May Design Series debuts in London this month

Posted in UK on Friday, 10 May 2013. Print

This month sees London’s ExCeL centre host the May Design Series, an event combining four trade exhibitions – kbb LDN, The ARC Show, DX and the new Interiors LDN – between 19th-21st May. Aiming to be the definitive destination for the London-based interior design, property, architectural and retail communities, the event presents an exciting range of prospects for the furniture and furnishings trade.

May Design Series debuts in London this month

Timed to coincide with the end of the European show cycle, the May Design Series conveniently co-locates four commercial events, aiming to fulfil the requirements of individual buying communities while meeting the broader sourcing needs of key buyers.

“We are thrilled to be offering the industry a full spectrum of design shows, each one tailored to fit an industry niche,” says Andrew Vaughan, brand director of organiser UBM. “With London stepping up its game to compete with other European shows, the May Design Series will provide a truly customised offering to potential exhibitors around the UK and Europe.”

The event combines well-established trade events with new attractions, the most notable of which is Interiors LDN, which will feature some of the best retail and commercial contemporary furniture and interiors brands in the mid- to high-end market. Exhibitors will include Rolf Benz, Spectral, Boca Do Lobo, Sharon Marston, Timorous Beasties, James UK and Deadgood.

The DX exhibition will bring together a hand-picked selection of cutting-edge design, ideas and solutions for contract and domestic interiors. Exhibitors include Ligne Roset, Hitch Mylius, Deirdre Dyson, Armourcoat, PP Mobler, Viaduct and Ryan. The DX Freight feature will present some of the best products from the key European events this year – Maison&Objet, imm cologne, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair and I Saloni.

Materials resource centre Materia will bring its globally-celebrated design collaborative concept, Material Xperience, to DX. Materia will offer advice on the new developments and innovations within this sector and how they can be best applied in practice.

kbb LDN will bring visitors the latest in kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms. Exhibitors confirmed include Leicht, Arredo 3, Baumatic, Thomas Dudley, Poggenpohl, Perrin & Rowe, Fisher & Paykel, Hoover Candy and Blum. The Innovation Centre will present some of the most pioneering developments this sector has to offer, while the winner of the Innovation Awards will be announced at the show on Monday 20th.

Finally, the well-established ARC Show, developed in unison with mondo*arc magazine, will continue to provide a creative and intelligent lighting forum for the architectural, retail, interior design and property communities. Exhibitors include Erco, iGuzzini, KKDC and Astro Lighting.

A host of special events and exhibits will take place around this core of four shows. Renowned designer Ab Rogers was appointed the designer and creative director for this year’s May Design Series. He has described his vision for the exhibition as a “city-scape environment”, which will contain four distinct districts for each individual show, which all link together to form a complete experience.

“What we do is create stories around environments and products, which makes them come alive,” says Ab of his studio’s mission. “The May Design Series will be a totally different experience from your typical trade show environment. Our designs and display will capture that emotion, encouraging social environments and places for people to relax, discuss, discover and enjoy (pictured).”

Organiser UBM has also worked closely with the Society of British Interior Design’s founder and industry expert, Vanessa Brady, to encourage a high quality turnout of professional interior designers and visitors to the exhibition.

The Conversation Series is the event’s high-level talk programme, which will feature sessions for architects, developers, designers and retailers, including topics such as What Developers Want and Design on the Edge.

Prolific designer Karim Rashid will host a keynote session within the  programme before DJing at the event’s late night opening on Monday 20th. Karim will speak about the idea that design shapes people’s daily lives and their future.

Musicity will also entertain visitors during the evening. Musicity commissions recording artists to compose original music in response to an aspect of a city that inspires them. Musicity will host a talk on how sonic design can be used to transform interaction with a building or interior, which will lead on to DJ and host live performances of its music, as well as composing a unique piece of music, inspired by the show, that will be available to download during the event.

Andy Vaughan says: “Having both Karim and Musicity involved in creating a unique sensory experience on the Monday night will be a great opportunity for both our visitors and exhibitors to network, socialise and have some fun!”

Other features include architect Gabrielle Omar’s Tea with an Architect promotional exercise, lecturer William Warren’s collection of furniture pieces put together by the students and staff of London Metropolitan University, and Out of the Dark, a pioneering charity and social enterprise that trains, educates and employs young people, teaching them how to recycle, restore and revamp them into new pieces.

Masters in Interior Design students from the Royal College of Art have designed two public spaces within the event, the DX Bar and the Champagne Bar. The brief was to create lively hubs, each with a distinct aesthetic.

The May Design Series is set to bring a range of opportunities to buyers both local and international, presented within a fresh format.


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