Decorex Cape Town

Tap into cutting-edge trends at South Africa’s premier décor, design and lifestyle expo


Are you looking to renovate your home or simply zhoosh up a bland room? Mzansi’s foremost interior design exhibition, Decorex Cape Town, returns in 2014 to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) to provide décor inspiration from Friday, 25 to Monday, 28 April 2014 (the Monday is a public holiday since Freedom Day falls on a Sunday).

German literary critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin once famously noted that, “To live means to leave traces”. This simple yet powerful statement sums up the driving force behind the lifestyle expo: Decorex Cape Town aims to provide home-owners, interior decorators and designers alike with the trendiest tools to, as Benjamin’s so aptly pointed out, make any house a home.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE 2014 DECOREX CAPE TOWN

DESIGN YOUR LIFE: This year, having selected ‘Design Your Life’ as its theme, Africa’s premier décor expo endeavours to bring lovers of design, style and innovation the know-how and motivation to create an urban sanctuary within their own homes. With info ranging from how to incorporate the 2014 colour of the year (radiant orchid) to the latest design and décor trends and more, this annual fair has the practical tips and on-hand professional advice you need to transform your living areas.

DECOREX DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: A highly anticipated slot at the annual design fair, the 2014 Decorex Designer Spotlight features rising star and designer Greg Mellor who will collaborate with fabric house St Leger & Viney to design and curate a show-stopping feature at the Mother City exhibition. The Cape Town-born interior guru spent close to five years as the senior creative at lauded New York designer Thomas Hamel’s Sydney-based studio and has worked on a number of international projects.

100% DESIGN SOUTH AFRICA: In celebration of World Design Capital 2014 (WDC2014), the local version of the internationally renowned exhibition 100% Design South Africa will have a preview pavilion where attendees can see the popular 100 Beautiful Things installation. To tie in with the WDC2014 theme of Beautiful Spaces/Beautiful Things, the display features locally produced objects which are sourced by 100% Design South Africa curator Cathy O’Clery.

ENTRANCE INSTALLATION: Another design studio that is the talk of the town, Sobeit Studios, will interpret the show theme of Design Your Life at the entrance to Decorex Cape Town. This Muizenberg-based creative collective will create an installation that not only celebrates the latest trend that says “individual taste is a priority in design” but also incorporate their quirky and eccentric style.

COLOUR NATION: Plascon, proud sponsor of Decorex SA since the fair’s inception, will demonstrate how one can transform a room by simply adding a lick of paint and is set to showcase their 2014 colour forecast. Plascon paint experts will be on hand to offer practical advice on painting techniques, colour trends and surfaces.

DESIGN & TREND FORECAST: Presented by lauded trend guru and analyst Dion Chang, the 2014 Design and Trend Forecast is a not-to-be-missed event for interior design industry professionals or individuals interested in creative world. The day-long conference will take place at the CTICC on Friday, 25 April 2014 and costs R350p/p; refreshments and access to the expo are included in the price.

DION WIRED DESIGN YOUR LIFE THEATRE: This state-of-the-art kitchen area will feature a number of interactive cooking demonstrations. Watch out for former MasterChef contestants, the popular “food jammer” Jade de Waal and Jason Steel.

MANSCAPES FEATURE: Not as frightening as it may sound, this new addition to the décor expo will feature teams made up of celebrities (who happen to be men) and landscape designers who will create dream outdoor living spaces. See fashion designer Craig Port, surfer Dene Botha and celebrity interior designer Aidan Bennetts inject their own personal style into these luxurious alfresco exhibits.

FOOD MARKET: And if all this design inspiration leaves you famished, check out the food market and fill up on gourmet artisanal fare, pop in at the Graham Beck Wine Bar or the KWV Gourmet Market for food and wine pairings, yummy nosh and exquisite wines.

TICKETS FOR THE 2014 DECOREX CAPE TOWN

Tickets are available at the door and costs are as follows:

TICKETS

COST

Adults

R75p/p

Pensioners and students (valid identification must be provided)

R65p/p

Children under the age of 12 years

R15p/p

Friday, 25 April is a trade day for industry professionals (it is also open to the public), and those interested in participating in the trade elements of the show must register online to qualify.

For more information on the Design and Trend Forecast conference with Dion Chang, visit ThebeReed.co.za/decorex.

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