That the economic crisis has greatly affected the furniture sector is something we all know. There is not the thing to launch rockets precisely and the great events of the sector resent it. However, even though Valencia Habitat Fair 2011 It is very discreet compared to those of the boom era, the thing could have been worse.
Yes because this year the fair has been really austere, both by the exhibitors and by the parallel installations that used to be mounted, but at least on this occasion I did not have the feeling that they sold me smoke - as a visitor - and, cautious by previous editions, I have found what I I expected.
To sum it up in some way, Feria Hábitat Valencia has once again become the furniture fair. Without pretentions; Furniture manufacturers looking for distributors. Just a vestige of what was once the living spaces exhibition, where the main brands contribute their products and create various environments of different styles.
In Easy living highlight the simple lines, warm materials and cheerful colors, in an attempt to create a carefree and carefree space; My favorite without a doubt. I don't dislike the style either Cool hunter, to be supposed to goes to the last, touching the transgressor, although this time it stays a little half way. Modern materials, dark tones and color notes seasoned with some “avant-garde” design.
If we cross the street we find two completely different styles. On the one hand, Sophisticated It offers us a somewhat pretentious decoration, with more sinuous lines, medium tones and classic furniture. Balanced, sober and elegant, although it is not exactly what I would put in my living room.
Nor just convinced the space Home Loving, which should be cozy but it's simply a contemporary style, without great boasting or stridency, or anything that stays in our retina and makes it something unique. The closest thing to a house with style, but without charisma.
The rest of the fair, although discreet, I found it more pleasant than other years. I do not know if there were fewer exhibitors, the space was better distributed or if the stands, being less pretentious, had gained in clarity and elegance, but the fact is that it was more relaxed to take a walk taking a look. I imagine that this is only something positive for the visitor with no more interest than knowing news (although this year there have not been many) and be inspired by seeing the different styles and designs of each brand.
But if what you want is innovation and something different, It is best to approach the Nude Pavilion, where young designers offer their designs in search of producers and distributors. His creations, which I will be reeling the next few days, are usually cheerful, witty and casual, a breath of fresh air in a market that is a bit saturated to always offer the same, anchored in a past that still seems modern to us.
So, and even though Feria Habitat Valencia does not live its best daysIt could have been worse, at least this year's edition has left me wanting to return next year, if only to walk between designs.