Review: Manchester Open 2017

The BCFA Open series continued last week with its second Manchester Open hosted at the iconic Museum of Science & Industry. 

Held on the second floor of the Museum, in a light and airy space, this exhibition gave you the opportunity to meet and catch up with 27 BCFA Members based in the north and see their latest and best products.

A small but quality event means that you were really able to talk to the exhibitors. Some of the stands that really stood out as the best were Maine; who showcased some amazing rust-effect cabinets, Johnson Tiles, whose simple yet elegant stand showed off their products beautifully and Tektura Wallcoverings who had a monochrome and bold geometric theme for their stand.

Take a look at a few of our snaps from the event below…

The first day was concluded with a ‘In Conversation With’ discussion which was led by Tonje Odegard from SPACE magazine who discussed the hospitality market with Founder and Creative Director of NoChintz, Lucy Goddard. They touched on the importance of ‘Instagram-ability’ of a space today, Discussing how the smaller details are important and how the end-user really appreciates them. They also went on to discuss new hotel concepts that we are increasingly seeing pop up including a trend towards the ‘new-age’ style like, forest retreats or yoga inspired hotels.

Following the discussion guests and exhibitors could enjoy a well-deserved drink and were treated to a selection of tasty nibbles and canapes.Workshop webThroughout both days there was also a chance to get your hands-dirty and get involved with some creative workshops. These included the return of the wonderful Patternistas who held their pattern-making workshop. You could also practice your print-making techniques with Sheffield-based artist Samantha Groom.

Take a look at our highlights film from the entire event here >>

This show is one that is truly gaining momentum and we look forward to next years event. You can keep an eye out for more in the BCFA Open series at



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