PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 April, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 April, 2005, 12:00am

A series of seminars provide insight into global trends.

Fumio Takashima, president and chief executive of BALS Corp, one of Japan's top home furnishing retailers, will give a talk today at 2.30pm on strategies for running a home furnishing design business, with a focus on product trends in Asia.

'While the Japanese interior market has been changing, an increasing number of consumers have new directions in their lives,' Mr Takashima said.

'They have become more conscious of their personal values and sense of taste.

'Fields of our future corporate strategy will be changed accordingly, not only in interiors but also in design.

'During the seminar, how we were established and how we have been developed will be described. Besides, our future strategic concept 'Value by Design' will be explained based on various cases.'

Trend consultant Martin Lehec of Carlin International will speak tomorrow at 11am on interior design trends in Europe, with a focus on colours, materials and fabrics, and patterns and prints.

'Individuals are giving more and more importance to the home, while profound developments in beauty criteria are emerging,' Mr Lehec said.

'Today, beauty redefines codes differently to construct a new equilibrium.'

Colours to keep an eye out for include russet, forest and vegetal shades, intense deep purples, hazy tones, and radiant young and graphic 'acid drop' colours.

Fabrics to watch include natural soft leathers and skins, woods and foliage to provide warmth, and hybrid materials with weaves and basketwork.

William Chan, director of the Hong Kong Q-Mark Council of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, and Jason Chan, director of Brand New Technology, will give talks tomorrow at 2.30pm on improving product quality and customer services through an effective quality system.

With a population of 38 million, Poland is the largest market in Eastern Europe. Andrzej Pieczonka, commercial consul at the Poland consulate, will give a talk on Saturday at 9.30am on entering this rapidly emerging economy's houseware market.

All talks will be held in rooms

206-208 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.