Everyday Luxury | Frans Alexander Interiors brings a sense of flair to Decorex Durban

A leading Durban interior designer driven by the satisfaction of his clients, Frans Alexander of Frans Alexander Interiors describes himself as a perfectionist: ‘I’m driven by the result and outcome of each project. Knowing that I have achieved the desired emotion is what pushes me to ensure every one of my clients’ experiences the sense of joy design can bring!’

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Lighting trends to switch you on

Which major lighting trends will transform our living spaces next year? Creative Director Anita Bloom enlightens us in her Decorex Africa Trend Report 2020.


Decorex Africa’s Trend Report for 2020 gives us a teasing glimpse of what to expect from Decorex Durban, Cape Town and Joburg 2020, where designers and manufacturers showcase all the latest trends, concepts and products that will guide and inspire us. The broad themes emphasised in the report will be featured in the Mobelli Furniture + Living Trend House – Urban Living by Design, Insta-Interiors, the Trend Kitchen by Cosentino and Trend Installations as well as pop-up restaurants, cafés and feature areas at each show. Make a special note to visit the Lighting by Design Project, which will showcase exciting lighting trends at all three shows.

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Ready for a home refresh? Try these five on-trend furnishing styles

Read this before you settle on a home redecorating plan! Anita Bloom, Creative Director for Decorex Africa, unpacks some of the trends of 2020 and reveals how we can transform our living spaces this year.

  1. Get back to nature with Contemporary Organic style

A major trend coming to our shores is the Contemporary Organic style, which uses natural materials alongside contemporary lines. We’ll opt for cosy, tactile spaces that reference natural elements – think wooden floors, burnt timber cladding, textured stone, feathers, indoor plants, even dried branches. “We’re moving away from sleek materials and sharp architectural lines as ultra-modern design adopts softer, more texturally rich touches: furniture with sensual forms or timber with an irregular grain,” says Bloom.

Get the look: Furniture made of unrefined natural materials will be popular – think rustic stools and seating sculptures – along with handcrafted rugs and fabrics. “Fireplaces are back and they bring flickering light and undeniable cosiness to living rooms, as do table lamps, candles and lanterns,” says Bloom.  

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