Hot trends highlighted in new home and interiors exhibition
House 2016, which launched last week, is the first of what will be many events organised and produced by Independent News & Media with EventHaus, the people behind the Bloom gardening extravaganza.
The event is scheduled for the RDS next May 20-22, a one-stop showcase for all that's best within the world of homes and interiors - think hot trends and stylish products, brought to life with demos, masterclasses and advice clinics, some guided by INM writers and editors such as Bairbre Power, Mary O'Sullivan, Mark Keenan, Eleanor Flegg, Sinead Ryan and Patricia Murphy.
"House 2016 will be a really focused interior design event," says Garret Buckley, managing director of EventHaus. "We've done the research. Our visitors to House are already knowledgeable, they are already reading magazines, the interiors pages of the newspapers, downloading the apps. They want to know more.
"We are giving them the face-to-face opportunity to touch and feel the new trends in interior design."
It's an opportunity that will be very welcome, judging by the reception on the night - particularly among those keen to exhibit their work and expertise at the event in May.
This is a natural leap for INM. As one future exhibitor said: "They've been doing it for many years, as media partners, to some of the biggest events in the country. So it makes sense that they would use that experience, and their reach, and do it themselves. I'm interested in this because I think they can deliver the kind of promotion, support and marketing reach that we need."
Homewares and interiors are a big part of the recent rise in consumer spending. As Sinead Ryan, property columnist with the Irish Independent, says:
"House building, house buying, house furnishing and the economy are all coming together. We never got over our obsession with houses, we just put it to one side while we had to. This is the beginning of the next curve."
Sunday Indo Business