Furniture muses meet in Nitra

THE LARGEST European furniture fairs in the German town of Köln and Italian Milan that take place in January and April, respectively, set the trends in furniture and interior design for the coming year. Producers closely follow what type of furniture the most renowned firms arrive with, what colours, materials and construction details they display.

Furniture and Living 2006 will present new trends in furniture design.
photo: Courtesy of Agrokomplex - Výstavníctvo Nitra

THE LARGEST European furniture fairs in the German town of Köln and Italian Milan that take place in January and April, respectively, set the trends in furniture and interior design for the coming year. Producers closely follow what type of furniture the most renowned firms arrive with, what colours, materials and construction details they display.

In between these two major fairs, fresh inspiration can be found in Slovakia.

The 16th annual international fair, Furniture and Living, runs in Nitra from March 7 to 12.

The new styles it introduces this year suggest that heavy furniture sets are history. Simplicity in design and multi-functionality are what are desired. Ergonomic aspects are a prerequisite in office furniture, including adjustable positioning.

The fair is expected to be the largest ever furniture exhibition in Slovakia. So far 440 exhibitors, international and local, have registered for the fair. The overall exhibition space remains the same as in 2005, a total of 26,500 square metres.

Along with furniture from Slovak firms, visitors will see designs from Czech, Polish, Italian, Hungarian, Austrian, and English producers, as well as American and Asian trends. The local representation is mainly from small and medium-sized companies that are more flexible in adjusting to the foreign trends of "tailor-made" furniture than larger firms transformed after 1989.

The slogan of Furniture and Living 2006 is "Furniture for a Healthier Life". This combines furniture design trends with ecological aspects, using alternative sources and protecting customers against cheap, low quality furniture that often incorporates dangerous elements.

Over 72,000 visitors came to the fair last year. Products awarded the fairs' prizes on March 8 will be clearly marked at the producers' exhibitions.

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