High-profile exhibitors across all sectors, including furniture, interiors and lighting, helped Decorex celebrate 40 years of exceptional design in the grounds of Syon Park. Considered the leading UK destination for interior design, the four-day showcase attracted over 14,000 trade and consumer visitors.

Disruptive Dining, the main entrance installation, featured four elegant dining scenes bringing together the worlds of fashion, floristry, set and interior design. Created by leading designers including Matthew Williamson at Osborne & Little, Larry Walshe, Beata Heuman with Fromental and EligoStudio, the settings brought to life a summer garden party in a stately home, a geometric metaphysical sunset dinner, an architect’s working dinner and a casual dining floral feast.Inside, the Shalini Misra-designed Champagne Bar highlighted, as its centre-piece, an exquisite crystal chandelier designed by Erfre for Clartes. Inspired by the world’s first exhibition at Crystal Palace in 1851 opened by Queen Victoria, the design represented the fountain under the original canopy, topped with Prince of Wales feathers with a vegan gilding by royal wood carver Paul Wilson.

The Entrance Café marked Decorex’s 40th anniversary theme of collaboration, with three leading Derbyshire brands, Blackpop, Curiousa & Curiousa and Royal Crown Derby, celebrating the county’s creative heritage.
Within the halls, the Design Sense installations featured a sensory experience created by Rachel Vosper, an audio space by Lamont in collaboration with Bowers & Wilkins, “Sight Sensation” by Tim Gosling and friends, and a touch feature area by Country Life in collaboration with The Campaign for Wool.

Also held this past autumn was the 15th edition of the London Design Festival, promoting London as “the design capital of the world” and bringing together 500 exhibitors from 28 countries, including independent designers, established brands, international country pavilions, features and exhibitions.

Another successful show held in conjunction with the festival was designjunction, where Turkishceramics’s Gateways proved to be the most photographed and shared project. The commission by Adam Nathaniel Furman showcased Turkey’s rich ceramic history through four, brightly coloured gates, each referencing a different era.