designEX continues its commitment to revitalise, extend and progress its scope and importance by unveiling yet another new feature for 2011 visitors. Décor is a platform for the soft furnishings, blinds and accessory industries which will bring the best and broadest product selection to savvy local interior designers and decorators.

Danielle Fischer from Diversified Exhibitions explained, “Research undertaken at last year’s event made it clear we needed to significantly build the interiors showcase for 2011. We are now entering the 23rd year for designEX and we are serious about maintaining the event’s market-leading edge in the Australasian region.

“Countless interior designers and decorators declared they would rush to a precinct at designEX that gathered, in one location, the latest, quirkiest and greatest products on the market today. This one-stop-shop, where they can see, touch, learn about and buy products such products as these, is what we’ve created with Décor.”

What:       designEX 2011 – featuring Décor
When:      Wednesday 13 April to Friday 15 April
Where:    Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Why:        Connect with local and international design leaders

The Décor precinct will feature a dedicated workshop and seminar stage that will cover decorating topics such as sustainability, global trends, paints and finishes and wall art. There will also be several sessions dedicated to textiles and textile trends.

Amongst the confirmed speakers is Jo Lamble, Channel 7’s Sunrise resident psychologist, who will discuss the benefits of a balanced interior on the human psyche. Also confirmed is interior designer, Claudia Chan Shaw, who will discuss movements in art and their influence on today’s design trends.

The KeyNote Series is a key element of the 2011 designEX design exhibition. It will feature acclaimed experts from Europe and the USA, alongside local speakers. ‘Live Profiling’ with the architects and designers behind some of Australia’s most notable projects speaking candidly and ‘Architectural Radar’ where visitors can have an interactive architectural experience that highlights new practices in the industry today. There is also the Mystery Box Challenge and the designEX New Product Awards showcase.

designEX remains a must-see for professionals in the design sector at all levels. More information on the design exhibition is available from the designEX website.