So this year saw Decorex International hosting their first ever virtual interior design trade fair and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. I did wonder how an on-line trade fair would work having been so used to popping on and off physical stands (particularly from my fashion buying days) and seeing product first hand.
However, the Decorex site was really intuitive and easy to manage. They had a planned schedule of conversations with lead thinkers in the industry (all of which are still up for the industry to listen to till mid Dec – just register your interest) and a really easy-to-use on-line diary where visitors could schedule potential appointments. I missed the ability to touch products but the direct website links to each supplier offered a visual guide so I was still able to get a good idea of the quality and style of each company.
At first I was a little hesitant to contact the bigger companies as I am only just starting out and wasn’t sure what the reaction would be particularly when I started to quiz them on their social responsibility. However, I had an overwhelming positive response to my enquiries and it felt really exciting and new to be discussing sustainability openly rather than it feeling quite ‘fringe’ as it did last year.
There was a wealth of interesting conversations that focused on sustainability from an engaging discussion called ‘Back to Nature is the Future’ to a thought provoking discussion called ‘Cutting through the Greenwash’. It is great that such topics are getting prime air time now. I believe it is so vital to ask questions and to keep pushing for sustainable options within supply chains.
We all have an intrinsic connection to the natural world. It has been proven that our wellbeing improves when we are surrounded by plants and natural materials. We all know we only have one planet and the huge mountains of waste from commercial production are building so it is vital we start to put sustainability at the heart of all we do so as to protect both the planet and people for the future. That is why sustainability is at the heart of my interior designs. I try to make as little an impact upon earth’s resources as possible whilst still achieving a beautiful, functional space that works for the client.
So well done to Decorex and all exhibitors for a very successful show and it was such a pleasure to meet the people I did on-line. Even with the difficulties many have faced with COVID hanging over our heads it feels like we could possibly be moving towards a brighter, cleaner, more sustainable future in the world of interior design. Hurrah!