London Design Week 2014: Decorex

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Catherine Bowen
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London Design Week 2014, Image Source vam.ac.uk

London Design Festival 2014, Image Source: vam.ac.uk

My, how the time flies… The London Design Festival was only two months ago and yet it feels as though it’s been three times as long ago! I had promised you a follow-up post on the five events that make up this week-long festival, one of which is Decorex International.

As part of the London Design Week 2014 celebrations of the Georgian Era, the organizers invited some of the biggest names in design royalty to create the famous and always eagerly anticipated entrance.

London Design Week 2014 Highlights: "A Rakes Progress", Image Source artble.com

“A Rakes Progress” by William Hogarth, Image Source: artble.com

The designers produced eight exclusive installations which were inspired by “A Rake’s Progress” (a series of eight paintings by 18th-century English artist William Hogarth). The canvases were produced in 1732–33, then engraved and published in print form in 1735. Within the 8 works is depicted the decline and fall of Tom Rakewell: the spendthrift son and heir of a rich merchant, who comes to London, wastes all his money on luxurious living, prostitution and gambling, and as a consequence is imprisoned in the Fleet Prison and ultimately Bethlehem Hospital, or Bedlam. (wikipedia.org)

London Design Week 2014 Highlights

London Design Week 2014 Highlights: 'The Levee' by Nigel Coates, Image Source modenus.com

“The Levee” by Nigel Coates, Image Source: modenus.com

London Design Week 2014 Highlights: "The Levee" by Nigel Cotes, Image Source decorex.com

“The Levee” by Nigel Cotes, Image Source: decorex.com

The entrance was inspired by “The Levee” and was put together by furniture designer Nigel Coates; the centrepiece was a sofa reflecting the intimate tete-a-tete at a Georgian society meeting of artists, musicians and thespians.

London Design Week 2014 Highlights: 'The Gaming House' by London Harlequin, Image Source suzzysmith.co.uk

“The Gaming House” by London Harlequin, Image Source: suzzysmith.co.uk

London Design Week 2014 Highlights: "The Gaming House" by London Harlequin, Image Source decorex.com

“The Gaming House” by London Harlequin, Image Source: decorex.com

Luxury tableware, decorative accessories and lighting exhibitor Harlequin London (winners of ‘Best Stand’ at Decorex 2013) created “The Gaming House”. They are known for their creativity and style, which was very evident in the stand (seen above).

London Design Week 2014 Highlights: The Orgy by Russel Sage & The Fromental, Image Source modenus.com

“The Orgy” by Russel Sage & Fromental, Image Source: modenus.com

Russell Sage and Fromental collaborated to produce the set of “The Orgy” which featured a backdrop of commissioned wallpaper that, together with the richly-coloured Gainsborough silks and damasks, form a very literal translation of the original painting scene.

London Design Week 2014 Highlights: 'The Madhouse' by, Image Source matthewcox.com

“The Madhouse” by Timorous Beasties & Retrouvis, Image Source: matthewcox.com

London Design Week 2014 Highlights: 'The Madhouse' by, Image Source matthewcox.com

‘The Madhouse’ by Timorous Beasties & Retrouvis, Image Source matthewcox.com

Timorous Beasties and Retrouvius (who love an eccentric pattern) created the installation “The Madhouse” (see above). During Georgian times it was not uncommon for the wealthy to visit ‘mad-houses’ to view the lunatics. In this recreation, they invite the viewer to enter the vignette and be surrounded by caricatures of 18th century “unfortunates” as they were commonly called.

London Design Week 2014 Highlights 'The Prison' by Shaun Clarkson, Image Source twitter.com

“The Prison” by Shaun Clarkson, Image Source: twitter.com

London Design Week 2014 Highlights 'The Prison' by Shaun Thompson, Image Source decorex.com

“The Prison” by Shaun Clarkson, Image Source: decorex.com

“The Prison” was designed by Shaun Clarkson; it featured only peep-holes through which one could discover the wonders within… It is a homage to this modern designers penchant for the avant-garde and the extravagant!

London Design Week 2014 Highlights 'The Marriage' by Kit Kemp, Image Source zekecreative.com

“The Marriage” by Kit Kemp, Image Source: zekecreative.com

“The Marriage” was recreated by Kit Kemp in collaboration with high-end brand de Gournay who used their delicate hand-painted wall-coverings as a background to all the mad curiosities and eccentricities.

London Design Week 2014 Highlights 'The Heir' by, Image Source superyachtnews.com

“The Heir” by Lulu Lytle & Edward Bulmer, Image Source: superyachtnews.com

Lulu Lytle of Soane Britain worked with Edward Bulmer – renowned for restoring Britain’s heritage buildings – on “The Heir”…

London Design Week 2014 Highlights 'The Heir' by, Image Source superyachtnews.com

“The Heir”, Image Source: superyachtnews.com

London Design Week 2014 Highlights: 'The Arrest' by Image Source luxworldwide.com

“The Arrest” by Peter Phan, Image Source: luxworldwide.com

And lastly, sought-after interior designer Peter Phan – in conjunction with a number of renowned luxury brands such as Andrew Martin, Simpsons Furniture and Mirrors and Samuel & Sons – put together this scene entitled “The Arrest” (see above).

All in all, one can see that these installations at Decorex International were nothing less than a “very British” affair…

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