Autumn Gift Fair News

My first blog! Apologies for the length but I wanted to give a decent coverage of the Autumn Gift Fair showing the latest in homewares and accessories on display for buyers at the ASB Showgrounds, Auckland.

New trends were the Moroccan influence as seen at Emilie and La Forge with wonderful perforated silver mirrors, lanterns and hurricane lanterns. We saw many modern interpretations of old classics, an extremely popular theme worldwide at present. It was refreshing to see so much bright colour just as we are seeing in the clothing fashion trends.

There was an abundance of tangerine, a softer take on orange, and some terracotta and softer yellows but still the real bright pinks blues and greens were seen in abundance. Purple is definitely a hot colour and jewel tones in general.

To add a flourish of colour to your home without frightening yourself, Importico has large floral cushions done in a watercolour blurred style with individually coloured bright pompom trim. Mix these with a couple of plain colourful cushions for an individual look that is so current and will brighten the most beige interior!

Interior Design Le Forge Chair and Bench

Picture sourced from Le Forge advert in Gift Fair Magazine

La Forge, as mentioned earlier had some new styles from their usual French style range. They showed off the new Moroccan influence nicely with the perforated silver framed mirrors and hurricane lamps, aptly called Marrakesh – a nice new take on a popular accessory. They also displayed some new style furniture, one particularly interesting piece was a leather armchair with a large silver frame, different, and definitely would add a great focal point to a room. In the same range was a striking ottoman/coffee table with a buttoned leather surface and crossover silver legs, another beautiful statement piece. Moving on to my favourite stand of the exhibition, see . How refreshing to see such beautiful furniture that is not of the style that is sold in every design store up and down the country. My favourites were a grey patterned chest perfect for lounge or bedroom but mostly it struck me how well it would work as storage in a children’s room. Really stylish, a little unusual and a good price – a lot of kids furniture is expensive and dull. My other picks were a metal coated table, just so unusual and visually stunning but beaten in my affections by the bone inlay chest of drawers in green on display but available in grey or black for the not so adventurous. This piece has so much style and beauty that just adding this one piece to an otherwise forgettable room will make it unforgettable. Go to the website for pictures and details of items mentioned.Book photo taken with permission at Gift Fair.

One of the most interesting and innovative ideas I saw at the show was at the Catherine David stand, so new it is not even on their website yet it was launched yesterday at the show. A penguin book shelf – basically a small floating shelf decorated as a penguin book. Put several together and you have a feature artwork as well as functional shelf. Brilliant by a bed when space is at a minimum. This versatile and interesting piece is bound to be a hit.

Picture taken from Hudson Paint's brochure

Picture taken from Hudson Paint’s brochure

Hudson Paints have developed really colourful chalkboard paints which you can use on walls, but I loved their large wooden cut-outs of animals painted in bright chalkboard colours, a great way to add function, detail and colour to a room but can be removed easily.

Old Mill Road had a beautifully displayed stand with attractive faux silver platters and plate chargers. The eyecatcher for me was the purple pressed glass wine goblets, tea lights and modern spoons in an antique style. Imagine this, a dinner party, white tablecloth, silver chargers under pure white plates (for a more formal look) with purple wine glasses, clear water glasses and purple tealights flickering. For added oomph a simple pure white floral display. Instant style and class.

Emilie, as always, had a large stand filled with some gorgeous pieces. Here again we saw modern interpretations of old classics, an extremely popular theme worldwide at present. However my favourite picks were from their Papaya range for the home, in particular a simple but stunning dinner service and servingware.

Overall the fashion for brightly coloured accessories definitely continues and is a great thing in my book. They make it easy to brighten and update any interior without costing much money. A good example are the candelabras in bright hues, old fashioned item now modernised by its bright colour. Find them at Crave, Birkenhead and other stores soon.

The Gift Fair is a trade only event and most of these companies do not sell direct to the public. If you are interested in any of the items I have mentioned please contact me for pricing and further information. I look forward to discussing some ideas with you to brighten your day! Phone 09 418 2366/021 503 299 or email

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