INTERIORS UK is the UK’s largest interiors trade event, UBM have commissioned us to design curate and produce a feature area for the show every year since 2008.
In that time, we have curated something different each year for the show.
Designersblock & Co (2013)
Designersblock and Co is the department store that you will never see, with products that aren’t in department stores today.
We gathered together some of the brightest UK and International talent to stock a fantasy department store at INTERIORS UK to explore what future retailing could be.
The Department store featured Furniture, Lighting, Ceramics and Product. Departments within Designersblock & Co include Homewares,Electrical, Haberdashery,Toys, Perfumery and our own florists.
We also commissioned a series of window installations. Emerald Faerie presented her new off the peg lighting collection ‘Birds of Paradise’. Camilla Barnard showed ‘Barnard Electricals’ a display of her fun and ridiculous things. As well as windows from Peter Ibruegger, Concrete Sketchbook, Silo Studios and Cerium lab.
The Design Village (2012)
For INTERIORS UK 2012 Designersblock curated and produced the Design Village, a meeting point for the 26,000 visitors that descend on the NEC for the UK’s largest Interiors show.
Relax with a swift half, a cheeky cocktail or a mineral water at The Local, Designersblock’s very own pub. Each day the pub will be hosted by a different design expert, Clifford Leo Harris – Freelance Product Designer – Trends analyst and researcher, Alex Brownless – Director Arststhread, Annabelle Filer – Owner SCIN Gallery, Helen Parton – Journalist and Author.
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The Wall of Great China (2011)
The Wall of Great China is our celebration of locality, craftsmanship, and British manufacturing. Many of the designers we work with have developed relationships with ceramics manufacturers based in the Potteries in and around Stoke on Trent. In our search for others based in and our around Stoke doing interesting work in ceramics we put out a little call on Twitter and we were tipped off about Paul Bishop of The New English by Designersblock exhibitor Jo Angell who contributed to their Tectonic plates collection.
The New English collection is made from the finest traditional English Bone China using techniques perfected 250 years ago with only the finest materials and unique contemporary designs.
Read more about INTERIORS UK 2011 here
The theme for our interiors 2010 feature area was collaboration. We invited designers, companies, manufacturers and artists to do what they are good at together. 45 pieces of original work involving 12 manufacturing companies and 23 designers were created for the show.
We always aim to encourage and promote collaboration within and across creative disciplines and industry as a sustainable approach to towards developing existing markets and accessing new ones. Shows like Interiors can be a catalyst for new work to be commissions and new relationships built
INTERIORS UK (2009)
We were commissioned to produce 120sqm where we presented furniture from Alex Hellum, Ercol and SCP. We had future textiles from newly launched collective Puff and Flock, reactive textiles from Sophie Hedderwick and wallpapers from Timorous Beasties. Lighting came from Chunwei Liao, the Wire Collection from new British company Deadgood, Steve Watson and Tea Un Kim.
KithKin unleashed their Trend Generator, the only software any trends researcher really needs and we had interior sculpture by Carola Wochner and animation from Seung Kwan No. Tableware and ceramics were from Arabeschi Di Latte, Freshwest, Haidee Drew and Reiko Kaneko. We had special selections by Michael Marriott and Alison Britton and a tasty new collaboration with Ercol and Timorous Beasties.
Interiors Birmingham also saw the launch of our very first publication. The Companion Magazine for United Business Media.
Edited and produced by Associate, The Companion Magazine features contributions from Jennifer Castoldi of Trendease, Jasmine Labeau from The Future Laboratory, interviews with Sheridan Coakley, Russell Pinch and Industrial Facility, together with plenty more content to keep you company at this start to a new year.
Read more here
INTERIORS UK (2008)
We produced a 200 Square Meter area presenting trends for 2008/9 with trends from GLOBAL COLOR RESEARCH LTD / mix FUTURE INTERIORS and Jellyhaus,
Featuring work from,
Anne Brodie, Charlie Davidson, Crispin Jones, Dan Chen, David Restorick, Dutch Connection, Guinea Pig Design, Heather Smith, Henny Van Nistelrooy, Hulger, Jack Cole, James Carcass, John Wischhusen, Jon Male, Kith Kin, Lucy Fergus, Lunartik, Mathew Plummer-Fernandez, Ninette Van Kamp, Oscar&Ewan, Pinch, Postlerfergusson, Rebecca Otero, SCP, Secret Wars, Seetal Solanki, Soner Ozenc, Steve Watson, Taschide, Timorous Beasties, Toby Summerskill, Tom Price.
Read more here
In 2014 for the 1st time we are in 2 separate halls (Hall 2 Contemporary Design and Hall 3 Lighting) with two 100 square meter spaces featuring the work of 20 design brands.
From Edinburgh Blue Marmalade live light and live bright. they produce a range of elegant and functional products with a strict zero landfill policy.
From the Heart of Devon with a passion for furniture making based Bridger & Buss with carefully crafted furniture from renowned designers Sarah Kay, Andrea Stemmer and others.
Camilla Barnard fresh from commissions for Anthropologie, Fab.com and Paul Smith, is working on an amazing brand new range of lighting called 8-Bit especially for INTERIORS UK.
Creo collective is Katharina Eisenkoeck, Bridget Harvey and Meghan Hutchins, a group of London based designer-makers united in creating exemplary crafted objects. Collectible and curious, creo playfully interrogate materials and form to create tactile, lust-worthy goods including vessels, jewellery and lighting produced in limited runs. Since meeting on the MA Designer-Maker at Camberwell College of Arts, they work and research together. Creo seek to enrich everyday life through the creation of high quality handmade objects. For INTERIORS 2014 they are joined by textile designer Charlotte Nash.
Foldability is run by Kyla McCallum who works with origami to create lighting, products, packaging and bespoke pieces for interiors and events. Kyla graduated in 2012 with a Master of European Design from the Glasgow School of Art. She has lived in Cologne, Milan, Berlin, Bangalore and Glasgow over the past eight years and now runs Foldability from her East London studio.
Gas Art will present new surfaces and textiles from their superb stable of designers, illustrators and artists.
London based designer Hend Krichen will be showing Tunisia Made a truly ambitious venture to create an interiors collection working with experts in the arts and crafts field in Tunisia and manufacturers that specialise in different disciplines. She works in different parts of the country with a focus on rural towns to utilise an authentic crafts manufacturing platform.
Kirigram return to Interiors UK new range of sculptural metal furniture and mirrors.The designs hark back to the basics of sculpture, following a simple principle: the creation of a three dimensional object from a flat plane. Kirigram’s pieces begin as a single sheet of metal that is cut and sculptured into form.
Interiors UK will be the launch of the Hula Mini an exuberant new pendant light from Laura Wellington that is sure to make a statement in any interior setting, laser cut and perfectly packaged the Hula Mini is a development of the Iconic Hula light retailed by Habitat in the rest of Europe, both lights are exclusively available in the UK from Laura Wellington who is also Co-Founder of Duke Studios a company with a mission to highlight each and every designer in the North of England.
We will also feature new products from Lazerian.
Out Of The Box lighting are Sergei Furst & Francesca Ori. Their range of light boxes developed as an offshoot from interior design work. Each piece is a Portable atmospheric light source projected through an original artwork.
Silkfelt is an endless idea. Yulia Badian is a textile designer and artist producing beautiful considered textiles for interiors with much pleasure in the alchemy of felting.
Visionary London based lighting company SKK showing their unique l.e.d. neon and fabulous 3d printed l.e.d. intervention mashups and the Legendary Shiu-Kay Kan will be hosting a talk on the future of lighting in the Seminar Theatre in Hall 3 at midday on Sunday.
Val will present her range of rocking chairs. Valʼs Rocker fuses traditional manufacturing processes, contemporary aesthetics, lightweight and the foldable element, offering a broader scope of use and enjoyment indoors and outdoors. When is not in use it can be easily folded down and stored. The perfect fit to modern living. Made out of solid Banak wood -finished with natural bee wax, the upholstered seat and back are presented in genuine leather, raw linen or cotton canvas with vintage prints. The foldable mechanism locks the seat and back together in one simple move. Overall, Valʼs Rocker is an evocative furniture piece, cleverly engineered, well designed and with loads of stories to tell.
VelvetLab are a speciality brand for interior accessories they debut for Interiors UK with a collection conceived in Europe & Asia of sumptuous fabrics exclusivly designed and manufactured in the netherlands by Royal Dutch Textile Mills J.A. Raymakers & Co BV.
Walterworks continually makes the mundane spectacular through refined upcycling. working across the disciplines of Art, Product Design, Commercial Interiors and Fashion for Interiors UK walterworks present brand new lighting especially for the event.
Also featuring work from SBOAD and Tim Fenby.