Guest post by Abby McKay
The Independent Interiors Show went down wonderfully on Saturday 30th September at its first ever event. It was held at 2022NQ in Manchester’s artistic Northern Quarter and showcased the work of over 20 different brands with items ranging from lighting and furniture to ceramics and textiles.
There was plenty of amazing work at the show and the event space was the perfect canvas for all of the colours and pieces being exhibited. Lomas and Lomas, Liz Foster Design and Annabel Perrin are three of our designers, and it was lovely to catch up and see their latest work.
Lomas and Lomas are a husband and wife design team with a passion for British handmade products which incorporate digital design and minimise waste by reusing materials as they “up-cycle as much as we can, wherever we can.” They create a range of homeware accessories, from cushions and lampshade to re-usable wallpaper, inspired by a love of wildlife and nature.
Liz Foster Design also showcases an impressive array of high quality cushions inspired by such things as Saul Bass’ graphic designs, the North and traditional British pleasures. Her products are contemporary and fun displaying typography such as “Fish & Chips”, “you are my sunshine” and her best-seller “The North”.
She notes that this is a popular present that people have bought for relatives and friends who have moved further south, as a memento of home, or simply a reminder of what they are missing! Liz’s stunning designs are hand cut and appliqued onto beautiful fabrics such as linen and wool which gives them a loving and homely feel, so they fit into any abode whether you live by the sea or in the country.
Liz also revealed she is now working with an upholsterer to produce revamped vintage furniture with contemporary applique designs, a perfect gift for anyone who loves a twist on a vintage classic.
Another designer with a passion for British products and supporting local manufacturers is Annabel Perrin, a surface pattern designer who is inspired to create her graphic, bold patterns by British locations and Architecture. She applies her colourful, exciting designs to furnishing fabrics and home accessories and even commemorates iconic landmarks and moments of history through her work.
There was a great range of other designers showcasing all of their hard work and making the Independent Interiors Show a colourful and inspiring day out for all who attended.
Urban Colours is the art of Jamie B Edwards, a Manchester based landscape artist whose captivation for inner city views forms a structure for his exploration of colour. A football fan himself, Jamie says his football prints make a great gift for any lover of the game!
Matt Simpson, the man noted as the creative behind Northern Letters, shares that this project is one inspired by typography, particularly that which is found within Manchester’s Northern Quarter. With their quirkiness and splashes of colour, they make a statement.
Inspirit is a brand which has a passion for the environment and believes that stylish home interiors can be created through the use of environmentally friendly products and processes. The products of Inspirit are created with longevity in mind in order to minimise waste and consumerism.
Helaina Sharpley is a designer-maker who creates intricate 2D and 3D wire and sculpture illustrations which often have a tea related theme. Whether it be a teaspoon, cup and saucer or tea set, this artist captures these items in a unique and talented way.
Surface pattern designer, artist and lover of interiors, Claire Murray Designs produce wallpapers with an emphasis on quality and craftsmanship. The wallpapers feature detailed drawings in muted colours which have a stunning effect when seen on display.
Caslon and Co. is a brand that creates patterned homeware items through the traditional technique of using printing blocks. The items are coloured with distinct pastel shades which means they are great for brightening up a dull kitchen, and they even print their own packaging too!
As well as all of the fabulous designers at the Independent Interiors Show, there was special guest Sian Astley sharing her tips and tricks about up-cycling with us all. She demonstrated the benefits of chalk paint before letting the keen audience get involved in sprucing up an old table which was won as a raffle prize by one lucky guest at the show.
Overall, the day was a great success thanks to all of the designers involved and the wonderful event organisers Rachael Adams and Victoria Watson who gave these small independent brands the opportunity to show off their products in an exciting and contemporary venue.
As for the future of the event, one half of the organising team, Rachael Adams, comments: “Watch this space as The Independent Interiors Show will be returning in March 2014”. We look forward to it!