It’s the height of the summer, and the Manchester Furniture Show is upon us! As well as a hefty preview of the season’s main event, we take a look at the latest in beds, upholstery, cabinet and furnishings, alongside the customary news, event previews and industry comment.
We talk to The Customer Whisperer Kate Hardcastle about her formative years in the furniture industry and evolving consumer demand, and question the industry’s gender pay gap.
As the second edition of our Connect trade directory goes to print, we look at the risks and rewards of product development. Furniture News also shares advice on funding independent retail, while tech wizard Orbital urges the trade to consider the potential of 5G.
We explore The Branded Furniture Company’s interpretation of Orla Kiely, the story behind Millbrook Beds’ reinvention, and the winners of this year’s Design Guild Marks. Meanwhile, Sweet Dreams’ Nick Williams has the Last Word, while ACID’s Dids Macdonald talks about her new role at the helm of The Furniture Makers’ Company.