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1508 London at Decorex International

11. 10. 16   :   The Epistle

Continuing its longstanding role as the country’s leading luxury interiors showcase, Decorex International once again opened its doors to thousands of design professionals at the end of last month. 1508 London took a pivotal role in this year’s show as designers of the much talked-about Champagne Bar, as well as making an appearance in the Seminar Theatre to discuss contemporary perspectives on luxury.

Development Director Shona Patel and Creative Director Louise Wicksteed
Development Director Shona Patel and Creative Director Louise Wicksteed

In recent years the Champagne Bar has evolved to become much more than simply a central meeting point, making its own design statement in keeping with the show’s overall theme. The 2016 show centred around ‘the roots of design’, which provided us with an excellent opportunity to explore the principles of deconstructed classicism that lie at the heart of many of our interior designs. While each of our projects start with a concept unique to the client and the building, by following the mathematical and geometric themes inherent in classical architecture we are able to combine both contemporary and traditional styles, with harmonious and elegant results.

Our vision for the Champagne Bar was based around the progression of design, from its classical origins to modern design and current trends. The scheme deconstructed and reconstructed the route of design in the luxury market by exploring and adapting the proportions, materials and detailing present in contemporary design.

Plan of the Decorex Champagne Bar
Plan of the Decorex Champagne Bar
3D realisation of the Decorex Champagne Bar
3D realisation of the Decorex Champagne Bar

A key source of inspiration in this process was Rome’s glorious Pantheon. A structural marvel, it is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome and features various geometric shapes that unify its interior design. We reimagined the Pantheon with a beautiful piece of artwork by Quintessa. The use of materials reminiscent of the classical period also brought authenticity to our design; the central bar and pendant lights, for example, were made from alabaster provided by Atelier Alain Ellouz.

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We also delved into themes of deconstructed classicism as part of our talk in the Seminar Theatre, entitled ‘Redefining Luxury’. This topic lies at the heart of the 1508 London philosophy, and it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to share our thoughts and knowledge with our audience.

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Thank you to all of those who attended our first seminar or enjoyed a drink at the Champagne Bar over the course of this year’s Decorex. We’re looking forward to creating more bars in the near future – if you’d like to keep up to date with all our projects, please subscribe to our blog.