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

Business Day - Home Front - - HOME­FRONT -

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.

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