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Subtly Japanese Modernist Aesthetic Dominates Tokyo Furniture Show

1 Feb 2017

Although "sleek" and "modernist" were the watchwords at the recent International Furniture Fair Tokyo/Interior Lifestyle Living expo, few ranges met with success if they failed to incorporate a few no...Read More


Enhanced Compatibility and Energy Saving Prove Smart-Home Mantras

10 Jan 2017

The recent Smart Home & Smart Hardware Exhibition showcased an industry that is addressing the widespread need for cross-compatibility across a variety of brands, while energy saving is emerging one o...Read More


Nostalgia and Heritage Brands Pre-eminent in the UK Gift Sector

9 Jan 2017

With barely a digital device to be had, low-tech seemed almost the order of the day at one of the UK's largest gift expos, with licensed products, 1970s' nostalgia and dinosaurs seemingly the keys to ...Read More


Licensed Toys Tipped to Take the Lead in Spain's Bumper Xmas Sales

15 Dec 2016

Retailers across Spain are anticipating a 4% upturn in festive sales this year, with toys and perfumes most in demand....Read More


Guangdong Enterprises Tapping Belt and Road Opportunities: Yulan Wall-coverings Uses Hong Kong Services to Meet International Standards

15 Dec 2016

In order to ensure that its products meet the requisite quality and fire safety standards of overseas clients, the popular mainland wallpaper brand Yulan relies on inspection and testing services in H...Read More


Anti-fashion and the Willfully Drab Conquer Japanese Style Show

7 Dec 2016

Bright colours and ostentatious fashions are now being eschewed by many Japanese consumers, according to exhibitors at Rooms, Tokyo's most avant-garde clothing expo, with a nonchalant, rural vibe the ...Read More


LED Fuels Optimism for the Lighting Market in 2017: The Autumn 2016 Hong Kong Lighting Fair Survey

21 Nov 2016

The lighting industry appears to be optimistic about their trade prospects for 2017. The markets it regards as having the greatest potential for next year are North America and Western Europe, followe...Read More


Consumer and Government Support Boosts Indonesian LED Market

9 Nov 2016

Exhibitors at this year's Indo LED & Light Expo were upbeat, seeing huge potential for the LED sector among Indonesia's 260 million consumers. Concerns remained, though, over the increasingly price-se...Read More


Silver Market and Traditional Products Hold Sway at Tokyo Gift Show

31 Oct 2016

With older Japanese consumers now having far greater levels of disposable income than many of their younger counterparts, this year's Tokyo International Gift Show was notably skewed towards the needs...Read More


Colouring Books, Vaping and Emojis Go Centre-Stage at ASD 2016

27 Oct 2016

The Las Vegas-based B2B trade show, with a particular focus on the more affordable items of retail merchandise, goes from strength to strength, twining with appropriate events and introducing a series...Read More


French Styles and Coastal Themes Dominate Atlanta Furnishing Event

21 Sept 2016

French country styles and nautically-themed home accessories were widely in evidence at this year's Atlanta International Home Furnishings Market, as were slogan-bearing homewear items and grumbles ab...Read More


Expanded Remit Pays Dividends for Las Vegas Summer Market

29 Aug 2016

Moving on from its original role as a regional showcase for the furniture sector, the Las Vegas Summer Market is now a truly national event, with growing sections now dedicated to food, houseware, bed...Read More


Labour-saving and Health-enhancing Prove Buzzwords at Home Delights

23 Aug 2016

The third HKTDC Home Delights Expo saw a distinct focus on products designed to maintain a healthy home environment across a variety of household fronts, with air purifiers and water filtration system...Read More


Changing How the World Shops (Interview with Popmap)

18 Aug 2016

Founded by Idris Sersoub, a French expatriate in Hong Kong, Popmap is an international e-commerce platform with more than 1,000 merchants in 40 countries. Global shoppers can buy from myriad boutiques...Read More


"Made in Brazil" takes on "Made in China" at São Paulo Household Show

4 Aug 2016

Buffeted by falling exchange rates, as well as continuing political and economic turbulence, a number of businesses at this year's Spring La Feria de Brasil 1-99 saw out-China-ing China as their key r...Read More


Mad Men Retro-styling and Natural Textures Rock NY Furniture Show

3 Aug 2016

Mid-20th century design returned with a real vengeance at this year's New York International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), a development many attributed to the continuing popularity of Mad Men, ...Read More


Mainstream Products Turn Niche to Access the Japanese Market

28 July 2016

A number of exhibitors at this year's Design Tokyo event highlighted the need to rethink many of the accepted marketing strategies when it comes to successfully navigating the idiosyncrasies of this m...Read More


Premium Stationery Products Win Out Against Digital Competitors

21 July 2016

With digital products all the rage, it was refreshing to see upmarket traditional paper-based items stealing the show at this year's Guangzhou Stationery Fair, while multi-function items also found co...Read More


Many Happy Returns: Is the Greetings Card Industry Back in Business?

12 July 2016

While many have seen Facebook, in particular, as the Nemesis of the posted greetings card industry, a number of exhibitors at New York's National Stationery Show credited social media with giving the ...Read More


Changed Consumer Sentiment Sends Interior Lifestyle Tokyo Upmarket

11 July 2016

With Japanese consumers increasingly opting for the sleek, the sophisticated and the uncluttered, this year's Interior Lifestyle Tokyo event saw a distinct change in emphasis as well as a notable upgr...Read More

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