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.

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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 shalin­

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