You might have caught my post last week The No. 1 place for lighting inspiration if you're renovating where I shared several lighting brands and how I discovered them through the UK's most attended interior trade event Spring + Autumn Fair 2017.
I'm delighted to be a brand ambassador for Spring + Autumn Fair this year as it's one of the only ways I discover new up and coming interior brands to build my little black book.
Autumn Fair is a trade show event open to buyers, brands, and customers (people like us) returning to Birmingham's NEC from 3rd-6th September 2017. It's this season's most attended home and gifting trade event with more than 1,300 exhibitors across 12 sectors such as The Light Show, Home, Contemporary Gift & Living, and many more.
Seeing as I covered The Light Show last week, today I wanted to zoom in on 2 more of the 12 sectors that led to my discovery of some brands to really watch out for this year. Especially if you like country living interiors, like me.
Exclusive to Spring and Autumn Fair, The Summerhouse is a sector within the show displaying hand-picked collections offering visitors the latest on-trend designs, with a highly-edited selection of the most original UK and international gift, interior, lighting and lifestyle brands. There's a Summerhouse Café to meet and chat all things interiors over a cuppa too.
Exhibitors in this sector that I think stand out are:
Nkuku (pronounced nuh-ku-ku) are new to Autumn Fair this year. They're a lifestyle and home decor brand based in Devon specialising in handmade products made by artisans all over the world. They combine timeless design with traditional skills and natural materials and I think their dinnerware should be in every shop and home in Autumn.
Ib Laursen ApS was founded as a retail shop in 1971 by Ib Laursen, and has since grown to be one of Scandinavia’s biggest wholesale suppliers of decor. A brand born in Denmark, they wholesale everything from garden to interior to fashion items. I've been particularly drawn to their basketware - timeless classics and great storage solutions.
Canvas home are my favourite of the stockists I discovered. They're all about sustainable, simple design in their philosophy, and I love how their products have a blank canvas yet intricate appeal. I'm usually a style over substance lass, much to Neil's dismay, thank God he reigns me in, so when I come across a brand who put beauty and practicality at the forefront of their offering it's a match made in heaven. Canvas do this well. No doubt they'll be big highlight of the Autumn Fair show this year.
I get such strong vibes of William Morris when I look at Autumn Fair's home exhibitor Voyage Maison. Voyage are passionate about fabric and traditional design. Their products have a fresh, artistic feel that is unique in look and represents a contemporary, country lifestyle. What I love most is the use of subtle but strong colour throughout their paintings and fabrics. Sure to bring delight to any Modern Country home. The top picture has inspired me to make an art gallery of traditional bird paintings in my house somewhere. I love it.
Zuiver is a Dutch interior brand with affordable products. Their products are unusual fo rme to like as they are somewhat modern but I'm glad I found them. Their rug collection is what stood out most for me.
On trend, fresh, young and original and some have a modern rustic vibe which I think is the reason they appeal to me so much.
Zuiver are definitely worth looking out for if you like modern, contemporary design and you're heading along to the show.
The Satchel Gift Company
As soon as I have finished(ish) decorating my house I'll be moving onto the garden – which is why I'm delighted to have found The Satchel Gift Company. They sell rustic coloured zinc plant pots and urns that look really unique and would age well in any garden. This is a brand that proves the Autumn Fair isn't only about interiors, there's a whole lot in store for the exterior of homes too.
Which brand do you like best? Will you be attending the show this year? Remember it's at Birmingham's NEC from 3rd-6th September 2017. Don't miss it.