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By Furniture News Nov 13, 2019

AIS trade event promises exclusive exhibitors

The AIS Furniture Show promises innovation and inspiration as it focuses on new products, improvements to its aesthetic, and delivering the optimal sourcing experience for independent furniture retailers as it enters a new decade.

The show promises a broad spectrum of over 40 established and up-and-coming suppliers from across the globe – and this January will see it launch eight new suppliers, exclusively appearing at The AIS Furniture Show.

These include Corium, sister company of HTL. Manufacturing in Northern Italy using traditional craftsmanship, Corium combines natural materials such as leather with stainless steel, and draws its design inspiration from the heritage of Tuscany. 

Upholstery supplier, Stella, will also be exhibiting for the first time. Launching as a newcomer to the UK, the Poland-based supplier offers commercially designed fabric product, which incorporates motion technology.

 Following an absence from the market, Willis & Gambier has chosen to relaunch its full collection at the show. With four collections to complement any home, the brand caters to all styles.

AIS has identified that outdoor living is becoming a key element of modern life, and sees this as an additional area of opportunity for the independent sector. The show welcomes Signature Weave, launching for the first time at AIS with a comprehensive collection of garden furniture.

Alongside these, the show’s exclusive ranges will provide AIS members with significant advantages over other buyers, says show organiser Julian Cox, AIS’ director of furniture: “Established brands Parker Knoll, G Plan, Alstons and Duresta amongst others, offer AIS members exclusive furniture ranges, creating a USP for retailers but also enhanced profit margin opportunities. We have started to progress this strategy on cabinet furniture too, with new ranges having been developed specifically under the Stag & Ducal brands which are exclusive to AIS members.”

In addition to the new suppliers, visitors can also expect to see new product innovations, existing bestsellers and products offered in new fabrics and finishes, or incorporating new designs from tried-and-trusted brands.

Julian continues: “Our members (and the wider audience) can expect to see a selection of exciting new ranges from established upholstery favourites including Himolla, La-Z-Boy and Premier, HTL, and Primavera. In addition to the AIS exclusive ranges there will also be some innovative product from Classic, Disselkamp, Venjakob and TCH, amongst others.”

The 2020 show is set to be bigger and better than last year’s, which attracted over 850 visitors. Admission is free, and complimentary on-site parking, exhibition guides, lunch and refreshments are also offered to all buyers and exhibitors.

The AIS Furniture Show takes place from 17-18th (AIS members only) and 19-20th January, 2020 (general trade) at Cranmore Park Exhibition Centre, Solihull.

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