Decorex Durban is a showcase for the talents of some of KwaZulu-Natal’s best interior designers and a great place to pick up tips on what will be big in interiors each year.
This year’s trends link together to create a look which is thoroughly modern and uniquely South African. Below are a few key looks we picked up while browsing the fair.
Textures were abundant at Decorex Durban and they graced every surface, from cushions to walls, floors and furniture. Natural fibres took precedent, in the form of chunky wools, sublime silks and cool cottons. Walls were covered in grass and bamboo and wooden floors wowed all over the show. Furniture was unvarnished and raw, allowing the natural grain of the wood to show.
The modern colonial aesthetic prevailed at this year’s show. Keeping with the nostalgic feel of black and white, animal skins and wicker furniture, designers added a 21st century spin through the use of Perspex, mirrors and a hint of bling. Uncluttered surfaces and geometric patterns also kept the design schemes decidedly un-kitsch.
Once reserved for the veranda or conservatory, indoor plants are now seen in every room, as we predicted in our 2012 Trend Report. From big leafy shrubs to delicate orchids, plants injected splashes of colour throughout the stands at Decorex. And just for the record, they weren’t all real.
Gone are the days when mirrors hid shyly out of sight in bathrooms and on the back of cupboard doors. Boldly framed and overwhelmingly large mirrors draw attention to themselves while enhancing the impact of other pieces in a space. There are no rules when it comes to placing a large mirror – stand it on the floor or let it peep out between two occasional chairs if you please.
Hand-crafted decor and furniture
In keeping with the eco-consciousness of global thinking today, many of the beautiful decor and furniture items on display were handmade or eco-friendly. Old-fashioned craft is given a modern twist in unexpected ways such as the poufs created from traditionally woven grasses at the KOOP and Shaw Sisters’ stand.
Wallpaper is by no means a new trend, but it’s constantly gaining in popularity, due to the versatility it offers in terms of patterns, textures and prints. While traditional florals are still popping up, wallpaper with a natural texture, like a grass or bamboo-like finish, took pride of place at the show.
The Man Cave
A fun addition to Decorex Durban 2012 was Operation Man Cave. Four local celebs were tasked with creating their ideal room with the help of an interior designer. The results were fantastic, with the rooms turning out as dashing as the gents that dreamed them up.
Decorex Durban was held on 21-25 March. For more info on the show, visit their website at decorex.co.za/exhibitions/trendsandtastes
Text and images: Candice Botha