Anne Roselt, Plascon Colour Manager
Decorex Durban was held from the 18th to the 21st of March at the Durban Exhibition Centre. With some amazing exhibits – too many to include in this post – here is a taste of some of the stands that stood out for me.
Decorex Durban 2016 Highlights
Sutherlands Home Furnishing (SHF) had their latest furnishings and accessories on show, but it was great to be reminded of the craftsmanship that goes into making these products.
The Champagne Bar designed by Platform Creative Agency was a show-stopper. The light fixtures, furnishings and wall feature of Perspex – with a film that changed colour depending on the light – had to be inspired by the bubbly drink. The Caesarstone stand next to the Champagne Bar was also a great stand, as always.
Winner of the most colourful stand at Decorex was interior decorator, Philippa Courtenay, from Re-Inspire.
One of the Man Caves beautifully designed by Angela Rousseau from Change Design Studio; this was one of four bachelor pads done for male celebs in the Top Man feature sponsored by Natural Stone. Angela designed this bedroom in conjunction with former South African rugby fly-half, Butch James.
Olàlà! Interiors created this beautiful stand for The Institute of Interior Design Professionals (IID) using art and furnishing to lighten a moody space.
Lindi Thusi from LTJ Africa Projects is such an inspiration. She qualified as a doctor but could not shake her passion in art and design, and so Africa Projects was born. Everything on her stand – the paintings, painted accessories, the unique furniture designs and painted furniture – were all done by her. I am sure we will be seeing much more of Lindi in the future.
Plantation Shutters‘ beautiful stand was designed by Sprout Design.
Loads of patterns all working together beautifully on the Abide and Elle Kay Fabrics stand at Decorex Durban.
Mi Africa Décor Experience from 8 Morrison Street, Durban. Seen above is Bulewa (“Bullet”) Mvulana and her uplifting stand showing off some unique African designs, colours and furniture.
Winner of the best stand on show at Decorex Durban was Neolith. Apart from the stand design; making cocktails for visitors, while demonstrating the qualities of their product, was a hit with the judges.
The Art Galley at Decorex Durban included these thought-provoking paintings, themed “Be Men of Courage” by Artist Munro, which I loved.
Ceramic artist, Frank Nthunya (26 Old Main Road, Hillcrest), with his original beautiful ceramic pots. Such careful consideration has been given to the colours used, e.g. blues inspired by the Xhosas for this pot. All his pots are original hand-built coiled pots which are smoked dried with Aloe leaves in a pit.
Decorex Cape Town is next, so see you at the ICC from 29 April to 2 May.