Posted by Andrew Crompton

Posted 27 January, 2014 OBI BLOG

ChairThis week OBI Property’s workplace consultancy team had the opportunity to join INTERIORS UK, the UK’S largest Interiors exhibition for architects, contractors and interior designers.

With over 600 exhibitors there was plenty of products to look for, from traditional to modern suppliers in lighting, flooring, furniture and accessories. The NEC Birmingham was split into sectors such as; Design Elegance, Contemporary Design, and Living Lifestyle etc. One of the most popular halls was the ‘designer makers’ area, where talented British designers showcase innovative pieces of furniture. During the show, which lasts for a few days, visitors could attend the business advice and inspirational seminars. Another very interesting area was the Trend Forecasts, where students from Birmingham University and Global Colour Research interpreted their trend predictions.

After hours of browsing between beautiful accessories, bespoke pieces of furniture and quirky lighting stands, we have selected our main highlights of the show.

First that caught our attention was Bodice Rocker, a balancing chair covered in soft white leather designed by team Miles Hartwell and Matt Withington from Splinter Works. This unique chair design in its sculptural anthropomorphic form offers many seating position.

4602410399_275x275Archie furniture’s collection really stood out from the crowd. It’s very industrial look and fine engineering has seen the source designer Adam Collins create original tables and seating made of glass, steel arch and wood. We really liked the use of colour and metal combined together and this contemporary and sustainable design.

unnamedWe also spotted a few stunning designs made by a young designer for the New Design Britain awards. Very interesting lights designed by Rebecca Tudor Price called ‘’Barbules Paradise’’ looked great. By using photographic techniques, including digital photograms and scanning she created beautiful patterns on mirrors inspired by exotic bird’s feathers.

Joe Buttigieg designed Tess Chair, which was inspired by origami – simple geometrical shapes and covered with soft eco fabric that can be zipped together to create a flat object. Very creative!

Amongst the student and young designers displays, we found at the lighting stands innovative and fresh designs of the tomorrows lighting, and also elegant and crisp lines of contemporary office furniture’s like this HM62 chair from Hitchmylius.hm82a

INTERIORS UK offers not only leading design and bespoke furniture, lighting and accessories to purchase but also it is a great place to come for inspiration, check-up of what is happening in the design industry but also a great place to spot a new talent and find new industry contacts.  At OBI we always want to make sure our clients get best possible designs, keeping in mind current trends on the market. Our next visit to an exhibition will be the Surface Design Show in London so keep on eye out for our blog where we will again share our views and highlights of the show.

Anna Lysik is an interior designer within OBI’s Workplace Consultancy team.