Comfort hosted a table at what was easily the best Mixology to date.
Yes... it's that time of year again, when the brave northerners of the UK's office furniture and fit-out industry steel themselves for the Mix North photographs to start creeping onto the interwebs. Fear ye not, fellow furnashions – you all looked fabulous.
Tuxedos and cocktail dressed guests flowed into Manchester Central to what could only be described as a beautiful winter circus/alpine wonderland. After one or two reception drinks *ahem*, one could be forgiven for starting to believe we were in Aspen, surrounded by wooden chalets and snow-dusted fir trees. The main arena, where we would feast and play, was just as breathtaking, if not more. If anyone had said before we arrived that we'd be sharing our dining space with the Dodgems and Waltzers we would have wondered who'd lost their mind - however, it really worked. The stunning mood lighting delivered surprising fairground elegance perfectly. Who knew?
Joining us on our table this year were a fabulous group of friends from Gannon Office, Bureau, Sixteen3, Quantum2, Online Ergonomics, Vergo UK and Plus Finance - and clearly we had the most fun of all the revellers as we were treated to a fine show of cirque entertainers dancing elegantly from trapeze and ribbons before some rather splendid light shows and pyrotechnics. Then we dined on fine food and wine and celebrated the winners from across the industry.
There's nothing quite like watching the most sophisticated diners turn eight years old as, after coffee and petit-fours, we were told the fairground was open. We're quite sure nobody was hurt in the stampede for the Waltzers (yet to be confirmed). It stands testament to how robust our industry is that, when stuffed with fine wines and four courses, they can be flung around and around AND around again at frightening velocity and walk off to the dressy-up photobooth without a hint of green in their faces. Bravo!
If Carlsberg did office furniture events, this is what they would be like. Thank you to our guests who made it so much fun, and well done to Mix Interiors for a superb event. Next year's Mix North will be their tenth one - we are intrigued to find out how they plan to beat this one. Watch this space.