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By Furniture News May 16, 2017

Shalini Misra selected to design Decorex Champagne Bar

Shalini Misra has unveiled a striking concept for Decorex International’s prestigious Champagne Bar. The design, which is inspired by one of the world’s most famous exhibitions, will take centre stage at this year’s show when it returns to Syon Park from 17-20th September 2017.  

The Great Exhibition of 1851 saw London’s Hyde Park transformed into a showcase of the latest in international invention and design. Housed in a glass and iron building known as the Crystal Palace, the show attracted more than six million visitors. 

As one of Britain’s most celebrated showcases of design and innovation, Decorex International follows this great tradition of exposition – celebrating the works of leading UK and international brands alongside up-and-coming talents. The Crystal Palace, therefore, was a natural inspiration for Shalini Misra when designing the Bar for the show’s 40th anniversary year. 

Based on original paintings, drawings and advertisements, Shalini Misra will create four sweeping structures, reminiscent of the roof of the palace, that will rise up above the space. Inside, the hexagonal central bar will feature backlit metallic detailing inspired by radiator grills and a dramatic central canopy. 

Rich velvets will be paired with geometric and figurative motifs, palace ironwork and Victoriana finishes for a contemporary take on the original design. The heritage colour palette will be complemented with finishing flourishes, such as decorative screen dividers and palm plants. As the centrepiece of the Fair, the bar will be a luxurious location for relaxing with friends as well as a place for the meeting of creative and innovative minds. 

Shalini says: “Inspired by a key moment in design history, the Great Exhibition of 1851, the farther backward we look, the farther forward we are likely to see. In the spirit of international collaboration and scenic stage design we will create a contemporary interpretation of a glasshouse infused with graphic pattern, luxe detailing and curiosities."

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