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Decorex 2022: A Legacy of Excellence

The interior design event Decorex is now in its 43rd edition and Design-Nation is proud to have been part of this journey since 2004. Our commitment to innovation and quality in product design is reflected in this partnership: Decorex is Europe’s leading high end interiors event. The plethora of gorgeous design and stunning new product launches reflects Design-Nation’s core values of Excellence, Diversity and Sustainability.

In 2022 we will present eleven impressive designers from across the UK, most of whom are new to Decorex. Their outstanding products range from luxurious textiles to clever lighting, hand-decorated tiling to contemporary ceramic vessels, and objets d’art sensitively crafted in glass and silver. Each Design-Nation exhibitor has in-depth knowledge of making, acknowledging impressive legacies of traditional craft processes that inform their 21st century making. Our designers are open to commissions, and happy discuss creating that something special for discerning clients and lovers of craft-led design.

We are delighted to present a guest exhibitor, Studio Jon Christie* who won the important New Designers One Year In award this year. Designer Jon Christie creates deceptively simple furniture, hand crafted with expert attention to detail, a stripped back approach and timeless aesthetics. Our partnership with New Designers spans many years and we always have a renewed sense of delight about the new talents we encounter and support; Jon Christie is no exception.

Flux Surface* is Amy Frankie Smith’s Sussex-based brand, and will be showing delicate porcelain lighting installations – clean, pure and with warming tones to enhance living spaces for both relaxing and working. Justine Allison* will travel from her studio in rural Wales to show groupings of impeccably constructed square sided ceramic vessels, decorated with precise hand-drawn lines that enhance the geometry of her forms.

A contrasting approach to contemporary lighting comes from Dan Morrison’s Blott Works* brand: Dan’s engineering background informs these playful and yet practical floor and desk lamps with cantilvered adjustable elements. The smooth surfaces of Dan’s lights will be offset by glass sculpture by Kira Phoenix K’inan*, who has developed unique drawing and casting processes to make her beautiful pieces. Kira’s international travels and love of dramatic landscapes are subtly referenced in these pieces.

Lovers of fine textiles will find much to admire in the contrasting and complementary approaches to jacaquard weaving by Beatrice Larkin* and Fiona J Sperryn*. Bea’s broken line monochromatic throws are created from her London studio, her designs based on hand drawing, interpreted in inky tones and woven in fine merino wool in a traditional Lancashire mill. By contrast Fiona weaves her own one-off art pieces in an array of carefully blended colours, taking her cues from the Cornish landscape around her atelier, and delighting in pushing what she makes to the limits of her digital loom, through an artisanal approach to the highly technical design process.

Award-winning ceramicist Anna Thomson* takes her slip-casting processes to extremes, bringing new industrial technology to the making of vessels and pendant lights. Their closely related but seemingly infinitely variable geometric cylindrical shapes play on notions of harmony and discord. Silversmith Holly Suzanna Clifford* takes a new view of landscape, skilfully crafting objects inspired by the hills around her Sheffield studio, building literal layers imbued with meaning and narrative.

Caroline Egleston returns to Decorex with her beautiful hand-decorated tile friezes, a contemporary take on traditional European techniques. Caroline frequently works to commission, creating collages of tiles that feature sensitive mark making, and her painterly approach with innovative colour combinations. Our eleventh exhibitor is Scottish weaver Lucy MacDonald of Arra Textiles*, fresh from her impressive installation at the Collect Open this year. Lucy’s practice is holistic and driven by her love of her loyal Deeside surroundings: she designs primarily in a multitude of blue tones that reflect tones of sea, sky and land, and brings a zero waste approach to her new take on traditional making.

Exhibition producer Helen Kemp says “As ever, the team at Design-Nation is honoured to acknowledge the enduring support of Decorex for our portfolio – our presence at this high quality show is an annual highlight in our calendars and a welcome opportunity to connect across our sector. We are delighted to be presenting high quality craftsmanship and exquisite works that pay homage to design legacies.”

* Denotes designers who are new to Decorex.

Decorex takes place 9-12 October 2022 at London Olympia. More information here.

Images courtesy the artists

News index page: Fiona J Sperryn

On carousel: Holly Clifford, Anna Thomson, Kira Phoenix Kinan, Blott Works, Caroline Eglestone, Fiona J Sperryn, Arra Textiles



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