OVERVIEW: As one of the most commercially focused interiors trade fairs on the British calendar, May Design Series was not to be missed. Leading specialists in the industry hosted thought-provoking conferences, predicting the latest trends and showcasing new talent in the three-day programme. This year marks the fair’s third edition.
The event presented more international brands than ever and showcased a handpicked selection of the best in British design. This includes Swaffer, a fine furnishing fabrics brand, contemporary furniture designer Graham Ikin, and Morris Mirrors, an established interior design company based in London.
WHAT: May Design Series
WHEN: May 17-19, 2015
• Katie Treggiden, editor of the recently launched Fiera Magazine, curated the Fiera Edit to showcase fresh talent she discovered at the world’s design fairs, including Northmodern in Copenhagen, Stockholm Furniture Fair and Ambiente Frankfurt. Gróa Ólöf Þorgeirsdóttir’s Into The Blue chair is as much art as it is functional. The humble kettle got a makeover with Nils Chudy and Jasmina Grase. Miito featured an induction base and rod that heats liquid directly in the vessel to be used.
• The “Designer Makers” space was solely dedicated to the best in British craftsmanship. Kate Noakes, who developed a process of revitalising existing furniture by veneering them with designs cut from sheet metal inlaid with gesso, created masterpieces inspired by industrial design. Craig Narramore, on the other hand, created art-based furniture by fusing ancient timber with modern materials such as liquid metals and resins.
• The “Fabric Pavilion” showcased the most luxurious and beautiful textiles, including Titley & Marr’s recently launched Ikat print collection that was inspired by antique coat patterns from central Asia. Textile manufacturer Ian Mankin created its signature woven furnishing and neutral fabrics from its sixth generation, family-owned mill in Lancashire. The company launched its brand new Ian Mankin Home series at the fair alongside its core collections.