Decorex 2012 – Lasting Impressions continued…

Marica likes to use the expression – Sjoe! Well now it is my turn to say – Sjoe, how time flies by. The days are steadily slipping past since Decorex Cape Town 2012. I had better write about my lasting impressions, before they fade completely. Also, before Decorex Gauteng is upon us.

I am glad that we call our articles Lasting Impressions. For me it is reflecting on those exhibits at Decorex that enhanced my experience of the Expo.

Bob & Dan Skinstad’s Man Cave with the creative direction of Aidan Bennetts. Image via http://www.aidanbennetts.co.za

For starters, there was the launch of the Design Team’s latest fabric range. But since we wrote an extensive post on them already, I won’t labour that one. Then I was so impressed by the Man Cave designs as well the fact that part of their mission was to give back to charities. Each exhibitor was connected to either a charitable organisation or drive of their choice. Funds raised via a competition were destined for the respective coffers. Nice!

Loved the Rooftop Terrace Man Cave designed by Yvonne Kramer of Yvonne Kramer Interiors along with soccer player Ryan Botha.
A surf / skate shack man cave – it had funky slogans painted all over the place.

I have to admit having a soft spot for design and decoration of MAN CAVES, and wish that I had more of them to work on. There are a few universal imperatives to be found in a Man Cave – universal because it is not hard to know ‘What Men Want’. A Big screen TV, with all the paraphernalia that comes with it; a flawless sound system; big boys toys such as play stations; loads of memorabilia / objects around their favourite sport; furniture to sloth on, hardwearing fabrics; and then let’s not forget – a bar or space in which to store the drinks while the boys hang together. Fooze-ball, putting green… the list can stretch on and on, but essentially these cover the basics.

Well, as you can see from the images, these Man Caves did not disappoint.

So of the gorgeous foodstuffs at the rustic Hertex Fabrics stand – no wonder it was so crowded! Image via Hertex

Talking about ‘hanging’ with the peeps, one of the highlights for me was running into some fabulous designers that I have hung around with at various times and events over the years in the trade. They all seemed to be found ‘hanging’ around the HERTEX FABRICS stand. Small wonder, Hertex were serving up drinks and eats as if it were about to disappear, with plenty visitors to their rather big stand. Thanks Greg, Natasha, John and Martin for being such cool people to hang with.

One of the massive striped beanbags from Nomad Beanbags – would love to sink into this one. Image via Nomad Beanbags
Image via Nomad Beanbags

James Russell launched his latest fabulous product – the multipurpose NOMAD BEANBAGS made in his own range of durable fabrics. His tag line for this product reads: “Handmade in Cape Town to travel the world”. Good luck with this venture James!

The bright and cheery In House Furniture stand.

IN HOUSE FURNITURE told the story of how bright, bold, beautiful retro fabrics can be combined with contemporary linear furniture. This combination showed just how effectively these two styles can compliment each other.

The gorgeous mid-century modern Skinny laMinx & Space for Life stand. Image via Skinny laMinx

The fabrics of SKINNY LAMINX and the original Mid-Century Modern furniture of Stefan Frylinck from SPACE FOR LIFE worked in such an amazing complimentary way on their shared exhibition stand. The plus-factor was that there was a strong sense of warmth and homeliness around that stand. Stefan actually imports all these original mid-century furniture pieces from the Scandi countries.

Adriaan’s room settings are so beautifully intimate and person! Image via Adriaan Lochner
Don’t you just love the stunning introduction of plant-life into the room setting! Image via Adriaan Lochner

ADRIAAN LOCHNER once again produced an award winning exhibit. He included a soft colour palette of naturals, greys, soft greens (floral), natural textured fabrics, glass and wood etc. I just loved what he put together and as soon as I caught sight of that stand, I knew it was his work. He has this awesome knack of being able to style & group collectable objects effortlessly. His design ‘handwriting’ seems to include the most contemporary yet classic floral displays.

Adored the uncomplicated & trendy installation by James Mudge. It included the most striking ceramics by Lucinda Mudge too. Images via Decorex

In closing, there is the work of JAMES MUDGE that was found in the midst of the Plascon Exhibitions. The ‘Get Real’ and ‘Back to Basics’ theme was evident. In the spirit of keeping it green, he showed us what to expect with the application of simple plywood to produce trendy pieces.

These impressions will stay with me until Decorex Cape Town 2013. What will I see there? Will the upcoming trends be evident and properly interpreted for public appreciation? But in the meantime, well done to the Decorex amazing team and all the behind the scene peeps!

Decorex CT 2011 – Inspiring Designers

It is amazing what makes one stop and take a second look at an exhibition stand.  There were three Cape Town Interior Designers that exhibited to the public their craft and talents.  The most intriguing part was that each of them presented a completely different interpretation of an interior style.  Each styled room made me stop and take note – they were quite ‘out there’ in their boldness of design coming out of the designer’s years of experience in the trade.

The theme for Decorex was ‘Basic and Beauty’ – here are two designers who took this theme to heart, playing with their favourite design elements.

Adriaan Lochner. Image via Decorex

Adriaan Lochner is someone I have met a few times and have chatted in depth with him.  He is a very authentic person with many years in the interiors trade.  His style is timeless, venturing across the board in terms of being able to meet whatever genre of style his client’s brief gives him.  However, he selected to present a timeless setting of a dining room, which embraced antiques, rich warm colour palette, infused with a touch of the orient by way of a beautiful Chinese lacquer panelled screen.

The depth of room setting was further enriched by spectacular floral art – one of Adriaan’s hobbies and specialities.  The tonal warm was further made palatable with the inclusion of a display of pomegranates and autumn leaves – detail after detail adding depth and warmth to this timeless setting.

Adriaan Lochner. Image via Visi

Adriaan sums up his personal style preference as embracing stylish class, sophistication, finesse, always a reflection of good taste. As I said – he is authentic thus not allowing trends to set his pace. And that is just what he achieved – a timeless, infused, innovative interior setting.

I noticed that Adriaan was standing amongst the exhibit winners – Well done.

Salome Gunter

Salome Gunter on the other hand, presented a completely different exhibit – one that was so magnificently daring in totality – one that I was radically attracted to due to the fact that she presented the trendy, industrial relaxed and eclectic style so evidently ‘Now”.  The strong sophisticated, industrial country style was so inviting, that all I wanted was for everyone to leave, freeing me up to nestle into that red leather wingback and do what I love – read.

Salome Gunter. Image via Visi

She exposed us to her innovative, bold yet very intimate style with a bedroom and study room setting, packed with details that made full use of modern technology. We found that the digitally printed wall paper of a bathroom image from one of her projects; pages from a Louis Vuitton book – made into wallpaper panels – really just show how wallpaper can be anything you want, using any image you fancy.  (She tells me she is a Louis Vuitton junkie)

Salome Gunter

The ‘basic’ elements were to be found from the floor up – a rustic scaffold structure held the room setting within its confines and together with the untreated solid wooden floors planks.

Salome Gunter's Study setup with the beautiful Louis Vuitton sketches

Salome grew the interior setting layer upon layer, until the complete beauty of it unfolded, revealing Salome’s ability to keep pace with the global trend to include the past into the present, intimately.

We give her the “Royal Seal of Awesomeness”

Images, as noted: Visi & Decorex