It’s been a busy start to 2020 in the home interiors and furniture world! January sees many furniture and interior design fairs and trade shows – from London to Paris to Cologne to Birmingham, with many more shows throughout the year – both in the UK and abroad.
After doing a big European loop that saw us fly and train it between IMM in Cologne, Maison & Objet in Paris and The January Furniture Show in Birmingham, we’ve come back bursting with information and ideas.
For those that haven’t been to any of these fairs, we want to share some insights of both getting the most out of attending these fairs and what the highlights were for us.
As you'll hopefully see, for 2020 (and beyond) there is bags of inspiration for not only contemporary home interiors but also sustainable and classic designs, that bring timeless appeal. Please get in touch if you would like any further information or if you are interested in any of the items showcased, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0330 133 1233.
Getting the most out of the fairs
IMM in Cologne is pretty much a furniture fest (along with some lighting etc) from many Scandi, Eastern European and Far East suppliers.
From contemporary to classic, budget friendly to high end styles, there was a lot of ground to cover.
Velvet and velour furniture/fabrics are still very much on trend as is mid-century styling.
Albeit the view of one large supplier is these will begin to trend down with more textured and tufted materials becoming more popular.
Sustainable materials were also taking centre stage with really interesting and creative wood designs really standing out. Sustainable design is very much set to grow in presence and rightly so.
Maison & Objet Paris
M&O in Paris is widely regarded as one of the most popular trade shows and it’s obvious why. It has pretty much everything you can think of in one place – from furniture, furnishings, lighting, accessories, art, homewares, smart gadgets and so much more! It’s a fantastic, creative event where you can immerse yourself, get inspired, learn about new trends and if you have time soak up some of Paris too!
Like in Cologne, there were styles and ranges to suit all tastes and budgets and here are just a few highlights…
We came across some fabulous and distinctive lighting which would create a stunning, contemporary look in many homes. There were also some great sustainable options too.
This trend is here to stay and we’ve seen some lovely examples of high quality and distinctive craftmanship using natural, environmentally friendly materials and sustainable working practices.
Classic design has always been about simple, beautiful, clean design. It’s timeless. There were some excellent examples on display at M&O both Scandi and further afield.
As with Cologne, the trend of furniture pieces with textured fabric design was very evident and looks set to be growing in popularity.
The January Furniture Show – Birmingham
Maybe not quite so glamorous as Paris or Cologne, the January Furniture Show is a staple of furniture fairs in the UK.
It showcases leading styles and trends and we again saw velvets, textured designs and Scandi influences in the mix. Here are some of the highlights.
We hope we've managed to inspire you with these highlights, the fairs had many delights - far more than we can do justice here! Please get in touch if you would like any further information or if you are interested in any of the items showcased, you can reach us at email@example.com or on 0330 133 1233.
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