WHAT'S NEW IN 2016
DESIGNERS on the Inspiration Runway
Twelve leading designers will each create a showcase on the ‘Inspiration Runway’ – using only the best and most original furniture and furnishings found in Australia. Designers will be short-listed and selected from across Australia by a panel of experts.
LIFESTYLE MEDIA on the Inspiration Runway
Selected design and furnishing publications will be offered a showcase to design, dress and furnish for a photo shoot to be published in upcoming editions. Design and Architecture related industry bodies will assist with the development of activities within this precinct.
PROFESSIONAL BUYERS Program
A full list of over 2000 professional buyers has been curated and over the coming 12 months. Exhibitors are encouraged to provide their ‘wish list’ of professional buyers who will be individually contacted to attend.
HOSTED BUYERS Program
The Hosted Buyer’s Program is extended to include both international and domestic guests.
VIP’s will receive a package that includes VIP access, VIP program, confirmation of their scheduled private visit to FURNITEX & design, an invitation to attend the VIP evening cocktail party, and a fine Australian wine. VIP Buyers will be provided pre-opening private access to FURNITEX & design. Buyers can meet exclusively with selected suppliers in privacy and comfort. All exhibitors will be offered the Hosted Buyer program Business Service. All buyers must register in advance in order to be considered for this exclusive offer and be approved for special access.
The AFA will identify the selected VIP’s from registered lists and exhibitors will be invited to nominate their preference for the Hosted Buyers Program. All VIP’s will be personally screened before the issue of an official invitation.
Comfortably appointed Business Lounges – Atlanta, Beijing, Tokyo, Dubai – with seating, Wi-Fi access, and refreshment facilities will be in full operation for exhibitors, award nominees and trade visitors to hold private discussions and conduct business. These facilities will require VIP access.
Specifically allocated Exchange Hubs – Milan, London, New York – will provide scheduled information on industry-specific topics such as colour trends, new technologies, advanced manufacturing and business services.