Africa’s premier decor, design and lifestyle exhibition, Decorex, took place in Durban and it was a sight to behold. From the 21st to the 25th of March, attendees had the privilege of being exposed to international trends and styles throughout the décor, design and lifestyle industries. Visitors to Decorex Durban got to witness how these global preferences are interpreted at a local level.


Setting The Tone

Vibrant colours splashed across to the Decorex Designer Spotlight feature as Paige Waplington, owner of Redesign Interiors and CEO of the African Institute of Interior Design, crafted a unique space, reminiscent of a hotel room. Paige and her team created bespoke furniture pieces in this standout installation.


In The Home

The @home Trend Home – curated by Creative Director of Decorex, Anita Bloom –was a display of @home’s stunning range of furniture and décor. Leading kitchen and bathroom suppliers were given a blank slate to fit and fashion stylish rooms, showcasing the latest in appliances and fittings. Visitors got a unique insight into the team behind the show at the imaginative #withlovefromDecorex feature. This discerning display showcased 18 furniture and décor pieces from this year’s trendy @home collection, each representing an aspect of the 18 dynamic personalities that make up the Decorex team.

Three local designers, including Durban’s Mi Afrika, curated three vastly different room settings in The Bedroom Project. Visitors basked in the trendy apartment bedroom before being immersed in the serenity of the bush lodge room setting with the final space exposing them to an elegant hotel room – all of which are connected through the Decorex #rhythmoflife theme. Taking a much more central role in the home, the bathroom was given some deserved attention at this year’s Bathroom Trends Project. Designers collaborated with top-end bathroom suppliers to select their preferred accessories, fittings, fixtures and colour palette for three sophisticated bathroom settings that reflect local styles and trends. Each bathroom correlated with the Bedroom Project’s apartment, bush lodge, and hotel installations.

Every age brings with it unique needs and preferences which is why the Rooms to Grow feature drew worthwhile attention from those in parenting roles. Parents walked through the softened, muted tones of the Baby Room, transitioning into the more energised Toddler Room with its stimulating colours and space. The Tween room acknowledged the need for identity and exploration while the Teen bedroom provided a comforting yet inspiring environment for the adolescent.


Time to Accessorise

Senses were elevated in the Design and Textile Elements, where decorators and interior designers curated an interior room setting to display their signature design styles. They got the chance to incorporate the latest iconic designs, which have been fashioned into this year’s stunning fabric collection.

Lights can make or break any room, which is why suppliers relished the opportunity to display the best illumination for every space in the Lighting Elements – which was courtesy of Light+Living. This enlightening feature showcased the latest ranges of innovative, on-trend lighting solutions for any space.

Nature décor products – including marble, cork, glass, brass, metallics, bamboo, wood and ceramics – found their place in the Natural Elements feature, sponsored by Neolith. It was a stunning fusion of the latest design trends, grounded by tactile natural products from top design houses.


The Great Outdoors

The outdoors formed an extension of the home at this year’s verdant Landscaping Feature. This contemporary garden installation by Spade Design, expressed the playful intertwining of urban modernism with the primal jungle, using the latest calming colours and natural materials.


No garden is complete without this on-trend feature – the shed. Eykon, Dreamery, MSQ Interior Design and Jennifer Jones Interiors transformed basic sheds into glamorous She Sheds – a female version of the ‘man cave’. The designers were tasked with incorporating a touch of pink into each shed, which formed a safe haven for one of four chosen celebrities. These include Ukhozi FM radio presenter, Vukile Mckenzie; renowned actress Jailoshini Naidoo; and famed South African actress and television presenter, Kajal Bagwandeen. Decorex SA partnered with breast cancer awareness NGO, PinkDrive, for this fundraising feature.


Quick Culinary Treats

The two-day Pop Up Market – brought to life by The Creativity Lab – introduced visitors to a range of artisanal crafts, suited to the 2018 interior design and décor trends while providing a relaxed environment for some of Durban’s finest cuisine. Fusing the culinary experience of some of Durban’s top restauranteurs was the incredible Roast Co. This rotisserie on wheels served a succulent variety of the company’s signature meats, including slow-roasted lamb, marinated chickens, pulled pork, and brisket. Happiness was found at The Rhythm Eatery, styled by The Creativity Lab, where some of the best local food trucks satisfied a range of divergent tastes.


Refreshing Drinks

Professional mixologists expertly guided visitors through the exciting world of craft gin at this year’s deliciously refreshing feature – The Secret Gin Bar. Guests sampled a number of delectable gin cocktails prepared from a selection of local and international gins. Those whose palates have an affinity for wine had a chance to taste some of the best South African and international wines available at The Tasting Room Wine Bar. A myriad of subtle bouquets was on offer, all crafted in a space complete with custom-made wood and steel furniture by Yard Seventeen, draped in gorgeous fabrics from Caversham Textiles. Live music by DJ Lau Lau enhanced the wine-tasting experience on the weekend.

You still have a chance to check out these incredible décor, design and lifestyle features that embrace the #rhythmoflife.


Decorex Cape Town
27 April – 1 May 2018
10am – 6pm daily
Cape Town International Convention Centre
Trade Day: Friday 27 April
Ticket Prices: Adults – R 110 Student/Pensioners – R100 Kids U12 – R20 Trade – R100 Exhibitor – R100

8 – 12 August 2018 10am – 6pm daily
Gallagher Convention Centre
Trade-focused days: 8 and 10 August
Ticket Prices: Adults – R 120 Student/Pensioners – R 100 Kids U12 – R20 Trade – R 100 Exhibitor – R 100

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