Saturday, September 20, 2014

America's Backyards & Outdoor Living Commits to Las Vegas Market

Outdoor furniture producer America’s Backyards & Outdoor Living, Inc. has signed a major lease for more than 6,500 square feet of permanent showroom space at the Las Vegas Market starting in August 2015.

As part of the Casual Furnishings category launch taking place at the Summer 2015 Market in Las Vegas,  America’ Backyards joins leading casual manufacturers Agio, Hanamint, Tommy Bahama and OW Lee, who have already committed to the market with long-term leases. These new companies join the casual/outdoor manufacturers already showing at Las Vegas Market including Emerald Home Furnishings, Emerald Outdoor, Kannoa, King’s Rattan, Original Charleston Bedwing, Patio Logic, Panama Jack, Pelican Reef, Ratana Home & Floral, Skyline Design, Somers, Sunny Designs, Inc., Sunset West USA, Veneman Collections and Zuo Modern, Inc.

Summer Las Vegas Market, which runs from August 2-6, 2015, will debut 250,000 square feet  of fully built-out permanent showroom and temporary exhibit space on the 12th and 13th floors in Building C devoted to the casual/outdoor category.

“Interest in the Las Vegas casual/outdoor launch continues to gain momentum, with more and more manufacturers signing leases,” said Craig Staack, vice president of home furnishings leasing for International Market Centers. “Bringing the outdoor category to a dedicated space at Market provides excellent synergies for furniture buyers looking for additional offerings to complement their product mix.  It’s a convenient shopping experience for buyers as well; and the timing is ideal to acquire inventory for the summer selling cycle.”

InterHall Features New Exhibitors at High Point Market

Spanning 80,000 square feet on the first floor of the IHFC building, InterHall gives the freshest new ideas in design center stage.  Countless up-and-coming furniture and accessory exhibitors earned their places here after a rigorous juried selection process. More and more resources are selected each Market.

At Fall Market, more than seventy companies will be showcasing their cutting-edge designs throughout InterHall.
New InterHall Exhibitors:
•    Canvas Home (IH603)
•    Caracole (IH106)
•    EcoSmart Fire/Brown Jordan Fires (IH112)
•    Erinn V. HOME (IH200)
•    Framburg (IH114)
•    Jaxon Home (IH305)
•    Lowcountry Originals (IH410)
•    Patagonia Home (IH601)
•    PIANCA USA (IH607)
•    PTMD by MAKA (IH310)
•    Rustbelt Reclamation (IH307)
•    Square Roots (IH212)
•    Temahome (IH501)
•    Tempaper (IH311)
•    Zoe Bios Creative (IH406)

In addition to eyeing scores of exhibitors, please make sure to check out the InterHall Martini Parties. Specialty martinis can be found at four different locations throughout InterHall from 4-6 PM Saturday, Monday and Wednesday during October Market.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Luxury Beds by Phyllis Morris Among World's Largest

Six decades of creating luxury furniture in the heart of the West Hollywood Design District has earned Phyllis Morris a special place in the world of bespoke furnishings. The newest edition of Middle East based publication Luxury has cast a spotlight on the company's completely handcrafted beds that are larger than life not only in their size, but also in their luxe appointments such as draperies, swags, gold or silver leaf finishes and such amenities as lighted canopy interiors and plasma TV lifts in their foot boards.

Since the company's launch in 1953, the clientele of Hollywood A-list celebrities began to grow to eventually include royalty, international industrialists, billionaires and people of intrigue and mystery who have sought out custom-made furniture to suit their lifestyles and unique tastes. Ms. Phyllis Morris founded the company with the philosophy of making every piece by hand, one at a time and today that philosophy is carried on by Morris' daughter Jamie Adler who heads the company as its president and brand director.

"There is no request too outrageous or too unusual," says Adler from her N. Robertson Boulevard office at the company's one and only showroom in West Hollywood, "which is why so many people fly in from around the globe to request that we make their furniture." Recently, a Middle Eastern princess visited the company's showroom to check in on her Hollywood-inspired furniture destined for her palatial desert abode. Typical of the lifestyles of the rich and famous is the size of their homes, with some up to 25,000 square feet which have been filled with gold-leafed and silk-swathed furnishings from Phyllis Morris.

Clients come to the West Hollywood showroom from such countries as India, Russia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Australia and more, mainly because there is "a demand for handcrafted and handmade luxury furnishings, especially from California," notes Adler. "The allure of Los Angeles and Hollywood is as strong as it ever was," she goes on to say. "We are at the center of creative fantasies that are reflected in films, television shows, street fashion and the free and uninhibited lifestyles that people from abroad associate with life in California."

And the price of those fantasies -- be it a Rolls Royce, a diamond-encrusted watch, a yacht, a polo pony or a $100,000 bed -- comes with the territory of living a larger-than-life lifestyle. "Our clients know exactly what they want and we can create it for them," says Adler, "which explains why we have been a global source for so many decades. With so many U.S. furniture companies outsourcing their goods, we can proudly say that our furniture is made by hand here in Los Angeles. Some of our craftspeople are second generation with our company, which makes it all the more special."

The recent article in Luxury magazine (based in Jordan) points out that creating such furniture as the $100,000 De Medici Canopy Bed takes time -- even in today's world of instant gratification. The master carvers at Phyllis Morris are constantly busy, as there is never a "slow" season for luxury furniture as Adler is quick to point out. "Our typical lead time is about 12 weeks -- but then, that is about the same lead time when ordering a custom Rolls Royce. And we often share the same clientele."

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dwell on Design to Hold Design Conference

This year, Architecture for Humanity's annual design conference, Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! will be taking place at Dwell on Design NY.

Making its return to New York, the 5th annual event will bring together innovators, designers and experts to explore issues surrounding designing for a more resilient world.

Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! will highlight how design can and does make a lasting impact on society - improving the health, environment, economy and overall well-being of communities now and into the future.  Inspiring presentations and engaging discussions will be held during the conference, further pushing humanitarian design into the mainstream.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

New Exhibitors Added to Pavilions on Main 3 in IHFC

Buyers in search of unique and unexpected finds need look no further than the dynamic temporary exhibits known as Pavilions on Main 3. With nearly twenty sights to see, and more being added nearly every day, Fall High Point Market is poised to be full of surprises.  

Encompassing the entire third floor of the Main wing of the International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC), Pavilions on Main 3 features 50 companies showcasing a unique and eclectic mix of products across various furniture and home accent categories.  Products include everything from traditional and casual furniture to accessories to wall art to rugs, and much more.

Fall Market, which runs from October 18-23, will see the debut of many new product lines as well as new companies, many of whom are displaying their wares publicly for the first time.  

New to market:
•    Betsy Drake – accent chairs and benches with solid mahogany frames, lacquered finishes and outdoor fabrics can be placed in covered patios as well as indoor settings.
•    BLW Manufacture Int. Co., Ltd. – environmentally friendly and sustainable micro, faux and bonded leather for furniture, shoes, bags, packing and more. Products can be designed to meet environmental requirements according to customer needs.
•    Boga Oriental Rugs – hand-woven rugs custom-made to fit design requirements based on size, color, pattern, texture and style, from traditional to modern.
•    Carolina Forge – hand-forged dining furniture, accent tables and bar furniture made from iron and wood.
•    China Shenyang Yinling Furniture Co., Ltd. – a variety of furniture options and styles at affordable price points.
•    Consilio Décor – One-of-a-kind 7 color jade vases, each carved by hand using natural stone and  real jade.
•    Desum Industrial Co., Ltd. – home and commercial furniture.
•    Ergo Pedic Sleep Systems and MB&G Marketing/Ergo Pedic Sleep Systems – mattresses and toppers.
•    Foshan Aerosoft Furniture Co. – pocket spring memory foam mattresses.
•    Huaian Yuancheng Import & Export Co., Ltd. – kitchen and bath cabinetry in a choice of wood grains and designs.
•    Northland Art Company – beautifully framed art, both open and limited edition, based on style of both historical and living painters.
•    Oasis Concepts – innovative folding carts for indoor or outdoor.
•    Rajdhani Crafts – manufacturers and exporters of artistic wooden furniture and handicraft items.
•    Rayson Global Co,. Ltd. – pillowtop pocket spring mattresses using high-density foam.
•    Rizhao Golden Star Furniture Company – wooden furniture and accessories, from traditional to contemporary, domestic to outdoor, with various styles for the dining room or living room.
•    Vietnam Pavilion – includes many different companies with home décor and furniture offerings.
•    The Outdoor Greatroom Company LLP – design and manufacture pergolas, outdoor kitchens, grills, luxury outdoor furniture, fireplaces, fire pits, lighting and heating products.
•    Yogibo – producer of contemporary beanbags, for indoor or outdoor use, in a variety of sizes and colors.
•    Yongjun Industrial Development Co., Ltd. – outdoor furniture made of powder-coated aluminum and stainless steel.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

IHFC Accessory Floors Re-merchandized for Fall Market

Buyers at High Point Market this October will find shopping for home accessories at IHFC even easier and more convenient, as the roll out phase two of a comprehensive remerchandising strategy for IHFC’s Accessory floors comes to fruition. Fall 2014 High Point Market, which runs October 19-24, features a refresh of the space as well as notable expansions, relocations and new resources joining the mix.

The conveniently located IHFC Accessory floors 2, 3 and 4 are devoted solely to the accessory category, including accent furniture, rugs, lighting, wall art, decorative accessories and more. The newly configured space groups similar styles and price-points together, making for a more compelling and user-friendly buyer experience.

Herman Miller Partners With Unbranded Designs

Herman Miller, a global leader in design, is partnering with Unbranded Designs to discover new design talent and identify commercially viable designs.

“At Herman Miller we believe that there are talented designers all over the world capable of delivering inspiring solutions to challenging problems. With Unbranded Designs’ platform, we have an exciting and new way to connect with this talent and share our core values around design,” said Gary Smith, Vice President, Product Design and Exploration at Herman Miller.

Using Unbranded Designs' online platform and process, Herman Miller will issue an open design challenge to Unbranded’s global design community in mid-September. Submissions will go through a review process including open feedback from the broader design community as well as a juried panel of design experts. Designers will have an opportunity to make revisions based on the feedback, and then the panel will select the winner. Development at Herman Miller will begin shortly thereafter.

“What sets this partnership apart from typical design competitions is that Herman Miller is focused on finding the next great commercially viable product design. This is not a 'fun competition' for ideas; it is a process and opportunity that focuses on the commercial potential of the best ideas, which in turn leads to fantastic opportunities for designers and innovative products for Herman Miller,” said Sameer Dohadwala, co-founder, Unbranded Designs.

Winning designers will receive cash, royalties, and their name publicly displayed in marketing and collateral, in association with any commercialized products based on their designs. Non-winning finalists will receive prizes, recognition throughout the process, and feedback from a world-class juried panel of design experts, to ensure that they still find value in the opportunity. Designers retain 100 percent ownership of their designs if Herman Miller chooses not to move forward with formal development of their work.

The challenge will be launched in mid-September on the Unbranded Designs website. At that time, further details will be released on the problem statement, legal terms and conditions, and other pertinent information.

Monday, September 08, 2014

North American furniture industry Anticipates Growing Investments

Investment activity has become much brisker in the North American furniture industry over the past few months after a lull lasting several years. Upholstered furniture producers had launched the first major projects last year. Manufacturers of cabinets, living room and bedroom furniture, wardrobes and ready-to-assemble furniture are now also investing more in new machinery and plants.

This upturn in investment interest also encouraged a much larger number of people to attend the International Woodworking Fair (IWF), which took place in Atlanta, Georgia from 20 to 23 August 2014. European woodworking machinery producers setting up stands at the fair had experienced rising order intake from the North American furniture industry over the past few months. This trend looks set to intensify in the remainder of this year.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Glunz & Jensen introduces UV LED lamp technology with 60 % energy power savings

In May 2013, Glunz & Jensen A/S acquired an initial 16.8 % stake in Othonia Curing Technology A/S (Othonia). Othonia develops an innovative computer-controlled UV LED concept for curing surfaces which is replacing the original mercury lamp technology.

UV LED lamp offers instant on/off technology, removing the need for warm-up time. The lamp also offers an extreme accurate and flexible wave-length operation.

The biggest advantage of using UV LED lamp technology is the 60% energy power savings along with complete removal of mercury disposal, ozone and heat emission – a very environmentally friendly solution.

LED technology provides many opportunities for the use of UV LED in different industries. Glunz & Jensen has chosen to exploit the following three areas:

•    Glunz & Jensen will incorporate the UV LED technology in their current exposure products for the flexo prepress industry, where it can benefit the production of flexographic plates, making it more environmentally friendly and cost effective. Glunz & Jensen brings to the market a generic product that can be tailor made for OEM partners.

The initial field tests show very promising results and Glunz & Jensen plan to launch the first commercial product in the first quarter of 2015.

•    UV LED technology can be used in connection with the drying modules of printing units for offset, flexo, as well as digital printing machines. With the exact wave-length of the UV LED, it perfectly dries with significantly reduced energy consumption in the printing press. The LED light source exposes the material with a very little amount of heat, which makes it ideal for curing thermal sensitive substrates as foil, paper cardboard and aluminium.

Glunz & Jensen is in close dialogue with printing press manufacturers and has performed an initial concept evaluation, showing very promising results.

•    The new UV LED technology will also be used for curing surfaces in other applications, such as paint and lacquer in the furniture industry. The LED and the UVC lamp units expose the material with a very little amount of heat, which makes it ideal for curing thermal sensitive substrates as wood and electronics.

Initial testing during the last quarter proves a strong concept and Glunz & Jensen is currently designing a field test module for the evaluation in a real production environment. The first field test unit is expected to be installed at a Danish customer site in October 2014.

Moving forward, Glunz & Jensen and Othonia will cooperate on the development and commercialisation of the technology. Othonia’s products will be marketed by Glunz & Jensen.

Hansgrohe Kicks Off Summer With #Waterselfies Instagram Campaign

This summer, Hansgrohe continues to celebrate the power of the shower with its #SelectHansgrohe social media campaign. This time it’s engaging the Instagram® community in a fun mini campaign: #WaterSelfies. From July 1-July 31, Instagram followers of @HansgroheUSA are invited to tag water-related “selfie” images with #WaterSelfies. Whether it’s at a pool party or during a family day at the beach, participants should “just add water” to their selfies for a chance to win. Ten entrants will each receive the coveted GoPro camera with case. More information can be found at #WaterSelfies campaign headquarters:

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

YLiving Announces Saarinen Womb Chair Giveaway

YLiving is giving away a Saarinen Large Womb Chair from Knoll, valued at over $3,500. Participants will have a chance to win the iconic 1948 design created by Eero Saarinen when Florence Knoll challenged him to make a chair of supreme comfort. The sculptural lounger features classic boucle upholstery that’s plush, yet durable and a steel-rod base offered in several finishes. The winner may choose from the following colors: Crimson, Cayenne, Chartreuse, Black Iris, Aegean, and Pearl. The Womb Chair is considered one of the most recognizable designs of midcentury modernism.

Participants must enter by 11:59 PST, September 25, 2014. The winner will be announced September 26 and contacted by email. No purchase is necessary and one entry per person.

The Womb Chair giveaway will kick off the Knoll Annual Sale that runs from September 19-30. All Knoll styles, including favorites such Barcelona and Bertoia chairs and Platner and Saarinen tables, will be 15% off with free shipping.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Surya Added to Inc. 500 | 5000 List For Fourth Year

Surya has been named for the fourth consecutive year to the Inc. 500|5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest growing privately-held companies. The home accessories provider is ranked 2,818 on the 2014 Inc. 500|5000 list, moving up from a ranking of 2,884 last year.

Focused on providing the widest selection of coordinating home accessories across a range of styles and price points, Surya has grown from $2.7 million in sales in 2004 to $82.3 million in 2013 while realizing consistent double-digit year over year revenue increases since 2004. Amidst a challenging economic climate, the company has continued to expand into additional home accents categories to help simplify the shopping experience for its designer and retailer customers. Surya currently offers more than 30,000 products across categories that include rugs, pillows, throws, wall decor, lighting, accent furniture, bedding and decorative accents, with 75 percent of large furniture retailers currently selling Surya products to their customer base.

“We are always looking for ways to better serve our customers while at the same time pushing the envelope to drive innovation within the industry,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “Being named to this prestigious list for the fourth year in a row is a testament to our commitment to deliver exceptional products and merchandising solutions that help our customers to grow their home accessories business. We are honored to be in the company of so many similarly-minded organizations and look forward to what the future will bring as we execute on our goal to become a $1 billion company within the next ten years.”

Earlier this month, Surya broke ground on a new $33 million corporate office and distribution facility located in Cartersville, Ga., which will measure one million sq. ft. when completed in late 2015. The expansion will not only enable the company to consolidate shipping and distribution for more efficient logistics and operations but will also accommodate the addition of more than 200 jobs within the next few years.

Inc. Magazine publishes the Inc. 500|5000 list each year to celebrate the most dynamic private companies in the United States. Surya will be recognized at the 33rd Annual Inc. 500|5000 Awards Ceremony to be held on Friday, Oct. 17 in Phoenix, Ariz.

AHFA Supplier Members to Be Named 'Solution Partners'

Supplier members of the American Home Furnishings Alliance will now be known as "Solution Partners." The new name is part of a rebranding and revitalization of the group, which has been an integral component of AHFA for 50 years.

AHFA's Suppliers Division was organized in 1964 to incorporate suppliers of products and services into the mission of the association. Over the years, the diverse membership of this division has played an essential role in providing needed information and expertise to the manufacturer members of the AHFA.
Original division members were manufacturers of equipment and machinery; suppliers of component parts, materials and supplies; packaging, transportation and warehousing products, services and support; and domestic and international logistics companies. These members continue to be an integral part of the division.

In recent years, membership has expanded as the industry has changed. Now the membership base also includes financial institutions, technology companies, marketing and public relations agencies, insurance brokers and underwriters, law firms, social and digital media advisors, internet sales support, and waste disposal and environmental services.

In 2000, the division began a Scholarship Golf Tournament, which now funds six annual scholarships of $2,000 each awarded to the children of regular, full-time employees of AHFA member companies. The one-year scholarships are presented based on financial need and academic merit of the student. The program is open to both manufacturer and supplier members of the Alliance, and it has presented 46 scholarships since its inception in 2000.

"Supplier members have long been 'partners' to the AHFA membership in addressing industry challenges and working toward creative and effective solutions," explains Solution Partners chairman Jack Hicks of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice, Greensboro, N.C. "Our new name, Solution Partners, captures the essence of our active role in the Alliance and is a fitting description of our strategic direction for the future."?

The mission of the Solution Partners is to improve the effectiveness of companies serving the home furnishings industry by:

•    addressing industry issues and trends;
•    increasing understanding and communication between solution providers and manufacturers;
•    sponsoring programs that provide knowledge, solutions and tools to build and strengthen the home furnishings industry; and,
•    promoting individual professional development of its members.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Surya to Build One Million Square Foot Facility

Surya broke ground on its new one million square foot warehouse and office headquarters in Cartersville, Ga. Attendees at the groundbreaking ceremony included Surya Founder Surya Tiwari, Surya President Satya Tiwari, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor and Consul General of India Ajit Kumar, along with Surya employees and members of the Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development. Work at the building site was scheduled to start today, and the facility is expected to be completed by August 2015 with a target move in date of late 2015.

“To optimally serve our customers, we need to not only have the best infrastructure possible for our warehousing operations and logistics but also a central location where our sales and marketing, design, creative, customer service and other teams can easily collaborate,” said Satya Tiwari, president. “Our location is ideal because we are able to support economic development in the community by bringing new jobs to the area while making our company more attractive to Atlanta talent due to the shorter commute time. This expansion is beneficial on many levels and we look forward to what the future will bring as we execute on our goal to become a $1 billion company within the next ten years.”

The new facility is located 15 minutes south of Surya’s current U.S. headquarters in Calhoun, Ga., which will continue to be used for warehousing some of the company’s more than 30,000 products.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

LUX Lights Wins ADEX Awards

Mighty Bright announced that three LUX LED Lights have been awarded Awards for Design Excellence (ADEX). The LUX Dome LED Task Light received the Platinum ADEX Award, and the LUX Dome LED Floor Light and LUX Spotlight each received a Silver ADEX Award.

The LUX Line of LED Lights is the contemporary solution for LED lighting. The LUX Dome Floor, LUX Dome Task, and Spotlight all are a part of the Loft collection, a line that marries cutting edge technology with masterful design in clean, polished lights. All three lights use energy-efficient LED technology to cast bright white, long lasting beams of light precisely where needed.

The 2014 ADEX Awards received a record-breaking 2,850 product entries from over 500 different companies. Sponsored by Design Journal magazine, ADEX is the leading awards competition for product design of furnishings marketed to the design industry. ADEX awards are judged by a panel of A&D industry professionals.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Agio-USA Unveils Kolea All-Weather Wicker Seating Arrangement At Premarket

Agio announced the hottest thing at Premarket 2014: the Kolea All-Weather Wicker seating arrangement. "Agio has never pursued a lot of attention for our wicker offerings," said Agio President, Bob Gaylord. "But we are striving to change that, and the Kolea arrangement is the perfect set to get everyone's attention".

This sectional sofa and bar unit, which has a coordinating outdoor gas fire pit will be unveiled at Pre-Market.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Innovant Completes 25 Years of Business

Innovant proudly celebrates its 25-year milestone as one of the fastest growing office furniture manufacturers over the last five years. This growth is attributable to the success and expansion of Innovant’s open plan workstation product, FORm_office.

After opening an office in London in 2008, Innovant recognized that the open plan office strategy would soon take root in the US. This led the company to launch FORm_office, which quickly became the top selling benching product in New York City, particularly for prestigious clients with complex technology requirements. Since its inception, FORm_office has been selected over competing products from major manufacturers because of its superior engineering, pleasing aesthetic, and Innovant’s proven history, intelligently integrating technology and cabling within its furniture.
In 2012, Innovant launched FORm_office Adjustable Height as an extension to the series and was immediately awarded Gold for Best in Benching at the prestigious NeoCon furniture tradeshow. Since then, Innovant has rapidly expanded its product offerings with the introduction of FORm_office Standing Height and the launch of both a private office line and a conference collection; this includes the FORm_AV video conferencing product on display at NeoCon 2014.

Innovant continues to win major benching projects for its high quality products and unparalleled tailoring capability. The company has also set itself apart by offering clients “The Innovant Experience,” a uniquely collaborative design and development process. To learn more about this collaborative experience and some of Innovant’s success stories, view the company's case studies online.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Las Vegas Market Reports Enthusiastic Response

Summer Las Vegas Market which runs through July 31, 2014 – welcomed a growing number of buyers from an increasingly diverse range of U.S. regions and countries, drawn by the Market’s dramatically expanding and enriched furniture, gift and home décor resources.

“Las Vegas Market is bigger and better than it has ever been before,” said Robert Maricich, chief executive officer of International Market Centers. “Our accelerated resource growth, coupled with a striking increase in better goods across all categories of merchandise, has positioned Las Vegas as the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States.”

 “Opening day was a good day and it felt good to open our doors.  We were ready and we have huge expectations for Las Vegas,” said Adriana Mello of Keena, a new showroom tenant within C10’s growing Lifestyle Collection.  “It feels like a national market.  It is a nice expansion for our buyer base and is a larger platform for our vendors.  We are excited to be part of this market and are very committed to it.”

In synch with resource growth, Las Vegas Market also has increased the overall quality of offerings – from furniture and home decor to gift and lifestyle – presented at Market.  With scores of new leading brands and hundreds of new upper-end lines presented across all categories, Las Vegas Market has created a more vibrant and synergistic cross-category shopping experience for retailers and interior designers alike.

Retailer Keith Koenig of South Florida-based City Furniture, enthused, “This is the best Las Vegas Market we have ever attended.  There are a lot of new Market introductions and we are shopping for furniture and other categories like accessories, rugs, wall décor and outdoor.  Seeing every category under one roof makes the most use of our time.”

Overall Market pre-registrations were running 7% ahead of Winter 2014 and 32% ahead of Summer 2013.The ongoing expansion of better resources in permanent showrooms and temporary exhibits also has fueled record growth in designer pre-registrations, which surpassed last summer by 133%.  Additionally, overall pre-registration growth in key target regions – with 33% gains from the TOLA region (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas), 20% gains from the Midwest and 18% gains from the West – foretells expected overall increases in market attendance from these areas.

Maricich summed up the positive opening day atmosphere, saying, “We’re creating a compelling environment to make buyers come.  We’ve increased the quantity of resources and we’ve enriched the quality of resources, and the industry has responded.”

Phase Three of Strategic Growth Plan of Las Vegas Market Unveiled

Las Vegas Market announced that phase three of its strategic growth plan to position itself as the leading buying platform for furniture, home decor and gift in the western United States will be implemented at the Summer 2015 Market, scheduled for Sunday, August 2, to Thursday, August 6, 2015. Highlights of the phase three transformation include the launch of two new showroom floors in Building C—C5 for boutique home décor, textiles and accessories, and C11, for gourmet housewares, tabletop and gift—and the relocation of temporary exhibits from those floors to a dedicated, free-standing venue on the Market campus.

“The strategic enhancements planned for Summer 2015 represent the culmination of a three-year realignment and re-imagining of Las Vegas Market to offer an unparalleled presentation of furniture, gift and home décor in the western United States,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers. “By offering an enriched presentation of better goods, remerchandising existing resources and launching new categories, Las Vegas Market has created a compelling, multi-dimensional platform designed to appeal to today’s cross-category buyers and suppliers.”

New permanent showrooms on C5 will feature some 90 high-end home décor, home textiles, and accessories showrooms. “The revamped C5 will offer a concentration of high-end home textiles at Las Vegas Market, and the custom showroom spaces will allow specialty suppliers to transition from temporary presentations to permanent showrooms and maximize their return,” Belshaw noted. “The focus will be on resources that are innovative, design-driven and artisanal with special attention to form and function, process and provenance.”

In line with these new introductions, temporary exhibits previously housed on C5 and C11 will be relocated and expanded into the Pavilions, existing permanent tent structures on the Las Vegas Market campus. As part of this relocation, the temporary exhibits will be divided into two categories: approximately 70,000 square feet of space will be devoted to order-writing resources; the other location will feature “cash-and-carry” products designed for immediate delivery, including an expanded presentation of the existing VINTAGE, CARRY and GLOBAL categories, and the addition of a new offering of antique and one-of-a-kind merchandise.

The 2015 Summer Market is expected to expand to feature some 100,000 net square feet of gift and home décor temporary exhibits, in addition to 34,500 square feet of temporary furniture exhibits which will continue to be presented on B2.

These changes, planned for July 2015, represent the final phase of the Las Vegas Market’s strategic evolution into the most comprehensive buying platform for buyers in the western United States. The three-phase plan, which began in 2013, includes the introduction of new product categories such as specialty tabletop, home textiles and lifestyle collections, fashion accessories and artisanal crafts, as well as growth of existing categories and re-merchandised presentations.  Since 2013, Las Vegas Market has experienced dramatic growth in the furniture, home décor and gift product categories, with 850,000 square feet of new and expanded showrooms and more than 2,200 new lines. Overall registration for Summer 2014 Las Vegas Market is tracking 32% ahead of Summer 2013.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Ezmod Features New Summer Arrivals

This summer Ezmod Furniture is adding several new modern furniture pieces to its current product line. Always staying “in mod” with today’s furniture trends Ezmod has once again expanded its product line by introducing The Miyo Bed, The Net Chair and The Rio Bar Stool. Kristin Medeiros, sales associate at Ezmod Furniture said, “summer is a time to get outside and many of our Ezmod products are suitable for indoor and outdoor applications.”

The Miyo Bed features a button-tufted leatherette headboard with matching leatherette bedrails. This bed is available in white leatherette or black leatherette with chrome feet. The sizes currently available are king or queen size.

The Net Chair is an addition to Ezmod Furniture’s versatile accent chair line. The Net Chair is made from durable plastic, has chrome legs and can be used inside or outside. It can also be stacked for easy set up and space saving storage. This chair is sold in a set of two and comes in either black or white. The simple frame of the chair features an abstract pattern carved into the seat which helps create this chair’s unique look. It can pair with a dining table or end table in any room in your home as well as outside on the patio or poolside.

The Rio Bar Stool has a scoop shaped acrylic seat and an adjustable seat height from 24"-32.5”. The wide circular chrome base adds stability without bulk. The Rio Bar Stool also features a 360 degree swivel with chrome footrest. This highly versatile bar stool can also be used inside and out and is available in three colors; black, white and red.