Homely haven

Michelle Funke finds out what to look out for at Decorex, billed as Africa’s largest decor, de­sign and life­style ex­hi­bi­tion

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DECOREX Joburg cel­e­brates its 20th birth­day this year and the own­ers, Thebe events and exhibitions, are hint­ing that next year there may be even big­ger things in store for Gaut­eng’s long­est-run­ning dé­cor show.

Mean­while, this year’s show prom­ises to be a good one, with six halls at Gal­lagher Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Midrand jam-packed, fea­tur­ing more than 700 ex­hibitors show­cas­ing ev­ery­thing from fridges to floor­ing, and chan­de­liers to chairs.

In ad­di­tion to the com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion of home dé­cor so­lu­tions, world-class kitchens and bath­rooms as well en­chant­ing gar- den ideas, Decorex Joburg will show­case the style and tal­ents of some of the city’s lead­ing de­sign­ers and cre­atives.

In­te­rior de­signer Tessa Proud­foot has been in­vited to de­sign and cu­rate the sought-af­ter Decorex De­signer Spot­light in­stal­la­tion at Decorex Joburg this year and her eye-catch­ing in­digo and white in­stal­la­tion at the en­trance to hall 5 is cer­tain to be one of the high­lights of the show. Tessa will add to the ex­cit­ing line-up with the un­veil­ing of her new fab­ric col­lec­tion with St Leger & Viney.

In­ter­na­tion­ally renowned in­te­ri­ors guru Stephen Fal­cke is the pa­tron of Decorex SA and hot on the heels of cre­at­ing the dra­matic in­te­ri­ors of Douw Steyn’s new Steyn City home, he’ll be de­sign­ing a stand for Decorex Joburg.

One of Cape Town’s lead­ing stylists and in­te­rior de­sign­ers, Tracy Lee Lynch, has been in­vited to de­pict the show theme of “Bliss”, in a whim­si­cally dec­o­rated fea­ture, high­light­ing the cross stitch trend with a sense of stylish nos­tal­gia. Her ideas were a hit in Dur­ban and Cape Town ear­lier this year and are cer­tain to be some of the most pho­tographed mo­ments at Decorex Joburg.

One of the most pop­u­lar fea­tures of Decorex Joburg is the an­nual un­veil­ing of the Plas­con colour fore­cast for the year ahead. And this year’s Plas­con in­stal­la­tion prom­ises to bring paint ap­pli­ca­tions to life as never be­fore. This look at the colours of 2014 is the ideal up­date of life­style and dé­cor trends and sets the tone for what many de­sign­ers and dec­o­ra­tors will be do­ing in the year ahead.

Jo­han­nes­burg trend fore­caster, David Nemeth, will be pre­sent­ing his 2014 Trend Fore­cast on Au­gust 7 and vis­i­tors are wel­come to at­tend this in­sight into the world of life­style trends.

Swedish car brand, Volvo, brings the #MADEFORYOU De­signer Pods to Decorex Joburg. Four trend­set­ting in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tors have been in­vited to test drive a Volvo car then use the ve­hi­cle’s in­spir­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics as their start­ing point in cre­at­ing a liv­ing space. De­sign­ers in­clude An­drew Macken­zie, Sa­man­tha Col­lett from The Chalk Stu­dio, trend fore­caster Dave Nemeth and WMI In­te­ri­ors.

Par­ents are cer­tain to en­joy the M-Net Cares Room to Grow cre­ated by Mr Price Home. Clev­erly de­signed chil­dren’s in­te­ri­ors de­pict­ing room set­tings that cater to the dif­fer­ent stages of a child’s de­vel­op­ment is the aim of this do­good decor ini­tia­tive. From a baby’s nurs­ery to a tod­dler’s play area, and a tween’s haven, right through to a teenager’s es­cape zone, all the fur­ni­ture fea­tured in the M-Net Cares Rooms to Grow by Mr Price Home (and plenty more) will be do­nated to the Or­lando Chil­dren’s Home.

An­other new fea­ture is the Craft Col­lec­tive, a show­case of hand­made and ar­ti­sanal de­sign by both ur­ban and ru­ral de­sign­ers. En­dorsed by many of SA’s lead­ing de­vel­op­ment agen­cies, Craft Col­lec­tive is Decorex SA’s con­tri­bu­tion to en­ter­prise de­vel­op­ment in the decor and de­sign in­dus­tries.

And when all the new prod­ucts and de­sign trends get too much, vis­i­tors can head to the Samsung In­spire Theatre for in­ter­ac­tive talks and demon­stra­tions of cookoffs and how-to’s by Jozi’s finest food, restau­rant and en­ter­tain- ment ex­perts, in a demo kitchen de­signed by Fu­ture Classics. There’s also the Decorex Joburg Art Gallery for a touch of cul­ture and the Global Pav­il­lion for a taste of what’s avail­able on the home­front from fur­ther afield.

There is plenty to eat and drink as well: in ad­di­tion to the show’s fa­mous foodie pav­il­ion, Dis­trict De­li­cious, The Gra­ham Beck Wine Bar by Wetherlys is the per­fect place to re­lax over bub­bly and sushi. The Tea Room by Con­cre­ate will be a pop-up restau­rant us­ing creative walling and floor­ing for mod­ern liv­ing, with fab­ric ex­e­cu­tions by Home Fab­rics as well as a de­signer cake com­pe­ti­tion.

Look out for brandy cock­tails and sin­gle serv­ings of brandy op­tions com­bined with con­tem­po­rary steel fur­ni­ture and tapas snacks at the KWV Brandy Cel­lar. The RAW-licious Café is the place to go for or­ganic of­fer­ings. The Fresh Food Mar­ket will of­fer a va­ri­ety of re­fresh­ments in­clud­ing gourmet boeries and wraps, stir­fries and heart­warm­ing curry. The Global Trav­eler Lounge will show­case on-trend no­madic decor ideas in an el­e­gant set­ting with an in­ter­na­tional flavour.

Some de­tails from the M-Net Cares Room to Grow with Mr Price at Decorex Cape Town. All the mer­chan­dise on their Joburg stand will be do­nated to the Or­lando Chil­dren’s Home af­ter the show.

In­te­rior de­signer Tessa Proud­foot, right, will be in the Decorex De­signer Spot­light. Ele­ments of her new fab­ric range with St Leger and Viney, above, which will be launch­ing at the show.

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