African style and homegrown comforts influence the Decorex SA 2019 theme.

Drawing on its position as Africa’s largest décor, design and lifestyle exhibition, Decorex SA (another article: 25 Years for Decorex)  has unveiled the 2019 show theme that will inspire and unite visitors, designers and industry leaders – ‘Designing for Africa – feels like home’.

“One of the many elements that sets Decorex SA apart is the exhibition theme which has been revealed, every year, since the show’s inception,” explained Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions. “It has to speak to the global industry trends while also capturing the mood and sense of this particular moment in time within our lives.”

Decorex 2019 (Credit: Irene Kyriacou & Reedeco – Saint Restaurant)   (Photographer: Elsa Young Photography)
(Credit: Irene Kyriacou & Reedeco – Saint Restaurant)
(Photographer: Elsa Young Photography)

Cullingworth said that Africa was finally emerging from the shadows in respect of stylistic influence, being viewed as a leader in design inspiration rather than a mere accessory.

“The African hospitality industry is growing and we are witnessing a number of emerging markets across the continent, many of them specifically design related or stimulated by African design,” continued Cullingworth. “This flow of movement into and out of Africa is drawing organic African style directly into the global trends – and conversely fusing some international flavour into local décor.”

Dynamic African style

This dynamic African style will be artfully displayed throughout the various features at all three Decorex SA shows – Decorex Durban, Decorex Cape Town and Decorex Joburg.

“With Decorex SA attracting the most innovative décor, design and lifestyle influencers, we host a number of trade visitors from across the continent, all of whom want to witness the leading trends as they emerge,” said Cullingworth. “They then take this inspiration back home where it is implemented with the unique flavour of each individual country.”

Decorex SA is set to feature the best in 2019 trends, products and designs that depict various elements of African style, all of which resonate with residents on the continent. Through artistic design, the many cultures and styles that define us individually will merge, showing that we are united through our African roots. Because this is Africa. This is home.

To witness how the best local designers will interpret ‘Designing for Africa – feels like home’ in a host of new features and installations, visit Decorex Durban, Decorex Cape Town and Decorex Joburg in 2019.


Decorex Durban

21 – 24 March 2019

10 am – 6 pm daily

Durban Exhibition Centre

Trade-focused day: 22 March 2019

Ticket Prices:   Adults – R95

Student/Pensioners – R85

Kids U12 – R20

Trade – R85

Exhibitor – R85


Decorex Cape Town

1 – 5 May 2019

10 am – 6 pm daily

Cape Town International Convention Centre

Trade-focused day: 2 – 3 May 2019

Ticket Prices:   Adults – R110

Student/Pensioners – R100

Kids U12 – R20

Trade – R100

Exhibitor – R100

Decorex Joburg

7 – 11 August 2019

10 am – 6 pm daily

Gallagher Convention Centre

Public holiday: 9 August

Trade-focused days: 7 – 8 August 2019

Ticket Prices:   Adults – R120

Student/Pensioners – R100

Kids U12 – R20

Trade – R100

Exhibitor – R100

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