by Decorex International
The most famous showcase of international invention in history, The Great Exhibition, along with the magnificent Crystal Palace that housed it, was a natural inspiration for Shalini Misra when creating a Champagne Bar concept for Decorex’s 40th anniversary edition. As one of the world’s most prestigious showcases of design and innovation, Decorex follows in this great tradition of exposition by showcasing the works of leading UK and international brands alongside up and coming talents.
Based on original paintings, drawings and advertisements, Shalini Misra will create four sweeping structures reminiscent of the roof of the palace. 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 final flourishes, such as decorative screen dividers and palm plants.
Shalini Misra, founder and director, 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.”
Established in 1996, the multi award-winning architecture and interior design practice has a diverse portfolio of projects from all over the world, including London, Dubai, New York and Delhi. Specialising in creating characterful, functional and timeless interiors, Shalini Misra works with leading artists, galleries, craftspeople and antique dealers to create spaces that masterfully combine textures, colours, art and design.
Previous creators of the Champagne Bar include celebrated designers Martin Hulbert Design, Rabih Hage, 1508 London, Russell Sage, Les Trois Garçons and Martin Brudnizki Design Studio.