Trendsetters of 2011 hit the Birmingham Interiors show

AFTER TRAIPSING through a maze of modern and high-end interiors at this years Birmingham Interiors Show, it all started to become like a buffet table at your Nan’s 70th. You know,  garlic bread, canapes and cheesecake repeated over and over. There wasn’t anything which was different or hooked me in, until I stumbled across The Designers Block tucked away in the corner of hall 2. This was by far the most exciting and buzzing section of the whole show. People were fighting to take pictures, ask questions and enjoy the magnificent pieces of art these young designers had created. This was the real heart of the exhibition.

A vintage & modern mix

"Vitrine" by Marita Szkutnik

Marita Szkutnik emphasised that she wanted to “introduce a new form of display cabinet” to people and she certainly caught the eyes of passers by with her beautiful french inspired “Vitrine” cabinet.

She used acrylic for the body of piece as she “didn’t want to distract attention away from the beauty of the gold foam.”

The cabinet not only oozes demure and elegance, but tells Marita’s life story and personality with her photographs and personal belongings positioned alongside the bottles. Marita thinks it’s important to also use the personal belongings from each client to create a true personification of themselves.


As I made my way further around The Designers block, (which took a while because I kept getting distracted) a huge bat-like thing towered over my head. As I stepped back, a magnificent shiny black chandelier emerged from above.

Talented Manchester born creator Liam Hopkins, explained to thedesignhub the concept behind the piece and the materials used to achieve such an extravagant work of art. You can visit Liam’s website for more information or e-mail him at or phone 0161  337 0999.

(I apologise for the loud background noise this is because The Designers Block was bursting with excited visitors )

The Eco-friendly and sustainable front

As a modern society we have become obsessed with this “throw-away” culture  and need to return back to the days of our grandparents where re-using and recycling was the only way to survive. Many of the designers in The Designers Block used old and unwanted materials for their designs and were proud to lead the world into a more eco-friendly way of life.

Coke 30

Lighting designer Sarah Turner specialises in eco art and design and has produced a range of handmade modern lights and lamps made from used plastic drinks bottles that she collects from various cafe’s and households.

Made in Peckham

Cheerful business partners and designers Jan Henzel and Oscar Hunt, showcase their handmade recycled table and chairs, chatting to the  intrigued about the concept behind their designs.  The sustainable concept behind their furniture and positive attitude to alternative design methods is very refreshing.

Traditional & Modern

The New English

Based in Stoke-on-Trent, the heart of the UK’s pottery making industry, The New English ceramics collection is a wonderful array of contemporary pottery depicting cool modern designs perfect for a show stopping dinner party.

Founded in 2009 by Paul Bishop who designs and manufactures fine ceramic table and giftwear, The New English products are made in a traditional way and stay true to past techniques used for hundreds of years.

A selection of plates from The New English Collection

For more designs, information or to purchase you can visit or you can e-mail Paul Bishop at


Filed under Birmingham Interiors Show 2011, Liam Hopkins, Marita Szkutnik, News, Quirky, Sarah Turner, The Designers Block, The National Design Academy

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