Sadly, summer’s now officially over and, as I write, the weather app on my ‘phone is depressing me with the forecast that this is our last hot, sunny day. Still, I always love September because it’s the month to catch the very best of the British interior design events.
Arguably the most prestigious of all, and favourite for me, is Decorex International, the exquisite interior design event at the heart of the London design community, and the climax of London Design Week. Traditionally held at The Royal Hospital Chelsea, the new venue for 2013 is Perks Field and The Orangery, Kensington Palace.
In this royal setting, and with its’ huge range of trendsetting exhibitors, inspiring seminar programme and champagne bar, this year’s event promises to be better than ever and I can’t wait!
Inevitably, what we see at Decorex influences interior design the world over, and designers worth their salt will take the best of the trends and advice and incorporate them into their projects, reinterpreting to give their clients the benefit of the most current thinking and technological advances in the field.
Above: Louise Bradley stand Decorex 2012
Right: Tigermoth Lighting stand Decorex 2011
Below: Charlotte James Furniture stand Decorex 2012
Supported by The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), Decorex offers design advice as well as a window on all that’s new in the design world. Here’s a recent taster…
Latest trends in bespoke kitchen design 2013:
The current themes building in the interior design world are a return to glamour and a move away from the minimalist feel. An incredible range of styles are in vogue, but all have a common theme of being carbon-footprint friendly. Using sustainable materials, low-energy appliances and creating spaces that are built to last are all key factors.
Using cutting-edge technology in the kitchen is also a popular choice for bespoke designs. Designers are being asked to create single-touch drawers and cupboards, and mounts for tablets are increasingly replacing the traditional cookbook holder. Remote-controlled doors that open to reveal appliances hiding behind them are also on the increase as consumers are opting for a no-fuss lifestyle.
There is also a return to organic materials, such as real wood worktops, sparking a move away from acrylic surfaces. Choosing a wooden surface made from reclaimed or sustainable forest wood is another way of reducing the carbon footprint of your home. The energy-efficiency rating of appliances is also an important consideration.
Entertainment is still a key consideration for the bespoke kitchen – especially as the eating area in a kitchen is now often used in lieu of a dining room. Kitchen designers can help incorporate a functional table with enough space around it to enable it to be cleared easily to turn the room from chef’s home to aesthetically pleasing dining space. Lighting is as important as ever – with a turn towards large low-hanging ceiling lights used to accentuate the eating area and minimalise attention of the cooking area.
Finally, bespoke kitchens in 2013 are not afraid to mix it up a bit to move far away from the minimalist feel, and instead feature a blend of styles. You can play retro, traditional and industrial against each other creating an unusual yet effective look which, if designed well, can be simply breathtaking.
Excerpt from the Decorex blog March 2013
On this theme, I love the Brunswick Kitchen by Richard Baker Furniture shown here, which brings together retro, traditional and contemporary elements.
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