Decorex looks behind the scenes to celebrate craftsmanship and design

Decorex International puts the spotlight on creativity and craftsmanship at this year’s show with two new feature areas: In The Making and Future Heritage. In The Making draws attention to the skill, expertise and artistry behind much-loved products by five prominent Decorex exhibitors – FRONT London, Watts of Westminster, Locker & Riley, Spina and Lapicida. While Future Heritage shows work by a talented and diverse group of designers and makers, working in a wide mix of materials who create beautiful one-off pieces. Future Heritage focuses on the creative and collaborative with the design world to develop site-specific installations as well as functional pieces.

Illustrating the craftsmanship that lies at the heart of Jan Kath’s bespoke and innovative rug designs, FRONT London is flying one of his master weavers and a loom over from Nepal as part of In The Making. On site during the four-day show, he will be revealing centuries old techniques, demonstrating intricate hand-knotted rug making, to create one of Jan Kath’s new rug designs, Erased Heritage. For over 140 years, Watts of Westminster has become synonymous for its exquisite wallpapers, fine fabrics and passementerie. As part of In The Making, it will be presenting the traditional craft skill of hand block wallpaper printing, with specialist printers creating beautiful designs from their renowned archive.

Artisan specialists and leaders in bespoke decorative plasters, Locker & Riley, are renowned the world-over for the design, production and installation of the highest quality plasterwork with an extraordinary portfolio that includes historic landmark properties, flagship stores and palaces as well as luxury private residences. A skilled team of sculptors and model makers will be showcasing their time-honoured skills, creating stunning fine quality plaster mouldings on site, drawing on both historic and more contemporary designs.

A talented team of British craftsmen is behind Spina’s intricate and innovative tiebacks, lighting and interior accessories. At Decorex they will be displaying the hand-made skills needed to create its new Pretty Chandelier collection, combining passementerie techniques with different and unusual components such as delicate beadwork, crystal, silk and semi-precious stones.

As one of the world’s leading international stone specialists, Lapicida’s stonemasons will be displaying the expertise and attention to detail behind its stone flooring and objects through a series of presentations celebrating the use of this natural material. Located in a dedicated 300 square metre tent, adjacent to the main Decorex space, Lapicida is creating a groundbreaking stone installation that looks at the evolution of stone from its raw state right the way through to the end product, using a series of multi-media, interactive, virtual as well as physical demonstrations.

Pieces by a wide range of talented designers/makers working in ceramic, glass, metal, textile, wood and plastic will be displayed as part of Future Heritage. Curated by leading applied arts and design critic Corinne Julius, most of the works are for sale and can be commissioned too. The idea is to give visitors the knowledge and confidence to commission work for their own projects with some of the world’s leading designers/markers. Catering to all tastes, all of the twenty-one craftsmen are currently based in the UK.

Among the craftsmen is Bethan Laura Wood, joined by Peter Marigold who will be displaying interesting and inventive furniture and lighting pieces. Technology has been a key influence behind the textiles of Nadia-Anne Ricketts and Ismini Samanidou while Neha Lad’s fabric is inspired by the beauty in the discarded. 3D printing combined with traditional hand crafted ceramic methods is used to create Adam Nathaniel Furman’s pieces while Amy Hughes hand builds her ceramics. Modern and traditional methods are used by Nic Webb to produce handcrafted objects while Wycliffe Stutchbury creates delicate landscapes using wood. Liam Reeves makes hand-blown glass artworks with a modern twist while Tav Jorgensen uses new techniques for his glassware. While Joe Bradford uses plastic in an innovative way to create colourful vessels.

Attend Corrine Julius’ seminar sessions: Sunday 21 September at 1pm where she will be discussing One Offs: Collecting & Commissioning contemporary craft and design; and Wednesday 24 September at 3pm titled Made For You: Craft Collaborations.

London Design Festival at the V&A: Decorex – Collecting for the Future. Corinne Julius hosts a discussion on the future of collecting contemporary craft and design with an acclaimed panel. Tuesday 16 September at 11:00-12:00 at V&A Seminar Room 3, Learning Centre (Level 3).