Change is here!

As the official media partner of Decorex Africa, we’re excited to collaborate on this innovative and reimagined decor and design showcase  

Words by Margot Molyneux  Photography by Micky Wiswedel  Styling by Bielle Bellingham

Above Woven basket from Design Afrika. Left Persimmon Slice Fabric by Skinny laMinx. Woven Cacti from Moroccan Warehouse. Fabric Triangle Shape by Meeco Studio. Hardwood Chair by James Mudge. Woven cushion from Design Afrika. Stacked Totem Side Tables from Design Afrika. Purple Rain Table Lamp from Joe Paine.

Above top Persimmon Slice Fabric by Skinny laMinx. Woven Cacti from Moroccan Warehouse. Fabric Triangle Shape by Meeco Studio. Hardwood Chair by James Mudge. Woven cushion from Design Afrika. Stacked Totem Side Tables from Design Afrika. Purple Rain Table Lamp from Joe Paine. Above Woven basket from Design Afrika.

Beginning, significantly, in 1994 with South Africa’s first democratic general elections, Decorex Africa has since evolved to become the continent’s largest decor, design and lifestyle exhibition – featuring innovations in architecture, homeware and lifestyle products for both the residential and commercial sectors. As an anchor in the industry for almost three decades, the past two years encouraged some much needed change, ultimately resulting in a dynamic reimagination of this heritage brand. Poised to offer a fresh vision and purpose for the year ahead, Decorex Africa is placing the focus on Africa, her potential and the power of design to create meaningful change.

From left Spiral Light Shade and Octopus Light Shade from Design Afrika. Mudziira Floor Lamp made in collaboration with Wolkberg Casting Studios from The Urbanative. Aids Ribbon (2021) by Ben Orkin from WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery. Terracotta Strawberry Bowl by Mandi Sandenbergh from Design Afrika. Still life for Flash Chair by Alex Coetzee for the Bluet Exhibition by KSSO Exhibition. Three-legged Oak Bar Stool from James Mudge.

From left Spiral Light Shade and Octopus Light Shade from Design Afrika. Mudziira Floor Lamp made in collaboration with Wolkberg Casting Studios from The Urbanative. Aids Ribbon (2021) by Ben Orkin from WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery. Terracotta Strawberry Bowl by Mandi Sandenbergh from Design Afrika. Still life for Flash Chair by Alex Coetzee for the Bluet Exhibition by KSSO Exhibition. Three-legged Oak Bar Stool from James Mudge.

With two curated shows in Cape Town and Joburg, the latter debuting at the Sandton Convention Centre, Decorex Africa will additionally host summits in both cities, offering platforms for sharing and connecting within local design communities and featuring discussions with African and international designers around ways in which we can reimagine our world. Curation is at the core of Decorex Africa, with the trained eye of Executive Creative Director (and House and Leisure’s contributing design editor), Bielle Bellingham, at the helm. Says Bielle of Decorex Africa’s vision, ‘We believe that curation can be used by both designers and consumers to encourage action that contributes to a more sustainable, ethical future.‘

The design platform plans to release additional features such as Campus, Unorthodox, Shop Decorex, Future Present, Circular Lab and Material Futures which, collectively, will aid in the objective of extending the immersive physical design events into inclusive digital platforms. RX Africa’s managing director, Carol Weaving says, ‘[Decorex] will invest significantly in its virtual infrastructure, evolving into a truly hybrid offering encompassing a world-class online marketplace, editorial platforms and media services that serve the growth of the African design and decor industry.’

In another first, the country’s largest contemporary design exhibition, 100% Design South Africa, will take place alongside Decorex Joburg at the Sandton Convention Centre – showcasing furniture and product design, art, literature and craft, with the two design authorities remaining true to their respective offerings and ensuring visitors a unique and hybrid experience.

Visit Decorex Africa at CTICC from 16 to 19 June 2022 or Decorex Africa and 100% Design South Africa at Sandton Convention Centre from 28 to 31 July 2022.

@decorexafrica @100percentdesignafrica

Left The CASEY Occasional Chair in white by Curación Collective. Right Lucky LOOK Chair by Meeco Studio.

Above The CASEY Occasional Chair in white by Curación Collective.

Visit Decorex Africa at CTICC from 16 to 19 June 2022 or Decorex Africa and 100% Design South Africa at Sandton Convention Centre from 28 to 31 July 2022.

@decorexafrica @100percentdesignafrica