Decorex Durban 2015 took place from 19th – 22nd March, and both visitors and exhibitors described the four-day showcase of the city’s décor, design and lifestyle talent a triumph for both home owners looking for great décor inspiration as well as professionals in the industry.
Themed The Home of Great Ideas, the Decorex SA portfolio’s first exhibition of the year represented a comprehensive display of KZN’s top decor talent, great ideas for the home, current trends, furniture and home solutions for anyone wanting to build or renovate.
Here are the highlights:
New to this year’s exhibition was the first ever Creative Business Exchange, a half-day innovative workshop sponsored by Caesarstone and facilitated by creative consultant Nadia van der Mescht. The workshop was an unmatched opportunity for small creative business owners to be stimulated in a creative-thinking environment with a view to taking their businesses to the next level. Attended by designers, decorators, architects, retailer and product designers – all said they drew immense inspiration from hearing key industry players share their success stories and the methods they rely on.
Always a drawcard is Plascon’s annual Colour Forecast, which unveils the hard-hitting colour trends for the year ahead and this year was no exception. The Plascon Spaces installation was vibrant and full of colour and perfectly depicting the four main palettes – Urban Glow, Natural Balance, Vivid Expression and Tailor Made.
Award-winning Durban designer Paige Waplington of Redesign Interiors, wowed the crowds with her attention-grabbing entrance feature in which she gave an inspired interpretation to the hot new Afro-Scandi decorating trend.
Also a hit with visitors was the Private Property Trend House, an interactive house-scape dressed by an array of Durban’s leading decorators that presented the ultimate walk-through design experience.
In this year’s Decorex Designer Spotlight, Umhlanga based Frans Alexander put his trademark classic-contemporary style to work in a sophisticated living-room installation decorated in the very latest Home Fabrics range of materials and wallpapers.
The province’s wildly innovative kitchen designers also had the chance to flaunt their creative colours and showcase this year’s biggest kitchen trends, in the Franke Make it Wonderful Kitchen Trend Project. Here, four very unique kitchens showed a practical application to new directions in ergonomics, greening, space efficiency and more.
Continuing the culinary theme, visitors also relished the fun home-entertaining talks and cooking demos presented by a host of engaging local chefs at the Dining & Entertaining Theatre, which was staged in a genuine Bespoke Designs kitchen. In addition, this year saw the launch of a series of interactive styling and table-decor sessions staged in the dining room ‘set’ adjacent to the theatre.
The perennially popular Craft & Create section of the show didn’t fail to delight either, with local artisans, suppliers and smaller exhibitors offering those with a love of all things handmade a wide choice of limited-edition pieces, thrifty finds and wise buys.
New to the show, the colourful and very popular UpMarket pop-up, featured this year on the Friday evening which offered artisanal food and original wares, not to mention engaging live performances by popular local musicians.
And, of course, for those who sought sustenance – or simply the chance to rest shopping-weary legs – Decorex Durban catered to all tastes, with everything from the sophisticated Unwined Bar by Paul’s Beach House Furniture to Afros Chicken Shop, Gloria Jeans Coffees Cafe and the Consol Gourmet Food Market. Each offered the opportunity to either grab ‘n go or linger awhile at leisure.
A group of Durban’s leading décor and design experts under took the challenging task of judging the exhibitor stands. This year’s judging panel included Bruce Fyfe from Fyfe Boyce Design, well-known business consultant Nadia van der Mescht, Craig Bennet from Jossi Design and Grant Webster from Fahrenheit Design.
The prestigious Best Stand Awards were awarded to:
- Caesarstone for best overall stand
- Electro-Medics for most interactive stand
- Re-Inspire, best newcomer
- Bespoke Designs by Jason Bowden, best kitchen & bathroom stand
- Eva Last, best green product
- The Decorex Designer Spotlight by Frans Alexander in association with Home Fabrics for best décor stand
- Spruced, best use of colour awarded by Plascon
- Rudi’s Choice, best build and plan stand
- Plantation Shutters, best small stand
- Real Natural Stone, exhibitor marketing award
- Impressions Printing, best craft stand
- Mooiplaas, best cooking and cuisine stand
The judges also gave Excellence awards to a number of other high-end exhibitors, credited with setting the scene for trend-forward South Africans. These include: Goodwood, Homewood, Consol, Uber Haus, Plascon, Neolith, Slinx, MobiDeck, Slinx, Wood Shack, Mark Norris and Design Team.