Our five favourite designs from Decorex

Our five favourites from Decorex

Did you skip Decorex again, thinking the trade fair is one for the traditionalists? You might have been surprised. True, the show is comfortable with its conservative outlook. However, there’s also a different side to it. A new generation of brands and forward-thinking crafts people exhibit there as well, embracing a more contemporary aesthetic. The new venue at Olympia also makes it much more of an easy trip. Here are our five favourite new designs from when we visited last week, including fresh takes on Art Deco shapes, spray-painted ombre effects and progressive ceramic arts.

Glaive Table light by Bert and Frank Glaive table light by Bert & Frank
When British manufacturer Bert Frank started in 2013, the lighting brand won us over with their sophisticated take on industrial lighting. Six years later, the company shows a new curiosity in art deco influenced designs, a shift we first noticed in their collections presented at Maison et Objet in January. At Decorex, Bert Frank launched more designs referencing the era. The Glaive series stood out with its horizontal lines and the tilted brass foot, looking like an aerodynamic vessel that’s been captured in motion. The collection is also the brand's first series with ceramic shades, which are produced in the UK’s traditional kiln capital Stoke-on-Trent.

Tom Faulkner Dining Table Papillon dining table by Tom Faulkner
Spray-painted ombre colours? The look and technique we saw gaining momentum in Milan reappeared also at the stand of metal furniture brand Tom Faulkner. At Decorex, he presented his new Papillon collection, a range of steel and aluminium furniture pieces with organically shaped cut-outs. When the designer visited Joshua Tree in California in 2016, he was impressed by the shape of the boulder formations in the area. Faulkner translated the curvy lines of the gigantic stones into a furniture range including this round dining table with a glass top.

Golden mirror and floor light by James Rigler James Rigler
Upstairs on the gallery of the venue, art and design critic Corinne Julius curated a selection of experimental furniture, lighting and art objects by Britain’s avant-garde artisans, labelled as Future Heritage. We were especially intrigued by James Rigler’s oversized furniture and lighting concepts featuring ceramic tubes decorated with golden metal leaf. They included a large mirror frame in the shape of a chain link, a silhouette he turned 90 degrees and slightly waisted for the corresponding floor light.

Hanover table light by CTO Lighting Hanover table lamp by CTO Lighting
After their recent collections focussed mainly on pendants and wall lights, London brand CTO Lighting realised that they had unintentionally neglected the table lights category. At Decorex, the brand which we recently welcomed on Clippings rebalanced its portfolio introducing six new table lights. Our favourite was the Hanover model with its semicircular shade resting on a tubular stem. Both elements are made from opal glass so that the light of the bulb not only radiates downwards but also illuminates the corpus itself, which glows in a soft creamy white.

Pink rug by A Rum Fellow
Zeta rug by A Rum Fellow
Each year the fair stand of A Rum Fellow gets a little bigger - a great sign for the growth of the still fairly young brand. Now in its fifth year, the textile studio with a knack for colourful, folklore-inspired patterns even secured a spot right behind the entrance. There, they presented multiple new collections, including the zingy Zeta. The flat weave’s grand geometric pattern consists of slightly irregular triangles, block stripes and rotated squares in soft pink, coral and saffron hues.

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