Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Best of Decorex 2011

We’re lucky enough to have an Interior Designer’s view of this year’s Decorex International exhibition, and so we thought we simply had to share this with all our blog readers! James Pilling is the Practice Manager of NDA Private Clients, an interior design practice based in Nottingham, England who was impressed by the general atmosphere of the show;

“This year’s show was enhanced by the unusually pleasant weather for late September. There was an upbeat atmosphere and an encouraging sense of community. The relative stability of the higher end markets was evident in the optimism, warmth and generosity of the suppliers.

This year’s exhibition was most engaging and enjoyable; advances in manufacturing technology have inspired a fascinating new breed of decorative, functional products”. 

James has also selected his favourite products from suppliers that he considered exceptional, interesting or inspiring regardless of style or budget…

Tom Kirk Lighting

Tom Kirk Lighting, Facet Chandelier

Mirror polished stainless steel and acrylic with LED light source.  Acid etching has been used to create the surgically precise stainless steel blade sections, a breathtakingly elegant creation.


The three images above are of a product called ‘Frame’ an exquisite, decorative pendant light available in either 70 or 100 mm diameter. Delicate coral patterns have been acid etched into the steel diffuser and encapsulated in a 24% lead crystal sheath resulting in a unique, fascinating aesthetic.

The fourth and fifth images (below) are of a product called Atlantis, an extraordinary, mesmerising, hand crafted chandelier utilising over four kilometres of chain. Perhaps the most talked about product at this year’s exhibition.

Boatswain Lighting

Previously known as diffuse, Boatswain lighting continue to develop their well established range of porcelain lighting products. The illuminated ceramic produces a warm, comforting glow very similar to that of candle light.  Levitas, the featured product below has been recently modified to take a unique LED component that produces a neat, uniform light source.


Le Deun Luminaires

Omega, Super 8 and PI Super are three excellent examples of how LED light sources are helping to change the form of lighting products, elegant.. Good product design which is functional, efficient and timeless.


French manufacturers Lamellux specialise in creating laminated decorative products including boards, furniture and doors. Decorative grained woods, resin and LED lighting are combined and sculpted using CNC Routing to create fascinating, often futuristic looking products.


Golran’s decolourised rugs were unique and arrestingly beautiful. Hand selected, weathered, antique carpets from Anatolia are reborn using a process of decolourisation and recolourisation. Hints of pattern peep through the substructure creating a finish that resembles an ancient artefact, but avoids looking jaded due to the vegetable dye colourisation process:- Upmarket, intriguing and ecologically sound.

William Yeoward

‘Hall’, the new range from William Yeoward is a refreshing range of decorative furniture. Intricate laser cut bronze bases draw inspiration from Islamic mathematical pattern. Porto Oro stone mica tops finish the products with unusual sophistication.

We’d like to thank James again for his take on this year’s Decorex exhibition. If you would like to find out more about the Nottingham based interior design practice, NDA Private Clients – where James is the Practice Manager, please take a look at their website


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As spotted by Anthony Rayworth

We always enjoy seeing what design delights Anthony Rayworth adds to his ‘Asides’ on the National Design Academy website. Anthony has a wealth of design experience from his 25 years plus in the industry. From his Masters of Design from the Royal College of Art, experience running design galleries and participation in exhibitions throughout Europe, work with BIID (British Institute of Interior Design) and now his Liveryman status of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, Anthony is well-regarded and well versed in the Design World. When he isn’t writing course content for the National Design Academy’s new courses, he finds the time to share with the rest of us some little (and sometimes not so ‘little’!) gems.

Today’s is the ‘Lathe Table’ – Designed by Dutch designer Sebastian Brajkovic.

Made from anodised aluminium, Anthony states that it’s “Reminiscent of 17th century ‘treen’ or turned wood, the table would sit very comfortably in either a contemporary or traditional interior”.

We expect this has been stumbled across whilst producing the new Heritage Interior Design degree course – we’re just happy he’s shared it with us!

The National Design Academy offer interior design and design related courses from Diploma to Degree. Anthony Rayworth is the Director of Studies and his input, knowledge and research is paramount to the content of all the courses. For further information please see the website


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My final goodbye

Good afternoon All! I hope you had a fantastic weekend!

I’d just like to thank everyone who has supported The Design Hub and taken the time to read my posts. Sadly however, this is my final post as I will be stepping down as Site Editor from today.

When I first set up this blog I never expected it to become so successful and attract such a fantastic readership base. I’ve grown along The Design Hub and thoroughly enjoyed writing all kinds of  posts on Interior Design, as well interviewing designers, shooting videos and generally having a brilliant time!

Do not despair, this does not mean the end of The Design Hub, someone else will step into my shoes and carry it on.  If you have come to love my waffle and want to follow me on my design journey, I have created an independent blog Couch Design News, for you to get your teeth into.

I’d like to thank the National Design Academy for giving me the freedom to blog my heart out and support everything that I have done.

Thank you once again.

Kellie Hill

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