One of the great privileges of my job, apart from working with some fabulous clients and a bunch of really nice people here at UFL, is that I occasionally get to visit the European furniture fairs to assess trends, discover new product and ensure that we are completely up to date with our European manufacturers.
Last month I visited two trade fairs back to back; Interieur in Kortrijk, Belgium and Orgatec in Koln, Germany to discover the newest innovations in interior styling and furniture. And on my day off, I visited the design showrooms in Antwerp – just to ensure not a minute was wasted. Whilst Orgatec is not to be missed; it’s a conventional, large commercial fair that displays worldwide trends in desking, tables and large furniture pieces, Interieur is its hip, smarter younger brother. In Kortrijk I saw more cutting edge design, more focus on detail and wide use of marble, stone and glass – all with incredible styling.