The Design Hub went to the latest Interiors UK event this week to scope out what’s hot in the world of interiors. Held at the behemoth that is Birmingham’s NEC, Interiors UK has been a valuable trade resource for over 25 years and an essential event for British Interior Designers; a useful place to research trends, make new connections and gain some inspiration.
For discovering cutting edge contemporary design we found The Design Village to be a welcome and friendly place to hang out, here’s what caught our eye there:
Classic Windsor style chairs receive a fantastic contemporary twist thanks to small family run business Sitting Firm. The workmanship and use of wood is fantastic. For chairs that feel modern and yet are steeped in tradition you need look no further.
The special edition carbon fibre edition of Lazerian’s dazzling Mensa Coffee table grabbed my attention straight away, as did the price tag: £9,000, which isn’t surprising once you consider that gram for gram carbon fibre costs the same as gold. The more affordable birch plywood version is available for £2,000.
Tucked into one corner of The Design Village were these vibrantly coloured lamps and furniture created by designer Nic Parnell. Using reclaimed materials (apart from the Nylon Flock covering them of course) these lamps and coffee tables offer an original visual feast. Whilst not commercially yet available, Nic is finding himself busy creating items for commission. He plans to develop the range further by using other materials to cover the wood such as rubber and metal.
Illuskate tables by Stuart Melrose
Taking inspiration from skateboard art and materials, Stuart Melrose has produced a colourful range of tables/benches that I’m sure will prove to be very popular in homes and retail spaces.
The Design Village also hosted the The New Design Britain award which recognises up and coming design graduates and provides the winners with industry work placements. The two notable stars of this years awards were James Uren who won the first prize for furniture design for his elegant, modular Chaise Longue design called the Luso Lounger (pictured below).
Lucy Alice Porter won the Highly Commended award for her multi purpose storage/seat/table design that uses woven material to create her highly unique style, which we would love to see commercially available! You can read a full report on these awards at The National Design Academy’s website as their Directors of Studies was on the judging panel.
Moving away from The Design Village and into the trade stands, there was still some commercial contemporary tid bids to catch our eyes. Whitebox Lighting are the UK retailers for italian design collective Emporium who make these wonderfully psychedelic lamps and lampshades.
Finally my last tip for contemporary interiors comes down to comfort as much as style. With the rising popularity of family media rooms and lounging about in ‘wearable blankets’, I found myself adding these modern bean bags by Beanbagcrazy to my ‘must have’ list for 2012. You can even use them outdoors thanks to the special outdoor fabric as these rather nice photo sets show.
Part two of this report from Interiors UK will focus on more traditional interiors, so if you are into heritage interiors stay tuned!