MAJORS AT MANCHESTER

The big brands exhibiting at this year’s Manchester Furniture Show, (17-19 July, Manchester Central) are punching with all their might, with grand, imaginative and simple new designs galore.

In upholstery Westbridge are bringing Heirloom, a stately sofa, which harmoniously combines aged leather with striped seats and floral cushions, it is instant grandeur and luxury.  In contrast Wade have Camden, a modern sofa in cool grey, which shouts funky 60s retro with wing backs, button backs and a smooth wooden base.

Keeping with the grey theme is Charleston from Whitemeadow, with soft round edges and plump cushions it invites lounging.  Another modern piece is Francesca from Ashley Manor, it has an off white hue, with ebony feet, black cushions and straight arms.  Its large studding make it stand out from the norm, it is subtle attention grabbing at its best.

In cabinet major brands will be showing a wide range of stand-out styles from traditional to modern.  Wood Brothers are showing Hint, their new and novel living collection.  It features beech with either polar or graphite painted frames, its soft lines and simple styling make it 21st Century vogue.  Also with rounded edges comes the Oslo dining range from Furniture Origins.  It is solid and substantial with cut-out handles and the natural beauty of the wood its pivotal feature.

Mark Webster Designs brings Chaucer, a rich and dark traditionally styled dining collection with smart modern echoes.  Well crafted, it has easy appeal for those tired of plain of oak and shying way from painted.  In complete contrast The Camel Group are bringing all the glitz of high Italian design, including Roma, a glossy white framed bedroom collection with clear glass and metal accents.  It is ultra modern chic and it is definitely for those who want to be noticed.

Like upholstery and cabinet, bedroom will have new collections on show from some of the biggest and most imaginative companies in the industry.  In cabinet Baker are showing Austin, an ample and firm collection of grand and dark chests and beds.  Gentle curves soften its serious stature. Gallery Direct’s new Marlow bedroom collection takes modern styling in a different direction with a hint of the shaker style, it is slightly dainty and simple in natural oak and with tricky unusual details.

For a different style of cabinet both Rauch and Nolte the German bedroom giants are showing new collections featuring their gliding mechanisms and plentiful storage.

Rauch will show Kent, a combination of walnut, white gloss and mirrored doors. With metal bar handles it is the utmost in modern bedroom fashion.

For beds with movement Furmanac is a must.  Their Hestia range continues to grow with ever more sophisticated mechanisms and increasing styling choices.  New styles will be on show at Manchester including Arabella, in claret velvet with a large upholstered headboard, it’s a bed fit for Scarlett O’Hara.

It isn’t just the major brands that are bringing smart, desirable and new-season designs to Manchester, all of the 130 plus exhibitors have fresh and inspiring collections which will tempt and entice buyers and visitors to the Show. With everything from grand sofas to delicate lamps it’s all here.

To register for your free entry and see the full list of exhibitors visit: www.manchesterfurnitureshow.com

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