This summer saw the eighth edition of Ireland’s Irish Furniture & Homewares Show (IFHS) impress exhibitors and visitors alike, reports event organiser Mark Gannon …
This year’s show returned to the National Indoor Arena in Blanchardstown, Dublin. The modern venue proved a suitable setting in which to bring the trade together under one roof, and left many looking forward to 2024’s edition, says Mark: “The feedback we’ve been received so far from exhibitors has all been great, and businesses are already looking forward to next year – highlighting how important trade shows are for the industry.
“Exhibiting at the IFHS 2024 is already on people’s minds, with both established and new exhibitors looking forward to signing up for an even better event next year! That said, with our marketing campaign focused on buyers, it’s not surprising the vast majority of exhibitors at the IFHS reported strong sales at the close of this year’s show.”
The IFHS represents the wide variety of furniture and homewares available in Ireland and the UK, and is the only show of its kind in Ireland. This year’s edition showcased thousands of products, giving visitors the opportunity to get a first look at new ranges and the latest market trends, and avail of exclusive offers and discounts.
“The IFHS is a unique opportunity for Irish customers to see a wide range of products all in the one place,” says Mark, “and, reflecting on the feedback we received, they were all very happy customers.”
This year’s Furniture and Home Awards saw architect, educator and broadcaster Amanda Bone appointed head judge, and her keen eye for design and forthright nature proved key elements in selecting the winners, says Mark: “We recognise the importance of supporting the industry in which we operate, and believe these awards provide the perfect opportunity for UK and Irish furniture and homeware suppliers to showcase the best of their products.
“This year’s awards saw 12 worthy winners claim best-in-show accolades for their products, displays and overall approach to business. It was clear from the level of interest, and the number of entries received, just how much work and commitment goes into offering customers high-quality, on-trend products. Retailers in attendance also had the opportunity to vote in the Best Sales Rep and Best Supplier categories.
“This year, our focus was on representing Irish-made product, and on sustainability. Keeping this in mind, each award was handmade from oak, and featured branding from Custom Wood Designs.”
In preparation for next year’s event, IFHS’ organisers are committed to making the show even bigger and better. “Our focus is to continue to support the industry in which we operate, by bringing the right people together under one roof,” Mark concludes. “Even if it’s just meeting, collaborating or educating each other, attending the IFHS is a great opportunity to support the furniture industry.”