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Highlights not to be missed at Decorex International

Decorex, a UK-leading destination for interior design, will take place from 17 to 20th September as the opening destination of the London Design Festival, celebrating 40 years of design.

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. 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 2017 will be exploring design collaborations at this year’s show theme by focusing both on the strength of its past and current relationships and, importantly, looking towards those future partnerships.

A Decorex exclusive, Future Heritage will return with a showcase of new work and techniques by the leading names to collect in British craft. Corinne Julius, the renowned design and applied Arts Critic, is the curator and has selected 14 new participating designers including Lauren Nauman, Simon Hasan and Matt Davis.

The Decorex Champagne Bar, an annual fixture and central meeting place, will be designed by award-winning Interior Designer Shalini Misra this year. The design, which is inspired by The Great Exhibition of 1851, will take centre stage at the show. Rich velvets will be paired with geometric and figurative motifs, palace ironwork and Victoriana finishes for a contemporary take on the original design. The heritage colour palette will be complemented with finishing flourishes, such as decorative screen dividers and palm plants. As the event’s showpiece, the bar will be a luxurious location for relaxing with friends as well as a place for the meeting of creative and innovative minds.

Disruptive Dining, this year’s main entrance installation, will feature four unique and elegant exclusive dining scenes that bring together the worlds of fashion, floristry, set and interior design in a colourful dining experience. Created by leading designers including Matthew Williamson at Osborne & Little, Larry Walshe, Beata Heuman with Fromental and EligoStudio.

This year sees the 40th anniversary of Decorex International and, to mark the occasion, three leading Derbyshire brands will celebrate the excellence and creative heritage of the county by collaborating to curate the main exhibition Entrance Cafe. Innovative designers and artisans Blackpop, Curiousa & Curiousa and Royal Crown Derby not only share their Derbyshire base, but a passion for design, British manufacturing and the celebration of colour. Together, this Derbyshire collective aim to establish an opulent yet outre aesthetic, championing innovative Derbyshire design, in celebration of Decorex’s landmark year.

An extensive programme of talks is scheduled exploring current trends, projects and predictions for this year’s seminar programme. Bringing together the industry’s leading experts, highlights include a discussion of the future of design by acclaimed Stylist Emilio Pimentel Reid, Francis Sultana and Kirstie Carey from Cole & Son; of Craft Practice today by Polly Leonard, Margo Selby, Ptolemy Mann, Wallace Sewell; analysis into colour trends with Hannah Malein from ColourHive and tips on growing your design business with Polly Williams, Robin Sprong, Ana Azevedo, Kay Westmaas, Emma Hooton.

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