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Decorex Durban welcomes big crowds to African-inspired exhibition

It was non-stop inspiration at this year's Decorex Durban.

22,997 visitors streamed through the doors of the Durban Exhibition from 21 to 24 March, taking in 2019 trends showcased by Africa's leading décor, design and lifestyle exhibition.

"The 'Designing for Africa - feels like home' theme was so beautifully incorporated into every aspect of this year's Decorex Durban and visitors - which increased from last year - really responded to this unique take on modern trends," said Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions. "Continental leaders in décor products and design visionaries worked together to curate some of the most inspired features, with this year's show differentiator most certainly being the flavours of Africa reflected throughout."

This year's African-style designs formed part of the extensive Decorex Durban features' programme.

In the home

Welcoming visitors through the doors of this year's exhibition was the Entrance Feature by Kipekee Studio, showcasing handcrafted furnishings by a Durban-based family. Organic elements alongside other 2019 décor trends - Surface Tactility, Abstract Art and Gen-Z Yellow - were then revealed in the Decorex Urban Living Trend House with SHF under the curative eye of Decorex Creative Director, Anita Bloom.

Turkish linens were a central feature at this year's Bedroom Project, styled by the Durban-based Cottonbox Bedroom and Accessories, while 'The Queen of Bedroom Success' - Jennifer Jones Interiors- impressed audiences with her unique style in the popular Decorex Designer Spotlight.

A popular item on the features' line-up was The Playroom Children's Décor Project where Perfect Imperfect, New Harvest Furniture and Lou Harvey unveiled the latest in children's décor trends. And for those seeking some bathroom-style inspiration, Shower Haus, Cas Tiles and Real Natural Stone reflected how luxurious this space can be in the Bathroom Project.

Highlighting the difference between everything from LED lighting to lanterns, the Lighting Project by Springlights gave audiences a dramatic visual of the impact lighting solutions will have in the home or office setting.

High-end design

Channelling global trends from London, Paris, New York and Durban were Rene Forbay Designs, Home Styling by Christi and Rainey Skyes in the Decorex International installation. Parisian fabrics, jewel tones, and geometric patterns showcased urban sophistication with African flair.

Designers were then given free rein to create a contemporary room setting of their preference, with a touch of Africa, in the impactful feature - The Designer Project. Three Generations Designs, Larkhouse Interior Design, Zingela S Interiors, Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors, and Trestle South Africa formulated iconic scenes using upcycled and handmade furniture, natural tones and textures, as well as clever design techniques.

What's cooking?

Natural African veneers, high-gloss surfaces and classic-contemporary design were some of the trends evident at this year's Kitchen Design Project by the Studio Collection. Overseen by The Studio Collection, this year welcomed designs by local kitchen stylists, Expert Kitchens & Interiors, Southern Kitchens, RAM Cupboards, and Nkayishana Décor Trading.

Audiences also got to witness high-end culinary action in a curated kitchen space by KitchenCo at the Gourmet Cooking Theatre which included flavours from the continent in the Cooking for African element. Bianca Harper of Valeo Whole Foods; Zainab and Faatimah Paruk, the Chilli Chocolate Chefs; Wayland Green and Theo Mannie of Granny Mouse Country House & Spa; Guy Gorrie, Executive Chef at uMhlanga's Royal Palm Hotel; Deena Naidoo, South Africa's first MasterChef SA; Gina Neilson of 9th Avenue Bistro; and South African dietitian, Danielle Roberts, all shared modern cooking tips and tricks.

Getting fashionable

A bold addition to this year's features' programme was Inscape Education Group presents 2nd Skin. Showcasing the common thread between fashion and interior design, students from Inscape Education Group re-purposed construction materials into exquisite fashion pieces.

Visitors were given a welcome insight into the tastes behind the Decorex SA team at the #WithlovefromDecorex feature. Each member selected their favourite locally-designed décor item from Ashley Furniture Homestore, all of which was artfully displayed at the show.

Trend discussions

Creatives were captivated by the latest addition to Decorex Durban - InStudio Trend Theatre by ABSA. Industry experts in business, design and finance shared ways to commercialise and expand business during this free-flow, CPD-accredited forum. Led by ABSA professionals who outlined financial trends, the forum welcomed trend forecaster and creative business consultant, Dave Nemeth; Interior design entrepreneur and owner of NT Design Box, Ntokozo Ntuli; design and creative industry professionals from Inscape Education Group; interior design visionary, Paige Waplington; Anita Bloom - Creative Director at Decorex SA; and former Springbok rugby player turned real estate entrepreneur, Butch James.

Books and bloggers

Literary influences in décor, music, fashion, design, cooking, lifestyle and television featured at the first-ever Library by EFAM - an innovative installation featuring magazines, autobiographies and designer coffee table books for visitors to peruse at leisure.

Taste and style

Decorex Durban was a veritable foodie haven, boasting a full menu of food and drink options served within some of the most stylish restaurants, bars and cafes. Decadence within the trending Mint tones was the Mint Treat Café while a range of new beverages - ice coffees, smoothies and nitro coffees - got visitors in the mood for décor at The Illy Experience.

The Wine & Bubbly Bar furnished by Homewood was the perfect space to unwind amidst customised furnishings, while the Gin Garden featuring ISHK offered a range of handcrafted gin cocktails in an African-styled setting. The next 'big thing' - Rummery - proved a hit with audiences keen to taste some exotic concoctions.

For the freshest and tastiest locally made meats, cheeses and ready-made meals, The Deli was the place to visit. Those seeking gourmet cuisine in an African-inspired restaurant found their cravings met at this year's Dine + Design Restaurant + Bar. Fudart strEATERY - a taste of Africa, continued the continent's influence as innovative chefs from Fudart featured exciting flavours from Morocco to Durban.

The popularity of the 1-Day Pop-up Market in collaboration with TINGG saw it extend to the whole weekend as crowds enjoyed incredible food options, bespoke retail products and even live entertainment in this contemporary and funky feature.

The Decorex inspiration continues at the upcoming Decorex Cape Town and Decorex Joburg exhibitions. Don't miss out on any of these - and more - exciting features!




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