In an impressive display of resilience and growth, Feria Valencia is gearing up for an exciting week ahead as it prepares to host fresh editions of two prestigious trade events—Feria Hábitat València and Home Textiles Premium by Textilhogar—from September 19-22, 2023. Occupying 96,000 sqm os space spread across the eight halls of the exhibition space in Valencia, Spain, these faceted events, which have expanded significantly since their last outing, signal a triumphant return to large-scale trade fairs, underscoring their ability to draw in an international audience, with more than 800 interiors and home textile businesses coming together.
With STIR as a media partner, Feria Valencia will transform into Spain’s largest trade fair for décor, interior design, and contract sectors. This resurgence comes after an impressive year for Valencia, which also held the prestigious title of World Design Capital in 2022. Feria Hábitat València, the premier event for décor, furniture, and lighting design, boasts 435 direct exhibitors and represents 631 companies and brands, with 19 per cent of them hailing from 12 different countries, occupying 20 per cent more space than in its previous edition. Simultaneously, the renowned textile fair, Home Textiles Premium (HTP) by Textilhogar, will showcase 81 direct exhibitors and represents 250 companies and brands from five countries. In total, these two design fairs bring together 881 international companies and brands, filling all eight halls of Feria Valencia’s Central and West Forums.
This year’s Feria Hábitat València reaffirms its position as the leading design event in Spain geared towards the furniture, lighting, and décor sectors. The industry is experiencing robust growth, with an impressive output recorded for 2022 and a promising 1.6 per cent expansion in the first quarter of this year, as documented by the AIDIMME Observatory. Additionally, exports are experiencing a remarkable surge, with a 6.6 per cent in the initial half of this year, as confirmed by ANIEME. Notably, furniture sales witnessed a substantial 11 per cent upturn in the previous year, as indicated by the DBK consultancy.
This year’s edition surpasses the achievements of previous years and establishes itself as the most significant one in the last decade. Virtually, all major Spanish design companies are actively participating, showcasing an extensive range of furniture, lighting décor and sleep products. This year, Hábitat has elevated its guest visitor programme, securing more than 3,000 confirmations of attendance through an ambitious international initiative, in collaboration with IVACE, ICEX, and trade associations ANIEME and Fedai.
Hábitat is evolving into a design hub, exemplified by the presence of recently nominated National Design Award winners at Feria Valencia. Furniture design company Ondaretta is exhibiting, while designers Alvaro Catalan de Ocon and Jordi Iranzo of Clap Estudio are participating in the Ágora nude lecture programme. This year’s fair places a strong focus on trends, with design innovation and sustainability taking centre-stage, showcasing cutting-edge materials and organic solutions.
Meanwhile, Home Textile Premium by Textilhogar has transformed itself into a premier global event for the textile industry. Enthusiastic buyers hailing from 43 countries eagerly await the unveiling of the latest home textile trends here. The credit for this international success goes to Inbound Trade Mission, meticulously orchestrated in partnership with the textile trade association ATEVAL – Home Textiles from Spain, IVACE Internacional and ICEX. This strategic collaboration promises abundant opportunities for international cooperation and expansion for the participating companies.
This year, Home Textiles Premium by Textilhogar gives a significant boost to the ‘Textile Manufacturers Boulevard,' the fair’s unique, exclusive space. This area showcases the most innovative and creative designs, along with the latest specialist collections of high-quality, designer fabric upholstery, wallpaper, and wall coverings. Breaking new ground, the ‘Textile Manufacturers Boulevard’ is set to coexist within Hall 1 alongside prominent Spanish furniture design companies, a development that underscores the considerable potential of the textile design sector within the realm of interiors.
Among the vast array of offerings presented by over 800 companies and brands at the fair, what truly stands out is the comprehensive schedule of events and lectures. These engaging sessions will be held at the Ágora nude located in Hall 4 on Level 3 and will feature renowned international experts. Additionally, a series of informative lectures will delve into various facets of sustainability, including topics such as repurposing plastic waste, exploring innovative materials for interior spaces, understanding textile trends, as well as the advancement and advocacy of design, and the pivotal role of women in these sectors. These sessions will be led by a distinguished line-up of design experts, including Inma Bermudez, Hector Serrano, Jose Manuel Ferrero, Hector Ruiz, Ana Mir, Isabel Lopez Vilalta, and the recent award recipient, Alvaro Catalan de Ocon.
Giving us a sneak peek into the future of the home textiles industry in 2024, AITEX unveils trends set to influence the industry. This presentation is scheduled for September 21, 2023, within the Ágora nude. AITEX will showcase a meticulously researched paper, a product of a year-long investigation into home textile trends, revealing six pivotal ones that promise to shape the landscape. An overarching theme of 'echo-tech’ emerges within all these trends at Feria Valencia 2023, manifesting in product designs, textures, graphics motifs and colour palettes. Building on the insights from the research paper and in collaboration with the exhibitors, the fair’s visionary designers have crafted an exclusive space situated on Level 3. This space provides visiting industry professionals with a swift and effective means of immersing themselves in the elements that will characterise the forthcoming season in the world of home textiles.
Visitors are in for a treat with a plethora of dedicated exhibitions gracing the spaces of Hábitat and HTP by Textilhogart at Feria Valencia 2023. Among the highlights is the 19th edition of Salón nude, showcasing emerging design talents, and featuring nine young designers and nine schools of design as well as university design faculties. Noteworthy exhibitions also include a tribute to the illustrious career of designer Gabriel Teixido and a showcase of the works of Spanish designer Miguel Mila, presented in collaboration with Santa and Cole. Meanwhile, a concept exhibition by Valencian designer Jose Manuel Ferrero commemorates his 20-year journey (which began at nude).
On Level 3, guests will also encounter a captivating display titled 'Scene from the near future,' which offers a glimpse of what the homes of the future might look like. Additionally, an exhibition on sustainability named Beyond the Plastic Wave curated by Andreu World, and an exhibit exploring new materials by the Matter library titled Contemporary Outward Appearances promises to captivate and inspire.
The celebration of interiors extends beyond the fairgrounds. Throughout the week, industry professionals will have the opportunity to partake in numerous events and exhibitions as part of the Valencia Design Fest. As Feria Valencia 2023 readies itself to welcome visitors from across the globe, it is evident that these two fairs are back with a bang, showcasing Spain’s prowess and commitment to design, décor and textiles on an international stage.
Fresh editions of Feria Hábitat València and Home Textiles Premium by Textilhogar will take place at Feria Valencia from September 19-22, 2023, in Valencia, Spain.