Last night, the Freeworld Design Centre on Cape Town’s fanwalk launched a new series of exhibits designed by  Liam Mooney, former DECO Joburg bureau chief Kerstin Eser in collaboration with fashion label Christopher Strong, Neil Stemmet and former DECO stylist Tracy Lynch.

Designers were given the brief ‘Openness to Explore’ to free them from the constraints of conventional techniques, and were encouraged to use new paint and coating products, some of which have only recently been developed.

Neil Stemmet from Koncept used Plascon’s ‘Night Delight’ to create an old-world living room full of quirky heirlooms (above). The display, entitled ‘Décor is Dead’, implied that the future of design lies in the past.

Liam Mooney created a striking black-on-black design (above) featuring a bench he made from burned pieces of charcoal and a magnificent custom-made Colourway Quartz Carpet, which added texture to the matte black walls.

Meanwhile, Kerstin Eser and Christopher Strong collaborated to create a window display (above) using garments upcycled from painters’ dropsheets (featured in our previous issue of The Room supplement that we produce in association with Freeworld Coatings) and an Earthcote paint-splatter coating fondly called ‘Jack Splatt’.

Finally, Tracy Lynch used Earthcote’s innovative new Glass Paint (a textured wall coating made from recycled glass beads) over hand stencilling to create a luxuriously quirky space (above).

The exhibition runs until the end of July 2011. Check it out at 71 Waterkant Street, Cape Town.