No doubt everyone is preparing to head for High Point later this week—an easy design market to get to from DC, thank goodness, but I’m just waiting for my chance to go to London’s annual Decorex International design fair. DC designer Skip Sroka went last month, and he was kind enough to send pictures back from his whirlwind trip—including his selfie!
One one hand, the pictures make me really jealous, wanting to go see the world of British craft and design even more than I already do. But at the same time, it’s fascinating to see the show through someone else’s eyes. It gives us a glimpse into Skip’s brain, which is drawn to the darkly dramatic, richly hued, and brilliantly jewel-toned.
I love this trend he spotted, where the furniture seamlessly blends with the walls these wild patterns:
There was also an unmistakable jewel theme in the photos Skip sent back.
Floors got the designer treatment too, as Skip witnessed here:
Craftsmanship and artistry were visible everywhere at this show, especially at the booth for Watts of Westminster, which makes hand-blocked textiles and wallpapers:
Skip was also drawn to some jaw-dropping light fixtures:
Decorex featured fantastical room settings by well-known British designers. I was particularly taken with this one, which seems to pull an 18th-century salon into the present day:
At the opposite end of the historical spectrum was this modern “Gaming House” by Harlequin London:
Many thanks to Skip for taking the time to document his journey through this year’s Decorex. I promise, some day I’ll get there myself!