Doors open for WA designers

News /
4 October 2010

For the first time in Western Australia, a showcase of the industry renowned designEX will be open to trades and professionals as part of the DesignBUILD Commercial Exhibition to be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre 3–5 November.

DesignBUILD Commercial Exhibition Manager Steve Horsley said professional Interior Decorators and students in WA had been forced to travel or miss out on designEX – until now.

“The designEX show has always been held in Melbourne and Sydney but we were seeing increased interest and attendance from the WA segment, so we have now incorporated a showcase of designEX into DesignBUILD Commercial to bring it to Perth.

“Not only do we have an inspirational line up of Australian and international exhibitors, there are also CPD accredited seminars, as well as a Foundation seminar for design students and professionals,” he said.

Mr Horsley said a key success of the Melbourne DesignBUILD show had been the tailored balance of Australian and international exhibitors and he urged Australian designers to support home grown products.

“There is a certain degree of success associated with attending international trade shows but we have worked hard to bring the best of the best to Perth and with businesses still recovering from the GFC, lower travel costs are a definite bonus,” he said.

DesignBUILD and the designEX showcase boast an 80% Australian company exhibitor attendance, while all products must meet Australian Standards.

“While travelling overseas for design ideas can be inspirational, the reality is it can be quite expensive and difficult to source available products in Australia; designers have actually told us that while it is obviously inspiring, it can be quite frustrating.

“All of the products on show at DesignBUILD Commercial and within the designEX showcase are at the cutting edge of industry innovation and we’ve seen the launch of multiple world first products, and they’re available in Australia,” he said.

As the design, building and construction industries face an increasing skill shortage and increased demand for residential and commercial building resources, Mr Horsley believes industry collaboration is the solution to continued success.

“We’re running seminars and round table discussions and we call on the industry to make a contribution for a better future by sharing thoughts, ideas and concepts while supporting the innovation of new products,” he said.

The Scoop Home & Design Series Forum will also run as part of the designEX showcase schedule, including a presentation from the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).

An example of the industry leading innovation to be seen at the designEX showcase includes exhibitor Centor, who will present the award winning S1E Eco-Screen, which is a world first horizontal, fully retractable weatherproof screen for large openings, including bifolds.

Available with screen, blind or two-in-one options, the S1E offers environment control for every space. The screen provides insect protection, while the blind gives thermal insulation, UV protection and can double as a projection screen.

Full details on DesignBUILD Commercial and the designEX showcase including CPD accredited and Foundation seminars timetables can be found online. Attendance at the expo is free for those who register prior to the event at More details are also available at

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