Inspiring Independant Interiors in Manchester

Independent Interiors Showcase, Saturday 28th September 2013

I had the pleasure of visiting the very first Independent Interiors event this weekend, showcased at the very cool 2022NQ in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.  Full of unique ideas, quirky finds and a great opportunity to chat to the talented designers.

Demonstrations by Sian Astley and May Wild kept everyone entertained, and I spent an afternoon in an interior designers’ hub.  Here are my highlights:


Roland Baskeyfield from ScaniNoro introduced me to some Scandinavian-inspired lighting designs.  Specialising in bespoke neon pieces, I also spotted a fabulous feather ceiling pendant which I was eyeing up for my own home design scheme!

scandi neon scandi collection


Jorja Wilkinson Designs also attended the event, showcasing her colourful and quirky surface collections for lampshades, cushions and more.  She makes great use of bold colours and is ahead of current interior trends with graphic flamingo and poppy prints.

Peony Lamp CushFlamingoM


Displaying their latest collaborative collection, May Wild Ceramics have a unique pop-up gallery in Chorlton, Manchester.  With a variety of textured and contemporary pieces you won’t find elsewhere, one of my favourite prices, was the very cute ceramic birds…and their golden ‘gifts’!  Quirky and unique…that was certainly the essence of the entire Independent Interiors Show.



There were so many talents on show at the event.. and there was such a friendly atmosphere with a buzz of excitement.  It was lovely to meet the creative minds behind the gorgeous traditionally-printed homeware by Caslon&Co and completely unique wallpaper prints from the lovely Claire Murray (thank you for the free samples!).  Some of my great finds also included beautifully delicate lighting by Hannah Nunn, cool and urban mosaic creations by Amanda McCrann, and online boutique finds for the home from FlittyBird

caslonandco cushions Amanda McCrann

claire murray amanda mccrann


Perhaps one of my favourite highlights of the event, was spotting unique sculptured art by Helaina Sharpley.  Wound thread-like wire created beautiful 3D pieces including clocks, landscapes (which seemed to move and cast shadows as you moved around them) and very cute cups and saucers.  I’m always in the look out for something different to bring to my clients’ attention, and this was certainly one of those finds!



Congratulations to Social Butterfly who created such a great event…look forward to the next one! – Hannah

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