SHALINI MISRA’S CHAMPAGNE BAR
The Champagne Bar at Decorex is always a stylish place to take a break from the stands. This year, interior decorator Shalini Misra is creating a spectacular setting inspired by the Great Exhibition of 1851. She tells us more.
How did the Great Exhibition influence your design?
The idea came out of visual research on the 1800s and international design. The Great Exhibition was such a landmark event – a combination of amazing structural creations, architecture, design and craft across many disciplines and cultures. For us, the concept fitted perfectly, as Decorex is the event where you can discover the very best products from exhibitors from around the world.
What can we expect to see?
We will create a contemporary interpretation of a glasshouse infused with graphic pattern and curiosities drawing the eye to every corner. It will be made from four sweeping structures reminiscent of the roof of Crystal Palace. Inside, the hexagonal central bar will feature backlit metallic detailing inspired by radiator grills; other details include rich velvets, Victorian-style ironwork and palm plants.
Where are you currently finding ideas?
Inspirations from history reinvented for today’s world; the Industrial Revolution meeting the Technology Revolution. And the theme of indoors and outdoors flowing together – I want to make plants in interiors as important as furniture.
Why is Decorex particularly appealing?
One of the best things about Decorex is being able to touch and try out the pieces from designers and makers. Seeing them in the flesh allows you to really appreciate the quality. Visit shalinimisra.com.