For those who didn't make it to the Milan Furniture Fair, there is still Spectrum to look forward to in a couple of weeks. It might be just a fraction of the scale of the Milan Fair, but at least here most of the leg work has been done for you - all the companies at Spectrum are all there by invitation and should be showing high quality products with design-led, research-based backgrounds. Spectrum takes place at the Commonwealth Institute, Kensington High Street from 17 to 20 May. To pre-register telephone 0870 7511 479 or see www.spectrumexhibition.co.uk.
Fantoni is launching its new cherry collection, consisting of desks, conference tables, pedestals, cabinets and credenza units designed by Mario Broggi and Michael Burckhardt. The range comes in red or dark brown cherrywood veneers and there is the option of specifying meeting tables with frosted glass tops. Contact Fantoni on tel 01483 894090.
This new mobile storage unit from Lamb Macintosh has been created to complement the Abacus desking system. Abacat is designed with hot desking in mind, and is fully mobile. Accessible from the top, front or back, it also has a letterbox for correspondence and includes an optional power supply for mobile phones and laptops. Contact Lamb Macintosh on tel 01753 522369.
Its award-winning flame retardancy, abrasion resistance and dimensional stability make Trevira cs the fabric of choice for top furniture companies like Vitra. Trevira will be showing its range of fabrics at Spectrum, including a selection on a range of chairs like these Citterio chairs for Vitra. Contact Trevira on tel 01784 469717.
Making a uk debut at Spectrum, Sponge's Heartbeat coat rail is injection moulded in clear polycarbonate, making it very affordable with a retail price of under £25. Contact Sponge on tel 020 7498 7226.
Proving that Spectrum isn't just about office furniture, the Colour Light Co is showing its new lighting system, Colour Wash. The system gives a changing colour fluorescent display and has an integral controller, programmable for colours and sequences. It has an optional serial data link to enable a central control from a pc. Other control options include environmental sensititvity to sound and time of day. Contact the Colour Light Co on tel 01386 861086.
Danish company Bent Krough A/S is showing Shade designed by Annette Egholm & Jacob Agger. Available in two heights, the screen is made from Finnish paper yarn and flax set on an aluminium frame with flexible modular joints.