Its that time of year again. The time of year, when Summer starts making its way down the driveway to meet Autumn at the gate. And of course, Decorex Durban is here.
The lovely team at Decorex have provided us with some insights and highlights of what you can expect from this year’s event. Read more below.
Going Green –
The transition to cleaner energy has reached a critical point globally as the impact of years of fossil fuel use becomes evident in dramatic climate change events. EGO Power, a company leading the green revolution in the gardening and landscaping arena, will be launching its new energy-efficient product range – a first for South Africa – at the revolutionary Garden of the Future.
For the past decade, EGO Power has been researching, developing and perfecting their industry POWER+ machinery which uses ground-breaking technology in its design and function. This incredible range of cordless outdoor power equipment will be on display at the Garden of the Future, with experts available to explain how they exhibit the power and performance of petrol-run technology without any of the noise, fuss, and fumes.
Commenting on the feature, Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director: Design, Lifestyle, and Retail Exhibitions, said these clean-energy initiatives are in line with the Decorex ethos, evident at all three Decorex shows. “From exhibition set-up and one-day practices to the features and products showcased at our shows, Decorex is committed to environmentally-responsible practices while creating as much awareness about energy-efficient options for our visitors. This year’s Garden of the Future is a really great example of how adopting greener practices can benefit the consumer and environment.”
In The Kitchen –
Kitchens have progressed from merely a functional area in the back room to form the heart of the home where eating and entertaining converge. This move has seen kitchens adopting more inviting designs as well as bolder, brighter colors – promoting the theme ‘An Expression of Colour’ for this year’s Franke Kitchen Studio Project, endorsed by the Kitchen Specialists’ Association (KSA).
Decorex Durban, Decorex Cape Town, and Decorex Joburg – the leading décor, design and lifestyle exhibitions all sponsored by Kansai Plascon – will play host to this exciting feature. For the installation, four local designers in each of the three provinces will be given the chance to create ‘An Expression of Colour’ kitchen using the latest range from Franke SA. Each kitchen model will then be assessed by Franke and KSA, with the winning creator receiving R10 000 worth of Franke kitchen products.
Stephanie Forbes, National Manager of KSA, said the organization had built up a great relationship with Decorex SA through this project and other features.
“Our relationship with Decorex allows for face-to-face interaction with consumers,” continued Forbes. “We use it as an educational platform to teach consumers looking into new kitchens, empowering them to ask the right questions of those in the industry.”
Franke SA’s National Sales Manager, Clinton Soutter, said Franke was pleased to once again be affiliated with the Decorex exhibitions. “We have found that the Decorex shows are the designers’ hub, offering the homeowner an array of inspiring new ideas and the latest in trends. This platform enables the consumer, interior designer, and architect to engage with our brand and our customers in one place.”
Female Empowerment –
There will be a focus on women’s design needs in this year’s exciting She Sheds’ feature where four designers, working with four celebrities, are given the chance to curate the ultimate female sanctuary, echoing the Man Cave movement from previous years. This innovative feature, which supports the PinkDrive initiative, will be showcased at Decorex Durban – sponsored by Plascon.
“Stemming from the extremely popular Man Cave feature from previous years, the She Shed trend sees the elegant transformation of unused, outdoor sheds into personalized havens for the woman of the home,” explained Anita Bloom, Creative Director for Decorex SA. “This is a re-energizing space dedicated solely to the identity of the individual woman, offering her a soothing area to relax or partake in preferred hobbies. It is an extension of the home, with the rejuvenating energy of the outdoors.”
Decorex Durban has partnered with breast cancer awareness NGO, PinkDrive, for this charitable feature with funds raised through a competition run at the show, as well as a donation box located on site.
Trend Setters –
The finest lifestyle, design and décor trends pulsating across the globe have been expertly identified and elegantly finessed by the Decorex SA team into the 2018 #rhythmoflife trends, set to feature at the Decorex SA exhibitions.
“There are some truly beautiful trends coming through that we are really excited to share at the upcoming Decorex shows,” explained Anita Bloom, Creative Director: Lifestyle, Design & Retail Portfolio for Decorex SA. “Each one has been influenced by the push and pull of modern life, the tension created by the give and take of work and play as well as the constant movement between our public image and private self. These ever-changing layers work to identify who we are in the world but it’s vital that we create our special, individual space as a way to harmonize all this information.”
Scandinavian influence is extending its comforting reach across the globe. Combining modernist form with function, each décor item is simply made using only quality materials. These pieces are built to last. And the two dominating forces emerging are hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-gah’) and lagom which both complement and contrast each other simultaneously.
Where the Danish hygge embraces cozy serenity, the Swedish lagom seeks an ethos of moderation yet both are connected by the element of simplicity. Just sitting in front of a roaring fire can bring about hygge, although it can also be achieved by investing in something more desired than practical. Lagom finds happiness in a ‘less is more’ approach. If hygge is compared with Christmas in all its abundance, lagom would be the New Year’s frugality following this indulgence.
When it comes to artistic décor for 2018, there is no limit to maximum scale for wall art. Big, bold pieces will work to enliven any space with visually-created depth and texture – an important aspect of the artwork. Rather than fading into the backdrop, the canvas should make itself felt in a completely entrancing manner.
Simplicity is key in these signature furniture pieces that don’t overwhelm, but rather encourage a tasteful modernity in interior décor. Thin, black lines, natural fabrics, and glass can be fused into any must-have furniture item including mirrors, chairs, tables, bookshelves and even potted plant holders.
Release your inner creative at this year’s Paint Nite in collaboration Decorex Durban taking place at Durban Exhibition Centre on Saturday, 24 March at 2pm.
Professional artist, Tarryn Schoerie, will lead this fun, informal class where participants can enjoy a drink with friends while finding their inner artist. Experience isn’t necessary but all blossoming artists must be 18 years or older.
Buy your tickets online and enter the code ‘Decorex2018’ to get 45% off your Paint Nite ticket as well two free Decorex Durban tickets for only R330.
This is a fantastic opportunity to view a number of exciting new décor, design and lifestyle features at Decorex Durban, further fuelling that creative spirit. Visit http://www.paintnite.com to secure tickets now!
WIN TICKETS TO DECOREX DURBAN 2018 –
You can win tickets to this years Decorex 2018. The competition will start run from the 13.03.18 – 16.03.18. Winners will be announced at 12h00 Midday.
How To Enter –
Follow both @CeecesTravel & @Decorex_SA on Instagram. (We will check).
Like the Instagram competition post/s.
Tag 3 Friends in the competition post/s.
Use the hashtags #27BirthdaysWithCee & #DecorexDBN18
We have 5 sets of double tickets to give away.
Winners will be chosen by lucky hat raffle draw. All ticket winners can collect their tickets from the VIP counter at the entrance of Decorex Durban and they can attend on any one day of the show (21 – 25 March 2018).
ONLY tickets will be provided for the event. All extras at own cost.
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NOTE – Information within this post was sourced, quoted and provided by Olivia Jones Communication & Decorex SA. Images were sourced from pexels.com