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March 2017. Interview by Marelise Jacobs. Cover: Marcia Margolius - Courtesy of Roxanne Konkol.

With over twenty-five years experience in the world of interior design, Marcia Margolius has established herself as a definitive source of industry know-how. Having her finger firmly on the pulse of what is happening locally and internationally, Marcia spearheads the successful annual Décor and Design Buyer's Guide, now in it's 20th edition. We spoke to Marcia about all things interior design as well as what lies ahead.

How did you get into the interior design industry, does it run in the family?

Marcia: Style and pizzaz definitely runs in the family. I studied design and hold diplomas both locally and aboard. I started the first part-time interior decorating course in South Africa under the auspices of Boston House College. I began writing and compiling all the notes for Intec College, now known as Damelin College. At the time, there were no text books available that spoke to the SA market. The first book I wrote was called “Create a stylish Home – From Flats to Mansions” and I haven’t stopped since.

“...It truly is so rewarding to see homegrown talent exhibiting all over the world....” - Marcia Margolius

What drove your decision to cross-over into writing and later creating The Buyers' Guide?

Marcia: By the time The Buyers’ Guide was conceptualised, I had already written over five interior decorating books. I was a stylist at a leading ladies magazines and an industry lecturer. Everyone kept asking me, “You keep writing about how to do interior design, but where do you get all your products?” Hence Décor and Design: The Complete Buyers Guide was born. I can’t believe that it was 21 years ago.

You have become a definitive voice on interior design, which in itself must be a very rewarding feeling. What does this role mean to you in terms of guiding new designers and promoting South African design?

Marcia: South African design students are our future and are sponges. I believe that if you can instill good quality brands and designs from an early stage in the learning process, you are opening up the future of new designers and brands not only made internationally but also locally.

I frequently travel abroad to décor and design shows around the world and I thoroughly enjoy the standard that our SA designers are setting globally. It truly is so rewarding to see homegrown talent exhibiting all over the world. I believe that Africa plays a strong role in redefining international trends.

Which yearly events, globally or locally, are the most exciting to you and why?

Ambiente in Frankfurt
– The flight to Germany is full of South African movers and shakers, all going to see the latest trends from around the world. This is where the world of décor and design players meet. With the latest design trends, innovations and partner country presentations, almost 136,000 trade visitors from 143 countries benefit from a forward-thinking market overview and a range of goods that are unique in terms of breadth and depth.

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan - The international reference point for the furnishing and design sector. A showcase that has always mixed business with culture, shaping the history of design and furnishing yesterday, today and tomorrow. A global platform for truly top-notch products with a strong emphasis on innovation.

MAISON&OBJET in Paris - Professional trade fair dedicated to lifestyle, decoration and design. The lifestyle show brings together a 360° product offering. Decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances, the world of children, tableware… The styles coexist in a multifaceted way, throughout the inventive show design which enlivens the spaces. This extraordinary diversity is in line with the varied expectations of global markets. With each session, the great lifestyle platform, at the intersection of business and creativity, reveals solutions to visitors from around the world in search of uniqueness. This show is also linked to Paris Design Week.

100% Design in the UK - Is the largest and longest running design trade event for industry professionals in the UK.

This year I hope to attend the Interior Lifestyle Tokyo. And then of course we have some beautiful local shows in South Africa that visitors from around Africa and Europe attend.

Colours and textures play a big role in the overall feel of a room, which colours and textures are your go-to favourites or do you prefer a new palette each year?

Marcia: We will see the attention manufacturers are giving natural materials such as wicker, bare wood, cork and ceramics, untreated surfaces are combined with glazed, relief-like textures and strong contrasts in the materials. There is a tendency towards a “mix and match” tactile feel- a great and modern effect. When it comes to the colour palette, expect discreet nude, beige and sand shades, which leave plenty of freedom for individual accents.

How has The Buyers' Guide been received internationally, are you planning on expanding globally?

Marcia: We are so well received we are THE sourcing guide for the industry both locally and abroad. We have adapted ourselves to a fast-paced and ever-changing digital and social sphere and our audience is both global as well as local.

What does the future hold?

Marcia: As we move forward confidently in the digital world, I always have my finger on the pulse. I have recently been included into the “Webfluential” team. This is an international platform where bookings are made from around the world to appear on our social media platforms. With a following of over 159 000 who would not want to be part of the real décor and design buzz? The launch of 21 years of SA DÉCOR AND DESIGN BUYERS GUIDE will also be happening this year so we are on a very tight deadline but I can’t wait to see the final product. Other than that we are looking forward to the Decorex Shows in both Cape Town and Johannesburg as well as 100% Design and Design Joburg.