Entrepreneurial inspiration as Decorex Joburg introduces Instudio Trend Theatre by ABSA

Advancing the South African entrepreneurs’ influence requires the sharing of inter-industry insights and a productive platform for engagements. Decorex Joburg – running at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 7 to 11 August – will be providing professionals with such a platform through its latest feature, Instudio Trend Theatre by ABSA.

Industry experts participating in this free-flow, CPD-accredited forum will be discussing a range of topics, covering everything from business, finance and property investments to home renovation trends, colour advice and style tips.

“Decorex Joburg will be bringing in a dynamic new programme addition to this year’s show, which adds so much value to the visitors’ experience,” explained Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions. “By hearing from successful entrepreneurs and accomplished businessmen and women across a number of industries, the audience can consider business and investment opportunities from completely different angles. We are looking to grow the creative industry by empowering the influencers with as much insight as possible.”

Meet the speakers

South African businesswoman and author of ‘The Real Interior’, Nthabi Taukobong, will inspire audiences with her unique assessment of the interior design industry through her talk, ‘The REAL Interior: Design from Within…’ Nthabi boasts a 23-year career that has seen her work on esteemed residential and leisure projects for presidents, African royalty, captains of industry and five-star hotels. Through extensive travels and ongoing studies, Nthabi remains a trailblazer in the field of design.

Nthabi Taukobong.

Head of Product for Absa Home Loans, Nondumiso Ncapai, will draw on her 13 years’ experience in digital and IT discipline, eight years in financial services, and position with the home loans’ department to engage the audience on leveraging a property to unlock further dreams. Her passion extends beyond home financing through to décor and design – transforming a house into a home. Through an interactive session, Nondumiso will discuss ‘Things I Wish I Knew When I Bought my Home’, alongside some fantastic giveaways on Women’s Day.

Nondumiso Ncapai.

Leading South African trend forecaster and creative business consultant, Dave Nemeth, will outline the ‘Shift’ in trends for the built industry and interior design in 2019. Dave will talk on new materials in the industry, as well as the state of design and impact of the Internet of Things. Interior design trends in the office, retail and hospitality spaces, and the emergence of ‘biophilia’ will also form part of his enigmatic talk.

Dave Nemeth.

Donald Nxumalo, winner of the SABC3 Win a Home design competition and this year’s Decorex Joburg Designer Spotlight, is one of the region’s leading young designers who already has an impressive portfolio to his name. His unique take on modern design and African influence will form the basis on informative talk by this driven creative.

Donald Nxumalo.

International Property Investor and ABSA-affiliated speaker, Andrew Walker, will unlock the way to leverage other people’s time in order to ‘Kickstart Your Property Portfolio’ using the right network. It’s all about knowing how to source professionals and choosing the best team to develop a property business.

Andrew Walker.

A name synonymous with colour trends, Claire Bond has been involved in the paint industry for 30 years, 13 of which were spent at Plascon and its Plascon Spaces Showroom. She recently started her own colour consulting business where she shares her knowledge of trends, decorative art, interior décor and colour with industry professionals. She is well-known for her paint effects workshops, DIY inserts on Espresso morning TV, as well as being a regular guest on various décor programmes. Boasting a Diploma in Colour Therapeutics from the Iris School of Colour in Devon, Claire will discuss, ‘Bond Thru Colour: Why Colour Affects Us and How it Has the Ability to Change How We Feel, Think and Behave’.

Claire Bond.

Decorex Joburg patron, winner of the Andrew Martin Designer of the World Award and one of the globe’s most respected interior designers, Stephen Falcke, will talk on ‘A World of Design’ at this year’s show. His portfolio includes a number of high-profile projects including the Saxon Boutique Hotel and redecorating Monaco’s royal palace. His inspirational talk will include a sneak look into his worldwide work including useful tips for enhancing any space through clever design.

Inscape Education Group’s Thulare Matlaba, Annika Lange, Chris Meyer and Esther Martins will be discussing how people can integrate ‘design thinking’ into the home and office. These leading design and creative industry professionals will expand on how ‘Design is All Around Us’, giving form and function to everyday products and services.

Thulare Matlaba.

Miguel Martins, Product Manager at Absa Home Loans, focuses on developing innovative solutions for property investors. He has an extensive background in finance and banking, and is, himself, a property investor, meaning he has a keen understanding of investor’s challenges, needs and the opportunities that are present in the property market. He will discuss ‘How to Leverage your Home Loan to Become More Than Just a Home Loan’ – the benefits of home loans beyond financing a home.

Miguel Martins.

Instudio Trend Theatre by ABSA, Decorex Joburg boasts a full programme of innovative installations, including:

• Designer Spotlight with Donald Nxumalo Interiors
• Children’s Playroom & Décor Project
• Kitchen Design Project by the Studio Collection
• The Lighting Project by Streamlights
• Decorex Urban Living Trend House by Mobelli Furniture + Living
• The Trend Kitchen with Slavin and Company
• The Bathroom Project
• Jacobs Gourmet Cooking Theatre built by OLLO Kitchen Designs
• The Rummery & Gin Garden
• Dine & Design Restaurant + Bar by Colette Living Interior Design
• Chocolate & Wine Pairing Theatre by Chocoloza
• The Harvest Table
• The Illy Experience
• #withlovefromDecorex featuring Enza Home
• Paint Nite with Yaymaker
• Fabric Trend Bar by U&G Fabrics
• 2-Day Pop-up market in collaboration with Linden Market


Decorex Joburg
7 – 11 August 2019
10am – 6pm daily
Gallagher Convention Centre
Public holiday: 9 August
Trade-focused days: 7 – 8 August 2019
Ticket Prices: Adults – R120
Student/Pensioners – R100
Kids U12 – R20
Trade – R100
Exhibitor – R100

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