Halfway through the spring trade fairs. Last week was Paris, and Birmingham. In Paris there was definitely no sign of recession with the French and the Italian’s buying all round them. Surprisingly Birmingham was upbeat. Much smaller than previous years and a lot less to walk. Those who did exhibit brought some exciting market driven products (as soon as we get our orders and images sorted we will put them up). There were even a few new companies exhibiting for the first time. Rom, one of contemporary upholstery supplier has brought out new models which can virtually be made to measure.
Even John Shanky has brought out a more price sensitive chesterfield range.
As for trends, most companies played safe with colour, choosing to show their models in more muted sellable colour. The only colour that was prevalent throughout was variations of aubergines and purples.