The doors of the highly-anticipated May Design Series opened last month. Bringing together Interiors LDN, kbb LDN, The ARC Show and DX under one roof for the first time, the event – organised by UBM – encompassed over 200 exhibitors displaying the latest in furniture, KBB products, lighting and design technology in a cityscape created by Ab Rogers. The event also hosted an array of special features, including a comprehensive set of talks from some leading industry names, a DJ session by Karim Rashid and the chance to have tea with an architect.
One of the May Design Series’ main strengths was its ability to combine such a wide range of products in one space. All exhibitors were hand-selected by the organiser, and although available stand space for most was smaller than at some other prominent design shows, there was an emphasis on quality.
Interiors LDN was host to a range of both up-and-coming and established names in the furniture and lifestyle arena, including Cox London, Vondom, Sharon Marston, Rolf Benz, Hamilton Litestat and Artwood. Floriture brightened up the exhibition space with its display of quality artificial flowers, while Deadgood used some of its furniture pieces to highlight its bespoke capabilities.
kbb LDN was dedicated to the latest products for the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom sectors. Blum, as ever, displayed its latest innovations on a stand of a grand size, while Adamsez impressed visitors with its running water displays and contemporary designs. Perrin & Rowe offered a glimpse at its luxury, design-led offerings, while Armac Martin showed its range of traditional and modern handles and knobs. Other leading names on the exhibitor list included Salice, Impey, Artweger, Castello Luxury Baths and BA Components.
The ARC Show hosted new lighting innovations from a range of specialist brands, including Astro Lighting, Pulsar, ERCO, Philips Color Kinetics and Arcluce. Spanlite displayed its latest edge-lighting technology, and Vivid Lighting highlighted the decorative and architectural product offerings from its three European brands: Brick in the Wall, Doxis and B.LUX.
DX explored the relationship between technology and design, and wasn’t short of prominent exhibitors. Hitch Mylius flew the flag for British manufacturing on a substantial stand, Armourcoat displayed its range of distinctive surface finishes and Deirdre Dyson brought design-led rugs to the fore. Ligne Roset, D*Haus Company, Wilde & Spieth, Vi-Spring and Normalu Barrisol were among the other leading names at the show.
Among a host of special features was the Materia exhibit, a selection of inspiring and innovative materials from Materia’s collection and its partners. The DX Freight provided visitors with a selection of the top pieces from four of this year’s leading international shows – Maison et Objet, IMM Cologne, Stockholm Furniture Fair and the Milan Furniture Fair.
The Conversation Series also proved a talking point, with free, CPD-certified seminars covering a range of topics from the future workplace to the rise of the digital age. Fruthermore, the DX Bar offered a central hub for visitors and exhibitors to socialise and network.