A creative friend and I are off to the NEC next week to visit the 'UK's largest trade interiors exhibition' – Interiors Birmingham.
I'm looking forward to seeing the lighting (hall 9) and the furnishing accessories (hall 3) and hope to catch a couple of seminars taking place in the Interiors Hub (hall 2) - 'Successful online retailing' and 'The how and why of colour trends'.
The recently formed collective of female textile designers, specialising in new technologies – Puff and Flock is also hosting a seminar which sounds fun. The group met at Central St Martins, whilst completing the MA Design for Textile Futures and will be launching themselves at the Designers Block stand in hall 2.
If you are in the trade you can still pre-register for Interiors Birmingham to save the £15 entrance fee. It runs from Sunday to Wednesday.
UPDATE: I'm back now. I must say the lighting was very disappointing – I didn't see any exciting lampshades and far too many plain black and plain cream ones. There seems to be a trend for hanging a crystal chandelier inside a sheer black shade – a fad which does nothing for me!
However, it was great to see the enthusiasm of the ladies who form Puff and Flock. They displayed and explained their conceptual pieces which ranged from sculpted laser cut wallpaper and wallpaper which produces and stores energy by Aurélie Mossé, through colour changing textiles powered by sunlight by Kathy Schicker, to breathable felt textiles by Jo Angell and exterior textiles by Melissa French. I love a bit of collaboration and I'm sure they will do well.