My experience of Interiors was of course with the sprawling multi roomed space at the Birmingham NEC. For the launch of Interiors London, four exhibitions were condensed into one. The exhibition environment, by Ab Rogers design didn’t disappoint – dramatic use of colour , shape and open areas enticing you in.
After a flight from Brazil, I made it for the last day. Myself, and a handful of upholstery alumni were exhibiting alongside furniture designers from The Cass – a leap forward for the world of upholstery and a real compliment to the stand.
I was exhibiting my ‘Show Pony’, a fully upholstered chair – a totally un-upholstered frame. Interior designer and TV host, Linda Barker showing an interest, and taking a much needed sit down just before close. I sadly missed Sian Astley from Moregeous who wrote a great Interiors write up. Thank you for mentioning the Show Pony! The digital and printed (keeping it real) press release will be with you soon. (Moregeous) Bute Fabrics stopped by and we discussed the changing face and role of the upholsterer and how much we all love Bute. Not only is the quality of the product incredibly high, they constantly push the range, working closely with designers. Overall there was a real buzz around the stand and I was inundated with compliments.
Although only having one day at the show, I headed out and took in as much as I could – and here are a couple of my highlights.
Out of the Dark Out of the Dark had a fantastic stand. I loved the stacked before and after chairs. The soft furnished wall plates were an interesting addition. All the work is executed to a high standard – every piece a one off and truly unique. I’m looking forward to a trip to High Wycombe to see more. (Out of the Dark).
D*Haus David and Daniel from D*Haus spent their days turning the D*Table every which way possible. The table is at first a square, then an equilateral triangle, made by dividing the square into four moveable shapes. The table is based on Henry Dudeney’s ‘Haberdasher’s puzzle’ devised in 1902 (wiki) . I like that it’s not gimmicky, it’s actually a practical piece of furniture. They are also developing a house using the same principles. Interesting concept – watch this video… D*Haus
Douglas Montgomery The ‘Victorian Melt Chair’ and ‘Wibbly’ barley twist stool from furniture designer Douglas Montgomery also attracted a lot of attention. In the spirit of Keep It Simple Stupid, Douglas describes how the Melt chair is “(his) least ‘considered’ project and is the result of an instinctive response to a model making exercise”. Douglas Montgomery
Even in its reduced scale there was still too much for me to see in my limited time away from the stand.
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8 May 2013
Hannah Stanton Furniture and Upholstery on show at Interiors LDN, 19 – 21 May 2013. I’ll be taking the ‘Show Pony’ to Interiors along side furniture designers from the Cass. I’ll be in Brazil for the opening but will be there on Tuesday 21 May. Let me know if you are coming and I’ll meet you there. Click here to register for free.
Launching May 2013 at ExCel as part of the May Design Series.
INTERIORS LDN is a new, exciting event focused on delivering innovative, original and inspirational design-led contemporary interiors for the mid to high-end retail and contract markets.
Carefully-selected companies will showcase an all-encompassing range of design-focused contemporary products including brand new innovations; traditional designs and techniques; established brands and emerging talent across fabric, wall coverings, furniture, lighting and flooring.