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Decorex Sleep & Eat: Highlights of what we loved

Last week was the Decorex Sleep & Eat like many trade shows and design festivals this year have jumped on the online bandwagon and I have to say what a success it was, it was much easier to schedule your work day around the online talk program, meetings with suppliers online and view products all which could be done in advance. Of course the only down side is not being able to see and feel the products in person, there is no substitute for that! It was overall a really enjoyable experience and so we have put together our highlights of show.


Image Source: Kulu Textiles

We absolutely loved Kulu Hand woven textiles, the pattern and detail in their designs is really unique. Inspired by a Victorian textile process called Shadow Tissues, the process merges screen print with weaving by printing the warp threads before weaving the cloth. This traditional technique has been replicated with a contemporary approach, through use of colour and design. The cloth has been embellished after weaving with further layers of print, creating a unique, modern aesthetic.

Image Source: Kulu Textiles

Kulu textiles and furniture maker Jonny Pryor have collaborated to create a bespoke collection of hand crafted furniture available to order in a range of luxury fabrics and wood finishes. The company has worked with a Yorkshire mill to produce a silk fabric collection inspired by the British Isles.

Each piece is available to order and offered as a bespoke service, customers can select a fabric from the collection alongside the type of wood for a specific piece of artisan furniture. Wall panels are handwoven and available to order as commissions or from a a collection of pre-woven pieces. Framed in Ash or Oak. See their collection here.

Image Source: Kulu Textiles

Encouraging Diversity In Design

Image Source: Interior Design Business Podcast

This talk Encouraging Diversity In Design was such an inspiring session. In this panel discussion, chaired by BIID President Lester Bennett, designers Sophie Ashby, Alexandria Dauley from united in design and designer Verity Coleman discussed the challenges of diversity in interior design. The panel talked about the current landscape, explored how to encourage more young talent from diverse backgrounds into the industry and discuss how to develop a more diverse, inclusive and equitable UK interior design profession as well as creating programs that will encourage children in a direction of an interior design career path.

It is amazing to see studios and companies coming together for such an important issue and see the British Institute of Interior Design backing this cause.

Piccolpasso Handmade Tiles by Caroline Egleston

Image Source: Piccolpasso

Piccolpasso means ‘little step’ a gentle life philosophy and inspired by Cipriano Piccolpasso in the16th century, who wrote about ceramic practice at that time. Caroline Egleston handmade tiles are just a delight and we love the use of mixed texture, shape and colour. She writes:

'I look for ways to create movement on the tiled surface. This can be through spontaneous brushwork on individual pieces or through tile shapes fitting with, and relating to, each other.' - Caroline Egleston

Image Source: Piccolpasso

Concept Hand Tufting

Image Source: Concept Hand Tufting

Established in 1994, Concept Hand Tufting specialise in the design and supply of bespoke, hand crafted carpets and rugs. Combining a wealth of experience, the finest natural materials and a team of skilled carpet makers. As the only carpet and rug specialist in the UK with a yarn spinning background, their knowledge of this niche area of interior decor is unparalleled. I am just in love with every sample and amazed at the skill of their artisans. Check them out here.

Image Source: Concept Hand Tufting

Sustainable Sourcing For Interior Designers

Image Source: Box Creative

Jeff Hayward from interiordesignbusinesspod hosted a panel discussion with fellow speaker Susie Rumbold, Nicola Keenan from Boxx Creative, Stefan Dodds from Dodds & Shute and Chloe Bullock from Materialise talk about how to cut through the Greenwashing and what it is!

As awareness of the crisis facing our planet grows, more and more interior suppliers are making environmentally friendly claims for their products; but working out who to believe can be a minefield for designers. In this panel hosted by The Interior Design Business Podcast, these experts have carried out the interrogations and are now putting their eco-findings at the forefront of design schemes. they looked at what is precisely the questions that all designers need to be asking themselves and their supply chains to get to the truth about sustainable sourcing.

Charlotte Gaisford

Image Source: Charlotte GaisFord

These fabulous wallpapers and fabrics are from talented Charlotte Gaisford is a British Fabric and Wallpaper designer based in rural Northumberland. Charlotte has established herself as a true independent British designer and has created an extensive market for her designs in the USA and Australia but she is currently extending her client base in Europe. We just love her themes and the mix of bold colours, her designs bring a smile to your face and brighten up any room.

Image Source: Charlotte GaisFord

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