Decorex 2011Every year, Decorex showcases the latest trends in decor, and 2011’s theme is ‘Beauty and the Basics’, which, according to organisers, “expresses the Mother City’s creative energy with its design-led, back-to-basics approach, topped with good-humoured decor and a touch of fantasy”.

Leading lights from the South African interior design scene have been commissioned by Decorex SA to create inspiration settings for beautiful objects and highly desirable items worth having. The show provides a platform for the highly talented Laurence Brick, co-founder of Loads of Living, whose installation ‘Rustic Roots’ takes pride of place in the Fine Finishes section. An impressive raw wooden structure, it integrates hanging gardens and roomsettings along with art, craft and furniture from local designers.

With the hand-made revolution heading for the stratosphere, new show features celebrate the ‘proudly self-made’ phenomenon with free demonstrations, expert advice on colour and new techniques guiding a new generation of ‘make-it-myself’ enthusiasts. Design-craft supporting creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit will also make its mark on the show.

I’m not hugely into interior decor, generally, but there are a few interesting elements that might tempt me out to have a looksee:

BOS Tea House curated by Koncept Design: Pair a young energetic brand with an extraordinary design mind and the result is ‘the restaurant’ of the future, where tea is perfectly paired with food and design rules are broken. This is trading-post meets tea room; art gallery meets library.

Neil Stemmet of Koncept Design, a leading light on the South African food and interior design scene, curates this restaurant space using furniture from the past, the present and the future; combining the old and rustic with sleek Italian design.  With its chic warehouse feel the emphasis is on re-cycling, re-using and re-inventing.  Both laid-back and sophisticated this trend-forward pop-up restaurant features a poster bed to recline on while having a cuppa.  The BOS Ice Tea brand with its funky pop art – and very local feel – inspired Stemmet to come up with a deliciously creative idea for pairing ice tea with food: think pairings like roasted prawns on ‘mosbrood’ toast with lumpfish crème fraiche served with BOS peach tea, or something lekker and local like a Cape Malayan bobotie and lemon salsa on jasmine rice served with BOS lemon tea.

Decadent Diner: The talented teams from Young Cherry’s Designing, Jose’s Craft Steel Interiors and Stucco Italiano bring glamour to diner days. This designer space is devoted to sweet delights and seductive treats. Sip on blush-pink bubbly and bite into French styled patisseries. A perfect rendezvous for show guests to catch up on industry gossip and take a breather.

District Delicious: Know your cumin from your cardamom? Your sumac from your smoked paprika? In line with the home-indulgence trend to prepare upmarket food at home, rather than dining out, the show boasts a new section ‘District Delicious’, flavoured with gourmet products and wine, kitchen accessories and must-haves for home entertaining.

All Things Green House by Inside Living: Visitors can step into an eco-house where everything – from flooring and linen to pamper products for the home get the green thumbs-up. Inspired by how natures does things, this inviting eco-space shows how easy ‘converting to green’ can be; and that free-range living can be effortless, affordable and simultaneously stylish.

The South African Handmade Collection:  A carefully selected group of items from South African Handmade Collection will be on display and on sale, ranging from baskets woven from grass or recycled plastic, high-design handmade ceramic gallery pieces to functional ware and fabrics. This project brings the crafter a step closer to becoming a successful local entrepreneur and exporter.

Cape Craft Design Institute: Explore handmade design by established and up and coming crafters from the Western Cape proudly showing their magnificent products in an exquisitely styled shop environment. A must-visit for the discerning buyer of world class design craft.

Event Details: Decorex Cape Town
Dates: 29 April – 2 May 2011
Venue: CTICC, Cape Town
Times: Doors are open from 10:00- 19:00 daily. The show closes at 18:00 on Monday, May 2nd.
Entrance: R60. (Pensioners and scholars – R50; children under 12 –  R5)
Entrance is free for registered trade visitors on opening day.
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