Decorex has closed its door for 2019, we went, we saw, and we got lots of cards. Here I will sift through the flyers and brochures I bagged and show you the cream of the crop (in my humble opinion).
First off not a product, but a duo that proves that fortune favours the hard working. Harding & Read took on the challenge of the VIP room at Decorex, previous designers have had to make do with building the structure within a marquee, and I have to say they've always done amazingly well. But this year H&R has an actual building to work with. And boy did the work with it. They filled the place with a shed load of ace designers, Matthew Cox, Rosi De Ruig, Vanderhurd, British Standard, and so many more. It was a treat to walk around and take it all in. One last note, not to be forgotten is their use of colour, for this they looked to Farrow & Ball. The colours they used and how they applied them was some of the best evidence I have seen for painting ones home. @hardingandread
1) If you follow more than one interior designer on Instagram you probably will have clapped eyes on this beauty, Gentle Light, It's from those excellent people at Pinch. Their whole stand was tip-top, but this piece I know stole the heart of the masses, including my mother. As delightful turned off as it was on, it is a useable piece of art. Gentle Light, £1,985 inc vat, from Pinch. @pinch_london
2) No photo will ever be able to do this stand the justice it warrants. Coban Rugs are handwoven rugs and runners in natural wool, not only are they chic as anything I have seen, but they also have a divine smell. 'The price of most of the rugs is £270 per sqm', Coban Rugs.
3) Next up Architectural Heritage, their stand gave my weary eyes a welcome relief. It felt like a little slice of the country had managed to place itself in the middle of Olympia. Their planters are exquisite, and the garden designer Katie Guillebaud made them bloom. @architecturalheritageuk
4) James Randolph Rogers & Co, their first time taking a stand at Decorex, and aren't we happy they did. When I saw it, I got pretty overexcited. I had to apologies for my embarrassing amounts of enthusiasm - I was not the only one, they said they had such lovely comments from press & trade - it is not hard to see why 'JRR moved to New York in 2011 to pursue his dream of creating his own hand-printed wallpaper collection. It was there in a small apartment in Queens that he spent five years obsessively carving wallpaper blocks from pearwood and printing samples in distemper paints.' Clearly, James has put his heart into getting this right, and from my point of view, he has nailed it. @jamesrandolphrogers
5) Common Room has long been a heartthrob of mine, one-piece, in particular, is their cushions, Hold mE.U cushions - 'These Brexit cushions are designed so that they can hold you tight in times of trouble. With mirrored hands, the two arms of the two different colourways (blush and envy) enfold you: hugs for all who need them.' You can see why I love them. At Decorex they were launching four new wallpapers,' by the long-neglected but once highly celebrated artist William Kilburn. Our booth will be a solo presentation of his designs Love Leaves and Old Oak.' Neglected no more, by the look of the number of people on the stand his designs will be gracing many a home. @commonroom.co
6) I first saw Teyssier being displayed in the Guy Goodfellow showroom, I was instantly drawn to the Hawkeswood fabric, but Teyssier is by no means a one-trick poney, their stand was filled to the brim with exquisite fabrics which all differed so nicely from one another, two favourites were the Kente Cloth & Rebecca (both in all colourways). @helloteyssier
7) Andrew Dominic, a stand which was so beautifully done, a flower arrangement suspended over some of Andrew's exquisitely crafted pieces. Produced in his workshop in Cape Town, these pieces are sophisticated and chic, I little piece of clam in all the colour. @andrewdominicfurniture
8) Anna French is under the Thibaut umbrella; there has been many a FOCUS where Anna French designs have been one of my top favourites. This year at Decorex no difference, it was hard to walk by the stand and not be entirely fascinated by this fabric, 'Fairbanks'. Filled with so many vibrant, curious colours. The Fairbanks pattern features a Japanese style large-scale vase and a vibrant floral motif. This fabric is a reproduction of a 1926 pattern named for famed 20's actor Douglas Fairbanks. @thibaut_1886
9) Maison Drucker was probably one of the first things that Gabby Deeming introduced to me when I started at House & Garden. My love for them has not wained, so much so when I saw their stand at Decorex I squealed as if I had seen an old friend. The colours and shapes that Maison Drucker heighten the already great bistro chair to new levels. @maison_drucker
10) Rose Uniacke's fabric collection was plucked from the Pimlico Road and made it's way to Olympia. RU Fabrics, 'Launched in the Summer of 2017, Rose Uniacke's unique collection of over 210 fabrics' & boy did they look good. I believe prices start from £74 per metre. @roseuniacke