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BCFA Open - Manchester

BCFA’s Manchester Open held at Museum of Science & Industry

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The BCFA Open series continued last week on 4th and 5th October with its second Manchester Open hosted at the iconic Museum of Science & Industry.

Held on the second floor of the Museum, in a light and airy space, this exhibition gave you the opportunity to meet and catch up with 27 BCFA Members based in the north and see their latest and best contract furnishing products.

Style Library Stand - BCFA Open

Style Library Stand – BCFA Open

A small but quality event meant that you were really able to talk to the exhibitors. Some of the stands that really stood out were Maine who showcased some amazing rust-effect cabinets; Johnson Tiles whose simple yet elegant stand showed off their products beautifully; and Tektura Wallcoverings who had a monochrome and bold geometric theme for their stand.

The first day was concluded with a ‘In Conversation With’ discussion which was led by Tonje Odegard from SPACE magazine who discussed the hospitality market with Founder and Creative Director of NoChintz, Lucy Goddard.

BCFA Open – Manchester – Johnson Tiles

They touched on the importance of ‘Instagram-ability’ of a space today, discussing how the smaller details are important and how the end-user really appreciates them. They also went on to discuss new hotel concepts that we are increasingly seeing pop up including a trend towards the ‘new-age’ style like, forest retreats or yoga inspired hotels.

Following the discussion guests and exhibitors could enjoy a well-deserved drink and were treated to a selection of tasty nibbles and canapes. Throughout both days there was also a chance to get your hands-dirty and get involved with some creative workshops. These included the return of the wonderful Patternistas who held their pattern-making workshop. You could also practice your print-making techniques with Sheffield-based artist Samantha Groom.


Versital is BCFA member

Versital earns BCFA membership

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Luxury surface manufacturer, Versital has met the rigorous design and quality standards required to earn British Contract Furnishing Association membership.

Gemma Stockberger, Versital, comments: “We are delighted to meet approval for BCFA membership, highlighting the brand’s commitment to excellence in the contract furnishing sector.

Through Versital’s completely bespoke faux marble, we are able to cater for a wide range of commercial projects, offering designs that can be perfectly tailored to suit nearly any requirement and delivering an exceptional and personalised level of customer care”.

The British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA) is a global business association for the contract furnishing industry, helping to set the standards for the sector and enhance the commercial success of the membership. Companies have to meet exacting criteria in terms of professionalism and a commitment to provide the market with the highest levels of service in order to be awarded membership. In exchange, member benefits include knowledge and business support, and excellent networking opportunities across the industry.

Versital’s product offerings for the sector include bespoke bar tops, table tops, washroom vanities and shower trays in faux marble and granite, as well as high gloss and high sparkle finishes. Versital shares the same classic and stylish looks as the natural material, however is non-porous, 100% waterproof and stain resistant, and is available in a vast range of colours and made to order sizes and shapes.


Elements - Kobe showcasing at BCFA

Kobe showcasing at BCFA Open event

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Luxury fabric specialist Kobe UK, will be introducing its new window décor, upholstery and soft furnishings collections at the British Contract Furnishing Association’s (BCFA) first ever event.

The BCFA Open contract furniture and furnishings exhibition will showcase new designs and creative interiors from BCFA member companies specialising in the hospitality, healthcare, office and education sectors.

Suitable for window décor and soft furnishings within contract markets, the Elements and Enchanted ranges are stunning collections of luxurious 100% flame retardant fabrics. The collections enjoy the signature Kobe style while offering affordable prices and value for money.

Enchanted, Kobe’s autumn collection, is a balance between contemporary and traditional. The range features three woven jacquards with a smooth, supple feel.
The palette of rich striking tones and neutrals complements the sophisticated collection of medallion, stylish lattice and coordinating geometric designs.

Elements’ palette of rich and neutral shades balances the stylish collection of luxurious easy-to-care-for, washable fabrics. The cool linen, soft satin and subtle metallic look is a perfect match for the geometric, herringbone and medallion designs.

David Harris, managing director of Kobe UK, said: “The BCFA Open will be a great opportunity for us to showcase our latest collections, including Elements and Enchanted, offering affordable prices and value for money while enjoying the signature Kobe style.”

Kobe will also be exhibiting at Sleep 2016, the global hotel design event held at the Business Design Centre, London, 22-23 November.


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