The two co-located Exclusively exhibitions – Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical – will take place at the Business Design Centre (BDC) in London on June 13 and June 14.
A new introduction for the shows for 2017 is the ‘Tomorrow’s Kitchen’ initiative, which will be located in the BDC’s Atrium Gallery, above the Exclusively Electrical show.
The feature will host product demonstrations on day one (Tuesday, June 13) and will be transformed into a seminar area for day two (Wednesday, June 14).
The demo programme will be hosted by kitchenware expert Malcolm Harradine. He will oversee 10 presentations between 9.45am and 4pm, including a one-hour session by globally-acclaimed chef Ken Hom OBE, who will be cooking fusion food using his DKB range.
The following day’s seminar programme will be hosted by BHETA housewares sector director Will Jones. There will be five sessions:
* 10.30-11.00 Victoria Redshaw, lead futurist of trend forecasting consultancy Scarlet Opus will discuss ‘How the kitchen of the future will become the technological hub of our homes’.
*11.00-11.30 Steve Collinge, managing director of consultancy Insight Retail Group will talk on the theme of ‘How the fourth Industrial Revolution will transform our industry’.
He believes breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligence, the internet, payment systems, sensor technologies, 3D printing and driverless vehicles are already starting to disrupt the retail industry.
In his presentation, he will predict that within five years, these emerging technologies will move from the periphery to the mainstream and in the process, ‘transform the housewares industry for ever’.
*11.30-12.00 Anthony Williams, UK and Ireland business group director of market researcher GfK will ask: ‘Gadgets versus Gimmicks: what’s the reality for smart homes?’ He will identify trends and debate what a smart home could look like in the not so distant future.
*12.00-12.30 Mandy Saven, head of food, beverage & hospitality of research and advisory firm Stylus will explore the ‘Kitchen of the Future’. She will address how kitchens have become fluid, multi-tasking spaces and argue that brands that understand these spaces and what they represent will lead the race to new product development.
*12.30-1.15 Phil Pond, trend translator of Scarlet Opus will highlight housewares and small electricals trends for Spring/Summer 2018. He will outline three consumer design trends and suggest how they will translate into products and can be used to inform and inspire merchandising.
The shows are owned and organised by Brooke House Exhibitions, which is part of the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA).
Seminar speaker Mandy Saven is head of food, beverage & hospitality of research and advisory firm Stylus