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MAKES ITS DEBUT
Maison&Objet Asia closed its first edition after
four successful days and was a major event
of the Singapore Design Week. The inaugural
edition saw a total of 13,709 visitors of which
10,364 were unique. International visitors to the
show made up 51 per cent of total attendees.
There was positive feedback from exhibitors.
"The first step to our apaiser global
expansion strategy has been timing our
participation with Maison&Objet Asia
together with launching our signature apaiser
Singapore showroom," says Helen Williams,
global marketing manager for Australian
brand apaiser. "We have been delighted by
not only the high calibre of attendees and new
developments that it has created to strengthen
the apaiser brand in this region, but we also
found ourselves in good stead with successful
luxury brands that have similar brand values
evoking prestige and design excellence. We
will be sure to return in 2015."
The Interior Design & Lifestyle Summit,
which featured some 20 conferences, covering
five different themes, was also well received
with a total attendance of 3,500 people.
For its first edition, Maison&Objet Asia
had established a partnership with iconic
department store Robinsons to be its official
retailer. Robinsons showcased selected pieces
from Maison&Objet Asia at its new flagship
store, Robinsons Orchard.
BIG+BIH 2014 WILL GO ON
The Department of International Trade
Promotion has joined forces with the Thai
Lifestyle Products Federation to host the 37th
Bangkok International Gift Fair and Bangkok
International Housewares Fair---BIG+BIH
2014. Despite recent turmoil in the city, the
show will be held at the convenient and
secure location of Bitec Bangna.
Meet over 600 exhibitors plus emerging
designers from Thailand and overseas,
with more than 1,600 booths spread across
40,000 square metres at the show grounds. It
provides the perfect platform for buyers across
the globe to source premium products whilst
also securing business relationships with local
producers with the Small Order Zone, which is
ideal for small minimum orders.
Designers will find inspiration in the Design
Hall, while Toy Design Innovation 2014
highlights award-winning products
and design prototypes under DITP's
BRISBANE GIFT FAIR
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT
Fair Events have taken over the management
of the Brisbane Gift Fair, which is now known
as Gift HQ.
Queensland's only gift fair will be held at the
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
from July 5 to 7, 2014.
Gift HQ will feature a new format as well as
an education and entertainment program with
business tips and one-on-one meetings with
"We have a number of new activities and focus
areas planned for the fair, which as we approach
the opening day will be revealed," says Daniel
Heather, Gift HQ event manager. "The layout
and general feel will be very different, but then
we have spent a lot of time on making the
retailer's investment in time really count.
"As of today we have more than 25 per cent
new exhibitors from the 2013 fair. Our event
will be a destination where in a few days you
will see the total offering that could normally
take three months or more."
FOR XMAS ORDERS
Tendence in Frankfurt am Main will once
again open the busy autumn, winter and
Christmas season from 30 August to 2
September 2014. Tendence gives the retail
trade the chance to place last-minute orders
for Christmas at the same time as offering an
initial preview of the 2015 spring and summer
"Tendence holds a firm place in the
European trade fair calendar as an order
and inspiration platform," says Nicolette
Naumann, Vice President Ambiente/Tendence.
"With its clear focus on the European
consumer-goods sector... it brings together
buyers with decision-making authority and
professional suppliers at the perfect time."
Ecostyle, a trade fair for sustainable consumer-
goods, will also be held parallel to this year's
Tendence. Trade visitors can order ecologically-
oriented lifestyle and designer products.
trade fair news
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