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Interiors Birmingham 2011

January 26, 2011

I got back late last night after a great day out at the Birmingham Interiors show.  This event, held over four days at the NEC, brings together over 500 exhibitors displaying the latest products & cutting edge design from the interiors industry.

The trademark corset, tattoo and sailors stripes were all evident.

One of the highlights of the show for me was exploring the relationship between manufacturer and designer.  Featured collaborations included Elle Deco’s Best British Design award winner Lee Broom and his work with Heals, Halo Living’s brand new collection from Kelly Hoppen and Roche Bobois’ stunning new collection by Jean Paul Gaultier (see above).

Butterfly Chair by Tortie Hoare

Exciting up and coming talent was showcased including Tortie Hoare – New Designer of the Year 2010 – with her collection of unique boiled leather furniture.

Alex MacMaster s a furniture designer and maker who specialises in making high end wood-based furniture both speculatively and to commission. He attended the University of Lincoln and in 2008 graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Furniture Design and Making.  I first saw his work during London Design Week last year and fell in love with the simplicity and elegance of his designs – it was great to see him again at the Birmingham show.

Throughout the show the Seminar Theatre provided a varied and interesting mix of guest speakers from the world of interiors.  I chose to attend the event on Tuesday as I was particularly interested in hearing  Oliver Heath & Vannessa Brady (President of  the Society of British Interior Design) talking about sustainable design  – a subject that they, and I, am very passionate about.

Painted furniture showing two ends of the scale!

Oliver Heath is a big fan of ‘Vintage’ and there was alot of it on show – from small discrete peices to the more flamboyant as shown here.  Painted, distressed and Baroque was a strong theme running through the event and could be seen in furniture, mirrors and accessories.

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  1. Jane Williams permalink
    February 2, 2011 10:23

    Great blog Karen!

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