As with any specification process, research to remain abreast of industry trends is essential for creating the best possible interior experience for the end-user. The coming months are packed with shows and events to top-up your industry knowledge and inspire your upcoming projects and designs.
I recently spoke to Decorex’s Brand Manager, Simone du Bois, about why trade shows are so important for the design community: “Predominantly because we are a community and trade shows provide the opportunity to not only discover new and exciting companies and products but also to connect with existing companies and importantly with their peers. It is about inspiration and ideas for not only the visitors but also for the exhibitors.”
Next month’s May Design Series at London’s ExCeL promises to once again offer something for every interior space. Now consisting of five design districts, the second edition of this industry-leading event will serve both the contract and retail markets. For your guide of what to expect read Inex’s event preview on page 16.
Grand Designs London Live – also at ExCeL next month – is a show with a slightly different emphasis. Leading the way for self-build and restoration inspiration, this nine-day show has a plethora of innovative products from a wide range of exhibitors. Turn to page 50 to read Inex’s hand-picked selection of Grand Designs London Live exhibitor highlights.
Elsewhere in this issue, Thomas Griem takes us on a tour of his latest interior design project that oozes contemporary elegance with traditional accents on page 22 and Inex profiles a radical door redesign by Austrian artist Klemens Torggler on page 18.
I hope you enjoy this issue as much as we have enjoyed putting it together for you! Don’t forget that you can now access the latest features, products, news and supplier information at your fingertips via Inex’s state-of-the-art app. Read more about this unique tool on page 42.