Flourishing new initiatives
Decorex Cape Town, on from April 29 to May 2 at the CTICC, lifts the lid on beautiful things and the practical knowhow to incorporate it in the home. Michelle Swart finds out more
THEMED beauty and the basics, this year’s show expresses the Mother City’s creative energy with its design-led, back-to-basics approach, topped with good-humoured décor and a touch of fantasy. Workshops, special-trend reporting and concept stands add diversity to the show.
Rustic Roots, an installation by Laurence Brick, co-founder of Loads of Living, takes pride of place in the Fine Finishes section. A raw wooden structure integrates hanging gardens and room settings with art, craft and furniture from local designers.
“In this new era, more is more has been replaced with doing more with less and a new form of décor sobriety has emerged,” says Cairey Slater, the show’s GM. “Sourcing meaningful products for the home is the key to living beautifully.
“The mantra made by my own hands elevated its status in design circles, especially contemporary designs with a modern sensibility. With the handmade revolution heading for the stratosphere, show features celebrate the self-made phenomenon with demonstrations, expert advice on colour and new techniques guiding make-it-myself enthusiasts.” Highlights of the show include: IID Trend Showcase: Fresh from Paris. this concept stand and trend-talk theatre captures the latest design directions featured in the IID Nemeth trend report, a collaboration between renowned trend forecaster Dave Nemeth and the Institute of Interior Design Professions. It serves as an essential resource for decorators, designers and retailers in the industry.
The highly visual presentation — which was recently presented in Paris — covers seasonal and annual colour direction and trend themes for the décor, interiors and furnishing industries. It reveals key patterns in textiles and furnishing fabrics and key materials in the manufacture of furnishings, lighting, and accessories. While focused on trade professionals, a special presentation has been tailor-made for consumers.
Bos Tea House, curated by Koncept Design. Pair a young energetic brand with an extraordinary design mind and the result is the restaurant of the future where tea is paired perfectly with food, and design rules are broken. It is trading-post meets tea room; art gallery meets library; home meets local eatery.
Neil Stemmet curates this restaurant space using furniture from the past and the present, combining the old and rustic with sleek Italian design. With its chic warehouse feel the emphasis is on recycling, re-using and re-inventing. Both laid-back and sophisticated, this trendforward restaurant features a poster bed to recline on while having a cuppa.
All Things Green House. Visitors can step into an ecohouse where everything — from flooring and linen to pamper products for the home — get the green thumbsup. This inviting ecospace shows how easy converting to green can be and that freerange living can be effortless, affordable and stylish.
The DStv Theatre of Ideas. DIY is clearly no longer the poor cousin of the décor world. Visitors get the inside scoop on inventive solutions to décor dilemmas. In the kitchen a line-up of chefs showcases the latest food trends with free demonstrations of simple, elegant dishes and plating ideas for dinner parties. Watch out for Simonsberg guest chef Nic van Wyk’s smoked croque monsieur and savoury koeksisters.
District Delicious. Know your cumin from your cardamom? Your sumac from your smoked paprika? In line with the home-indulgence trend to prepare upmarket food at home, the show boasts a new section stocked with gourmet products, wine, kitchen accessories and musthaves for home entertaining.