By Igor Josifovic // www.happyinteriorblog.com
January is a busy month. New collections are ready, new catalogs are fresh out of the printer, websites updated and all is set and ready for a new year with style and design. Among the very first design trade shows was the DesignTrade show in Copenhagen, Denmark. After its debut last August the bi-annual trade show opened its doors at the Bella Center in the Danish capital.
Denmark is one of the leading design nations not only in Europe but worldwide. To emphasize this position and the importance of Danish design, the DesignTrade is based in Copenhagen. However, the show encompasses a wide array of furniture, home accessories and home textiles from the entire region and attracts an international public.
In January, the focus lies on the upcoming collections for the spring/summer season and all exhibitors showcased what they have prepared for the design savvy customers. Inevitably, colour is a topic for the warmer season and can be seen in many upcoming collections, e.g. the new home accessories of Broste Copenhagen, Oyoy or Kähler Design. Natural materials such as wood and leather are still highly popular – many design labels such as Muubs, Aiayu or the young design label Aperie featured those in their collections, and a good part of it is the result of a sustainable design approach with support for local communities in less developed regions of the world. Another great discovery for lovers of typography and illustrations is the new label ‘I Love My Type’.
Apart from the exhibitors, the DesignTrade had prepared a rich programme with international and local speakers from the design sphere. Moreover, a blogger zone highlighted the importance of the digital opinion-leaders and attracted not only the trade public but also press and digital adepts alike.
The next DesignTrade show is due in August 2014 and has set high goals: to become the leading design trade show in Scandinavia. See you there in August!