On a wet Monday morning last week I made my way to Decorex 2012 at the Royal Chelsea Hospital and, although I got completely soaked on my way from the Underground to the venue, it was well worth it when I got there. I don’t know whether or not I imagined it, but it seemed bigger than last year with some fantastic companies on show, which is very encouraging in today’s economic climate. There was plenty to see to suit most tastes, and lots of ideas to take away.
For fabrics I fell in love with de Le Cuona all over again, their craftsmen made fabrics come in wonderful soft colours and texures in an array of natural fibres. I came away having ordered samples of a gorgeous cashmere which have since arrived with wonderful efficiency, I just have to persuade my client that the £350 per metre price tag is worth it! In contrast, my other favourite was Barker and Barker who also supply crafts made fabrics in natural fibres, but their designs come in vibrant colours and patterns – a real joy! I am using one of their designs on a current project and can’t wait to see the result.
Rug companies were well represented and and Amy Kent and Anna V Rugs caught my eye with different designs and lovely colour combinations. For sheer luxury and unusual antiqued finishes Matthew Wailes was hard to beat.
There was some great furniture on show from contemporary through to period designs. Benchmark offer wonderfully made furniture with clean lines or try Julian Chichester for a more eclectic look. For simple, contemporary shapes Interini was perfect – I love it!
Lighting was big and bold and a little samey in places, but if you are looking to add design and texture to a room, have a look at Armour FX for decorative wall panels or the Quintessa Art collection for large scale contemporary or classic art pieces.
I came away as usual with lots of inspiration and some great new supplier contacts, and look forward to using some of them in my designs over the next 12 months.
Don’t forget you can contact Jane at Sweet Lime Design for design inspiration and to find out what would work in your home. www.sweetlimedesign.co.uk