Gifts Today magazine

Home at heart of Autumn Fair

Growing sector will be up front at the show in 2014 as suppliers flock to join the exhibition

Autumn Fair 2015, an i2i Events Group exhibition, will offer an inspirational mix of soft furnishings, furniture, wall art, interior décor and other products for the Home at this year’s event, due to take place from September 6 – 9 at The NEC, Birmingham.

Located in Hall 2 and part of Hall 3 of the exhibition, the robust Home sector will showcase the latest new product lines from 100 suppliers, with 10 per cent of those new to Autumn Fair this year, including Dutch company PTMD, Premier Interiors and Edge Sculpture. 

A strengthened economy and buoyant housing market have contributed to the rise of Home at Autumn Fair, which has seen a dramatic upswing over the past couple of years, attracting more exhibitors – and more high-end, luxurious suppliers - from both the UK and overseas to this part of the show. 

Bellwether companies such as Coach House, Chic Antique, Gallery, Ian Snow, Sifcon and P D Global will exhibit alongside those making their Autumn Fair debut in 2015, such as Abigail Ahern Designs, which is bringing its wholesale operation to the show.

Abigail Ahern has established herself as one of the most influential tastemakers in home interiors, whether pioneering dark colour palettes, or the cactus craze that has been the biggest trend of the summer. As well as producing her own range of faux flowers for the first time and expanding her faux plant collection, Abigail has new furniture, lighting and accessories in a comprehensive collection.

Also new for 2015 is the Carpet Export Promotion Council, a group of up to 12 Indian rug and flooring companies who are collaborating on a group stand in Hall 2 of Autumn Fair.
Many exhibitors within Home at Autumn Fair - including Gallery, part of the National Lighting Company - are taking out larger stand space this year compared with 2014, while several suppliers – such as Premier Interiors - are joining Autumn Fair for the first time following particular success at sister event Spring Fair in February.

Offering a perfect complement to the stunning array of home interiors will be The Light Show, making its debut at Autumn Fair in partnership with the Lighting Industry Association. The Light Show will incorporate up to 100 brands and looks set to attract a big contingent of dedicated retailers at this key buying time for the industry.

The Light Show - the only LIA endorsed decorative lighting event taking place in the UK this year – will include such market-leading luminaries as Dar Lighting, Searchlight, Interiors 1900, Impex Russell, TP24, Endon Lighting and Illuminati.
Drawn by the strong British economy, a wide variety of international suppliers are seeking to make an impact on the UK retail market with major new product launches at Autumn Fair. Within the Home sector and The Light Show these include: I B Laursen, Light & Living, Chic Antique, Kaemingk and Baroque International. 

Many of these companies made impressive debuts at Autumn Fair last year and are hoping to build on that success with another great show in 2015.

With 13 individual market sectors represented at Autumn Fair the show will also offer fantastic cross-over buying opportunities. An impressive array of Table & Kitchen items, plus a massive selection of general Gift and Contemporary Gift will all be there for the viewing, with the majority of exhibitors offering product that’s in stock and ready for delivery ahead of Christmas.

About Autumn Fair International 2015
Where: The NEC, Birmingham
When: September 6 - 9; Volume Halls open on Saturday September 5
Opening: September 5: 10.00 – 17.00; September 6 - 8: 09.00 – 18.00; September 9: 09.00 – 16.00
Travel: By train or plane directly to The NEC, or by car (onsite parking is free).
Register for free: www.autumnfair.com



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