I have just returned from Decorex and what an unexpectedly inspiring day it was. The theme for this year’s show was the Georgians and the organisers really did embrace the era’s spirit of innovation and craftsmanship, presenting several In the Making feature areas (I watched Watts of Westminster hand block some wallpaper and Nepalese master weavers create a rug for FRONT London) and a Future Heritage showcase.
Superbly curated by Corinne Julius, Future Heritage is a celebration of 21 of the most talented makers working in Britain today. Michael Eden’s form-challenging rapid prototype ceramic vessels (top) rub shoulders with a wall piece by Wycliffe Stutchbury (above) formed from pieces of ancient bog oak excavated three to four feet below sea level, while Laszlo Beckett’s exquisitely crafted and digitally cut cabinets (below) mix with Natasha Kerr’s poignant textile portraits (below middle) and Joe Bradford’s beautiful polyethylene vessels (bottom).
Decorex International 2014 runs at Syon Park, Brentford TW8 8JF until 5pm on 24th September so go if you can. Otherwise, take a look at the Future Heritage website – www.future-heritage.uk