High-end exhibitions and latest trends unveiled at the 2019 Decorex Joburg

When it came to décor and design, nothing was overlooked at this year’s Decorex Joburg as 51 320 visitors descended on Gallagher Convention Centre from 7 to 11 August. Hinged on this year’s theme ‘Designing for Africa – feels like home’, Joburg’s leading designers and suppliers featured on-trend interior solutions for the residential, retail and hospitality spaces through dynamic exhibitions and installations.

“I’d like to extend our thanks to all those who participated in and attended this year’s hugely innovative Decorex Joburg,” said Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions. “We were truly overwhelmed by the calibre of design installations and in-depth product knowledge at the 26th exhibition, which welcomed a number of new visitors through its doors. Plans are already underway for the 2020 edition, so watch this space!”

A colourful addition

In a series of firsts, Decorex Joburg welcomed on board the proudly South African paint manufacturer, Olympic Paints®, as this year’s exclusive paint partner. Working with Anita Bloom, Creative Director of Decorex SA, Olympic Paints® formulated the Premium Platinum Plus Lux Range – a unique colour palette exclusive to Decorex.

Innovation in design

Setting the bar in local design, Decorex Joburg once again welcomed the city’s most dynamic interior designers to this year’s installation programme. Taking prime place was Decorex Designer Spotlight with Donald Nxumalo, who created an iconic space which depicted exactly why Africa is announcing her place in global design. Another shining local talent, Kadi Matsaung, gave visitors a taste of her ‘simple chic’ design style in this year’s Emerging Designer feature. More iconic local designers – One One Eleven Design, Metaphor Design, Colette Living and Twentyone Hertz Creative Studio – were given a free space to interpret this year’s African-inspired theme in Designer Pavilion.

And one of the world’s design icons, Decorex Joburg Patron, Stephen Falcke, once again gave visitors a look behind the gilded curtain to some truly elegant design culminations. Falcke also formed part of the speakers’ panel for the first-ever Instudio Trend Theatre powered by ABSA. Here industry experts in business, design and finance shared innovative solutions in a CPD-accredited forum that also featured the likes of Nthabi Taukobong, Nondumiso Ncapai, Dave Nemeth, Claire Bond, Andrew Walker, Miguel Martins, Thulare Matlaba, Annika Lange, Chris Meyer and Esther Martins.

Inspired talent continued into The Craft Collective, a perennially popular installation sponsored by the Department of Small Business Development. Here, 60 craft producers from all nine provinces showcased their ceramics, furniture, bags, jewellery and fashion accessories. From crafts to fabrics, visitors found themselves comfortably submerged in Fabric Trend Bar by U&G Fabrics and Décor Identity, a dynamic textile element featuring the country’s premier fabric suppliers.

Design in the home

This year’s exhibitors really put on an expressive display of elegant modern design with Xperience Luxury – in collaboration with Max Fine, Theo Bothma Architects & Design and Luxury Living – taking the ‘Best Overall Stand’ award at the annual Decorex Joburg Exhibitor Stands’ Awards, while Task Interior Styling was named both ‘Best Décor Stand’ and ‘Best Newcomer’.

Leading furniture manufacturers curated the dynamic Decorex Urban Living Trend House by Mobelli Furniture + Living which gave visitors a room-by-room view of home style. Mobelli Furniture + Living continued to inspire, alongside landscaping experts – Create a Landscape, Best Deck, Easy Grass, and Calcimite – in the outdoor Garden of the Future Landscaping Feature. Cognisance in exterior design offers a way to extend the home through sustainable gardening, exquisite furniture and innovative landscaping solutions.

A look at the younger years saw leading suppliers, including Aegis Trade, put together welcoming room settings in The Playroom Children’s Decor Project, complete with neutral tones and age-transcending furniture. Where muted might work well in a nursery, functional lighting solutions are the perfect choice for kitchen settings – as shown in this year’s Lighting Project by Streamlight. The ultimate in creative and modern lighting solutions to alter the mood of any space!

Lighting Project by Streamlight.

Then visitors were exposed to the importance of comfort and quality as evidenced by the Bathroom Project. Here, leading bathroom suppliers, WOMAG and Victorian Bathrooms, featured high-end fittings and appliances suited to residential and hospitality industries.

Some artistic expression

Novice artists got the chance to express themselves while enjoying a glass of wine with friends at this year’s Paint Nite with Yaymaker. And for a peek at the talent behind the exhibition, visitors got to witness #withlovefromDecorex featuring Enza Home, a selection of high-end appliances chosen by the members of the Decorex team.

The latest kitchen flavours

Modern kitchen solutions from Eagle Shopfitters and Meraki Studio were unveiled in this year’s Kitchen Design Project by Studio Collection with Nordiq Kitchens named as the 2019 kitchen design winner. More kitchen inspiration could be found in The Trend Kitchen with Slavin and Company where designers maximised on storage using practical design and modern appliances.


Kitchens and comedy collided in the latest tasty feature; the Jacobs Gourmet Cooking Theatre built by OLLO Kitchen Designs. With a beautifully-designed backdrop, the Jacobs Coffee Magicians – MasterChef judge, Pete Goffe Wood and Celebrity MasterChef winner and local comedian, Chris Forrest – kept audiences in stitches with their culinary antics.

A sip in style

Decorex Joburg was awash with South African wine flavours and the most dynamic in hospitality design at a number of new features, including the Wine & Bubbly Bar furnished by Homewood; Chocolate & Wine Pairing Theatre by Chocoloza. Local flavours seeped into the Rummery & Gin Garden where rum cocktails and craft gin mixes left guests refreshed. And keeping away the winter chill were the delicious beverages and snacks from The Illy Experience.

Time to feast

Inviting restaurant stylings were accompanied by wholesome, gourmet menu items at the Dine & Design Restaurant + Bar by Colette Living Interior Design as well as The Harvest Table by Rocket Creative. And for a two-day special on Friday and Saturday, visitors to this year’s Decorex Joburg were treated to the expansive organic, vintage and artisanal offerings of the 2-Day Pop-up market in collaboration with Linden Market.

The latest in design trends and innovative lifestyle solutions will continue to feature at Africa’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition with Decorex Durban, Decorex Cape Town and Decorex Joburg 2020. Don’t miss out on any of the exciting updates!

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