Interiors UK champions design excellence

Posted on February 1, 2013 by Megan

The World Interiors News team headed to this year’s INTERIORS UK expo at the Birmingham NEC for a preview of the latest interior furnishings and products. The INTERIORS UK show was held over three days and hosted local and international product designers alongside each other. Divided into seven categories, the halls of the NEC were suitably dressed in beautifully designed interior furniture and accessories.

Contemporary Design showcased upcoming designers from Birmingham City University and the best in young graduate designers from across the UK and Europe. Wallpapers, photographs and fine art prints from dealers all inclined towards sumptuous interior design. In the Designersblock area eclectic products ranged from the textured 3D knitted cushions of Jorunn Hustoft (all made from 100% British wool), to up-cycled bottle lamps from the team at DeGross Design & Innovation who re-use surplus materials to create striking interior products.

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Other Interior Accessories that caught our eye included smooth tear drop shaped mirrors from Daniel Schofield, a graduate in Furniture and Product design from Sheffield Hallam University.
British textile designer Gemma Louise Joyce showcased her latest wooden bath screen decorated with hand and digital printed fabric. Gemma also designs wallpaper collections that draws the influence of Victorian household goods in its prints.

Gemma Louise Joyce

The Design Elegance hall brought fabric to the forefront with big names such as the Edinburgh Weavers and Kobe UK Ltd. on display. Textiles including luxury curtain and upholstery material in an array of decadent textures and tones swept down from the roof of the hall in grand displays.

New designers, such as Alice Howard Graham and Sian O Doherty, brought vibrant colour and texture to fabric with their latest collections on show. Alice studied Printed Textiles for Fashion and Interiors at the University for the Creative Arts, Surrey and creates many of her designs from hand drawn sketches.

Alice Howard Graham

International furniture giants including Content by Conran and Ercol Furniture Ltd shared the hall with local producers of high end interior products. Russell Henderson for example, a Derbyshire based firm established in 1992, makes sofas and chairs to order in styles ranging from contemporary to antique.

G Plan Vintage have collaborated with renowned designer, Wayne Hemingway MBE, to produce a collection of 50s and 60s inspired furniture with a modern twist. Leaning back one of the plush cushioned sofas offered us the perfect chance to take in the atmosphere of the show and have a well-deserved break!

The Living Lifestyle section of INTERIORS UK inhabited the two main halls of the NEC. Following the trend for traditional furniture restoration, many firms with expert knowledge in this area, had elegant pieces on display, ranging from Regency dining sets to an Edwardian desk tidy cut from walnut.

Amidst the crystal chandeliers and innovative contemporary furniture there were interior products for all tastes at INTERIORS UK, many of which are now featured on our website.