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Picks of the month: design events in January

Picks of the month: design events in January
Beat the January blues with these things to see and do this month, which include an exhibition on the history of the Adana printing press and the January Furniture Show.

Running for 32 years, the latest edition of the four-day furniture industry event brings together over 350 brands showcasing 50,000 products, with an increased presence of international pavilions.

New for 2023 is a partnership with The Better Trends Company, providing advice as well as showcasing trends through a number of themed installations such as Permacrisis – “a defiant design response embracing joyful, nostalgic and creative outlets through bright colour and bold pattern.”

The Furniture Talks Stage will host masterclasses, panel discussions and interviews, including Franky Rousell, founder and creative director of Jolie Studio on working with sensory design and John Hubbard of FIRA International on leveraging the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP).

For the first time, in partnership with trades skills preservation initiative the Centre for Excellence in Creative Making, live experiential workshop Craft The Future will allow visitors to see design specialists such as designer and leatherworker Bill Amberg demonstrating traditional heritage skills and their contemporary applications.

The January Furniture Show takes place at the NEC Birmingham, North Avenue, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT, UK from 22 – 25 January.

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