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SPARQ Home to ignite Autumn Fair

Visitors to Kitchen, Dining & Housewares at Autumn Fair International 2014 can look forward to an exciting new launch from one of the most inspirational suppliers

Forma House – a renowned specialist distributor of design-led kitchen, dining and housewares product - will showcase the unique SPARQ Home range at the show this year, from Hall 3 stand L01.

Simon Maghnagi, Business Development Manager at Forma House commented: ‘SPARQ Home offers a really fresh twist on the home dining experience and we are really excited to be bringing this innovative new brand to the UK 2014.’

Founded in Denver by Steven Chavez and Justin English, SPARQ Home offers a stunning mix of tabletop and barware product - all designed to bring a touch of natural elegance to any occasion. Hand-crafted and made in the USA, the collection primarily focuses on visually appealing serving solutions and is made from high quality soapstone sourced from quarries across the globe.

Both Chavez and English have a real passion for preserving nature’s soapstone, and it was for this reason, SPARQ Home was established in the first place. In most quarries, up to 80 per cent of all soapstone mined is deemed waste or scrap material. Generally when drilled, the soapstone breaks into smaller pieces and is therefore useless to many industries, such as kitchen work-top producers and the like. Sadly, the soapstone is generally considered scrap and is quite often dumped and simply used for nothing more than to line the roads leading into the quarries.

Chavez and English saw this as a devastating waste of an undervalued, but incredibly useful raw material. The stone’s natural properties of maintaining warm and cool temperatures for example, are as old as mankind itself. In fact, it is one of the most effective natural materials for conducting and retaining temperatures, and it was for this very reason, both Chavez and English started thinking about how they could work with these small slices of soapstone, to create a product that would be useful in the domestic home and kitchen. SPARQ Home was born.

From hand-crafted soapstone appetizer plates that will keep food cool or warm, to cheese-boards, pizza stones, a pestle and mortar and even a set of super-cool shot glasses to serve your favourite tipple… SPARQ Home has everything you will ever need to ignite a celebration.

Speaking of their Autumn Fair presentation, Forma House press officer Richard Watts said: "We've done Autumn Fair for the last four years or so. For our kind of business it works very well as a show to take orders at leading up to Christmas. We are launching something really new and different that we think will be very exciting for our independent customers."

View the full Forma House collection at Autumn Fair International 2014, due to take place from September 7 – 10 at The NEC Birmingham.



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