Decorex Joburg took place at Gallagher Convention Centre from 9 to 13 August. Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director: Design, Lifestyle and Retail Exhibitions, says 2017 was one of the best Decorex Joburg exhibitions she has attended.

“The event perfectly captured the irrepressible energy that makes this one of the most exciting cities to visit. The colours and textures were incredibly diverse, giving visitors a real taste of the trends that have taken hold of this year, while also getting a sense of what will be weaving its way onto 2018’s canvas. Design, like any art form, is an ever-changing, energised discipline with no clear-cut lines and I think this was most evident in the incredible fabrics, products and designs that featured at Decorex Joburg 2017. I just cannot wait to see what the next year holds,” said Sian.

There were a number of new features at this year’s event including the Decorex SA Trend House, which gave visitors an opportunity to see a number of design influences and trends in action. Hall 6 showcased a newly curated Art * Wine * Design section where visitors enjoyed some old-world continental charm with tasteful touches of Africa.

Kansai Plascon once again revealed their annual Plascon Colour Forecast at the event. Colour experts were on-hand to discuss the latest colour developments with visitors while giving useful colour contrasting options for home improvements.

This year was the fourth year that product design showcase, 100% Design South Africa, took place alongside Decorex Joburg. Over 130 local and international exhibitors showcased furniture design, textiles, lighting, wallpaper and product design. In Hall 5, 60 local craft exhibitors, representing the South African Craft Collective (SACC), displayed a variety of home, gift and fashion accessories among others.

The Décor District, presented by Canvex, was where designers, Décor Identity, Bockhaus Designs, Distinctive Designs Group and Mia Bella Interiors projected their vision for this year’s trends in a room setting.

Award-winning interior designer, Stephen Falcke, drew on his extensive travel influences to portray his inimitable style. Stephen curated a masterpiece bathroom space which oozed luxury and sophistication through the incorporation of an antique copper bath and basin, mirrors, chairs and a daybed.

Decorex Joburg also featured a fully-equipped Bloggers Lounge where the country’s leading trendsetters and writers could craft décor copy about the event.

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