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Decorex announces seminar programme

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Among the most highly acclaimed features at Decorex International, the UK’s leading destination for interior design, is that of the Seminar Programme.

The much anticipated programme of talks will return to Syon House to offer visitors an extensive series of insightful debates that will explore industry relevant topics through detailed discussions hosted by experts from the world of design. A diverse and dynamic array of design experts join this anniversary year to discuss current trends, projects and predictions as well as share their expertise in the Seminar Theatre.

DecorexHighlights include a discussion on the future of design by acclaimed stylist Emilio Pimentel-Reid, Francis Sultana and Kirstie Carey from Cole & Son and on designing for the millennial with multi-award winning Afroditi Krassa. A session on taking your brand global heads Monday’s line up featuring panelists Nina Campbell, Katharine Pooley, Sophie Ashby, Natalia Miyar. Acclaimed interior designer Shalini Misra will be discussing using art within interior design. Discussing modelling a business for design will be panelists Charles Leon, Anna Burles and Lambert and Browne’s Freddy Van Zevenbergen. Design faux pas will be settled once and for all in the much anticipated Design Room 101 with an expert panel including interior designers Simon Hamilton, Sue Timney and Joanna Wood.

For those passionate about interior design or those launching their own successful business Polly Williams, the Designers’ Advisor at the award-winning Camberyard, will host a panel talk along with designers Ana Azevedo, Kay Westmaas, Emma Hooton and Robin Sprong offering expert industry mentoring and advice to interior design professionals. With 12 years of expertly honed knowledge advising an interior design studio Polly will lead the discussion offering key business and marketing strategies for establishing and running your own interiors business.

For colour trends, don’t miss the discussion with ColourHive. Sophie Conran, Beata Heuman, Kim Kuhteubl and Farrow and Ball’s Joe Studholme will partake in a candid charrette about vision, communication and business strategy with women in design Other design sessions include a conversation between designers Martin Hulbert and Jay Grierson with Carole Annett as well as a discussion with leading interior designer Guy Oliver.

To see the full Seminar Programme, visit the Decorex website.

Independent Hotel Show Awards

Independent Hotel Show Awards nominations now open

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Who do you think stands out as a deeply passionate, creative and innovative independent hotelier? Which new hotel do you believe has made a significant impact on the industry in a short space of time?

Setting the stage for the industry to recognise its champions, the Independent Hotel Show (17-18 October) invites you to nominate and vote in the Independent Hotel Show Awards in association with Sky.

The Independent Hotel Show defines five differentiating factors for today’s independent hotel: individuality, locality, freedom, personality and innovation. The awards celebrate the manifestation of these factors in two categories:

Independent Hotelier
The Independent Hotelier award recognises the spirit of an individual who drives the luxury boutique hotel sector forwards with creativity and wisdom. The individual will have made a significant contribution to the independent hotel sector and has a reputation for pushing boundaries and creating exceptional guest experiences. Above all, the winner is someone committed to the development of their team, the success of the establishment and the industry at large.

Outstanding New Hotel
The Outstanding New Hotel award celebrates an independent hotel (operating for no more than three years) that brings dynamism and coveted ideas to the sector. A game-changer with a unique style, the hotel has influenced attitudes within the sector, whilst providing exemplary service and amazing guest experiences, as well as demonstrating remarkable business efficiency.

Hoteliers and hotels are now able to submit their applications via the Independent Hotel Show website. Nominations close on Friday 14 July. A shortlist of six nominees for each category will be created by a panel of industry experts. The winners will be chosen by you, the industry, by voting via the show registration form, and will be announced on Tuesday 17 October at the Independent Hotel Show.

100% Design

100% Design announces Kitchens & Bathrooms and Design & Build brands

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100% Design, the UK’s largest design trade show, returns to Olympia London from 20-23 September. Taking place in the burgeoning design district of West Kensington over four days, 100% Design showcases leading national and international exhibitors, many of whom will be launching new products at the show.

Split into five sections, the show presents products across Interiors, Workplace, Kitchens & Bathrooms, Design & Build and Emerging Brands. With a combined spending power in excess of £3.9 billion, the show provides an unrivalled business experience for architects, interior designers and other design and construction specialists. Attracting more than 27,000 professional visitors, 2017 marks 23 years of London’s iconic design show.

100% Design
For this year’s edition 100% Design hosts Dealer Day, a professional programme of networking, seminars and talks for this influential design community.

100% Design

Ceramics feature heavily across both the Design & Build and Kitchen & Bathroom show sections, whether it’s in the form of new flooring ranges from Grestec Tiles, a Portuguese ceramics showcase from Apicer, or Concrete LCDA’s concrete for interior architecture.

Many exhibitors are utilising natural materials in response to growing demand for homes and buildings that demonstrate harmony with the natural world. Design & Build exhibitor Mobilane UK will show their ranges of living walls, while in Kitchens & Bathrooms, Esthec Terrace will launch a 100% recyclable and sustainable terrace system at the show.

Perfect Hotel Room

IHS 2017: ‘Perfect Hotel Bedroom’ survey launches

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The luxury and boutique hotel sector’s most comprehensive and inspirational business event, the Independent Hotel Show has launched a survey to reveal the consumer’s perfect hotel bedroom in partnership with Chic Retreats, an online marketplace to book independent boutique villas and hotels from round the globe.

The Perfect Hotel Bedroom will be featured at the Independent Hotel Show, 17-18 October, Olympia, in a dedicated space on the show floor. Show exhibitors’ products will furnish the room and visiting hoteliers, journalists and industry thought-leaders will be invited to get “in bed” to share opinions about the room.

Designed to provide independent hoteliers with an understanding of the modern consumer’s wants and needs for a UK luxury hotel stay, the survey will capture lighting system preferences, soft furnishings desires, technology needs, storage requirements and much more. Additional research and industry comment will be included in a final report to be available for hoteliers to take away at the show.

Independent Hotel Show Event Director Miranda Martin says: “We are excited to be presenting such an insightful and potentially controversial feature at this year’s Independent Hotel Show. The Perfect Hotel Bedroom is a collaborative venture that will provide the UK’s best hoteliers with invaluable observations. It will also encourage conversation about design and functionality and bring together our visitors and exhibitors. We are delighted to be partnering with Chic Retreats whose expertise in boutique hotel stays for the discerning traveller will be integral to the success of the project and another successful Independent Hotel Show.”

Amanda Dyjecinski, Chic Retreats, CMO, says: “We are always on the look out for beautiful charming independent boutique hotels to add to our growing marketplace. The Perfect Hotel Bedroom survey results will highlight the features and little details that our ever evolving, modern discerning guests love, so we ensure we partner with hotels that deliver on this.”

On completing the survey, consumers will be entered into a prize draw to win an incredible two-night stay shopping package at boutique The Portobello Hotel, London. Follow @IndHotelShow for up-to-date information on the show and the exhibitors.

January Furniture Show – trends for 2017

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A host of fresh, exciting new lifestyle choices went on display at this year’s January Furniture Show (Birmingham NEC Jan 22 – 25) – the UK’s annual furnishing industry’s showcase.

The place to glean all the latest interiors trends for UK homes, the four day trade show plays host to some of the most prestigious names in upholstery, cabinet furniture, beds, lighting, flooring, accessories and fabrics.

And each sector has something new to offer for 2017…

A celebration of wood in all its glorious shapes and forms was evident at this year’s show, representing a marked move away from the sea of oak that has dominated the British interiors market since the demise of pine.

Fall in love with acacia, pine, beech and mountain ash timbers which are set to add a warmth and richness to British homes. Sometimes it’s cross sawn, distressed, etched or even loosely painted for extra interest – or even a combination of several finishes in one multi-tonal piece.

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In its more contemporary form, cabinet furniture basks in the subtlety of fine design – whether in classy, high gloss finishes or through allowing the natural beauty of wood to shine through in understated curved designs combined with elements of pure white. But watch out too for an emerging trend in cabinetry – alluring antiquity. Sure to have the fashionistas flocking, this hot-off-the-press look makes classic antique shapes hip again, presented in either mixed wood finishes or audaciously bright paint. Last year’s trend for wood with metal – in both its rawest industrial form, to a more moderated look for urban chic-elites – was once again in evidence, much of the wood being upcycled to offer panache with provenance.

Retro with a twist continues to be another look in its own right. Compact styling with those tell-tale 60s angled legs came together with on-trend finishes and colour in an eclectic nod to the G Plan era.

Signs are that ‘shabby chic’ is making a welcome return, offering a soft and comfy look for the home. Low seats and loose coverings provide the perfect solution for modern yet practical upholstery and work well for family homes and contemporary apartments.

High back chairs in bright, velvet or patterns were popular, combining classic with contemporary style. Designed to maximise unused corners of the home, occasional chairs are perfect for creating mini havens of comfort; or to create a focal point in a room.

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Detailed edging, particularly piping in contrasted colours and studs were drawing the eye as were brightly coloured fabrics, particularly teals, yellows and earthy greens. Mixed scatter cushions were seen across the show, creating a playful mix of fabric and colour. Tapestry-style florals, tribal patterns and soft leathers, again combining classic and contemporary, was a clear trend.

Modern retro is still on the scene with updated 60s and 70s style upholstery. Thin diagonal legs and low backs on sofas and chairs featured heavily across the show. With velvet still a big player in furnishings, brands have started to experiment with it, mixing colours and textures. A combination of primary coloured velvets with wool mix plaid fabrics and tartan patterns broadened the appeal and created a cosy and sumptuous look. Light grey and silver velvet sofas added a touch of glamour to the show and worked well with glass furniture and statement mirrors.

The industrial look is still big in homeware however, many brands have toned it down. Rustic and reclaimed were mixed with greys and whites, demonstrating a much softer look along with a wealth of chrome, glass and heavy rope. The vogue for mixed wood could be seen across all furniture and accessories while the popular coastal look breezed across the show, accessories completing the themes. Glitz and glam was right out there too with wow factor glass pieces and show stopping mirrors.

January Furniture Show - Trends 2017

Glitter pictures with silver and glass frames brought some Hollywood moments to the NEC adding a touch of pizzazz to home furnishings. High-end hospitality pieces were also there in force offering unique designs for those who love entertaining in style – be it with beautiful champagne, wine and drink holders or stunning culinary show pieces. A fabulous array of choice on the cushion front offered a further way of updating a room with an eclectic mix of fabrics, patterns and colour all there to create layers of texture and wow factor.

There was yet more glitz and glamour on the lighting front where two key trends emerged. Focal pendant lighting was shown in the form of extra-large chandeliers or ostentatious floral glass balls while extravagant tripod spotlights in polished metals also made an appearance. Open metalwork lighting – in copper, bronze, silver or even matte black – teamed with giant Eddison bulbs are still on trend for 2017. At the other end of the spectrum, floor lamps took on bright shades, such as citrus yellows, mixed with wood bases which work well for a Scandinavian look.

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The softer the better, when it comes to cushioning the feet. Polypropylene fibres still lead the way in carpet construction with rich lustrous textures highly sought after. Continuing from last year, greys are still the colour of choice with every conceivable shade of grey on offer – including ones with a lurex yarn to add a completely new dimension. If you want to buck this trend, ‘au natural’ is a big hit – think 100% wools, undyed yarns and sustainability; or why not speak loud and proud with geometric designs and striking shades which continue to pave the way forward in rugs.

As the rise in popularity of upholstered beds continues to grow, they are fast becoming the most important piece in bedroom décor. From contemporary greys and taupe’s to the 2017 colour of the year – green – upholstered beds are now an attractive centrepiece. Floor standing headboards are still a prominent feature and bring individuality into bedroom design. If you’re into your technology it’s all about electric ottomans for the year ahead.

January Furniture Show - Trends 2017

Traditionally at the forefront of new interiors trends, fabric continues to offer almost unlimited possibilities for upholstery and soft furnishings. Velvets, in all manner of styles and finishes, remains a popular choice with moquettes providing the genre with pattern – particularly small scale geometries – colour and decorative texture. Elsewhere, naive handblock-style indianesque prints in knocked back shades of spice and saffron or subtle blues and greys were in evidence. And matching the mood for a more natural environment were chunky herringbones, textured jacquard and ethnic weaves. Traditional British cloth continues to offer the market timeless and classic elegance.

January Furniture Show - Trends 2017