The January Furniture Show’s Best Stand accolades – awarded for a combination of design aesthetic, innovation, use of materials and the ‘wow’ factor – were announced at the show's happy hour get-together last month.

This year’s event saw many exhibitors go above and beyond to present their latest lines in the best possible light, so a few challenging decisons awaited the Best Stand award judges: Zoë Bonser, portfolio director at show organiser Clarion Retail; David Westbrooke, show manager at Clarion Retail; Willow Chamberlain, operations manager at the January Furniture Show; and Malcolm Walker, owner of consultancy, FIRST MW.

The judges picked a winner from each hall, based on the following criteria: design aesthetic and originality; visual impact; use of materials; and innovation in design and functionality.

The winners were:

Hall 1

Winner: At the Helm 

Runners-up: Himolla Polstermoebel and Whitemeadow 

Hall 2

Winner: Febland

Runner-up: Premier Housewares

Hall 4 

Winner: Forte

Runner-up: LPD

Hall 5

Winner: Buoyant Upholstery

Runner-up: Lebus Upholstery

Rochelle Bedford, head of marketing, At The Helm, comments: “The At The Helm team are immensely proud to have exhibited at this year’s January Furniture Show, where we not only showcased our finest creations but also had the honour of being recognised with the prestigious award for Best Stand in Hall 1. 

“This accolade is a testament to our team’s dedication, creativity, and commitment to delivering excellence in the world of furniture design. The award-winning stand truly embodied our brand’s ethos, creating an immersive and visually stunning environment that captivated visitors and industry experts alike. 

“From the meticulous arrangement of our latest collections to the thoughtful consideration of every detail, our stand aimed to reflect the essence of At The Helm. Winning in Hall 1, a highly competitive category, reinforces our position as leaders in the industry and motivates us to continue pushing boundaries.”

Buoyant Upholstery’s development director, Glen Ainsworth, says: “We really enjoyed exhibiting at the JFS, it was great to see all our customers and the feedback to our new ranges was amazing. The icing on the cake for us was winning Best Stand in Hall 5. Well done once again to the entire Buoyant team.”