Visiting DECOR + DESIGN & AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE FAIR (AIFF) 2017
Decor + Design feature the top Australia interior products- Fabrics, Soft Furnishings, Wall Decorations, Lighting, Outdoor Decorations, Furnishings, Furniture, Objects d’Art and Artwork. I would have preferred to see a broader selection of hard finishes like flooring, concrete finishes, fireplaces and sanitary ware. Visitor entry was restricted to Retailers, Designers, Decorators, Architects and relevant buyers from Hotels, Restaurants, Healthcare, Aged Care, Government, Educators, Real Estate & Building and Construction Companies.
Entrance is free to this Trade event which is held annually, it is one of the largest events of its kind in Australia. It is also the 14th year on which the Vibrant Vision in Design (VIVID) competition was held.
Eco-friendly, socially and sustainably responsible, its simplicity and function combined with art provide most of the selected products unique and special. Fantastic initiative and innovative creativity.
There is no doubt that the ”Uniqwa” and “Hermon, Hermon Lighting stands deserved to win the VIVID award for the most exceptional stand designs, they were certainly my first two choices.
The VIVID design competition exhibits were displayed in a well-designed and well-spaced area. Please view the photos on Instagram, it’s a real treat to see so much talent:
The DECOR + DESIGN exhibition provides the perfect forum in which to obtain insight into the latest industry developments and newly innovated products. It is also the ideal forum in which to network and participate in a full programme of coexisting functions and International seminars. It would have been more comprehensive if there were more European speakers.
I thoroughly enjoyed the seminars, especially the Macro Interior Design Trends for 2018 by Victoria Redshaw and Phil Pond from Scarlet Opus. The TREND HUB featured four of 2018’s key design trends stories: Winter Desert, Tribe, Urban Planet and Roots.
Winter desert- Deep textures with a raw beauty, hand craft products and textile patterns embracing the harmonious tones of a mountainous desert landscape, rich jewel and tarnished bronze metallic.
Tribe- Vibrant, bold, colourful and across many cultural styles. Spontaneous designs and tones for the globe-trotting community. Morden, creating neo craft aesthetic- PINK SEA
Urban Planet – Minimalist in its architectural style, futuristic, lunar landscape of dark and light extremes also with lunar greys and blues. Also Metallic, mercurial silver, dark on rose gold, light gold’s, dark anthracite effect.
Roots- Soft natural earth tones, aiming to create super –sustainable, new composite materials made from building and agriculture waste products.
It was refreshing to see such a focus on manufacturing natural, sustainable surface materials, handmade materials, waste usage products and furniture collections which embrace the beauty of imperfection.
Green vertical art walls with naturally preserved plants maintain their soft textures, intricate natural details and vibrant colours, always my favourite in any space. Moss Trend is an Interior Design concept of wall art which is completely new to me. The Art of using Moss (lichen which grows naturally in Scandinavia)
Images from http://www.mosstrend.com
A handmade paper which is woven from strips of rolled magazine to create a new form of grasscloth. Hand-woven from sustainable jute and clothing offcuts – textile waste, upcycled rugs & floor cushions.
Craft and eco-friendly technology into unique botanical leather patterns surfaces materials( featured in the image of key designs- ROOTS)
Mung Bronze handcrafted sheet materials, after heating, it provides an opportunity to apply it to curved surfaces, giving a metal look.
The new timber terrazzo – Foresso material design, it’s bringing nature indoors.The Terrazzo Collection is available in shades of nougat, liquorice, rose and cassata, transmitting a relaxed feeling.
Vintage wash range in olive wash and tribal towels, also hand loomed cotton throws and linen throws. Handmade using traditional methods of the finest Turkish extra-virgin olive oil stone soap-clay. Persian inspiration.
Recycled and plantation timber is used as well as various sustainable materials in the designs and range available. Furniture made from a Teak root or Munggur, or solid Teak wood branches, carved, bleached or highly sanded with charred black finish using an antique Japanese technique- Shou sugi ban wood.
The throws are woven from 100% pure shaven wool which is ethically sourced by hand from local farms in Holland.
Another innovative material used for manufacturing furniture and tableware is wool. Bio-resin and wool are combined to create a natural composite material which is engineered to last. Tables and stones made out of reclaimed wood immersed in resin, solid olive wood with crystallized resin.
Sculptural lighting based on the Arabic eight-pointed star made from amber and bronze. Curious and fascinating light fittings made from Salago fibre which is coated over individually hand bent metal to perfect its texture and the endless possibilities of whimsical creativity. Also, contemporary and minimalistic lighting designs created in inventive patterns.
Ecotex- a material made from 100% recycled textile waste derived from old, unwanted clothes and household fabrics. The SHRED range includes iPad cases.
Handcrafted, sustainable designs and ethically produced artisanal homeware, décor and accessories for the global market.
Source of information: http://scarletopus.com