future heritage decor international 2018
Jie Wu

Decorex International 2018 at the London Design Festival, from September 16 -19, is primarily a trade event but open to the public on Tuesday. With over 400 international exhibitors, the fair is one of Europe’s leading interior design events.

This year’s theme is the apt ‘Blank Canvas’ and the highlights of the show include the commissioned entranceway featuring the work of Maddux Creative, Brian Woulfe, Henry Prideaux and Studio Suss, a designer bar by Lambart & Browne serving botanically-infused drinks and Future Heritage which is the “showcase of craft to collect and commission”.

In its fourth year Future Heritage, developed and curated by design critic and journalist Corrine Julius, acts as both a platform for emerging creatives as well as those who have a firm foothold in contemporary practice. The exhibit features one-off pieces specifically commissioned for Decorex.

Participating UK-based designers to watch include Katrin Spranger, Rebecca De Quin, James Shaw, Jie Wu and twins Begum and Bike Ayaskan of Studio Ayaskan:

Katrin Spranger

Spranger, a London-based artist who specialises in jewellery and sculpture has been working on a series called Aquatopia which is a critical comment on the current and future state of global fresh water supplies. Her pieces are a combination of glass vessels and organic-looking layers copper created with an electroforming technique. For Future Heritage she will present “a series of fused, wall-mounted installations, the surfaces of which are uniform and flat.”

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Aquatopia by Katrin Spranger, Image: Sylvian Deleu

Rebecca De Quin

De Quin is a silversmith and fine metalworker whose work predominantly features sheet-metal vessels. For Future Heritage she has created three large wall panels with detachable vessels which combine copper and brass with steel and sterling silver. De Quin’s piece also features innovative patination and hand-applied texture.

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Vase with Blue Collar by Rebecca De Quin

James Shaw

London-based Shaw challenges the idea of plastic with his ‘Plastic Baroque’ series which is created using a hand-held ‘gun’ that extrudes recycled plastic. For the show, he’ll be creating a fountain, table, stools and vessels.

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Plastic Baroque Side Table, 2013 by James Shaw

Jie Wu

A recent Royal College of Art graduate, Wu’s work explores the dialogue between natural and man-made materials. She creates small objects like boxes which combine resin and wood forcing one to contemplate the human impact on the natural world.

Precious Box in resin and wood by Jie Wu

Studio Ayaskan

Exploring themes of nature, time, light and interconnectivity, London-based Turkish twin sisters Begum and Bike Ayaskanhave created an experimental clock for Future Heritage that uses UV-activated light sensitive liquid to “create a fluctuating cycle of colour as time passes.”

Trace by Studio Ayaskan

Find out more about Future Heritage and Decorex International 2018 here.