Thola Glass Enterprises LTD has its headquarters in Northern Germany where the mother company has successfully operated for the last 25 years.Thola Glass is a glass processing organization specialized in unique and innovative products. We have successfully cut our niche in the East African market by providing extra ordinary interior and exterior materials for the booming construction industry in this region. Our major concentration is in the interior where we specialize in elegant frameless shower cubicles/screens, glass sliding doors, kitchen & bathroom back painted glass, ordinary & antique mirrors, office partition, windows, balustrade and many other unique glass products.
Thola Glass Enterprises Ltd, Mombasa Rd.
Alpha Centre, Unit 32,
P.O. Box 353-00606, Nairobi, Kenya
Exhibitors turn up the creativity knob
The exhibiting companies that featured at the 4th Ideal Interiors Expo had one thing in mind: creativity. They came, they created and they conquered.
A lot of work, investment and resources went to the entire process of ensuring their stalls were aesthetically appealing, and their products glittering in the designs they had decided to apply.
Most of the exhibitors constructed their exhibition stands, therefore they didn’t need the shell schemes for support.
Almost 80 per cent of the exhibitors came with the objective to demonstrate their capacity in various divergent ways, but most significantly, they did it with style. The visitors were not disappointed. There was something to savour at every exhibition stand.
Most of the designs that featured at the expo were a showcase of the new trends emerging in the industry, and the creative manner in which they were outlaid was outstanding.
We take a look at some of the exhibiting firms that prompted such a mouthwatering conversation during the expo both at the venue and in the industry at large.
Ramara Ltd – The firm, which is known for exemplary locally-made furniture raised the bar with an exquisite design that featured some of their signature furniture for the living room, the lounge, the bar, bedroom and a study room.
The firm went further to give a beautiful wine rack through a raffle that was conducted during the Awards Ceremony, and won by one of the cameramen contracted to capture the expo. Ramara emerged the overall winner and the people’s choice during the awards.
Vishelectric Ltd – The regional lighting powerhouse constructed a beautiful stall that featured some of their modern lighting and lighting fixtures. The exquisite display was a sight to behold, with the ambience created by the lighting stealing the show.
PG Bison – The region’s leading boards firm was at its best, showcasing a unique glimpse of its range of products in a display that stole the hearts of many. PG Bison went further to provide free coffee, tea and chocolate that really appealed to customers. The firm won the Outstanding Customer Care Award.
Antarc Ltd – The firm, which is known for top-notch home and office furniture, showcase some of its latest range of furniture alongside a stunning display of its range of engineered flooring. Antarc was able to put up a mouthwatering display that kept tongues wagging.
Spiegel Interiors – The interior design powerhouse, which is known for some of the best fabric brands from all over the world, featured an elegant showstopper; an exciting and inviting display of some trendy furniture and wallpaper that glittered in the ambience created by the lighting. For sure, Spiegel showed the way in how one could transform interior design in the region to correspond to some of the emerging designs in developed countries overseas.
Quinn Peaks – The ever-present participant at the Ideal Interiors Expo won the hearts of many with a warm display of a bar and a dining set made of wood. Quinn Peaks has often showed a knack for an out-of-the-box thinking, and this indeed earned the firm an award for Exemplary Creativity.
Other firms that did an amazing job included Cornices & Decor, JumboChem, Prafulchandra & Brothers, Sheffield Steel Systems, Karibu Italy, Interiors Centre, Trancewood, Kids Stuff, Crown Marble and Quartz, Cherry Interiors and Thola Glass.
Visitors came from all over the region
The expo attracted visitors not only from Kenya, but also from Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, which are key East African countries in terms of interiors business.
The Ideal Interiors Expo continues to attract participation from the wider East African region, and this is prompting the exhibitors to consider venturing beyond the Kenyan borders for opportunities available in the other markets.
The visitor profile was made up of property developers, real estate investors, interior designers, architects, home owners and potential home buyers. Suppliers of interiors products also showed up to determine who they could forge alliances with in the market.
With the quality clientele that came through the expo doors, organizers believe the expo may have found its bearing to move to the next level.
4th Ideal Interiors Expo billed a success
The recently held 4th Ideal Interiors Expo has been billed a success. Industry players who talked to the organizers said the event, which was moved to the KICC from The Village Market, had exceeded the expectations of both the exhibitors and the visitors.
“I consider this the most successful edition of the Ideal Interiors Expo so far,”says Shahin Rajwani, who is the MD of Spiegel Interiors. “Previous editions have been excellent, but this has surpassed them in terms of quality exhibition set-up and visitor profile. The sky is the limit for the Ideal Interiors Expo.”
Just like Shahin, other exhibitors shared similar sentiments, including Nishit Mediratta, who is the Commercial Director who said the event was a key eye opener, and has set the stage for class and quality in the interiors industry. He said exhibitors learnt the need to show the market exactly their capacity and capability to deliver quality products and services that are constantly yearned for by interiors stakeholders.
The event featured different companies exhibiting their products and services, but with an experiential factor that was breathtaking and appealing to the visitors. The wow factor exemplified by the practical nature of the exhibition stands, which featured the real products and services when applied in a real project, was a significant highlight of the event.
“In this edition, exhibitors have given their all by constructing their stalls to feature exactly how their products would be used in a real life scenario,” says the event director, Humphrey Odhiambo. “This means the standards of the exhibition are rising, and it’s a welcome gesture that should be sustained. This truly was a remarkable event.”
Jeniffer Mbogori, who is the Marketing director, reckons that in upcoming editions of the show, the Ideal Interiors Expo will strongly feature firms that are willing to show their prospective clientele how to apply their products and services, a point-on experience that will ensure the industry showcases the best of the best. This, she says, was only the raising of the tempo in what is being seen by pundits as a positive move in the right direction.
The five-day event attracted many participants across the region, who were keen to meet face to face with interiors stakeholders and firms that are setting the tempo in the East African interiors industry.
The event was held against the backdrop of a slugging economic environment that was largely as a result of the March 4, 2013 general elections. The organizers reckon that the event would have been much more successful if the environment was a bit more stable.
Both visitors and exhibitors say the look forward to the 5th Ideal Interiors Expo next year, which the organizers are already working on. Real Wealth Ltd has been organizing and managing the event since its inception in 2010.
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