Main image: Black and White woven bowl from @design.afrika

The spaces we move, live and work in have all been radically re-imagined and will still change further. Industry researchers are investigating everything from how tech-smart or sustainable your home will be in the future to your evolving working space – either at home, at the office, in a communal shared space, on the beach or a combination… 

Profound shifting taking place

Considering these profound shifts, Decorex Africa’s newly appointed curator, Bielle Bellingham, a creative director and former décor magazine editor, re-envisioned the show.

Curator insights

Bellingham shares just a few of her curatorial insights that were boldly illustrated at the shows through uniquely formatted displays.

Lucky LOOK Chair by @meeco_studio

Curator insight #1: Gone soft

The home space is getting ready for migration towards soft textures such as 3D, voluminous pieces bringing into your home a newfound sense of haven and an enhanced feel-good factor such as these by @sisterbystudioashby.

Curator insight #2: Work/play

The workspace will be a gentle balance between what it is to work and what it is to play. A certain level of practicality is needed to accomplish a purposeful design. There is a perfect place for the ultimate work/play collaboration.   

Top left clockwise
Spiral Light Shade and Octopus Light Shade from @design.afrika
Mudziira (‘warmth’ in Shona) Floor Lamp made in collaboration with @wolkberg_casting_studios from @theurbanative
Aids Ribbon (2021) by @benorkin from @whatiftheworld_gallery
Terracotta Strawberry Bowl by Mandi Sandenbergh from @design.afrika
Still life for Flash Chair by @alex_f_coetzee
Three-legged Oak Bar Stool in lime from @jamesmudgefurniturestudio
Persimmon Slice Fabric by @skinnylaminx
Woven Cacti from @moroccanwarehouse
Fabric Triangle Shape by @meeco_studio
Hardwood Chair by @jamesmudgefurniturestudio
Woven cushion from @design.afrika
Stacked Totem Side Tables from @design.afrika
Purple Rain Table Lamp from @joepaine_studio.

Curator insight #3: No more “kitchen”

Kitchens are adapting and morphing into living areas in unconservative ways.

Paradise Lamp by @arrange_studio
Stripe Tablecloth by @generalgoods.store

Curator insight #4: Making not taking

The pandemic and burgeoning sustainability concerns have lent a different urgency and cachet to the act of making. It is time to conserve, reshape and reupholster that sofa instead of replacing it.

Curator insight #5: Circular economy

Product and interior design crafted with sustainability in mind will drive a shift in both mindset and outcome.

Full acknowledgement and thanks go to https://www.decorex.co.za for the information in this editorial.

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