The trade shows are back, which is good news, though not all the usual exhibitors have reappeared yet. Read on to find out what we saw there.
Here’s a snap shot for you of the noticeable trends spotted at three of the main shows earlier this year – Spring Fair, KBB (kitchen, bathroom & bedrooms) and London Design Week.
While we like to create homes that are classic and timeless and not follow trends for the sake of it, this will give you an indication of what is going to be available in the coming months, and what you’ll start to see in stores in late 2022 and into 2023.
Spring Fair takes place annually. It is a massive Trade Show held at the NEC, aimed mostly at retailers, but also the design industry. Companies and makers showcase their new products – for the coming season usually 3-6 months ahead.
The supply chain issues we’ve all been experiencing means that this time frame has become considerably longer. Many products we saw last September at the Autumn Fair are still not available yet.
At the show this year a lot of natural colours and materials were used, to create a calm textural palette.
One thing was evident – bouclé fabric (think Chanel jackets) is going to be HUGE on upholstered furniture. Move over velvet….here comes bouclé!
Next we have….
Design Week 2022
Design Week takes place in London, centred around Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, where many of the high end fabric and furniture showrooms are located.
It’s the time of year when new collections are introduced, and again there can be some noticeable trends emerging.
This year it’s COLOUR! There are still many neutral colour palettes around with lots of texture, but it was evident that after the past two years there is a move towards much more colourful spaces – something that we definitely embrace at The House Ministry.
The amazing feather image is actually wallpaper – now how about that for a statement!
And finally….Kitchens, Bathrooms & Bedrooms…..known in the industry as
Last, but not least in terms of its influence, is KBB. Again held at the NEC annually.
Similar to the Design Week influences, darker colour is a big factor for tiles and sanitary-ware – yes really those coloured basins and baths are coming back. I’m not convinced that they won’t date, just as the 70s and 80s ones did!
Also the trend for different finishes/colours of taps and shower brassware which originated in the high end showrooms is finding its way into the mass market.
There are continuing developments of ceramic surfaces for tables and countertops which are scratch and heat resistant. They tend to mimic the natural materials such as granite and marble, and are yet to be available in a wider range of designs and colours, but progress nonetheless.
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