Countdown to Autumn Fair

Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from September 4-7, Autumn Fair is billed as the biggest home and gift trade show of the season.

The Fair plays host to over 1,400 brands across 12 show sectors and is visited by independents, multiples and online retailers looking for new products ahead of Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and Spring.

The event boasts more than 300 exhibitors across the ‘Home’ and re-named ‘Contemporary Gift & Living’ sectors.

A new addition to ‘Contemporary Gift & Living’ is the Contemporary Café, which will be located within a new show area called the bira ((British Independent Retailers Association) ) Contemporary Collective. In association with BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association), the Collective will house brands including Le Creuset, Villeroy & Boch, The DRH Collection and David Mason Designs.

My Gifts Trade, PHA KitchEssentials, Margot Steel Designs, Pad Home, Wild & Wolf and ABS Pottery Imports, will also be present in Contemporary Gift & Living.

Other brands exhibiting at the show include Creative Tops, Lesser & Pavey, What More UK, JWP, Salter, Progress, RKW, Present Time, Cubic Products, Newgate, Heaven Sends, Wild & Wolf, Sophie Allport, AbigaiL Ahern, Rex International, J-ME, Suck UK, Ginger Fox, FabFunky, Temerity Jones London, Retreat Home, Schokolat Ltd, Repeat Repeat, Locomocean Ltd, Baa Stool, Ginger Snap and Love Lammie.

The boundary between the ‘Home’ and ‘Contemporary Gift & Living’ halls will be camouflaged by the presence of brands including Fairmont & Maine and Fred (from Kitchen Craft), highlighting the growing demand of cross-sector buying at the show. 

‘Summerhouse’ is positioned next to the ‘Contemporary Home & Gifts’ offering. Each of the 18 brands within Summerhouse provide distinctly different collections across interiors, gift and accessories. Examples include Gisela Graham, One World Trading, Shoeless Joe and Stone The Crows!

While British brands dominate the Summerhouse line-up, Ib Laursen will bring a touch of ‘Scandi-cool’ to the sector with its latest array of homeware, textiles, accessories and gift decorations. Neutral, earthy tones set the palette, combined with textures and ethnic-inspired prints for the bedroom, kitchen and living room.

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Countdown to Autumn Fair

Autumn Fair returns to the NEC this September with more than 300 exhibitors across the Home and re-named ‘Contemporary Gift & Living’ sectors.

An all-new show area has been created for bira (British Independent Retailers Association) and BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) members.

The bira Contemporary Collective, in association with BHETA, will be a dedicated area where supplier members will show their contemporary home and giftware in a new format and host customers in a shared hospitality area, the bira bistro.

It will house brands including Le Creuset, who will be use Autumn Fair as a platform to launch its new Moorland Mist collection, plus Villeroy & Boch, The DRH Collective, David Mason Designs and My Gifts Trade.

Show organiser i2i Events said ‘the boundary between the Home and Contemporary Gift & Living halls will be flawlessly camouflaged’ by the presence of brands including Shepherds of Sweden, Raine & Humble, Baa Stool, Fairmont & Maine and Fred, ‘highlighting the growing demand of cross-sector buying at the show’.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to hear from various speakers including Martin Holland, 2015 winner of BBC Two’s ‘The Great Interior Design Challenge’.

Commenting on seasonal home trends, Martin said: “Dark and moody interiors will be taking centre stage this Autumn/Winter. It’s all about deep forest greens, inky blues and charcoal blacks in rich hues.

“Bold statements with clashing patterns and textures on chairs, cushions and rugs are the perfect partner for this look. Spaces should visually draw you in and envelope you – and Autumn Fair is the perfect home for brands to show off their take on key trends and for buyers to be inspired for the season ahead.”

i2i Events portfolio director Naomi Barton commented: “We know that buyers are using Autumn Fair to buy in-season, so it’s key that the offering at the show reflects the latest trends and products in the market.

“Through the mix of exhibitors, along with changes to the edit of the show floor itself, we feel that this year’s show is – and will continue to be – an essential date in the buying calendar, giving visitors the ultimate buying experience and access to key trends and inspiration.”

Autumn Fair will take place from September 4-7 at the NEC in Birmingham.

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