We hit the ground running our first morning taking the Tube to Decorex, an annual design fair showcasing the latest and greatest in international products for interiors from lamps to furniture and textiles to tiles and carpeting. We were greeted at the entry by rare Exmoor Horned sheep (pictured above: upper left) to remind us of the starting point for many of the products we were about to see…WOOL! The Exmoor Horn was developed in Exmoor, Devon in the 19th century, but is a descendant of sheep that had roamed on the moors for several hundred years.
There was much to take in but I fell in love with these smart swing arms that come with hip, customizable macrame shades from Naomi Paul (pictured above: lower left.)
I was also thrilled to find another source for fresh patterns of Moroccan tiles that I had never seen before from Habibi Interiors (pictured above: upper right.) I usually order from Mosaic House in New York, but am always thrilled to find new resources!
Being the textile FREAK that I am, I found myself drawn to two textile booths- Tibor LTD, founded in 1946, known for its unusual yarns and wovens and influenced by the interdisciplinary principles of the Bauhaus movenment, Tibor LTD is run by the lovely Sam Reich, who has charmingly inherited the company from his grandad. Tibor Ltd. notably wove the original textiles for the seats on the Concorde, Hermes and several commisions for the Royal Family (Tibor samples pictured above: lower right.)
Soie de Lune is owned and operated by Designer Anou Thammavong and investor Daniel Marcus out of London, specializing in luxurious, hand-woven upholstery cloth for sale to the high end trade. I look forward to visiting Lauren Hwang Bespoke, where they are represented in the US, later in the Fall and showcasing her gorgeous, sensitive lines more thoroughly in another post.
As we were leaving the tent, Soloman & Wu, a company celebrated for their unusual metal finishes on table tops and panelling, grabbed my attention with a pink and blue enameled table top that reminded me of a cross between a giant Sweet Tart, spin art, and the splatter works of Jackson Pollack (pictured to the right.)