Gifts Today magazine

Trendspotting for autumn

From Artisan to Offbeat, the main home and contemporary gift and living trends to look for at Autumn Fair are revealed

Autumn Fair returns to the NEC this September with over 300 exhibitors across the Home and re-named Contemporary Gift & Living sectors, offering visitors the opportunity to see, buy and get inspired by an array of carefully edited, on-trend collections.

From furniture to textiles and accessories, buyers can expect to find understated, craft inspired pieces from the likes of Kaemingk, Chic Antique, NLXL, Dutch Imports (Home) and BY BOO, Ib Laursen and Hubsch (Contemporary Gift & Living), perfectly in-sync with the seasonal trend of ‘Artisan’ inspiration predictions from leading trend forecaster, WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors.

Laurence Pasquier, editor at WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors comments on the key AW16/17 trends: The Artisan trend is named after the crafting and making movement that currently sees handmade products gain considerable traction – the demand for kits to make your own everything from wall hangings to cleaning products is getting bigger and bigger. Brushstrokes and drops of paint add to this handmade aesthetic.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Offbeat trend celebrates playfulness with a nostalgia towards an 80s, pre-internet aesthetic. Print and pattern is key with this trend – think geometric compositions pairing bright hues such as tomato red, apple green and soda pink, mixed together with touches of fluoro yellow as well as graphic black and white. 

Buyers should look out for products which reflect these trends at Autumn Fair this year.

All-new show area, The BIRA Contemporary Collective, in association with BHETA, will house brands including Le Creuset, who will be using Autumn Fair as a platform to launch their new Moorland Mist collection, plus Villeroy & Boch, The DRH Collective and David Mason Designs. My Gifts Trade will also be present within this area, showing collections synonymous with WGSN’s Offbeat with various products featuring in a vibrant, punchy palette.
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.

Other highlights, within Contemporary Gift & Living, include exclusive show launches from new Danish exhibitor, Hubsch, in the form of chairs and sofas in the season’s key tones, plus, the winning announcement on-site from Suck UK’s Project X competition, which will see employees of the brand reveal an all-new product to the company owners for the first time and will be sold exclusively at Autumn Fair.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to hear from various speakers across the four show days including Martin Holland, winner of BBC’s The Great Interior Design Challenge 2015. Commenting on seasonal home trends, Martin says: "Dark and moody interiors will be taking centre stage this AW; 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, says: "We know that buyers are using Autumn Fair to buy in-season, so it is 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."

The next edition of Autumn Fair will take place from 4-7 September 2016.

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