Long Eaton’s showrooms will open their doors to the trade again this month for the biannual Long Point exhibition, comprising 28 manufacturer and supplier displays across seven locations.
Building on the town’s long history of craft and furnituremaking, in 2014 Long Eaton was recognised as the UK Centre of Quality Upholstery Manufacture – making it the natural home for one of the UK furniture industry’s most unique events, the Long Point exhibition.
Taking place each May and September, Long Point formalises and celebrates the newest product launches from the many manufacturers – principally purveyors of fine upholstery – based in and around the town, while giving guest exhibitors an opportunity to showcase their wares.
Recent years have seen an increasing number of furniture brands opt for permanent showroom spaces in Long Eaton, the town’s rustic industrial aesthetic working well to complement a range of styles and looks. As the town’s concentration of furniture businesses continues to grow, the show takes on even more life of its own with each edition – while the exclusive presence of several key brands makes Long Point a must-attend event for some key buyers.
Although a car is handy for travelling between showrooms, all the exhibition’s locations are situated within a mile of the town centre and the town’s railway station – for assistance, visitors arriving by train can contact the show’s helpline in advance, on 0115 973 4481.
Exhibitors include Ashley Manor, a key player in the UK home upholstery market, whose unique designs, combined with trend-led fabric collections, will be brought to life in the brand’s well-appointed showroom in Harrington Mill.
Siren Furniture – also in Harrington Mill – will present the recently launched Alice and Amy sofas, upholstered in new variations. The FSC-certified designer and sourcing manufacturer will also display Freya, its “most comfortable sofa ever”.
German bedroom manufacturer Wiemann will display its new VIP range, Denver, which has proved its hit of the year so far. With its unique, decking-style panel, the eye-catching collection offers a striking look. Simon Hewitt, MD of Wiemann’s sole agent for the UK and Ireland, Litmus Furniture, says: “We’re looking forward to showing flagship ranges including Denver and the ever-popular Monaco system at our Harrington Mill base during the Long Point exhibition. All are welcome to come and see the versatility and value for money which Wiemann bedrooms offer.”
With a wide range of upholstery, cabinet furniture and accessories on show, Long Point enjoys a reputation for being one of the UK’s most relaxed and intimate furniture exhibitions. Andrew Mitchell, chairman of show organiser, the Long Eaton Guild of Furniture Manufacturers, says: “A warm welcome awaits at all locations – so come along and enjoy the show!”