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UK trade fair Autumn fair 2017 Interiors trend predictions and newly discovered brands at Autumn Fair 2017, a UK trade fair.

It’s that time of the year, when Summer is gradually coming to a close, to make way for the cosiness of Autumn and Winter.

I must admit I love Spring and Summer best, but I do get excited by the seasonal change, because I get to curate and share my new interiors trend predictions here.

Many of you who follow me on the blog, may recall that I have been an ambassador for the Spring and Autumn fair for the past 2 years.

I was excited to be asked to report from Autumn Fair, the largest Home and Gift UK trade fair again. There will be more than 1300 suppliers present, divided into 12 sectors,and will be taking place at Birmingham’s NEC, from 3rd September to 6th September 2017.

I will be providing coverage from the show, on my instagram and insta stories on the Sunday.

Visitors who attend are usually retailers, homeware buyers and trend spotters. There will also be workshops, seminars, meet the expert talks and even fashion catwalks at the show.

This coming season, I foresee the increase in dark and colourful interiors. The dark walls ( think midnight blue and black) has been trending for a while, and I see these backdrops contrasted with bright pops of colours becoming more popular in the coming months.

The colours, although bright, will take the form of Autumnal tones, such as Copper reds / browns, Purple hues in grape or mauve, Pinks that are dusky or almost rust coloured and Mandarin blues.

I have curated the furniture and homewares from 6 exhibitors who have caught my eye, the first of which is Zuiver (image above). Zuiver is a Dutch interior label with their own in house design team. They pride themselves in producing products that are contemporary, on trend, and with a fresh and young approach.

I’m totally smitten by their carpet collection (last 2 images). The patterns on the rugs were inspired by Norwegian sweaters. I call them boho rugs with a Scandinavian twist. Aren’t they just beautiful?
If you find painting a wall dark too daunting, then getting pieces of furniture with pops of Autumnal hues, can do the trick too, for a seasonal decor. The above Copper plated cantilever frame chair is also from Zuiver. I am forever a pink fan. The Autumn period call for dusky and rust coloured hues. My sofa is a perfect example here.

Check out that wonderful pairing of Zuiver’s grey and pink dining chairs with indoor greens. You could pair your dusky pink cushions against a dark throw, like this anthracite quilt, if you wanted to keep on trend, without having to paint your walls black.

The quilt and pillows are from IB LAURSEN, one of Scandinavia’s biggest wholesale suppliers of decor. They will also be at the Autumn Fair 2017. Here’s another lovely combination I would consider, an Aubergine coloured quilt, paired with the dusky pink cushions. Now that I have mentioned Aubergine, what do you think of this velvet sofa? It would be the perfect pop of Autumn Winter bright against a dark wall.

I would then accessorise the room with hints brass to give it that luxury glamour chic look.

The sofa is from Cozy living, a young interior brand from Copenhagen. If purple is not your thing, then how about the same sofa in a Petrol blue?

Did you notice that the stylist has placed blue against blue?

I think it has worked well here, without being camouflaged, because the lighter coloured decorative accessories have been able to draw our eyes towards the sofa. Doesn’t this dining room look elegant but cosy? Which Autumn Winter hues do you favour?

All the colours of these Cozy Living cushions seem to mix and match well. These brightly coloured face cushions from spira of Sweden, may be a slight detour away from Autumnal tones, but I never say no to brights and just look at those gorgeous illustrations.

This is now on my wish list. I can just imagine how I would style them in my living room. I’m looking forward to visiting spira of Sweden at the Autumn Fair next weekend.  Doesn’t this fabric look so dreamy and magical? If I were designing a nursery room now, I would consider purchasing this. I clearly have a passion for colourful Scandinavian design, as I’ve just realised that my last 3 curates for this UK trade fair, were Scandinavian brands.

This next brand, Magpie, although not Scandinavian, has produced a beautiful ceramic ware collection called Form, inspired by the 60s, that look Scandinavian.

They reminded me of the Norwegian vintage Cathrineholm ceramics.

You will be able to find Magpie’s Form range at the Cubic stall, in the Autumn Fair. Last but not least, I realised I haven’t touched on lighting.

I was instantly drawn to these Matcha green Haipot pendant lights by Dyberg Larsen. The pendants come in a variety colours. Feast your eyes on the colours. I would love a cluster in green, yellow, pink and orange. Which one do you favour?

Hope you’ve enjoyed my curate of this UK trade fair, the Autumn Fair 2017. What I’ve curated is  just the tip of the iceberg. I can’t wait to explore more brands next weekend.

Do follow my Instagram and insta stories next Sunday to see my finds.

Wishing you all a wonderful Bank holiday Monday and week ahead.

( All photography are from the relevant brands. This is a sponsored collaboration with Autumn Fair 2017, a UK Trade fair for homewares and gifts. However, all curated finds and views are my own).

Hubsch-at-Autumn-fair-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell A fortnight ago, I wrote about the Autumn Fair, one of UK’s largest Home, gifts and lifestyle trade show.

Last Monday afternoon, I did a little Instagram takeover for them. I had so much fun exploring the stalls and even got to attend the keynote speech by Jo Malone.

I thought I’d show you some of the brands that caught my eye.

The ceramics and glassware above are by the Scandinavian brand Hübsch. Scandinavian-decor-Hubsch-Little-Big-Bell Hübsch did the clean lines and simplicity look well.

Their wooden furniture look great against those wicker baskets and green plants .

That elegant black and gold lamp in the far is on my wish list. Cactus-in-planter-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Love the glaze effect of this pot, note-books-by-Haubsch-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell and the contrasting palette of black with a blush nude in these notebooks. Lund-London-at-Autumn-fair-2016-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I was so pleased to discover these colourful, pleated ceramic hanging cups by Lund London.

I’ve seen so many white hanging pots on the market, so it was about time we added more pops of colour to our decor.

Great storage idea for pencils, make up brushes or even little succulent plants don’t you think? house-of-disaster-photo-by-little-big-bell Another new brand exhibiting at Autumn Fair was House of Disaster. There was a distinct dinosaur theme on display.

It’s a quirky cool brand, a colourful lifestyle store whose products stood out on display.
House-of-Disaster-lights-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell These rhino and hippo lights were also from House of Disaster. Vita-Copenhagen-lights-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell I was stopped in my tracks by this stunning light from Vita Copenhagen.

It’s amazing how the colours reflect and change at different angles. Did you know it’s made of gold, silver and copper?

This is definitely a statement piece. Vita-Copenhagen-lighting-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Whenever I think about Scandinavian design, monochrome and wood pops into my head.

I was so pleased that Vita Copenhagen has introduced colour into their new collections. Check out this pastel coloured standing lamp. neuhaus-lighting-group-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I don’t often blog about lighting, but the Autumn Fair’s showing of lights have won me over.

Want your own rainbow in the living room? Then how about these hanging lights from Neuhaus Lighting group? Padhome-lights-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Here’s an idea on how to WOW your outdoor party.

They would look great in a loft or industrial style space too. The alphabet lights were spotted at Pad Home. cow-hide-from-city-cows-autumn-fair-photo-by-geraldine-tan I have been on the lookout for a rug to go in my front room. I’m undecided between Moroccan colour or girly glamour.

This gold speckled cow hide rug would do that glamour boudoir look well. I was tempted. chill-factor-from-jwpltd-photo-by-little-big-bell This pink Ice Twist cup from Chill Factor creates an icy slushy drink in seconds. All you have to do is remove the inner compartment to freeze in the freezer. Then when you are ready to make your drink, place the frozen inner compartment in, pour your drink and twist the body of the container. So cool right?

The pink lunch box is from good2go. It’s divided into portion perfect compartments with an inbuilt area for the folded cutlery and sauce. Its ability to collapse in height makes it a great space saving idea for the cupboard.

Anyway, hope you’ve enjoyed my finds at the fair. I will be writing about the Jo Malone talk soon.

Wishing you all a wonderful day.

( All photography are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell.)

Ark-colour-design-Autumn-fair-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell It’s been a while since I’ve attended a design and lifestyle fair, so I was super excited when asked to cover the Autumn Fair at Birmingham’s NEC next week.

The Autumn Fair will be showcasing 1400 exhibitors across the Home,Contemporary Gift and Living sectors. It will be running from the 4th to 7th of September 2016.

There will also be an inspirational programme of talks, workshops, fashion shows and tasty food to sample on site.

I am so looking forward to showing you my favourite finds and trend predictions for 2017.

I’ve already been exploring the list of exhibitors. With 1400 stalls to choose from, I thought I’d better be organised. I have mapped out the ones I would like to visit first.

I’ve decided to give you a little flavour here, of what you could expect at the Autumn Fair this year.

Introducing you first to Ark colour design . I was totally drawn to their beautiful and colourful leather products for parties and gifts.

Check out that leather hat above. I bet the party photos would look so cool and colourful.

They would make great going home gifts too, ones that will last the test of time. Pyro-pets-Autumn-fair-Little-Big-Bell Every now and then, I stumble upon something different, innovative and cool.

Pyro pet candles gave me that moment when I explored their site from the exhibitors’ list.

At first sight, you may coo at their cute pastel coloured animal shaped candles, but wait, this sweetness takes an unexpected twist.

As the candles burn and the wax melt, slightly sinister looking metal skeletons of those animals start to appear.

What do you think? Kind of an interesting concept right? A real theatre of macabre in wax. Paper-Whites-Artificial-Flowers- Rose- & -Eucalyptus One of the emerging trends of this season and going into 2017, is that for artificial flowers.

I say, if flowers have to be artificial, then let them be in paper.

Take a look at the paper flowers by Paper Whites above. Look so real don’t they? I can’t wait to see more.
Shepherd of Sweden I am looking forward to exploring the new ‘Home’ brands at the Autumn Fair this year.

Shepherd of Sweden certainly caught my eye for their cosy natural sheepskins and toasty wool cushions. Look at those inviting fluffy slippers too.

If ever I need to create a cosy Autumn feel at home, then the image above is how I would love it to be. By-Boo-Autumn-fair-2016 Look at those cute little stools from By Boo , a wholesaler in homewares and accessories.

Do I spy a Crosley record player in the photo above? I’m in need of one of those, preferably one in pink. Why oh why did I ever give away my vinyl record collection? Illuminati Lighting-Autumn-fair-2016 Every home needs a feature light this Autumn, preferably one with a touch of glamour.

How about this statement piece from Illuminati lighting ? Norse-shaving-kit Find inspiration for Christmas gift ideas early or stock your shop ready for festive shopping at the Autumn Fair.

I find buying gifts for my husband difficult, but I’m liking this grooming set from Norse , a new start up company.

That is quite some razor right? Love the whole festive feel of the packaging too. Jo-Malone-Autumn-fair-2016-Little-Big-Bell There will be many inspirational speakers at the Autumn fair. I am looking forward to hearing Jo Malone talk about her brand building story, both the highs and lows. Autumn-fair-2016 Hope I’ve been able to give you a flavour of what the Autumn Fair will be like. Do go explore for yourself. It’s a perfect place to start if you are thinking about starting a Home and lifestyle shop.

I’m looking forward to discovering more new talent on the day. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

I will be reporting back here on the blog soon, after the event.

Wishing you all a wonderful day.

(This is a collaboration with Autumn Fair. All opinions stated are my own. Photography are courtesy of Autumn Fair and mentioned brands, with thanks.)

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