THE ARTISTRY OF CHINOISERIE STYLE

Blog article courtesy of: Anne Roselt

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European interpretations of Chinese and East Asian culture during the 17th and 18th century was known as Chinoiserie, although the style was more often associated with fantasy and invention than historical accuracy.

Chinoiserie, from the French word “chinois” is often associated with exuberance and wealth which one could argue has no place at a time like this, however in anxious times I turn to art or learning to escape. It turns out doing this blog on Chinoiserie ticked both these boxes. I hope the combination of different cultures and styles, to create something beautiful, inspires you as much as it does me.

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Reinventing Kitchen Culture

Kitchens are the warm heart of a home, where most of our entertaining is planned – but kitchen design trends evolve rapidly, so be ready for some changes…

The days of keeping your guests out of the kitchen are past. A renaissance is afoot and, according to Decorex Africa’s Trend Report for 2020, it’s time to repurpose your kitchen as a multifunctional space, where cooking, entertaining, relaxation, reading and homework are all supported. This is the message delivered by Creative Director Anita Bloom, author of this authoritative report on décor, interior design and lifestyle trends, which gives us a teasing glimpse of what to expect from Decorex Durban 2020, where the overarching theme is ‘Lifestyle by Design’.  

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The 2020 Pantone Colour of the Year is Classic Blue

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American colour company Pantone has chosen universal favourite Classic Blue, or Pantone 19-4052, as its colour of the year for 2020.

Announced 5 December, the Classic Blue colour is described by Pantone as instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.  Continue reading

Coffee with Katy Meurs

 

Katy Meurs has recently been appointed as Operation Manager for the Lifestyle, Retail and Design portfolio and its easy to see why. She has a ‘let’s can do’ attitude which has seen her win numerous internal company awards at Reed Exhibitions that include:  Most Promising Employee for two years in a row (2019 + 2018) and Most Helpful Employee in 2018. Katy will endeavour to get the job done by going the extra mile no matter how big or small the job is, she carries a sense of calmness with her, coupled with her warmness ensuring that no man, exhibitor or visitor is left behind.

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