Monday, 17 February 2014

Highlights of Decorex International Interior Design fair and working with Fine Cell Work

This year Decorex International Interior Design Fair was held at Perks field and the Orangery, Kensington Palace. There were quite a few brands and designers which I was already familiar with and it was great to see their ranges, particularly those exhibiting new collections for the first time – my highlight in this case was the signature ‘Grey’ collection by Little Greene, a contemporary ‘palette of 28 graduated greys’. I have been a fan of Little Greene for quite a while now, particularly because the other two collections they have curated coordinate historically authentic colours: Colours of England with English Heritage and Retrospective. With over 300 exhibitors, there were also plenty of new designers and companies to get to know better. Another favourite of mine is Cabbages and Roses - the floral fabrics are quintessentially British. 

Source: Alice Peto

New favourites included Alice Peto’s collection of stylish table and ovenware in Flamingo, Penguin, Parakeet and Guinea prints. These are perfect gifts for friends who love to entertain. 

Source: Curiousa and Curiousa

I was really taken by the coloured glass pendants by Curiousa and Curiousa, these single glass shades are free-blown in a range of complementary shapes and colours. I can just imagine how lovely a set of three would look above the dining room table! 

Source: Dovecot studios

The last new favourite find of mine was Dovecot Studios, a specialist tapestry studio in Edinburgh, which is a platform for tapestries commissions. The current exhibition, celebrating 100 years of tapestry collaborations with artists such as David Hockney, Sir Peter Blake and Cecil Beaton, is on tour in the UK.

Source: Fine Cell Work

The chosen charity for Decorex International this year was Fine Cell Work, a social enterprise that trains prisoners in high quality embroidery and needlework skills. This charity does vital work in providing prisoners with a constructive activity in prison and this in turn provides them with a sense of purpose and achievement. 

Source: Fine Cell Work

Hand-crafted items are sold online but also much of the work is commission-based, produced at the request of organisations such as the V&A museum, English Heritage and the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince of Wales. Decorex provided a great opportunity to raise the profile of the charity and sell items produced by the prisoners, which included the current range of pineapple print cushions. It was great for me to be able to help the Fine Cell Work events team achieve this on the day and I hope to be working with them again soon. Anyone living in London should go along to their pop-up shop in Chelsea, just next to Sloane square tube station, to see the full range of cushions and bags available to purchase before it closes in mid-October.

September 2013.

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