Annual gathering of arts and talents
DesignEx is an annual design industry trade expo showcasing the newest and greatest offerings from architects, suppliers, decorators and other design industry professionals.
The event alternates each year between being held in Sydney or in Melbourne, so a week ago myself and several of the Designer Chicks invaded Melbourne for the event.
It might have been the different city (I had only ever been to the Sydney events) or the fact that the offerings were greater than its Sydney counterpart, but I found the range of new ideas and products to be very impressive! Some were quirky and great for a statement and others a fantastic innovation.
Pendant light and a feature on a wall
This caught my attention for various reasons.
I love this concept of taking the common pendant light and creating a feature on the wall.
It adds colour, life and light to a wall as well as offering a new take on the feature wall and a unique sculpture that has the dual function of adding mood lighting.
A new quirky idea for someone who has everything
This company has taken the classics and created them into artwork.
Very effective. An entire book is encompassed into the image so you can read it and look at it at the same time, although if your eyesight is as bad as mine, you would need a magnifying glass!
A majestic chair looks impressive from the front but surprises when you see it from the back and then you receive a real surprise.
New Tile and Wallpaper technology
Blind and tile technology is now available to enable the same image to be printed onto wallpaper, tiles and blinds. I can see this being very useful for a commercial premise where architectural features make it difficult to create uniformity or for a residential home where an incorrectly placed window makes it difficult to create a feature wall.
Mirror Storage Hooks
Another quirky design was the mirror storage hooks. Loved the Hollywood feel to a very functional and mundane item.
The book holder in particular I found very clever.
Art of different lights
I love these different lights.
People often underestimate the importance lighting has in a space, especially if a home is open-plan.
It enables art to be incorporated in the ceiling pane as well as creating an invisible threshold as to what the function of a particular part of the room is.
Although this was not at DesignEx, it was found in a cafe in Melbourne.
I instantly thought of Alice in Wonderland, the oversize banquet seat and its chandelier.
Very effective as we then had to have afternoon tea in this seat to experience it.
A fantastic example of showing why interior design (and delicious cupcakes) is vital for any business.
Oh, and most importantly, no one can visit Melbourne without doing some retail therapy!
Do you have a favourite piece of Melbourne?