The Little Greene Paint Company and deservedly so!

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The Little Greene Paint Company's Award Winning Stand at Decorex 2014

THE SEMINAR THEATRE

The Decorex International Seminar Programme is an ever-anticipated feature of the show, and this year our selection of renowned industry speakers did not disappoint! From the standing-room only session for Sue Crewe of House & Garden's final seminar, to fantastic presentations from William Yeoward, Christopher Jenner, and Daniel Hopwood, the Syon Park themed theatre was full of activity throughout the duration of the show.

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Sue Crewe in conversation with Ben Pentreath, Victoria Meale, and Nina Campbell

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William Yeoward with Giles Kime Sophie Conran with Kate Slesinger

THE PRODUCTS

Luxury high-end product is, of course, the main event of Decorex, and this year saw beautifully traditional pieces blended effortlessly alongside stunning contemporary work. Below are just a few of our highlights, take a look at our Editor's Picks from the show to see more. We will also be highlighting one product from the show each week in our Decorex Loves feature, watch this space...

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I Dogi Cox London Bard & Brazier
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Zoffany A Rum Fellow

Christopher Jenner

FUTURE HERITAGE

A central feature at this year's show, the Future Heritage collection, curated by Corinne Julius, was a definite highlight for the Decorex visitors, with some wonderful comments and images of the area being shared on social media. Below are just a few selections from the feature, take a look at our Future Heritage page to see more!

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DECOREX...IN THE MAKING

In a first for Decorex, In The Making featured four live working instillations, giving an inspiring insight into the intricate work that is involved in producing some of the show's most-loved products - from rug weaving with Front London, to wallpaper blocking with Watts of Westminster, live plaster moulding with Locker & Riley, to detailed passementerie with Spina.

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Front London's Master Weaver at work The intricate work of Locker & Riley's Master Plasterer
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Live handblocked wallpaper demonstrations by Watts of Westminster Spina showing the intricate work behind their wonderful passementerie

THE LAPICIDA TENT

Last, but by no means least, we take a look at the wonder that was the Lapicida Tent. Setting the scene with a rather mysterious build-up in the weeks before the show, we were excited to see the finished article, and what a treat it was! Taking the visitor on a journey through the history of stone, the tent featured an intriguing entrance leading to an almost dark area of the tent, filled with interesting examples and information. In a refreshing twist, at the end of the darkened atmospheric journey was a delightfully light and airy space, featuring an expert stone mason chiselling away at a marble carving, as well as stunning examples of Lapicida's work. Innovative, interesting, and simply stunning - Lapicida, we salute you!

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The entrance to Lapicida's tent The atmospheric darkened corridor
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A fountain of knowledge inside the stand The light section of the tent

That's it for our highlights in pictures blog, but with so many beautiful stands, stunning products, and imaginative show feature, we have plenty of the things that make Decorex special to keep us going. Keep an eye out on our social media accounts for more wonderful images of Decorex 2014!