Last week I was lucky enough to be invited along to Interiors UK at the NEC for a day of beautiful designs and wonderful interiors.
The trade show featured over 500 cutting edge interiors brands, which packed the NEC between 19 and 22nd February. Filled with new designers, a lighting exhibition and a varied seminar programme, the show was enormous and catered for all tastes and passions. It is dedicated to interiors professionals and retailers in general, and comes just at the beginning of their buying season so I was really pleased to be able to go and have a good look round what was on offer.
Interiors UK is home to the UK’s leading competition for Design Talent, the New Design Britain Awards, and this was a fascinating section of the show, with apparently over 50 Universities submitting entries across four categories, furniture, fabric, surfaces and accessories. Young designers put forward their designs which are then judged on design, style and commerciality by leading industry experts. The judges create a shortlist of 16 products per category and the lucky few are displayed in front of thousands at the show.
I love this woven Easy Chair by Alexander Mueller –
And also, these beautiful fabrics from textile designer Claire Whyman –
One of my favourite areas was the Designers Block where over 20 top talented young designers showcases their latest inspired collections. They were split over 2 areas across 2 halls and included designs from Kirigram, Laura Wellington and SKK Lighting.
You may have also noticed that I’ve been running a giveaway recently from Robert Scott from the Designer Makers area, who created a bespoke Jewellery box just for us. And it was on display at the show too! Winner to be announced shortly.
I love the lighting and this next design from Kirigram really caught my eye.
And how about the wonderful mix of copper lighting against the opulent blues of the backdrop. This is a beautiful image and wonderful combination.
It was an inspirational show packed full of innovative and creative designs. You need to take your energy bars to keep you going throughout the day of course, and your feet will ache after walking through this enormous exhibition. The show moves to London next time and will be called the Furniture Show so watch this space for more news on that one. You can also find out more about the new upcoming show on the website.