— Decorex

Yesterday I visited Decorex, an interior design show in London. Here are some of the fabulous designs that caught my eye…

No, these are not tiny bath tubs for mice… William Holland, based nearby in Dorset, have over 15 years experience in design and production and are the world’s leading specialist manufacturer of copper baths and basins. This really was a fantastic way to display their choice of finishes!

 

Ian Sanderson is an English family business that specialises in designing and producing fabrics and trimmings for residential and contact interiors. This year they have been inspired by the imagery and history of the rural French lifestyle.

 

Curiousa & Curiousa design hand-blown, bespoke glass and bone china lighting.

 

Craig Jenkins had put a small hand written note on this lamp asking people not to touch it. When I confessed that I really wanted to touch the silver birch shade he explained that not only was everyone touching the shade but they were puling at the bark and peeling bits off!

 

David Hunt Lighting is one of the UK’s longest surviving Lighting Manufacturers. Based in the Cotswolds for the last 100 years they are best known for designing and manufacturing wholly original products.

 

Heirlooms have been manufacturing some of the world’s most prestigious bed, table and bathroom linens since 1984. I didn’t have the confidence to flop down on the bed but it looked very toasty and comfortable.

 

Mitas & Co make gorgeous wallpaper and textiles for unique home interiors. It was the Cockerel design, illustrated by Alice Thompson, that really caught my eye!

 

Juliet Travers‘ ethos for design is to not only capture the common characteristics of wildlife but to also portray typical scenes in which those animals would be found. All their designs stem from beautiful detailed hand drawings, using mixed media materials to create life like textures and tones of the wildlife

 

Pam Weinstock‘s photographic work is inspired by urban and natural themes, and by the beauty and intrigue of the female form. I found her fabric design, shown here, completely refreshing from all else at the show.

 

Timorous Beasties are noted for their surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers. The design studio was founded in Glasgow in 1990. I absolutely love them!

 

Green Oak Furniture by Marnie Moyle make furniture from unseasoned oak. And these engraved boards are delightful. Even useless chefs should have beautiful chopping boards, so I am going to order one!

 

Cimitree, established in 2006 by cabinet makers Chris Thorpe and Adrian King, is dedicated to designing and making the very finest bespoke furniture , kitchens and interiors. This cabinet is the perfect example of their skilled craftsmanship and attention to detail. The marquetry is stunning, I could have stared at it all day long.

 

Benchmark are one of the leading woodworkers in the UK and have been designing and making furniture for the home and for commercial projects for thirty years from their workshops in rural West Berkshire. Their cabinet makers toolbox was the most exquisite thing I have seen and reminded why I studied furniture design.

 

Tristan Cockerill started working as a Landscape Designer having studied landscape architecture at university and is based in North Devon. I saw his work earlier this year at the Ideal Homes Show and love the finish on this cabinet.

 

Isis Furniture aim to create simply beautiful, understated and inherently individual furniture which reflects the absolute quality of the natural materials and has a unique and timeless appeal.

 

Tom Faulkner is a British furniture design company, specialising in beautiful handcrafted metalwork. His work is instantly recognisable and I think that he may have been the most busy stand I saw all day!

 

Clock House Furniture has been established since 1990 and has created a team of skilled craftsmen capable of producing furniture in a variety of mediums and styles. It was their designs using antlers that caught my attention.

 

The highlight of the day surprisingly was sitting in on the seminar, Sustainable Luxury – a contradictory concept? It turned out to be quite a lively and fun debate between (from right) Cheryl Gurner of Bathrooms International, Joe Burns of Oliver BurnsRebecca Whittington of The Scarlet Hotel and Oliver Heath of Heath Design.

 

I’d like to say the winners of the debate, for me, were Joe Burns and Cheryl Gurner… but I really want to go The Scarlet Hotel, so maybe Rebecca will be the winner after all!

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