Shalini Misra


Shalini Misra created the concept for the Decorex Champagne Bar 2017, the show's special 40th Ruby Anniversary edition. 

The bar, a temporary build, with a floor area size of 153 sq. m and a height of over 6 metres was completed on 17th September 2017 and opened for 5 days of the exhibition. The central meeting point feature at the exhibition was inspired by The Great Exhibition of 1851 which was held at Crystal Palace. 

''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.'' Shalini Misra

Misra created a unique space, mixing Victorian design ideas with a modern twist, creating the feel of a glasshouse filled with luxurious details, graphics and collectables. Using drawings, artwork and advertising from the 1850s for her inspiration, Misra constructed impressive structures that remind one of the palace roof as it soared overhead. 

At either end of the bar hung two tall voile 'drops', a theatrical interpretation of the monochrome lithographs of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham. The central floating canopy was made in plush ruby red velvet, under which the bar operated. A stunning crystal chandelier cascaded a fountain of crystal above the bar and a series of exquisitely wallpapered screens depicted scenes of international travel and industry. 
The impressive octagonal bar echoed the shape of the canopy above. Handmade by skilled craftsmen in the heart of Oxfordshire, the bar was made from solid European Oak in a dark semi-gloss finish, panelled with brass grilles. Promoting and highlighting to the world Great Britain's position at the forefront of industry, a series of show stopping ottomans, tables, sofas, chairs and elegant accessories created a display celebrating contemporary industrial craftsmanship, handcrafted in the UK. A series of beautiful hand crafted mirrors and movable wall lights were placed on the screens in the corner meeting areas. 

Creatively designed motifs, lush velvet fabrics, ironwork and delightful Victorian finishes all worked together to bring plush old world luxury to a modern exhibit. A series of tall palms, ferns and smaller potted plants brought life and vitality to the luxurious meeting areas.The Champagne Bar offered luxurious comfort in a unique, historically relevant setting.

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