Centred around the theme, ‘Make your space your living dream’, Decorex Joburg is set to showcase the city’s premier décor talent and trendsetting design products across seven exhibition halls within the Gallagher Convention Centre. Step into this year’s most captivating #livingdream trends with some of the industry’s experts.
His creations are as bold and interesting as his personality, and this year, the award-winning interior designer and patron of Decorex Joburg, Stephen Falcke, will be drawing on travel influences to curate a masterpiece space. Falcke’s design will form the centrepiece of this incredible décor, design and lifestyle exhibition. Graduating from the Chelsea School of Art in London, Falcke worked for the famed English decorator, David Hicks, before returning to South Africa where he collaborated with Lionel Levin before establishing his own design organisation. His unharnessed talent has launched him across the globe with his work featuring on the covers of various international magazines including America’s Architectural Digest, French and Italian Vogue as well as French Ella. Recognition of his design skill was sealed when he received the Andrew Martin Designer of the World Award, also known as ‘the Oscars of the design world’.
The seemingly contrasting notion of ‘lavish simplicity’ has intricately woven its way into South Africa’s décor and design trends set to be expertly displayed by renowned designers, Jean Bax de Keating and Bernard Burger at this year’s Decorex Designer Spotlight feature. Baxburg has been a part of the Decorex programme for more than a decade, always bringing a fresh wave of inspired interior and exterior décor creations. The Sandton-based design studio, has been at the forefront of the interior-exterior living space, taking full advantage of the country’s inviting climate that encourages a more outdoors’ lifestyle. Drawing on a combined 40 years of experience in both interior and landscape design, Jean and Bernard have pioneered the country’s first fully integrated interior-landscape design service for the residential market, and they will be bringing their unique insights to this year’s Decorex.
Following their successful creation of the 2016 Man Cave at Decorex Joburg, stand design winners, Rolf and Ivette Bockermann of Bockhaus Design, will be returning this year to curate a fun and inspired sun room for the Décor District. “We wanted to do a space that is funky and eye-catching yet functional and comfortable,” said Rolf Bockermann. “This year we will be focusing on bold colours, but we generally adapt our style to suit customers’ tastes.” Pooling their creative talents, the Midrand-based husband-and-wife team bring in personalised décor and design using their South African-crafted bespoke products. “Our policy, where possible, is to re-use and upcycle our materials, ranging from old pallets to restoring vintage fridges,” he said. “We will be bringing this ethos into our Décor District design.”
Returning for her fifth year at Decorex Joburg is Elisha Annandale of the Randpark Ridge-based Décor Identity. Specialising in full interior design and décor, Annandale has vast experience in décor installations from years in the industry. “We believe in creating a space that works for each client,” explained Annandale. “We don’t just specialise in one design style but various styles from modern Scandinavian design, to a mix of design eclectic elements, modern contemporary and more.” She said that, for the Décor District, they would focus on something a bit different by creating a baby’s room, inspired by the recent birth of Annandale’s own son. “I wanted to create something special and it allowed me to start my own baby furniture range which we will launch at Decorex Joburg this year,” she explained. “It’s based on a flat pack, easy assemble, multi-purpose and functional range which will be for three different markets differing in product material and colours.” The room will reflect Annandale’s simple yet modern style through an aesthetically appealing space. “I like to keep things monochrome by adding depths of grey and black to a colour scheme and highlighting with accent tones of a particular colour.”
Fourways-based Distinctive Interiors has been showcasing at Decorex since its inception and will return this year to enliven the Canvex Décor District in their modern chic style. “We believe it’s all about creating that uniquely individual look so we tend to adapt our style accordingly,” explained Andrew Scrivener. “In our planning for Decorex 2017, we have incorporated a luxurious modern industrial look and feel that reflects modern-day life where the lines between work and play are becoming increasingly blurred.” Keeping quiet on this year’s feature, Distinctive Interiors is sure to incorporate their global experience and talent for upcycling and re-finishing treasured items of existing furniture with their overriding focus of ‘design, design, design!’ “Since life is currently all about sustainability and flexibility, we are using Canvex’s product to showcase exactly that,” said Scrivener. “Beautiful feature elements in today’s interiors do not have to be permanent, nor do they have to cost the earth. It’s all about thinking out of the box to create a surprising result that can be changed as frequently as the seasons – and trends – change. This year we are embracing current industrial trends but with somewhat of an edgy spin.”
Mia Bella Interiors
First-time exhibitors, Mia Bella Interiors, will bring their signature ‘pure Mia Bella Interiors’ style to their bedroom installation. “We feel the master bedroom in a home is the most meaningful, private and intimate sanctuary,” said Joy Greenberg. “It’s a place to escape the stress of everyday life, a place where you can be yourself.” The Bryanston-based designers take pride in assisting clients with home furnishings that mirror the individual personality using the latest trends, fashion and designs. Commenting on this year’s Décor District, Greenberg said: “We will be offering beautiful pieces of furniture in a variety of textures and finishes which incorporate natural elements such as recycled wood with a twist! We are aware of the challenges facing our planet which is why we use high-quality, durable furniture which is functional and does not need replacing. Visitors can expect an exciting classical feature with a twist of contemporary elements and trends.”