Foiled by the furniture show’s lack of taste

David Garrard is right (Letters, DW 24 January). The furniture show at the NEC was awful. Its representation of the timber-based furniture industry was especially one-dimensional.

Visitors from Mars would think that the UK market is dominated by foil. The only natural timber of any significance was pine; there was very little veneer, and I counted laminate furniture manufacturers on one hand. Either the exhibition organisers ignored or couldn’t attract the diverse work of the many exciting designers and innovative manufacturers influencing the UK market.

That is not to say I have anything against foil. It does have its place among the cheap and nasty, aesthetically challenged and functionally void end of the market, so its presence was not altogether misplaced at a UK furniture show.

Jon Gold


Enfield EN3 7PY

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