Arts Editor: Christopher George
Decorex International’s hit its 42nd edition, with thousands of visitors flocking to one of the the most important show in the UK’s design calendar. Debuting at Olympia London, its new home in the Capital, and this year saw a 10% rise in visitors across the four-day spectacle.
Over 400 of the world’s top design talents showcased everything from hand-painted wallpapers and printed fabrics to bespoke furniture and conceptual lighting. Visitors could preview the latest launches from leading brands including Arte International, Hästens, Beaumont & Fletcher, Bert Frank, Dedar, Devon & Devon, Ferreira de Sá, Lincrusta, Nicholas Haslam, Officine Gullo, Rose Uniacke, Tom Faulkner, Thibaut, Vaughan and Villaverde
Environmental responsibility was central to year’s edition, with Decorex finding new and innovative ways to put the environment at the heart of luxury design. Nowhere was this more evident than in the VIP room, created by UK interior design studio, Harding & Read. The team worked closely with suppliers, including Vinterior, Matthew Cox, Christopher Howe, British Standard and Farrow & Ball, to encourage a conscious approach to consumption. Mindful of the lifecycle of furniture and fixtures, the studio chose vintage and reclaimed pieces where possible. Each and every piece that featured was given the opportunity to find a new home after the show, with an online auction that raised £14,300 for Emmaus – the charity working to end homelessness.
Alongside inspiring new ways for brands to think about their environmental impact, Decorex also celebrated those that are already going above and beyond to be sustainable. This year’s Decorex Awards were the ideal opportunity, with the introduction of a new ‘Best Sustainable Product’ prize. Judges Henry Prideaux, interior designer, and Irene Gunter of interior architecture practice Gunter & Co, gave the accolade to Jennifer Manners, whose eponymous rug brand has released two new designs made from 100% recycled plastic.
Elsewhere at the show ‘In the Making’ offered live, interactive demonstrations that gave insight into the meticulous journey of skill and care an artisanal piece takes before it reaches a client’s home. One stand showcased the woodworking and stone masonry skills of alumni from the British Crafts College, founded in 1893 by the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, while another dedicated a space to Morris & Co. As custodians of William Morris’ original company, Morris & Co., his legacy was bought to life through wallpaper printing demonstrations using original archival blocks.
Decorex continued its support of emerging craftspeople with Foundation, a platform for the next generation of designer-makers of contemporary, bespoke furnishings. Featuring craft and design companies from various disciplines, Foundation presented twelve businesses that have been operational for fewer than five years. Testament to the exceptional skill and expertise of this up-and-coming group, Foundation exhibitor and artist Amy Collins was the recipient of Decorex’s ‘Best New Exhibitor’ award.
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 recognised among the international design community as the trusted resource for high-end interior designers, architects, specifiers, retailers and property developers.
It's no wonder this years exhibition was such a success.
Homes Editor: Petra Arko
London Design Fair 2019 was held at the Old Truman Brewery. It saw different countries from across the world represented by their best and freshest designers. Here are some of our favourite finds from the fair…
Californian-based Melanie Abrantes combines traditional craft techniques with contemporary designs, showcasing the most beautiful cork, timber, and glass bases. Her ink ice method creates an incredible watercolour effect on timber.
Altrock showcased their marble-based terrazzo surfaces which they produce in East London. Where we have previously seen terrazzo as many small chips we see it here as large broken slabs of marble.
Danish company Le Klint collaborate with architects and designers to supply the now iconic pleated lampshade. At the fair we saw their new designs alongside original designs from 1965, highlighting the consistently contemporary nature of the company.
Homes Editor: Petra Arko
World-renowned architect Luis Barragan is known for his strong use of colour and geometric forms. His buildings have been described as autobiographical, as he is not dictated by convenience, rather his own emotions. This is evident in his own home and studio, Casa Barragan, which is centred around an oasis of a garden, whose facade is understated, and floor levels and room heights irregular.
Barragan has been hugely influential in design, with homages of bright hues popping up in contemporary architecture, interiors, and fashion. Barragan encouraged the intersection of different areas of design.
“I don’t divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one”.
Editor: Christopher George
With the Spanish coast becoming one of the most desired destination for luxury living, Malaga is a city on the sea with his aspirations for the future.
The popularity of the city and Costa del Sol region has soared due to national and international investment, and it’s no surprise that Brits are the main international buyers of second homes on the Costa del Sol, followed by North Americans, Germans, Belgians, Dutch and Scandinavians.
Referring to the new purchasers, Daniel Raya, Land Development Manager at Spanish leading real estate Metrovacesa said “They choose Picasso Towers for its high quality, prime location, astonishing sea views, the pleasant Mediterranean climate and the fact that Malaga is the fastest growing city in Spain at the moment.”
The first tower will be called Living, and will feature three swimming pools, a premium spa, fitness centre, private cinema, playroom, co-working area and nursery, as well as the latest technology and security. Carlos Rodriguez, CEO at Sierra Blanca Estates Developments explains: “Buyers are drawn to the exceptional services that will be provided to all owners and residents in Picasso Towers, which are the epitome of true luxury residences”.
The three towers will be finely decorated by the award-winning interior designer Jaime Beriestain and designed by architect Carlos Lamela, who is well-known for designing Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, Madrid’s new Barajas airport terminal and the renovation of Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu football stadium.
The first phase of Picasso Towers apartments will be ready by the end of 2021, and the whole resort is expected to be completed by 2023.
Belfast-based Vacarda Design studio reinvents traditional craftsmanship
For the first time at Decorex International in London, Vacarda Design present its bespoke design wallcovering, artfully handmade with Italian plaster and natural textiles. By rein- venting traditional material and craftsmanship techniques, Vacarda Design creates unique artisan finishes and beautifully tactile wall products that exhilarate the senses and transform modern spaces.
Vacarda Design, founded by Tanya Vacarda in 2018, is a creative surface design studio that specialises in high-end artisan wall coverings with a textural appeal. Using Italian plasters and her own unique technique, Tanya creates exceptional artistic finishes and products that have the flexibility and mobility that a modern and more fluid way of life demands.
The studio often collaborates with local Northern Irish crafters, weavers, ceramists and embroider- ers to create haute couture decorative wall coverings, murals and artworks.
The inspiration for the Decorex 2019 collection of bespoke plaster murals, wall panels and unique plaster wallpaper finishes came from the dramatic Northern Irish scenery and the work of local art- ists and makers. Despite its Emerald Isle reputation, the region is saturated with warm colours, ranging from intense burgundy to various shades of clay. The works of local ceramists and weav- ers, with their clarity of colours and simplicity of texture, also inspired some of the studio’s tactile designs. Every piece of the collection is unique and handmade to order.
“Each project I work on is an exploration of tactility and the aesthetic and therapeutic value of handmade products. I believe that by creating unexpected textural effects with enhanced tactility we can make living spaces healthy, more meaningful and engaging for the senses. Our tactile senses are not often stimulated in the indoor environment; we rarely enjoy the sensations and heal- ing effects that touch can give. The enhanced handmade texture of Vacarda’s pliable plaster finish- es invites the simple act of touch and adds another sensory dimension to interiors. A touch encour- ages a pause, and a pause is the closest thing to meditation.”
Article: Christopher George
The Annex a brand new innovative product line that is part of the Green Retreats growing product range. With 2 annexe buildings to choose from, the layout can be completely customised. The Annex is a turn-key solution for those looking to easily add extra living space to their home and offers more privacy for a growing family, adding some space for your creative self, or if your considering a small rental possibility. With the growing popularity of holiday rentals, The Annex is a great solution to add an income to your home. We personally crave The Annex at SoEdited so we can escape the office of central London and move to our back garden!! Just imagine walking to the studio in your PJ's.
The Annex take a fraction of the time to construct when compared to a home extension and offer what we compare to a tiny home as opposed to a simple additional room to your already existing property. The Annex is suited for year-round permanent living and is a fully functioning living space, complete with a bathroom, living room, kitchen and bedroom.
All of the garden buildings are built with care to the environment, engineered using high-quality eco-friendly materials in a factory that is completely carbon offset and run from solar power.
Just think of the extra interior decorating you can do!
Homes Editor: Petra Arko
Danish design brand 101 Copenhagen, founded in 2017 with a strong vision to create a world of beautiful accessories, exquisite craftsmanship, quality and timeless design.
With a passion for wood, quality textures and collaboration with master artisans, combined with design aesthetic that reflects their dedication to high-quality materials. A simple yet fun and interesting style and an organic, calm colour scheme. 101 Copenhagen are present their first collection filled with must-have season novelties and timeless classics.
Founder Kristian Sofus Hansen is a Danish designer graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, whilst also spending time in Japan studying at the Kyoto Institute of Technology. Kristian started collaborating with Tommy Hyldahl in 2016 for NORR11, and has now ventured out in the world of lighting solutions and home accessories.
Collaborations with artisans offer handmade dinnerware, hand knitted cushions along with ceramics and glass vases. The assortment of products includes vintage wooden pieces, rugs, suede trays and boxes, mirrors, as well as a bespoke lighting range created in partnership with NORR11.
101 Copenhagen provide home accessories that give interiors a personality and character, using the beauty of edgy elegance and a mix of beautiful textures.
Homes Editor: Petra Arko
Design Haus Liberty have built a modern house connected with rounded terraces on the Italian lake of Lago Maggiore.
The studio, led by Harvard educated architect Dara Huang, designed Villa Mosca Bianca as a holiday home for a retired couple who wanted a place where they could host family members on the shore of Lago Maggiore.
"The terraces were organically drawn almost as wings coming off the house," Huang says. "Each petal provides an opportunity to create a platform for the owner's hobbies such as yoga, eating, barbecue or hot tubbing."
The lakefront site dictated many aspects of Design Haus Liberty's design, including the need to raise the house three metres above the waterline.
Design Haus Liberty conceived of the house as comprising three layers, with a large sheltered deck connecting the outside space with the internal living area. At the heart of the building is a circular courtyard containing a 70-year-old bonsai tree.
Interiors were decorated in a neutral palette, chosen to minimise any distractions from the scenery. Stone is used throughout the to introduce a natural tone and texture to the otherwise minimal aesthetic.
Homes Editor: Petra Arko
Albert Frey, a Swiss born Architect and former Le Corbusier protege and work colleague of Charlotte Perriand is best known for his timeless modernist architecture mostly build in the Palm Springs in Coachella Valley.
When he arrived to Palm Springs in 1934 he ‘fell in love with the area’ and later he set up a practice with a fellow architect and John Porter Clark, who was already prolific in the area.
Frey House II is one of his most well known residential examples of the Dessert Modernism. It is build into the desert rock mountain with a view of Palm Springs. This simple metal and glass structure sits on its land with little impact to the environment.
“I had a very careful survey made showing the contours and all the rock. Then I put up some strings to see how the design would work out. We then established the levels, and then I had to fit the glass to the rock. The slope of the roof follows the slope of the terrain, the contrast between the natural rock and the high tech materials is rather exciting.”
At the time it was built, it was at the highest elevation of any residence in the city. Frey took five years to select the sight and a year to measure the movement of the sun using a 10-foot pole.
After reviewing his plans, Palm Springs City Hall called the design "crazy" but finally give its approval.
It has now become a hillside landmark.
Palm Springs Museum
Homes Editor: Petra Arko
Bauwerk is an Australian maker of non toxic chalky Lime wash paints founded in 2000 by a German stonemason and an Australian textile designer.
Bauwerk has developed the most beautiful pigments (more than 150 colours!) that create an astonishingly calm interior, instantly and lifts the space with its wonderful texture on walls.
Bauwerk paints are made with clay, minerals, and natural pigments—never plastics—so they are free of fumes and disposal is safe down the drain.
How environmentally fabulous is that!!