Renovators can meet 180 experts at home interiors event
Top interior design event, house 2017, is returning to the RDS in May and promises to give expert advice to people wanting to refurbish or redecorate their homes.
Ticket holders will have the chance to meet more than 180 exhibitors, including creative visionaries and design experts, to discuss cutting-edge ideas and shop for products that centre around interiors, design and contemporary art.
Businesses and professionals due to attend include interior designers, furniture makers and suppliers, kitchen fit-out specialists, bathroom specialists, lighting experts, flooring providers, fabric suppliers, window providers, paint and wallpaper suppliers, home extension specialists and home accessory suppliers.
More than 40 artists will also be displaying their work in the event's Art Loft, where their pieces will be on sale.
Industry leaders - such as Jo Hamilton, one of the UK's leading interior designers; Dermot Bannon, the leading voice in Irish architectural design; and Roisin Lafferty, founder and managing director of Irish interior architecture and design firm Kingston Lafferty Design - are scheduled to speak on the house 2017 Inspiration Stage.
Sunday Independent Deputy Editor Brendan O'Connor will also take part in the event, which has a trade-only day on May 26 followed by general admission on May 27 and 28.
He said: "We are a nation that consumes interiors magazines, knows all about light, space, flashes of colour and statement pieces. The appetite for home improvement continues to grow as consumers' purse strings are loosening.
"The question is not can you afford to be at house 2017, but can you afford not to be?"
Cliona Carroll, sponsorship and events manager at INM, said: "House 2017 represents an abundance of opportunity for exhibitors and sponsors alike and will place them in front of an audience of over 2.4 million people nationwide through editorial support and a tactical cross-platform marketing campaign.
"High end and aspirational, this event will bring together consumers and brands. Serious sellers and serious buyers will be in attendance, deals will be done, prospects presented, consultations booked and appointments made.
"If you're considering renovation or purchasing a new home, house 2017 is a must-attend event."
Tickets are €12 and are on sale at www.house-event.ie