Whether it’s the special tactile qualities of premium textiles, the delightful touch and feel of handmade furniture or the pleasurable warmth of natural wood – there is hardly a purchase decision where the sensory experience plays a greater role than with products for the interior design of a contemporary home or workplace. Ambiente will have around 1,100 international exhibitors, who will be turning the Living area into a multifaceted source of inspiration for buyers and experts in interior design, interior decoration and contract furnishing. Moreover, all the major topics of the industry will be highlighted at events on trends through specialist talks given by prominent speakers. So, as always, there are good reasons to travel to Frankfurt from 7 to 11 February 2020.
“Authenticity, origin, sustainability and lifestyle trends. It’s the spirit of our time to be well informed. This is why consumers have increasingly higher expectations on home furnishing stores and other specialist retailers. Good retailers need to have outstanding advisory skills as well as a product range that meets the precise needs of their clientèle and therefore has exactly the right innovative products which are simply waiting to be discovered. They also need to provide a unique general shopping experience that delivers tangible added value,” says Yvonne Engelmann, head of Living and Giving. Trade visitors who come to Ambiente will find a Living area that is full of inspiring design ideas, furniture and accessories. Ambiente’s line-up is a globally unique combination of established designer brands, selected artisan studios, young labels and classic suppliers of trends for the home and decorations. Highlights for the coming season will include the latest styles such as Japandi and Wabi Sabi as well as interpretations of major current styles. In all, the world’s largest consumer goods trade fair had 4,460 exhibitors from over 90 countries in 2019.
As the third annual ‘Glee at Spring Fair’ gets ever closer, the show’s Event Director, Matthew Mein, provides an update on what the industry can expect, and why garden retailers should make the event a ‘must attend’ part of their spring 2020 plans.
Why Glee at Spring Fair – how does it differ to the September show?
Glee at Spring Fair was introduced in 2018 for one simple reason - Spring Fair is the UK’s number one Home and Gift Fair, with a 58,000 strong audience which is already engaged and ready and willing to do business. The exhibition already welcomes a strong garden centre contingent, with owners /operators, gift buyers and those with a primary and secondary interest in garden products, DIY and seasonal ranges out in force.
Glee at Spring Fair (2nd – 6th February, NEC Birmingham) will give retailers the opportunity to see new and best-selling ranges ahead of the spring season. This ‘second edition’ of Glee, taking place in the early pre-spring season, will give retailers an additional destination to refresh and make impulse buying decisions ahead of key retail spikes. It will also provide garden buyers with valuable insight into the latest concepts and trends for 2020, helping them to better direct their buying.
Celebrating design, creativity and innovation within the Greetings & Stationery industry, Top Drawer is thrilled to announce the finalists for this season’s PaperAwards, supported by G.F Smith, with winners to be on display at the January S/S20 edition of the show.
Taking place for the 8th time, the PaperAwards entries once again impressed the prestigious list of judges, which included the likes of the Design Museum, Fortnum & Mason, Heal’s, the V&A, Papersmiths, Paperchase, Five & Dime, The Hambledon and Postmark Online.
Top Drawer Show Director, Alejandra Campos said, “This season has seen the highest number of entries for the PaperAwards yet, not to mention the most incredible quality. The awards continue to be a highly respected and effective initiative to recognise and support the work of publishers and designers, giving them added exposure to the very best retailers at our show and the judging day, as well as promotion through our expansive marketing and communication channels. From this early glimpse of what’s to come, I’m thrilled for visitors to Top Drawer S/S20 to see the exciting product offering in January.”