Exhibitor Q&A: Edmund Bell

Exciting new ranges by Edmund Bell will be spotlighted on stand 7 at the Manchester Open and all Interior Designers and Specifiers are cordially invited to come along and be amongst the first to preview these innovative ideas from this leading supplier. 

We were able to have a few questions answered about what to expect from Edmund Bell this year and their opinions on the industry currently…

What are you most looking forward to showcasing at the Manchester Open? 

It’s been a busy year at Edmund Bell are we’re excited to be showcasing several new fabric collections at the Manchester Open, spanning all our product categories.  Adding to our range of co-ordinating print collections is Chelsea, a smart mix of checks and damask which embraces the current heritage trend.  Our decorative jacquard collections will see the addition of Sanctuary, with its calming, organic feel and stylish mix of textures.  Expression and Strata will expand our popular blackout and dim-out offering, whilst new developments in upholstery and sheers enhance and compliment all our ranges, whilst meeting international fire retardant standards.EB - Metro 21 webWhat is exciting you about design in the North at the moment?

As a supplier of contract fabrics, the proliferation of exciting new openings in the hospitality industry is a huge source of inspiration.  From bars to restaurants to boutique hotels, boundaries are constantly pushed in terms of style and innovation. Here in Manchester, we are enjoying the exciting transformations in some of our iconic, historic buildings such as Hotel Gotham, Refuge at The Principal, and The French at the Midland Hotel.  Also on our doorstep is the flourishing restaurant scene at Spinningfields and two vibrant centres of creativity in the Northern Quarter and Media City.

What are your predictions for the future of design within hospitality / workplace environments?

The increasing demand for individuality in contract interiors is a trend we see set to continue, with chain hotels, as well as individual boutique hotels, seeking to add style and character to their schemes in the form of bespoke prints and exclusive design. 

 Flexible, multi-purpose areas are becoming more common, blurring the lines between hospitality and the workplace.  Reception / lobby areas are doubling as space for networking or a casual business meeting whilst hospitality environments provide a transient workspace for the growing number of freelancers.Illusion voile 2n webWhat do you love most about your industry?

The creative challenges of exploring the ever-changing worlds of interior trends and digital advancements and combining them in a way which is right for our business.  Suppling the contract sector, we enjoy working closely with design practices and the thrill of seeing our fabrics brought to life in a beautiful interior scheme.


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