Friday, September 28, 2012

ICFA Announces 2012 Award Winners

At the gala award event during the International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market, ICFA (International Casual Furnishings Association) honored top retailers, manufacturers, representatives and designers. The event was held at the the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on September 21. On September 22 annual Apollo Awards winners were honored.

The Apollo Awards recognize retail excellence in the sales and marketing of outdoor furnishings. The winners for this award were:
•    Sunshine Furniture, Vero Beach, Fla., was the single store winner.
•    Patios Plus, Rancho Mirage, Calif., was the multi-store category winner.

Design Excellence Awards recognize products for their overall design, as well as their marketability, innovation, color, construction and imaginative use of materials. Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. co-sponsors the awards. Category winners included:
•    Cast Metal: Martini Barstool by Kara Karpenske, Karmarron Design Inc., for The Veneman Group
•    Complementary Casual Products: Dansk Coffee Table by Philip Behrens for Gloster
•    Fabric: Crazy Horse Lemongrass by D2 for Outdura Corp.
•    Outdoor Lighting: Bamboo 120V LED Floor Lamp by Dale Klaus for Patio Living Concepts
•    Outdoor Rugs/Carpeting/Flooring: Violet Pebble Yellow Outdoor Rug from Sawgrass Mills by Hatteras Outdoors
•    Rattan/Wicker/Woven Materials: Flight Woven Adjustable Chaise by John Caldwell for Brown Jordan
•    Resin/Fiberglass: Adirondack MGP Chair by Bill Vanderminden for Telescope Casual Furniture
•    Shade Products: Plantation Max F-1 by Dougan Clarke for TUUCI
•    Tubular Materials: Kantan Lounge Chair from Brown Jordan
•    Wood Furniture: Solana Dip Down Lounger by Povl Eskildsen for Gloster Furniture
•    Wrought Iron/Wrought Aluminum: Verano Arm Chair from Summer Classics

The Lillian B. Winchester "Best of Show" award, selected from among the 11 category winners listed above, went to the Flight Woven Adjustable Chaise by John Caldwell for Brown Jordan.
The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, reserved for individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the casual furniture industry and to their individual communities went to Don Bottemiller and John Miles, both of whom are retired from Homecrest Outdoor Living.

One manufacturer was honored in each of 10 categories for the design and quality of their products, along with their merchandising, customer service, ethics, communications and trade relations. Winners were:
•    Pride Family Brands – Cast Metal
•    Elaine Smith – Complementary Casual Products
•    Trans Ocean Import – Outdoor Carpeting/Rugs/Flooring
•    Woodard – Outdoor Lighting
•    Lloyd/Flanders – Rattan/Wicker/Woven Materials
•    Telescope Casual Furniture – Resin/Fiberglass
•    Treasure Garden – Shade Products
•    Tropitone – Tubular Materials Furniture
•    Gloster Furniture – Wood Casual
•    O.W. Lee – Wrought Iron/Aluminum

From among the 10 category winners listed above, O.W. Lee was named "Manufacturer of the Year." Both the category winners and the Manufacturer of the Year were selected in online voting.
Sales Representative of the Year selected from four finalists and determined through online voting, was Dean Smith, a representative for O.W. Lee for the last 31 years; Alu-mont for 23 years; Gold Crest for 22 years; Hanamint for 15 years; and Gloster for 8 years.

Enhanced Exhibition Experience At Gift + Home At Las Vegas Market

The winter session of Gift + Home at Las Vegas from January 28-February 1, 2013 at World Market Center Las Vegas will enhance the experience with ten distinct product sections.  Designed to facilitate the buyers’ shopping and sourcing experience, the market’s first such categorization will feature: GIFT, GLOBAL, GOURMET, HOME, MADE, STYLE, TEXTILES, TREND, VINTAGE and CARRY!.

“This new categorization of the Gift + Home temporary exhibits is another component of the market’s overall reorganization strategy and will position Las Vegas as the industry’s premier Western US marketplace,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift + Home Décor, International Market Centers.”

With this change, Gift + Home at Winter Las Vegas Market will dedicate two floors of World Market Center's Building C – C4 and C5 – to curated collections of temporary exhibitors.  In addition to creating concentrations of related products in key existing categories, the sectionalizing also allows for the introduction of several categories new to Las Vegas Market.  

“These new categories will benefit buyers, offering a more streamlined, easy-to-shop experience,” said Pam Williams, director of tradeshows for International Market Centers. “The show floors will be much easier for buyers to navigate, and the introduction of new categories such as MADE and GLOBAL will further differentiate Gift + Home at Las Vegas Market.”

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Pavilions at IHFC Sold for October Market

The Pavilions on Main 3 temporaries at the IHFC are sold out for the High Point Oct 13-18 market. Around 38 exhibitors will showcase a wide range of stylish furniture, rugs, wall art and other decorative accessories.

One of the most visited destinations at the IHFC, the Pavilions on Main 3 takes up the entire third floor of the Main wing. This market, the area features 12 new exhibitors.

“The Pavilions presents an exciting range of furniture and home accents in a casual, easy-to-shop atmosphere,” said Julie Messner, vice president of leasing for International Market Centers. “Buyers can leisurely browse the inviting, open-market walkways while they discover a variety of fashion-forward furnishings.”

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

IFAI Expo Americas 2012 To Showcase The Best Of Industry

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced its signature trade show event, IFAI Expo Americas 2012, will be held Nov. 7-9, 2012, at the Boston Convention Center, Boston, Mass., co-locating with JEC Americas 2012 Composites Show & Conference.

IFAI Expo attracts thousands of registered participants from 60 countries each year. Nearly 400 top companies will showcase the latest developments in fabrics, fiber, films and chemicals, end products, components, equipment, and technology services. Major buyer markets represented include fabric architecture, shading, structures, construction, environmental, geosynthetics, safety, medical, military, marine, upholstery, transportation, filtration, agriculture, covers, sports and many other niche industries.

IFAI will honor its 100th Anniversary by showcasing a remarkable history of fabric advancements, from canvas to nanotechnologies, in an IFAI History Museum on the show floor, and celebration party. Some of the most innovative new products that point to the industry's revolutionary future will be entered by exhibitors in a new ShowStopper Awards competition that will be voted on by show attendees.

"This industry runs on innovation, enabling attendees to get a heads up on emerging markets and products. The scope and depth of the specialty fabric markets represented at IFAI Expo enables connections to be made throughout the industry's value chain," says Todd Lindemann, IFAI vice president of conference management.