Fes­ti­val fever

Next week, Syon Park and De­sign Cen­tre, Chelsea Har­bour, will be the set­ting for two of Europe’s most ex­cit­ing in­te­rior-de­sign events, of­fer­ing a priv­i­leged glimpse of this au­tumn’s most ex­cit­ing launches. Ara­bella Youens takes a peek at what’s in store

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Held in the grounds of Syon Park (above), decorex at­tracts more than 14,000 vis­i­tors, who trawl 400 stands in search of in­spi­ra­tion and an in­sight into the lat­est trends. This year, the dec­o­ra­tion of the en­trance takes the theme of a 40th-birth­day din­ner party (it’s decorex’s 40th an­niver­sary this year) and fea­tures four scenes, cre­ated by, among oth­ers, fash­ion de­signer Matthew Wil­liamson in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Os­borne & lit­tle and in­te­rior de­signer Beata Heu­man, that bring to­gether the worlds of fash­ion, floristry and in­te­ri­ors.

In the cafe, Black­pop, Cu­riosa & Cu­riosa and Royal Crown derby, three lead­ing der­byshire brands, are com­ing to­gether to high­light the cre­ative her­itage of their county.

One of the many at­trac­tions of decorex is that it cov­ers the full spec­trum of tastes, from cut­ting edge to qui­etly dec­o­ra­tive fab­rics, wall­pa­pers, light­ing and fur­ni­ture. Among the big-name ex­hibitors are Beau­mont & Fletcher (A32), Cru­cial Trading (F23), Had­don­stone (B19), In­dian Ocean (d21a) and Ju­lian Chich­ester (e33), who will rub shoul­ders with more bou­tique out­fits, such as tex­tile man­u­fac­turer Margo Selby (K40) and dorset-based bath­ware man­u­fac­tur­ers Wil­liam Hol­land ltd (A67). Many use the show as a plat­form to launch new de­signs.

In­creas­ingly, the art of crafts­man­ship is also play­ing a star­ring role at the show. Nowhere is this bet­ter high­lighted than at Fu­ture Her­itage, where de­sign and ap­plied-arts critic (and Coun­try Life con­trib­u­tor) Corinne Julius show­cases new works and tech­niques by lead­ing names to col­lect in Bri­tish craft. This year, she has se­lected 14 new de­sign­ers to ad­mire, in­clud­ing Zachary east­wood-bloom, lau­ren Nau­man (be­low) and Si­mon Hasan.

Be­cause the de­sign of a room goes far be­yond just vis­ual im­pact, four fea­ture ar­eas will ex­plor­ing sight, sound, smell, and touch. An­gus Gib­son of tech­nol­ogy company la­mont has de­signed an open space to represent sound. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bow­ers & Wilkins and fur­ni­ture maker Ru­pert Be­van, he has cre­ated a re­laxed space in which to en­joy high-qual­ity recorded mu­sic.

The sense of smell will be in­voked by the

Bel­gravia-based can­dle­maker Rachel Vosper, who will demon­strate es­sen­tial tech­niques and ex­plore the his­tory of can­dle mak­ing. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bri­tish Wool, Coun­try Life is ex­plor­ing the tac­tile pos­si­bil­i­ties of the fab­ric to cre­ate a ‘touch’ fea­ture area show­cas­ing spe­cially com­mis­sioned pho­to­graphs of the dif­fer­ent breeds of our woolly friends.

Over the four days of the show, a se­ries of sem­i­nars will be on of­fer, which are free to at­tend for all vis­i­tors. each will be hosted by ex­perts in the world of de­sign and fea­ture an ar­ray of lead­ing lights such as So­phie Con­ran and Nicky Haslam. This year’s top­ics range from us­ing art within in­te­rior de­sign and how tech­nol­ogy is im­pact­ing on the home (Septem­ber 17, both at 3pm) to the fu­ture of de­sign (Septem­ber 18, 12pm) and our own dis­cus­sion on the re­nais­sance of wool in in­te­ri­ors (see page 149).

When Septem­ber 17–20 (open to gen­eral public all day Tues­day) Where Syon Park, London Times 10am–6pm Sun­day and Mon­day; 10am–7pm Tues­day; 10am–5pm Wed­nes­day Tick­ets £15 trade, £30 con­sumer

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