Everything is in place now for the Habitat Valencia Premium event
Feria Hábitat Valencia brings together, from 1 to 5 February, the product range of 212 companies, including a 22% of foreign brands, and the presentation of more than hundred new developments by international designers. The present edition sports fresh initiatives, such as the design space ‘Area D’.
Feria Valencia will host from 1 to 5 February next a new edition of Feria Hábitat Valencia, due to take place again together with Cevisama – Espacio Cocina (Kitchen Corner) and FIMMA – Maderalia, in the third edition of the successful initiative ‘See you In Valencia’. “Habitat never looked more exclusive and top-notch, with a selection of national and international companies and brands, that represent a showcase where quality, style and design take pride of place”, according to the event Director, Andrés Gil-Nogués.
A good example of this will be the beginning of the new ‘D-Area’ , a space exhibiting exclusive and distinctive contents and product, bringing together the creations of avant-garde international design firms and brands. This is a unique showcase in our country around the creations of national and international well established designers such as Claesson Koivisto Runne, Kazuko Okamoto, David Chipperfield, Carlos Tíscar, Ximo Roca, Óscar Tusquets, Liévore Altherr Molina, José Antonio Gandia, Francesc Rifé, Marcel Wanders, Neri & Hu –designer of the year for Wallpaper- Yonoh o Piergiorgio Cazzaniga, among many others. Their designs will coexist on the ‘D-Area’ of Habitat with another hallmark of Habitat, its space for young designers ‘Salón nude’ (Nude Show), gathering together twenty designers, studios and design schools in the main event of this kind taking place in our country.
This is all completed by a broad selection of high-end décor, lighting and contemporary furniture firms and brands making up the most attractive showcase ever, with 212 firms and brands covering a planned exhibition area of 23.000 square meters. The strong international component stands out from this wide supply, as far as, from the total number of exhibitors, 22% are foreign companies and brands, coming from countries traditionally present such as Portugal, Italy, Germany or Belgium and new markets, that are now committed with the Habitat showcase, such as South Africa, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Iran, Hong Kong, India or Paraguay.
Bearing this international hallmark, Habitat 2016 has also strengthened its mission of international buyers, with its drive to invite delegations from Germany, Saudi Arabia, Austria, Belgium, Danemark, The Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, United States, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Finland, France, Greece, Cyprus, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Morocco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Zcech Republic, Slovaquia, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine. This is a coordinated action with ANIEME, FEDAI and ICEX. The objective is to consolidate exports and the internationalization of the ‘made in Spain’ Habitat, which, according to the foreign trade statistics report published today, has grown by 9’3% for furniture and 13’9% for lighting, from January to November.
Feria Hábitat Valencia will also participate, together with the remaining trade fairs making up ‘See You in Valencia’, in a new edition of the International Contract Forum, that will host more than 350 direct interviews between exhibiting companies and a group of international specifies belonging to markets having a special interest towards the product and design of Spanish companies. We are talking about architectural and interior design studios such as Sanjay Puri from Mumbai (India), the AlJaber Engineering studio from Qatar and the London G1 Architecture studio.
The objective is to put together a very powerful event that is drawing a strong interest among the professionals of the sector. Indeed, just one week before the official inauguration, Habitat on-line professional visitor’s pre-registration figures have grown a 6% in comparison with 2015 edition. The fair has also signed cooperation agreements with CECOMU (the Spanish Association of furniture dealers) and the Colegio Oficial de Agentes Comerciales (COAC) (the Official Association of Commercial Brokers), in order to implement different initiatives that facilitate the access of their members to the fair, such as preferential access and free commuter coaches from different Spanish cities.
Latin American Biennial of Interior Design
Another significant action of Habitat in this edition is going to be the exhibition –for the first time in Europe- of the 48 works selected by the 8th. Latin American Biennial CIDI of Interior Design, Industrial Design and Ladscaping, a proposal brought to us by ANIEME and the ‘Mueble de España’ brand, in collaboration with the Latin American Society of Interior Designers (Consejo Iberoamericano de Diseñadores de Interiores).
Within this framework, the fair will also receive the visit of a delegation of Mexican specifies and professionals who will also participate in business meetings and in the conference forum Ágora Nude, the cultural and brainstorming space of Habitat, that has scheduled a comprehensive program of conferences with the participation of designers Manolo Baño and Curro Claret, Ximo Roca, and emerging Czech designer Lucie Koldova and the Italian Andrea Lupi. The Habitat space will also host the exhibition of designer Quico Torres using the new Krion material, and the exhibition ‘Iterativa’ , commemorating the 100th anniversary of the la ‘Escola d’Art i Superior de Ceràmica de Manises’.
All of this within the context of the outstanding schedule of events of ‘See You in Valencia’, among which is worth mentioning proposals such as the Foro de Rehabilitación y Reforma de Edificios (Building Refurbishment and Renovation forum), the Architecture, Interior Design and Industrial Design Forum) and the Trans Hitos space of the Cevisama Lab, Round Tables on trends in the Kitchen world, new materials in the Building Sector, the ‘Art al Vent’ contemporary textile art exhibition at the Centro Cultural La Nau de Valencia (Cultural Center of the University of Valencia) and the comprehensive agenda of activities organized by the Asociación de Diseñadores de la Comunidad Valenciana (ADCV) (Valencia Region Designers Association) under the initiative Valencia Disseny Week.
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