The UK's main event returns

Posted in International on Thursday, 19 January 2017. Print

The January Furniture Show is the largest furniture and interiors trade show in the UK. Held across five halls of the Birmingham NEC, this year’s edition takes place from 22nd-25th this month, and promises to offer the trade an invaluable sourcing platform.

The UK's main event returns

Over 450 major UK and international brands will present more than 50,000 new furniture and interior decor designs and collections to an estimated 20,000 visitors.

Furniture remains at the heart of the show, bolstered by a returning Fabric Pavilion and Flooring Showcase, and numerous furnishings and accessory exhibitors.

Each of the five halls has a different focus. Hall 1 offers a focus on high-end upholstery and cabinet, comprising some of the UK’s most recognisable brands.Large, creative stands full of sofas in rich fabrics and designs from classical to ultra modern will dominate, along with design-led cabinets in a variety of woods and finishes.

Hall 1 also features the Fabric Pavillion, which brings together some of the UK’s best producers to show their newest tweeds, wools, cottons, linens and silks.

Hall 2 has an international flavour. Major brands from Europe will present everything from Italian leather sofas to crisp Scandinavian living and dining furniture. The Flooring Showcase is housed here, and features some of the UK’s best-known carpet manufacturers alongside big-brand flooring companies exhibiting hard and soft flooring.

In addition, Birmingham City University (BCU) is working with industry partners including Brintons, Tektura Wallcoverings, Ikea and HF Contracts to present a range of furniture based on trend forecasts from stand 2-C80.

Hall 3 offers decorative accessories and gifts, with interior furnishings from tea lights to floorstanding mirrors on show.  Over 80 exhibitors, including some of the biggest names in furnishing accessories, will launch new collections here.

The entrance to Hall 3 will feature a display illustrating those entrants shortlisted for the Furniture Awards 2017 – the winners of which will be declared on the first day of the event (read more from p102).
Hall 4 principally comprises volume cabinet goods, with UK and international suppliers offering new models and bestsellers in bedroom, living and dining furniture aimed at the volume, middle and upper-middle markets. A group of companies from Romania’s APMR association will be present here for the first time, while Furniture News itself will be present on stand 4-F25.

Hall 5, the largest hall, contains volume upholstery and beds. Well-known upholstery brands that supply large contracts and retail stores will fill Hall 5 with sofas and chairs in a variety of styles and fabrics. Joining them are large bed and mattress exhibitors showing every kind of bed, including new standard, ottoman and motion models.

Finally, the piazza suites in the central concourse will house a handful of exhibitors in separate rooms.

“Everywhere you look in the show will be new product and new entrants,” says show director Laraine Janes. “Over 450 exhibitors in five packed halls – nearly 10% bigger than last year – have made an incredible effort to make this show the best it can be. With stand design and presentation at an all-time high, and new product on every stand, it’s a show no self-respecting furniture professional should miss.”

Taking place simultaneously is the Great Hospitality Show. Running from 23rd-25th January in Hall 9, this event is dominated by catering equipment and services, and joint registration means that visitors signing up to attend the January Furniture Show can gain entry. A courtesy bus will run between the shows each day.

Visiting is easy – there is an international airport  and train station attached to the venue, and good road links, with free parking and a courtesy bus to the halls.


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