Ideas and inspiration for décor and interior design

Decorex Cape Town: 25-28 April 2014, CTIC
Decorex Johannesburg: 6-10 August 2014, Gallagher Estate

The theme for Cape Town’s 2014 Decorex is “Design Your Life” and you don’t want to miss it! Why? Because it’s all about you

The time has come to focus on the needs and styles of the individual and empower people to make their own design choices and style statements in all aspects of their home décor. Individuals no longer want to be told what’s on trend and how to do it, they’re confident in their own choices.  

This fresh approach has resulted in a more practical approach to designing for life – things must be beautiful and functional. Design must make life easier, instead of just making life look pretty.   

This movement is seeing design/decorating companies and manufacturers create objects and concepts that can be adapted by individuals to suit their styles. With this in mind, exhibitions at Decorex SA 2014 will be focused on enabling individuals to express their personality and create their own personalised spaces. 

What to expect at Cape Town Decorex 2014

Decorex SA is hosting the 2014 Design & Trend Forecast series of talks at its expos. The main speaker is Dion Chang, the renowned trends forecaster and analyst. Chang is the current head of Flux Trends, one of South Africa’s best trend consultancies. 

Sian Steyn, GM of Decorex SA, says, "We have invited Chang to present the Design & Trend Forecast and we are confident that visitors will jump at the opportunity for a trend update which ties into the Decorex SA offering.”

Chang, who provides insights into the relationship between brands and consumers, has an uncanny ability to foresee trends ahead of the curve. Speaking of the Design and Trend Forecast talks, he says, "The content will be of interest to the public and to interior and other professionals. Our presentation on the 2014 zeitgeist and major trends looks at all aspects of our lives, including food, popular culture as well as shifts in consumer tastes. Anyone involved in the marketing of products to consumers would be particularly interested in finding out where the shifting tastes were going."

Even more reasons to visit Cape Town Decorex 

Manscapes: Derived from the success of the Mancaves feature in 2012 and inspired by Movember, Decorex SA brings you the flippant “Manscapes” project. 

In 2012 some of SA’s most fashionable male celebrities and designers created their ultimate Mancave – they’re back now and they’ve been briefed to create an outdoor living space that any South African man would envy.  So come along to Decorex for inspiration on how to express your own style in outdoor living.

Design your Life Theatre: Here you’ll find interactive cooking and entertaining demonstrations. This attraction is pretty much an entertainer’s dream, and you’ll be able to explore new recipes, gardening tips and entertaining ideas.

The ‘Design Your Life’ Themed Installation: Local interior designer Urban Lace has been tasked with depicting the expo’s theme in an entrance installation. We can’t wait to see it, and we’re sure you’ll walk away with some individual inspiration and ideas for your own home.

Plascon 2014 Colour Forecast: Co-show sponsor Plascon will showcase its 2014 Colour Forecast, titled ‘Colour Nation’. This colour forecast is expected to set the tone for the rest of the year’s design and décor inspiration. 

DAS Wall Panel Display: There will be a Dynamic Artistic Studios display at the expo, showcasing our range of unique and stylish wall panels. If you’re considering a redecorate or are simply looking for ideas on how to spruce up a tired room, then make sure not to miss this stall! Our experts will be on site to advise you and answer any questions. 

Gourmet Food Market: Food and design go well together and Decorex is sure to thrill with a variety of food to suit every palate. Eat Greek Catering promises elegant outdoor food and wine pairings at The Wine Bar, and at the Gourmet Market you can get frozen yoghurt, gourmet burgers, hot dogs, and craft beer. The Afro’s Chicken food truck should also be on your list of things to taste this weekend. 

Exhibition details

Decorex Cape Town 2014 is from 25 to 28 April 2014 at the CTICC from 10am to 7pm daily (6pm on Sunday). Entry tickets are R75 for adults, R65 for students and pensioners, and just R15 for children under 12. For those wishing to attend the Design and Trend Forecast, tickets are R350, which includes entry fee.

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Want to win 2 tickets to Decorex Cape Town? Simply comment below and tell us what you would do with your Wall Panels? Don't forget to include your email address so that we can contact you! For an extra entry, simply tweet the article and include @DASProducts and #decorexcapetown… Please note: You have to be able to collect tickets in Cape Town, and the competition ends 21st April 2014. Good Luck!


I would separate my lounge and dinning to make it look my glamorous and spacious,

Would be great to use the wall panels in my bathroom to hide where the plaster fell off & my home re-skimming job was pretty poor :)

I'd the the DAS wall panels to make up a warm bedroom headboard and also as picture features on any of the rooms' walls.

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