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From renowned designer Julian Chichester there was

the new Elgin Cabinet resplendent in a stunning tone of turquoise! This wonderful piece of furniture features an elegant, gently curved front lined in sycamore, with two side cabinet sections and four centre drawers. Available in an endless range of colours, its top and bottom trim, as well as the handles, are solid aged brass. Also available clad entirely in an unusual variegated black vellum, the cabinet can be finished to different specifications. For this year’s Decorex, and to celebrate twenty-five consecutive years as an exhibitor, Quintessa Art presented a pop up studio, showcasing a live installation entitled ‘An Artist In Residence’ offering a glimpse inside their ‘studio’, where each day a different in-house artist created a live piece of art on the stand. This was a special showpiece created for the exhibition whereby Quintessa challenged its artists to come up with a portrait of someone that inspires them. Highly committed to its British roots, and founded in

the late 1980s, Quintessa is an international art consultancy creating bespoke and made to order art for residential and commercial interiors. It operates on a global level and employs its own highly skilled in-house team of artisans and craftsmen, all based at the company’s north London studio. From unique paint treatments, impasto, églomisé, gesso, to unusual brushstrokes and gilding techniques, each artist worked on a unique piece, and demonstrated a perfect partnership of providing extraordinary skills combined with first class materials. A commanding, ‘half-finished’

Saragossa Table by William Yeoward David Bowie – Quintessa Art

Godwyn console: “It seems to fit perfectly behind the sofa, on which to place a pair of beautiful lamps and a large tray of cocktails. The drawer of the table is lined in our signature grey polka dot. The amusing fox heads, hand-carved amongst leaves and foliage, make for a pleasing and yet frivolous atmosphere. It’s important to occasionally add humour to a decorative scheme.” Luxury interior furnishings company

creation of David Bowie was incredibly striking in the middle of the stand, designed to demonstrate the ‘before’ and ‘after’ of the artistic process that takes place as the art evolves. William Yeoward is branded one of London’s leading creative forces, with a reputation as a style maker, retailer and designer of beautiful products for the home. Handmade in England, all his pieces are finished to the exacting standard of design and quality. In the business for nearly 30 years, he credits his success to his ‘hands-on approach’. This year his Decorex stand was fresh, exciting and brimming with his beautiful crystal, furniture and textile designs. Pieces finished in washed oak, greyed oak and country white were all exquisitely carved. With William’s designs, it’s all in the detail, and his

Saragossa console illustrated the care and attention given to each and every piece. Each item appears to have its own personality. As William explains about his

Zoffany is highly regarded for its chic, contemporary lifestyle classics, and featured on many stands. Having made a name for itself with a range of fabulous, textural, vinyl wallcoverings, Zoffany’s studio has developed new embosses for a new ‘Prism’ collection. With multi-directional light reflective qualities, all its hardwearing, washable papers are produced in a sister factory in the UK. The collection expands on an existing mineral and metallic colour palette, and includes ‘Hexa’ which epitomises the vibrancy of modern design.

These were just a few examples of excellent British design companies and manufacturers showcasing innovative new products and superb craftsmanship. Decorex was unmissable, and inspires us all for the season ahead!

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Fiona Applegarth is director of the interior design company Sable Interiors. Telephone: 020 8398 9777 Website: 37

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