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From left: Bar designed by Lambart & Browne and Pigmentti ‘In the Making’ feature area


Decorex International celebrated another year as the Capital’s leading design destination as it returned to the prestigious grounds of Syon Park for its 41st edition. The four-day showcase drew 14,903 high-profile interior designers and trade visitors from a whole range of sectors, including furniture, lighting, textiles and interiors.

The show’s over 400 exhibitors included some of the industry’s best-known names, from Brand Van Egmond, Beaumont & Fletcher and Innermost to Nicholas Haslam, Heathfield & Co and Phillip Jeffries. Decorex also welcomed around 50 first-time exhibitors, with Officine Gullo, Sahrai, Blackbird London, Fisk, Ori bespoke and Memoir Essence Interiors among them.

The show’s central theme for 2018 was ‘Blank Canvas’ – an invitation for its participants to explore how an empty space can be the ideal starting point for a beautiful new beginning. Upon arrival, visitors could enjoy the result of this creative challenge, with four installations by different designers in response to a single brief. Henry Prideaux, Simone Suss, Scott Maddux and Jo leGleud of Maddux Collective  and Brian Woulfe each created a space that told the story behind their development as designers. The first vignette drew upon Prideaux’s senior year at Harrow School, using the colours, uniform and architecture of the school. Next, Studio Suss created a space that captured Simone Suss’ passion for music, art and fashion and Maddux Collective, who met on the dancefloor of a nightclub, used this first encounter as inspiration for their installation. Finally, Brian Woulfe curated a scene that provides a snapshot of his early years navigating the jungle of interior design. 

Inside, the exceptional design continued with The Botanical Bar by Lambart & Browne. With the expression ‘bon viveur’ as the starting point for the concept, the bar featured an elegant, refined, colonial style with luxurious lighting, lavish furniture and striking decorative screens. Similarly, House & Garden’s VIP Lounge was another highlight, with an Egyptian-inspired scheme by the magazine’s Interior Designer of the Year, Beata Heuman. 


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From left: Judges John Allsopp, Sue Timney and Brian Woulfe awarding Sebastian Cox the “Best Stand’ and Silverware vases by Glithero at the Future Heritage stand


The acclaimed Future Heritage exhibition, curated by design critic and curator

Corrine Julius, also returned this year. The showcase included new work from James Shaw, an experimental product and furniture designer, who created new plastic pieces made by a hand-operated gun extruding recycled plastic. Both Tord Boontje and Marcin Rusak displayed works that also explored the use of materials. The former created a series of object that blend glass and metal welding, while the latter used solid metal to continue exploring the permanence of materials. Francesco Feltrin exhibited works that use ‘Dip Casting’ a new way of casting ceramics and textile artist Domenica Landin took inspiration from the invisible patterns of the wind.

Also, on display was the work of glassblower, Jochen Holz, who created a series of organic, free-flowing neon glass pieces, and multi-disciplinary studio, Glithero, which showed a series of botanical tiles inspired by hand-drawn images of weeds and hand-turned vases using foraged seaweed. Kaori Tatebayashi crafted ceramic works referencing the flowers growing around Syon Park and Rebecca De Quin exhibited patinated wall panels with detachable vessels. Also, in the line-up were Studio Ayaskan, who showed a UV-activated liquid clock, Katrin Spranger, who evolved her Aquatopia collection, Karlyn Sutherland, who created a series of fused, wall-mounted glass installations and Niela Kalra who produced textiles in response to Sutherland’s work. Jewellery designer Marlene McKibbin and textile designer Alison White worked as a duo for the first time specifically for the show, creating a collection of LED table lamps. Finally, Royal College of Art graduate, Jie Wu, completed the list with a series of miniature boxes made of wood and resin. 

Continuing this exploration of craftsmanship, Lincrusta, Pigmentti, Artisan

Collective and Shalini Misra in partnership with Asprey, hosted this year’s ‘In the Making’ feature areas. In these spaces the companies revealed how their designs are made, finished and decorated, using artisans to showcase materials and design processes. 


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From left: Natalia Miyar, Simone Suss and Henry Prideaux taking part in the Seminar Programme and the Novocastrian CraftWork stand

New for 2018 was CraftWork, a series of eight stands showcasing exceptional craft design businesses that are still in their infancy. Featuring makers from varying disciplines, the companies present included, David Pringle Studio, RHMB, Zuzana Lalikova, Iluka London, Kevin Stamper Furniture, Anna Glover, Louis Jobst and NOVOCASTRIAN. 

This year the Decorex Design Awards were judged by leading UK interior designers and aesthetes, John Allsopp, Brian Woulfe and Sue Timney. The judges awarded the ‘Best New Exhibitor’ prize to O’Hare & D’Jafer, remarking how the brand “demonstrated a large and exciting variety of techniques that are available on a range of applied surfaces, all at an exemplary quality”. The ‘Best New Product’ award went to Le Duen Luminaires for their ATTO suspension and floor lamp, with the judges explaining that “its often the simplest pieces which are the hardest to execute. Ensuring the light’s hanging mechanism and power supply blended perfectly with the core design, Le Deun Luminaires were able to create a perfectly elegant product”. Next, the ‘Best International Exhibitor’ award went to Pigmentti with the panel saying, “we were immediately charmed by the quality and originality of the finishes

and the theatre of seeing craft in action”. Finally, the prestigious ‘Best Stand’ award went to first-time exhibitor, Sebastian Cox, who “displayed a finely tuned aesthetic that proved both timeless and of the moment. Harmoniously blending natural materials and tones to create a beautifully understated stand, he brilliantly demonstrated the quality of his craftsmanship while revealing the integrity and strength of his design process.”

Key interiors titles also selected their winning exhibitors, with Sebastian Cox winning his second prize of the show by scooping the ‘Most Stylish Product’ accolade, presented by House & Garden. The World of Interiors gave its ‘Award for

Excellence’ to new exhibitor Officine Gullo, while The English Home’s chosen exhibitor for ‘Best in British Craftmanship’ was Mourne Textiles. Finally, FX’s ‘Best Contemporary Design’ award, judged by Sarah Ross Design, was given to Decca Home’s The London Collection.

Decorex International will move to Olympia London in 2019, returning to its high-end roots at the heart of West Kensington, the date will also move to 6th-9th October.


About Decorex International 2018 

Decorex International is the UK’s leading design show and the only one of its kind in the UK for the luxury interiors market. Established in 1978, Decorex is firmly recognized among the international design community as the trusted resource for high-end interior designers, architects, specifiers, retailers and property developers. Boasting more than 400 exhibitors from leading names to emerging talents, this annual four-day show takes place each September in the prestigious location of Syon Park. Attracting nearly 14,000 visitors from across the globe, Decorex 2018 will be exploring Blank Canvas as this year’s show theme. 

Kicking off the London Design Festival 2018, Decorex International runs from Sunday 16 until Wednesday 19 September 2018. 

Decorex is organised by UBM, which in June 2018 combined with Informa PLC to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organiser in the world.

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