DECOREX | Cape Town 2010

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Trend spotting a breeze for style-it-yourselvers at Decorex Cape Town

23 to 27 April, CTICC, Cape Town


Style-it-yourself is the new DIY and make-it-myself the mantra of the moment. At Decorex Cape Town, taking place at the CTICC from 23 to 27 April, trends point towards a fresh new take on self-help on the home front. Buzz words range from decor detox and home rehab to upcycling – transforming has-beens and the useless into coveted decor pieces.

Held in association with Plascon and DStv, the show is a hotbed of captivating new shapes and forms ranging from modern collectibles to the kitchen sink. D iscover dream rooms, the SA Handmade Collection with high-end craft, wall tattoos, eco-caring kitchens, water-friendly bathrooms and even a planet- saving house sprouting green products. Bright ideas, awesome show bargains and free expert advice blend with urban-chic spaces, newly launched fabric fashions and bold new colours of the season.

Melanie Robinson, Decorex exhibition director hand-picks show highlights for the decor enthusiasts :

Talk trends with the dream room divas: Spot inspiring ways to add impact, value and style to your space with this forward-looking collection of high end exhibitors – from established design icons to new names, fabric houses to retailers, captivating roomscapes and new reveals. First-time exhibitor Lulu Ridgway of Lu’nique Interior and Design brings an ocean-inspired interior to the show launching new signature pieces ranging from bespoke chandeliers to sofas. Nicola Townsend Interior interprets the show theme in Green Glam style, while the multi-award winning Marcelle Crowther of Hocus Interiors takes her many layered interior style to new heights.

Making her Decorex debut with the launch of Earl Jones, Louise van Niekerk (famed for her building enterprise Epoxy Jane) creates a roomsetting with her Ralph Lauren inspired collection of high-end locally manufactured items.  She describes the Earl Jones range as “a classic collection of perfect basics to sex up life and home”. The range includes architectural lighting, homeware, clothing and art.

‘Recuperation’ design is the next big thing, which is all about going back to basics, developing exciting new green design materials and reconstructing spaces with a new, leaner, greener attitude. Green-it-yourself enthusiasts can step into the Pick n Pay Green Living House supplied by to source eco-caring suppliers and green-vetted products for the home and garden. Paarman Landscaping’s organic vegetable patch guarantees to bring bees and lady birds back to the garden.

This new green project under the guidance of Lorraine Jenks, owner of shows how beautiful and easy green can be. Being green is not about bell bottoms, tofu, beads and Indian prints anymore! The products supplied by offer alternatives for things that damage the environment: from fabrics made from Mopani worm silk, rice husks and corn to furniture from certified, sustainable forests, recycled cardboard or rice husks. Other products include non toxic cleaning chemicals to Fair trade coffee, organic vegetables and even edible food containers.

Make-it-myself novices should make their way to the new Make Theatre. Hosted by DIY-celeb Aidan Bennetts, the theatre ref lects the upsurge in home renovation, edgy DIY and frugal chic with free how-to workshops ranging from modern mosaics and contemporary paint techniques to upholstery-made-easy and wall tattooing.

Paint-it-yourselver should note that the new design direction on everybody’s lips is the way Africa has become a major source of inspiration for the design world, here and abroad. The African influence is most evident in the Plascon 2010 Colour Forecast on show at Decorex Cape Town.

The Plascon Colour Forecast 2010 with its four palettes of 32 new colours celebrates the ‘Mother Continent’ by representing the natural, cultural and historical riches of their namesake geographical regions in Africa. Plascon commissioned Yolande Wieners of d2 interiors to bring the diverse mix of colours from across the continent to the Plascon stand - inspired by the Arabic and African influences on Morocco and Tunisia right through to the markets of Nigeria; from the diversity of South Africa to the printed textiles of the Samburu and Masai tribes of Kenya and beyond.

Also available at the stand is the first edition of Plascon SPACES, the new magazine title. Selling at the special show price of R 10 it’s a brilliant buy, brimming with accessible, affordable and inspirational ideas. Visitors can also pick up a new Plascon 2010 Colour Forecast brochure and speak to Plascon consultants.

Local is lekker ‘n mooier! Thinking global, supporting local is another design mantra supported at the show. On display will be the work of 10 finalists in the Western Cape Furniture Design Competition. The theme LIVE inspires a creative take on furniture forming part of living environments, such as tables, chairs, couches and beds used in indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Always on trend is a good night’s sleep. A bedroom transformation worth R153 000 (which includes Plascon paint worth R3 000) offered by the NASA-recognized Tempur mattress company is one of the many competitions up for grabs. Visit the Tempur stand and see firsthand how the unique Swedish Tempur material is designed to take pressure away, allowing a feeling of weightless. Tempur is recommended by more than 30 000 medical professionals worldwide, and is the number 1 selling viscoelastic mattress and pillow in the world.

Design is seeing the emergence of a more layered aesthetic reflecting family and history; echoing eclectic yet gracious good living. At the show JVB Furniture Collection embraces the creation of the “modern day heirloom” with design that is elegant paired with traditional craftsmanship. Not only trendy, investing in a modern heirloom is a joy forever. JVB Furniture Collection is adding new signature pieces in their Modern Light finish to their collection, while also showcasing their new Country Collection.  

A lucky visitor also stand to win a fair share of good living: designer furniture from the JVB Furniture collection plus a consultation with a decorating consultant valued at R22 500.

For ‘eat-it-myself’ chocoholics a visit to the Love Chocolate Lounge - created by Young Cherry’s Designing in the colours of the ocean and scoops of cocoa - is a welcome retreat from all the trend chatter at the show.

DETAILS: Decorex Cape Town

Decorex Cape Town, hosted at the CTICC, unveils the latest decor and design trends in association with P lascon and DStv. 23 – 27 April, CTICC. R55 for adults. Entrance on opening day, 23 rd April, free for pre-registered trade and R45 for public. For show hours, theatre schedules and bookings visit