The Great Exhibition, along with the magnificent Crystal Palace that housed it, were a natural inspiration for Shalini Misra when creating a Champagne Bar concept for Decorex's 40th anniversary edition. 

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. 

"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," comments Shalini. "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."