The imminent Royal wedding is set to get the Union Jack flying high this spring. The patriotic fervour will continue in to the summer with the British brands flying the flag at the Manchester Furniture Show (15-17 July, Manchester Central). Major UK upholstery and cabinet brands in the MidPoint sector of the show add to the prestigious list.
Premium British brands including Tetrad, Whitemeadow and Westbridge will show colourful new sofas and chairs in plush velvets, bright cottons and rich wools. Mainstream brands including Buoyant, Ashley Manor, XYZ and The Great Chair Company have dozens of fresh upholstery designs in florals, crisp neutrals and modern geometrics.
In cabinet furniture Carlton, Seconique, Heartlands and Value Mark all have new ranges in a variety of textures and styles. Shaker style and reclaimed woods will mix with metal, glass, wood and leather to grab attention. Painted furniture is still ‘in’ and new adventurous colours including navy, charcoal and claret will be on show. Popular Irish companies VIDA Living and Blue Bone are returning to Manchester with their inventive and imaginative living, dining and bedroom cabinet collections.
Beds are always popular at Manchester and the British companies don’t disappoint here either. Whitemeadow will have a new bed studio to show off their great variety of contemporary beds and Hestia and MiBed return with their latest selection of motion beds in bright colours and sumptuous fabrics. Slumberdream and Divine Sleep, both new to the show, will show their comprehensive collections of beds and mattresses designed to enhance sleep and sleeping posture.
In accessories, glitzy collections will be on show from CIMC with mirrors and glass accent pieces to compliment their mirrored and lacquered furniture. Both Kesterport and Gallery Direct will show a wide selection of their cool, sophisticated and inspirations designs in furniture and accessories. In lighting new exhibitor and brand leader Chelsom will show wall, ceiling and table lamps for 21st Century living.
Joining the great British brands are big name International brands including Italia Living, Gala Collezione, MWA Aktuell, Venjakob, SITS and Rauch, who are also not to be missed.