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Decorex 2018 – The House of the Future


The House of the Future

The London Design Festival has come and gone leaving us with plenty of inspiration! We thoroughly enjoyed Decorex and meeting with many of you at our stand, thank you all for dropping by.

On the final day of Decorex an engaging overview of the future of how Interior Design may evolve to keep in line with our changing way of life was dressed by Kasper Iverson of Houzz, Denmark, Jennifer Chong of The Cambridge Home & Garden Show and Interior Designer as well as two of our favourite London designers, Olga & Anatoly of Black & Milk.

The discussion circled around a growing need to create homes which allow us to escape the pressures of daily life, though this may be translated differently for each one of us. Olga noted that her clients are “moving away from large, glitzy statements and being more willing to invest in iconic pieces and understated luxury”.

A light West London sitting room with linen voiles and velvet sofa

This is startling similar to our how our founder, Jo Cassabois, has often described what we design as being “the Little Black Dress for windows”. Essentially the definition of understated elegance, the goes everywhere and can be dressed up or down piece in a wardrobe. Our designers work with you to achieve the best solution for your window, using your favourite fabrics from a curated selection of timeless, quality textiles so yo know you will have something that works and that you’ll love for years to come.

Close up of Voile Elise Natural curtains held by a champagne coloured tie back

The idea of sustainability and provenance was also touched upon. Jennifer Chong noted that customers are becoming more educated, researching not only the material types but as where they come from. We feel this is an extremely important aspect to ensuring the best final result for the product as well as for the environment. While we have always worked with cottons, linens and silks, as well as blends, we have been assiduous in the choosing high quality fabrics for our exclusive range. We have long-standing relationships with family-run mills in the UK and Europe and test each fabric as made products before giving them the Prêt À Vivre name.

More recently we introduced the Voile Isla, a sustainable choice of a blend of wool and Tencel, a fibre made from Eucalyptus which is fast-growing and requires less chemicals to grow. The wood pulp grown for Tencel is FSC (Forest Steward Council) certified.

Sustainable voile curtain in Pret A Vivre Voile Isla

Voile Isla is a sustainable fabric made from Tencel and wool, with a soft drape and a silky feel.

The importance of peace of mind when designing and furnishing the home of the future was clear but there was no real consensus from the panel as to the role technology in the home would play. Anatoly of Milk & Black suggests that there is “a lot of people could benefit from home automation and energy efficiency”, which seems to be the general feeling of the public as well. Deloitte’s 2016 review Switch on to the connected home finds that 66% of consumers agree that connected devices “have the potential to make their lives easier” rising to 91% of those aged 18-24, the potential homeowners of the future.

Following on the success of our automated blinds and curtain display at Decorex 2017 we featured our motorisation capabilities again this year. It was inspiring to see the interest shown, with discussions of integrating curtains and blinds into home automation systems and controls via apps. From our point of the view the growing interest in motorising curtains and blinds is a sign that functionality and the beauty of simplicity will drive design decisions in the home of the future.

We’d love to hear how you would see your home in the future, get in touch here.


Pret A Vivre Silk swatch in white


This dupion silk is specially handwoven for curtains and blinds. The delicate slubbed texture a reminder of the craft and skill of the weaver, coaxing the threads into a glorious palette of colours. The perfect luxurious plain for any contemporary or classical decorating scheme, shown here in a modern pure white ideal for the columnar look of a wave curtain. For those seeking more texture, see our Stria Silk.

Like this fabric? Speak to a member of our design team today!


Our full range of fabrics can be seen in our 5 showrooms where our designers will gladly provide samples for you to take home. These swatches are indicative of the colour and labelled on the reverse side.

If you are sensitive to shade variations, as are common with silk, or if you need a larger piece to visualise the end result, we can arrange for a large refundable sample. Just ask one of our designers.