Bean Bag Bazaar



Leading British soft fill furnishings manufacturer Bazaar Group has joined the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

The Cramlington-based manufacturer recently launched its first in-store retail collection Ayla at the January Furniture Show (JFS) having already established itself as a leading online specialist in soft seating.

Said Philippe Galland, Bazaar Group’s head of sales and marketing: “The membership demonstrates our commitment to flying the flag for homegrown products and our support for the British furniture and furnishings sector.

“We are keen to provide retailers with the assurance that we are delivering the highest standards with product quality and industry requirements.”

Said Nick Garratt, BFM md: “We are delighted to welcome Bazaar Group into membership of BFM and I look forward to working with them going forwards. It is always nice to welcome young, fast growing companies into our membership and Bazaar Group are particularly interesting because they have a great reputation for product design and innovation.”

Bazaar Group has enjoyed considerable growth since its humble beginnings in 2003 when it was set up in founder Jayne Dolder’s spare room. Its brands include Icon, Eden Learning Spaces, Bean Bag Bazaar, Bambeano and Ayla.

Four Hot Interior Trends for Spring-Summer 2017


As head of design and development at British soft furnishings brand & design house Icon, Allison Chatten knows just what will be in vogue for the home and garden this coming year.

Here Allison explains the top interior trend picks for spring-summer 2017, including how to use Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Greenery.



“The start of spring brings the beautiful awakening of nature; with blossoms in full bloom and wildlife bouncing with energy. Stirring our senses with the hazy memories of carefree summers the Daydreams trend tempts a youthful soul.

The colour palate of this trend is rooted in dusky pinks and sky blues, amped up with punches of buttermilk yellow and complementary soft green, teal and nudes. Stylistically, prints either take a deconstructed, geometric direction with loose repeats that feel light and weightless, or wild and whimsical meadow florals let us drift off into a dream.”


Blok Party

“With spring and summer comes the need to feel social and expressive once again. No longer are we hibernating indoors with muted lighting and cups of hot chocolate, but feeling ready for the warmth and vibrancy of joy-filled gatherings. The Blok Party trend captures the essence of this totally spring-summer vibe.

Bold and striking colour block combinations of aqua blue and amethyst are set off with graphic textures for an urban appeal. Outlines in black and white give this trend its modern-retro feel.”


Stripe Action

“Stepping out of the darkness and into a season full of life is best represented with an abundance of colour and pattern, which is where the dramatic Stripe Action print and pattern trend comes into play.

Pair the Blok Party trend with stripes in every form for a truly contemporary look. Bold and contrasting, abstract and novel, oversized and miniature; the mixture is key as stripes take centre stage in 2017. In this pattern direction is playful, it depicts a sense of energy reflected by the seasonal change, with chevrons, zigzags, straight and broken lines.”


Opulent Jungle

“As the days get longer, those that revelled in the warm mustard & deep teal hues of the autumn are drawn to the natural beauty of the garden. We all long for an Indian summer to hold on to our new-found outdoor lifestyle for as long as possible. With the Opulent Jungle trend you can bring a touch of tropical paradise closer to home.

Banana leaf prints and other jungle foliage is a staple of this trend, in olive hues and softened khakis for a sophisticated look. Here is where Pantone’s 2017 Colour, Greenery, plays a big part. Mixed with ochre shades, metallic copper and oak and walnut wood, this look is soothing with a touch of luxury, perfect for hot summer days outdoors, and bringing a sense of the tropics indoors.”


With an abundance of exciting style trends to explore in 2017, discover which one ignites your imagination. Then simply unwind and enjoy every fleeting moment of British spring-summer time with the ones that matter most.