The high-end residential interior design event.
1. The Creative hub of design is back, both on and offline.
Decorex is an exhibition that has now ran for over 40 years has created a central platform for high-end interior design professionals to meet and grow their business. Over time the show has evolved and in 2021 their year round digital service, where they hope to provide new opportunities for the creative industry, was launched. The aim is to help people connect, learn and flourish as well as utilise peoples expertise and in-depth knowledge of the design world without the constraints of time around the show.
If you've missed Decorex in person, see below our round up of the latest show trends but also be sure to check out their virtual event from the 16th to the 18th of November.
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The Entrance installation by M. Waldemeyer.
Decorex show logo.
The Circus Bar designed by Sara Cosgrove Studio.
2. What's on...
The talks programme gave us a star studded line up of 80 design experts there to share ideas and practical advice. The agenda ranged from subjects such as craftmanship and the importance of heritage within design, to the impact the pandemic has had on the interiors of our house, home and work space. Speakers also touched on key trends including maximalism and the importance of colour, as well as the balance between luxurious product and sustainability, can they combine?
Discover who else featured on the Talks Programme on the Decorex website.
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Speakers within the scheduled programme for Decorex 2021.
A snapshot from talks held in 2019.
Jay Blades during his talk at this years show.
3. Future Heritage.
Not only does Decorex host the latest design brands, they reach out to up and coming designer makers and give them the opportunity to take centre stage through the Future Heritage platform. Now in it’s seventh year the curators give ten talented makers the platform to showcase their work. Below we’ve highlighted three of our favourites. First off, a glass artist Amanda Simmons creates the most exquisitely patterned glassware through manipulating mass, heat, and time to form intense colour and pattern. We just love the individuality of each piece and how the finished work of art changes with the surrounding light.
Next up, jewellery designer Lynne MacLachlan uses plastic from renewable sources to create 3D printed products. Here at The Woven Edge, we’re all about pattern and colour placement and just loved the impact these hanging works of art create. She communicated her appreciation to Decorex saying, “Moving into interiors and beyond my jewellery practice meant Future Heritage was a great springboard to catalyse and launch these ambitious and larger-scale works.”
Lastly but by no means least, Anna Ray a specialist in soft sculpture who takes inspiration from texture and structure found around the world. She likes to work with humble crafts to create mesmerising works of art. At Decorex, she created three large wall hangings/screens, as well as doing a live making demonstration.
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Work from glass artist,Amanda Simmons.
Lighting from Adam Nathaniel Furman.
Soft sculptures by Anna Ray.
4. The Trends.
Current looks are still very much focused on the world around us, striving to become greener, looking to sustainable resource, bringing nature into our homes and improving mental wellbeing. Exhibitors from the show, and inparticular those highlighted below caught our eye as pinical design movements for 2021 going into 2022. Focus areas include...
Natures Reflection: Our decisions in life has great impact on the world around us and we are quickly learning we need to rebalance our ecosystems. Natural resource and biodegradable material bring us untamed textures and real life colour. One example below comes from Bethan Gray giving new life to discarded scallop shells that would have been left as waste product, creating beautiful, contemporary patterned furniture. Another example comes from Timourous Beasties newest design, the Matzu Tree encapsulating and almost overprinting a past design, The Japanese Tree uses sponged colour, fluid line and textured strokes to create almost an impact of time and natural growth.
Cultural Identity: Emphasising the importance of heritage crafts takes influence from around the globe to renew a connection with the past and invigorating long established processes for future generations to learn and use.
For example, Ian Mankins Gradient Stripe below uses traditional weaving techniques with regenerated cotton yarns that would have otherwise been sent to landfill. It’s just a timeless piece that can fit within any era of interior.
House to home: With more people spending increased time in their home we reevaluate the function and impact of day to day life. Layouts are being redesigned for multifunctional use, colour is being used to uplift and promote positivity and material is well thought out for both comfort and environmental impact.
At The Woven Edge, we strive to be ahead of the trend and have a dedicated design team to ensure we optimise on the quality and look of our products. One of latest lines, The Eco range really ticks the boxes of the above trends taking traditional craft with recycled material, fit for a variety of settings in and out of the home. Keep up to date with our social media platforms to find out more information surrounding this collection.
Looking back to the show, we have loved seeing the buzz around an actual face to face live event and look forward to discovering the virtual world that Decorex sets to present to us.
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The Liberty Cafe at Decorex.
Furniture and homeware designer, Bethan Gray.
Ian Mankin Gradient Stripe Blue stone.
Timorous Beasties Matzu Tree.
Little Greene latest National Trust collaboration.
Country Town and House The Monkey Puzzle Tree.
We're On The Move!
The past 18 months has been a time of uncertainty and change for many, but thankfully with new developments and continued support The Woven Edge has kept the creativity going strong.
1. The Showroom
We're super excited to welcome you to our brand new showroom readily open to the public with a diverse range of luxury handmade rugs on display.
Still situated within the renowned carpet town of Kidderminster we have countless hand crafted samples and rugs to takeaway, or with the help of our dedicated design team, you can design your very own custom made rug there and then.
Give us a call for more details and come and say hello!
Imagery of The Woven Edge Showroom.
Address: Unit B9-B10, Ratio Park, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7FF
2. Retail Opportunities
We are also looking to partner with like minded retailers, furniture stores and designers who have an interest in bespoke interior accessories.
Get in touch to arrange a meeting with our sales manager, Michelle where we can talk and guide you through our customisable rug ranges and in store sampling solutions.
Imagery from left to right. One of our retailers in store display, Arighi Bianchi. The Woven Edge Accent range displayed on our sample stands.
3. The Studio.
Based in the historic market town of Kidderminster, we are proud to have now taken residency in the infamous Museum of Carpet and we certainly feel welcomed.
Also home to our sister company, Forte Cloth, we bring both trend driven design and traditional technique to the forefront of rugs.
Imagery from left to right. The Woven Edge office at The Museum of Carpet. The Woven Edge team at Decorex. The Museum of Carpet entranceway.
Address: Stour Vale Mill, Green Street, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 1AZ.
4. The Museum of Carpet Milestone.
The Museum of Carpet opened on the 19th of October 2012 and is the only museum in the UK dedicated to celebrating the heritage, art and industry of carpet making.
This month, the team celebrate their 9th anniversary and welcome you to join in the celebrations.
Visitors are invited to discover the unique story of Kidderminster, once known as the 'carpet capital of the World', through visuals, photos, films and interactive displays which children and adults alike can enjoy. The Museum is brought to life through their dedicated team of volunteers, most of whom lived and worked in Kidderminster during it's carpet industry hey day.
Fascinating displays of both hand and power loom demonstrations are available for you to take part and watch.
For more information and to find out when to see traditional weaving in action, visit the website.
Imagery from left to right. Traditional design methods using point paper to plot patterns. Looms on display at The Museum of Carpet.
We look forward to seeing you all soon.