Portfolio director Andrew Vaughan commented: “We could not be more pleased with how this year’s show has turned out. The categorisation of the halls worked very successfully and the feedback I have received during the show has been extremely positive.
"There has been a steady flow of high quality visitors on all four days and people have been placing large orders, even until the very final minutes of the show. The Thinking Space area was also very well received and we are pleased to not only have encouraged business, but to have also helped inspire visitors with upcoming trends.”
Around 25,000 visitors attended, says the organiser. Many of these visited the new Thinking Space area, which included the New Design Britain finalists, a showcase from Designersblock and a Seminar Theatre, which was packed for many of the sessions. Kelly Hoppen and Global Color Research/Mix Publication’s sessions were extremely popular, with people queuing outside the theatre.
“It was an absolutely fantastic show, I found so many new suppliers," said design director, Nicholas Sunderland after visiting the show. "It was my first time there and it has to be one of my regular visits now. There was far more there than at any other show I’ve visited – and it looked fantastic.”
On Monday the New Design Britain winners were crowned, as well as Birmingham City University awarding the best student trend display, put together in co-operation with Global Color Research. Numerous other highlights included the Lighting Association Awards and a visit from interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, who came to get “a barometer of the sharp end of British design”.
interiors 2010 welcomed over 130 first time exhibitors and many experiences exceeded their expectations.
The show returns next year from 23rd-26th January at the NEC, Birmingham. www.interiorsbirmingham.com