Decorex Cape Town took place from 9 April to 2 May at the CTICC. Themed ‘Take it Home, Make it Home’ South Africa’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition truly had something for everyone.
This year, I focused on the few stands that were absolute highlights to me, and that encapsulated the essence of beauty, form and function.
Mae Artisan Rugs
It is no secret that I’m a huge fan of Mae Artisan Rugs, each year their decorex stand is completely different and yet equally stylish. This year, the pieces that I immediately focused my attention to were the rugs created in collaboration with KLuK CGDT. The stand also featured pieces from Kartell, M-interiors, Sofa Company and flowers by Aspen Flowers. For more information visit maerugs.com.
An artist, qualified art therapist, textile designer and so much more, Andrea exhibited some of her pieces at Decorex 2016. I was fascinated by the complexity of her work and liberal use of colour. Creating everything from Upholstery to scarves, her work is truly unique and demonstrates the beauty that occurs when you embrace your inherent creativity to the fullest extent. Keep an eye out for a detailed post about Andrea Brand on separatedsisters.com in the next few weeks, until then browse her website for more information- it is truly a feast for the eyes.
Luna Living is a decor and lighting store – a definite focal point of their stand was the cluster of Zenza pendant lamps. The Zenza lamps are all handcrafted and their country of origin largely depends on the materials used. I was seriously pleasantly surprised at the pricing of these pieces too, and I’m planning to invest in one in the near future. To have a peek at their full collection or shop online, visit their website, lunaliving.co.za.
Tshidzo Mangena is a fine artist from Pretoria. His stand featured a collection of beautiful, vibrant portraits, including a work in progress that he worked on during the show. I was drawn to his work immediately, and surprised that I hadn’t seen his work in any galleries here in Cape Town, lets hope that changes soon! Catch up with Tshidzo on instagram or drop him a mail on [email protected] for more information.
Nicky is an interior architect with 20 years of experience – her service combines bespoke furniture pieces with expert architectural interiors. What I noticed was the attention to detail in the space that Nicky curated, all the pieces matched effortlessly yet the space still remained unique. For more information check out her website here.
Devika of Colour Palette is a self-taught fine artist that specializes in portraiture. Her company, colour palette also offers interior decoration services and workshops. I was drawn to both Devika’s work and her personality, she has countless accolades in the fine art world and is passionate about social responsibility. Devika describes the experience of presenting former president Nelson Mandela, with a painting of himself as “the highlight of her life” and cites him as the inspiration for her work. If you are looking for a naturally talented, and endlessly creative artist for any specific commissioned works, contact Devika via her website.
The folks over at Trade Secret source furniture pieces from all over the world for resale at exceptional prices. They have new containers delivered to their showroom monthly and their stock is never ever the same twice in a row – way to keep us guessing! I absolutely love the concept, and because of their relationship with painters and movers in Cape Town they are even able to customise your furniture and tailor delivery options to your specific needs, hop on their website to shop online and peek the “coming soon” page, it’s an absolute treat.
I am endlessly inspired by interior design and so its always so lovely our to attend this expo in a more professional capacity, thanks so much to the Decorex team for inviting me as a Media guest! It’s such an honour to connect with talented artists, designers and curators, and to share the inspiration with all of you.
Here’s to curated living,
All photos by Ray Mohamed and are property of separatedsisters blog