We select some of the must-see products, from furniture and lighting to kitchens, on show at this year’s May Design Series, which takes place at ExCeL London, 17-19 May.
May Design Series, the annual three-day exhibition that brings some of the newest and best interior design products from all over the world to London’s ExCeL Centre, is celebrating its third event this year, and organisers expect it to be the biggest yet.
The theme of this year’s show is ‘Curated for Business’, but May Design Series is also perfect for those who want to get the inside track on what’s hot in the world of designer furniture, lighting and interior design – as well as the latest trends and innovations in kitchen, bedroom and bathroom design.
Alongside some of the very best design-led products, the show also presents a series of lectures and seminars, which will explore the latest trends and themes in the interior design industry.
Exhibitors come from all over the world, with some 25 countries represented, and equal space given to the best of British and design from overseas.
Here’s our pick of some of the best products to look out for at this year’s show.
Furniture and fabrics:
Launched in January 2015, Alma de Luce is a Portuguese brand that evokes memories of traditions, places, myths, legends, symbols and people of the world through unique handcrafted pieces made with Swarovski crystals. Each piece is one of a kind.
An established fine furnishing fabric brand based in the UK, Swaffer will exhibit in the Furniture sector’s Fabric and Wall coverings Pavilion. Its stunning range of designs includes prints, weaves, embroideries, sheers and innovative velvets, in a product range that’s suitable for curtains, bedspreads, upholstery and loose covers.
Italian manufacturer Dall’Agnese has an impressive history. Since 1948, the factory has kept pace with the fast moving trends of the interior design industry while taking part in every single step of the manufacturing process, from sourcing raw materials to completing the finished product. Dall’Agnese maunfactures a wide range of furnishings for both living and sleeping areas, including a rich choice of occasional furniture and accessories.
Lighting and AV
One of the most innovative exhibitors at this year’s show, Habitech iD creates ingenious ways to make technology disappear within rooms. Its products allow touchscreens, keypads, switches, sockets and speakers to blend in with ceilings and walls for a seamless, flush-fitted result.
Chad Lighting, distributed by Swaffer, designs and manufactures contemporary luminaries. Employing a wide range of high quality materials, the company creates products that are distinguished by their clean lines and elegant proportions. Ranges include table, floor and wall lights in addition to reading and task lights.
It’s been150 years since the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and to mark the occasion, British company Rug Maker has been granted exclusive license to reproduce illustrator John Tenniel’s wonderful artwork from the British Library’s original collections. Two illustrations, ‘The White Rabbit’ and ‘Alice, Drink Me’, have been hand-woven in Kathmandu Valley in Nepal by highly skilled Tibetan and Nepalese weavers, hand-knotting Swiss aniline dyed New Zealand wool onto cotton warps and wefts. Rug Maker supports ‘GoodWeave’ – the global non-profit organisation that ensures child labour is not used in the manufacturing process, so these products are ethical as well as beautiful to look at.
London company Morris Mirrors works with interior designers, developers, specifiers, hoteliers and architects across in the UK and the company’s experienced and highly skilled workforce combines traditional artisan methods with the most sophisticated machinery, enabling it to create the finest British-made contemporary designs.
Known for its consistently impressive product launches, German manufacturer Leicht will show its ‘Concrete’ finish, with varying light refraction and a matt-lacquer sealing, which brings a stylish, industrial look to modern kitchens. Leicht offers style, versatility and a myriad of colours at competitive prices, and has recently opened a dedicated showroom in London’s Battersea.
THG Paris is a French manufacturer of luxurious bathroom fittings and accessories, responsible for equipping gorgeous hotels, palaces and private residences all over the world. This year the company will present its new ‘Beyond Crystal’ collection produced in collaboration with designer, Rémi Tessier. This contemporary collection is defined by its modern style – featuring crystal lattices available in four colours, along with pure shapes produced by renowned crystal manufacturer Baccarat.
And last, but not least, leading UK tile manufacturer British Ceramic Tile Limited will present its new ‘Parian’ range of porcelain wall and floor tiles which embrace the rich tones of Marsala – named as this year’s ‘hot colour’ by Pantone. The range fuses myriad muted shades into one stunning vintage-inspired patchwork tile. A distinctive brick tile, ‘Artisan’ is a ceramic wall tile collection full of character. With a traditional handmade feel, each tile features a rustic glazed surface and muted colour palette. The collection now includes four new harmonious colours: Creamware, Amethyst, Duck Egg and Willow, in a new elongated 750mmx300mm size, allowing homeowners to mix and match and add a real design statement to any wall or room. You can register online to attend here