For 40 years, the design community has gathered in London for Decorex, an annual celebration of the best in British and European products, brands, and interiors. Held again at Syon Park, this year’s event brought the industry together for four days of thought-provoking talks as well as plenty of trend-spotting. See six standout trends that caught our eye at this year’s event.
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Green is Good
The color of the last few seasons continued to reign supreme throughout the stands at Decorex this year. Rich greens, particularly in jewel tones, could be spotted in furniture, lighting, and wallpaper—as well as among the bottles of Moët & Chandon that dotted exhibitor tables by the end of each day, of course. Clockwise from left: the Joya Contemporary Murano Wall Light by Villaverde London, shown in teal (and available in custom colors and finishes); the Minx Chair by Amy Somerville – London, shown here in emerald green mohair with velvet piping; and the Contemporary Edwin Napoleon Chair, shown in tea green velvet fabric, by Lutyens Furniture & Lighting.
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In terms of storage, exhibitors tended toward eye-catching, high-texture pieces, many with golden-hued inlays. Clockwise from the upper left are the Odessa Cabinet by Tom Faulkner, with a rippled sycamore veneer and tapered lines in either bronze or steel; the Vadim Low Cabinet by Julian Chichester, in either Firmdale Oak with Ivory Vellum or Firmdale Oak with Black Vellum; Cube by Aura London, shown in white lacquer and wood; and the Loop Cabinet Three Door Sideboard, shown in Emerald, by Coucou Manou.
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Golden Hardware with a Twist
Hardware told a similar story, with rich textures and a plethora of gold, bronze, and rose gold pieces taking center stage. Clockwise from the upper left: the Sparkbrook Pull Handle by Armac Martin; the Grimsby 1 1/4" Knob and the Isla 1 1/4" Knob by Waterworks; and the Leebank Knob, also by Armac Martin.
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Taxidermy & Natural Elements
Several exhibitors brought the outside in with unexpected displays of taxidermy, wild sculpture, and lookalike natural accessories. Clockwise from left: a taxidermied tiger from the experts at Design et Nature in Paris (who use only animals who have died naturally); a giant clam by the Singapore-based team at Big Blue Company (who create synthetic shells and coral using 3D technology and sustainable materials); and a black bear sculpture by José Granell (who creates customizable metallic animal sculptures with authentic fleece in any color).
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Tropical-themed wallpapers and fabrics were everywhere at Decorex, with a wide range of gorgeous, colorful patterns and textures on display. Clockwise from the top: Perroquets Mania by the legendary Maison Thevenon; Go Bananas by Charlotte Jade; and Orange Palm Fault by Stuart Rodgers.
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In addition to tropical themes, Pop Art and comic-style illustrations lent a fun feeling to the show. To the left and right are Vintage Dress Wallpaper and Atomic Wallpaper, respectively, by DuPenny Illustration and Design; in the center is True Romance, in Welsh Slate, by Mini Moderns.