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.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bassett Increases Quarterly Dividend

Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has declared a dividend of $.08 per share of outstanding common stock payable on August 29, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business August 15, 2014.

"We are pleased to announce a 33% increase in our regular quarterly dividend", said Robert H. Spilman, Jr. President and Chief Executive Officer. "As our balance sheet remains solid and cash flows have become more predictable, we believe such an increase is appropriate. We will continue to evaluate the Company's allocation of capital for growth, dividends and repurchase of stock to further enhance shareholder value."

Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high quality, mid-priced home furnishings. With 95 company- and licensee-owned stores, Bassett has leveraged its strong brand name in furniture into a network of corporate and licensed stores that focus on providing consumers with a friendly environment for buying furniture and accessories. The most significant growth opportunity for Bassett continues to be the Company's dedicated retail store program. Bassett's retail strategy includes affordable custom-built furniture that is ready for delivery in the home within 30 days. The stores also feature the latest on-trend furniture styles, more than 1,000 upholstery fabrics, free in-home design visits, and coordinated decorating accessories. Bassett is also growing its traditional wholesale business with more than 500 accounts on the open market, across the United States and internationally.

Las Vegas Market Announces its C-ONE Space Sell Out

Las Vegas Market announced first ever sellout of temporary presentation space in the directional C-ONE cross category showcase for the upcoming Summer Market, July 27 to July 31, 2014.  This summer, Las Vegas Market will present the largest number of temporary exhibitors in its history, showcasing nearly 500 vendors in 16 temporary collections located on five floors in two buildings, including the sold out C-ONE presentation.

“We have experienced 41% growth in temporary exhibits since launching our gift and home strategic plan in July 2012, said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers. “This record growth demonstrates the industry’s support and enthusiasm for our strategy to position Las Vegas Market as the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States.”

11 first-time exhibitors on C-ONE include Catstudio, Chehoma, Chive, Couleur Nature, Emporium Home, Flow Décor, Kristine Daniels, Mirror Image Home, Pekota Design Corporation, SABRE, and SIA Home Fashion. The newcomers join returning suppliers in temporary presentations: Ann Gish, Gold Leaf Design Group, IONdesign, Phylum Design, Public Lights, Roberta Schilling, SkLO, The Elizabeth Lucas Company, Tronk Design and Trowbridge Gallery.

Temporary exhibits in Building C continue to expand through more home décor suppliers on C5, gift resources on C11, and a sold-out collection of lifestyle micro-showrooms on C10.  Recently confirmed newcomers to C11 include: Anika Dali, Breeke and Company LLC, Broke Jewels, Chevalier Collection, Daisy Baby, EnV Bags, Forest Creations, Le Muse, Legend Design, LuLu KD Lifestyle, LuRay Collection, Mama’s Little Babies, Pamela Cassidy Designs, Patra’s Collection, RG Style, String Theory Jewelry, Twigs Jewels and Until There’s a Cure Foundation.  Most recent additions to temporary exhibitors on C5 include: AFT Glassware, Décor Fifty Five, Indigo Imports, Mastour Rugs, Nyaara, Petal and Plume, ToiletChic and Well Woven.

In Building B, an additional 80 temporary exhibitors on B2 will offer a wide selection of home furnishings, including furniture, upholstery, motion, bedding, juvenile, accessories and décor. New exhibitors debuting at the summer market include Archbold Furniture Company, Becker Designs, Cabinetbed Inc., Dogberry Collections, DownEast Home Collection, Flash Furniture, Maaya Home, Oasis Concepts, Pin Dynasty and Regis Patrick Collection.

To support and recognize the growth in temporary exhibits, Las Vegas Market will recognize exceptional design, creative merchandising, cohesive brand messaging and inspired visual merchandising with “Best Booth” awards. Exhibits will be judged by a panel of industry editors, including Crystal Palecek, founder and editor-in-chief of Rue Magazine; Dallas Shaw, style expert and blogger; and Becky Tyre, trends editor of GIFT SHOP Magazine.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Outdoor Furniture Manufacturing in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld

The Outdoor Furniture Manufacturing industry has suffered over the past five years due to lackluster recovery and high import competition, and smaller enterprises in the United States will struggle over the next five years, as they lack the economy of scale to reduce per-unit costs to a range that can compete with cheaper imports. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Outdoor Furniture Manufacturing industry to its growing industry report collection.

Two key features characterize the Outdoor Furniture Manufacturing industry: a high level of import penetration and low market share concentration. In 2014, imports are expected to account for 55.2% of domestic demand. Overseas manufacturers, particularly in Asian countries like China and Vietnam, can achieve operational efficiencies that US manufacturers find difficult to match. These efficiencies stem from lower wage costs and looser regulations in these countries. The savings realized through overseas production enable foreign producers to sell their goods at a lower cost relative to US outdoor furniture prices, making it hard for domestic manufacturers to compete. These trends have caused the number of industry participants to decline over the past 10 years. Despite post-recessionary economic recovery, this has not been enough to entice new entrants into the industry.

According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst, Daniel Carusotto, “Operators that continue to manufacture outdoor furniture in the United States are small enterprises that serve regional markets, with the average establishment employing 25 workers.” Establishments that have been able to survive have done so by serving niche markets; for example, industry player Poly-Wood Inc. manufactures outdoor furniture from recycled plastic, appealing to the eco-friendly consumer. However, on a broader scale, consumers seek the most affordable products; as a result, domestic manufacturers have found it hard to compete. Due to intense competition from imports, this industry has experienced rough times in the five years to 2014, with revenue falling an annualized 1.3% to $897.8 million, including a 0.8% decline in 2014.

“During the five years to 2019, prospects for industry growth remain bleak,” says Carusotto. While the industry does not suffer from a shortage in demand, challenges lie in the manufacturing of a quality product at a competitive price point. However, because the United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, expensive labor and extensive regulations, creating products domestically has become increasingly difficult. While the wage gap between US workers and Chinese workers has been shrinking, leading some reshoring advocates to claim US manufacturing will rise again, the evidence for this phenomenon remains largely anecdotal. The trend in trade data still favors foreign production.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore Hosts Community Event for Convoy of Hope

Ashley Furniture HomeStore partners with Convoy of Hope each year and hosts a community event to raise money and awareness for the international humanitarian-relief organization’s work.

On July 11-13, customers who donate $20 to Convoy of Hope will receive 20 percent off of their purchase at Ashley Furniture HomeStore locations in Springfield, Mo., Joplin, Mo., Springdale, Ark. and Rogers, Ark. Ashley Furniture HomeStore will match those donations and employees will participate in a giving campaign for Convoy of Hope’s feedONE initiative, a program feeding more than 146,000 children in 11 nations.

“We’re blessed to work with Convoy of Hope each year,” says Andrew Covington, president and owner of Ashley Furniture HomeStore. “I am also grateful for employees who choose to give part of their wages to help those in need.”

Convoy of Hope representatives will be on-site to serve hot dogs to customers, answer questions and accept donations.

“Partnering with Ashley Furniture HomeStore is crucial to what we do,” says Hal Donaldson, president and co-founder of Convoy of Hope. “We are grateful for the generosity of their owner and employees. They are making a difference in the lives of many throughout the world.”

Surya Employees Help Local Community during Habitat for Humanity "Build Day"

Twenty Surya employees and their family members recently participated in a Habitat for Humanity home build in the Calhoun, Georgia area. The Surya team rolled up their sleeves, volunteering their time and energy on a Saturday to help landscape the new home, which is scheduled to be completed by early fall. The project is part of an initiative by Habitat for Humanity of Gordon County, Georgia.

“At Surya, we are unified in our commitment to serving the communities in which we live, work and serve each day,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “Participating in the Habitat for Humanity project not only provides us with the opportunity to support our neighbors in Calhoun but also builds our team spirit through a shared undertaking that will make a lasting difference.”

Tiwari, who grew up in a small village in Northeastern India understands the importance of helping local communities. Each year, Surya sponsors a number of initiatives in the villages where its weavers reside, including providing 7,300 schoolchildren in rural India with nutritious lunches via Akshaya Patra and donating high school scholarships for 200 Indian girls through East Meets West. The company also sponsors educational and vocational training for 160 students through Project Mala.

Surya looks forward to participating in a local Habitat for Humanity project again in the near future, with plans to volunteer on an ongoing basis.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Hanamint Signs New Showroom at Las Vegas Market

Hanamint Corp., a leading producer of cast aluminum outdoor furniture and accessories, has signed a lease for a permanent showroom at the Las Vegas Market starting in August 2015.

Hanamint USA and sister company Alu-Mont will exhibit in a new 12,000-square-foot showroom in Space C-1305 as part of the Casual Furnishings category launch taking place at the summer 2015 market in Las Vegas. This will be both companies’ first showing in Las Vegas.

“The Las Vegas Market’s new focus on the outdoor category provides a great opportunity for us to access some dealer segments that we don’t currently reach with our existing showroom in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart,” said Russell Sorenson, president of Hanamint. “Where our distribution efforts up until now have focused mostly on specialty patio stores, the Las Vegas Market also draws three other key groups — conventional full-line furniture stores, home décor specialists and gift shops — that hold a lot of potential for growth for us. Having a showroom in Las Vegas will enable us to expand our distribution with these and other types of stores.”

On Aug. 2 to 6, 2015, the Las Vegas Market 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.

“Exhibitor interest in this new product showcase is growing rapidly,” said Craig Staack, vice president of home furnishings leasing for International Market Centers. “In addition to Hanamint, Agio — another category leader — announced in mid-June that it would be the anchor tenant for the 12th floor of Building C, and more announcements will be coming soon.”

According to Staack, the timing of the casual area’s launch lines up perfectly with the sale cycle of this growing product segment. “We wanted to set our partners up for suc-cess and launch these new floors when they would have the most positive impact,” he said. “More and more traditional furniture retailers are recognizing the benefit of adding outdoor collections to their product mix, and this new venue will allow those buyers to fulfill their needs at one market rather than adding another trip to their schedule.”

In its new Las Vegas showroom, Hanamint USA will feature its complete line of cast aluminum casual products, including dining and bar furniture, tables and deep seating in both traditional and transitional styling. In addition, it will show its growing line of home accents, which range from storage boxes and wine bottle holders to baker’s racks.

Based in Greensboro, N.C., where it has a distribution facility, Hanamint Corp. produces the Hanamint USA line at a company-owned and operated plant in Jiaxing, China. The company offers direct-container service from that plant as well as smaller-quantity shipments from Greensboro and a second warehouse in Irwindale, Calif.

“One of our core strengths is our on-time shipping from overseas,” said Sorenson. “Since we control our own manufacturing, we are able to keep a very close eye on pro-duction and shipping schedules so that our customers get the quality products they ex-pect on time, every time.”

Also showing in Hanamint’s Las Vegas showroom will be Alu-Mont, which offers a complete line of casual furniture in extruded aluminum with cast accents. Alu-Mont produces its line at a 110,000-square-foot facility in Irwindale.

Hanamint acquired Alu-Mont in 2007. Alu-Mont sells its line to both the retail trade as well as the hospitality segment.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Affordable Seating Helps Backwoods Bistro Update Their Seating

Retailers and interior designers looking to get “Ahead of the Curve” will once again see an exclusive preview of the hottest new trends and designs in home furnishings and décor through the lens of today’s top tastemakers at the Summer 2014 Las Vegas Market. In an intimate and inspired panel discussion, sponsored by IMC, Las Vegas Market’s signature Ahead of the Curve live show will boast another extraordinary line-up of some of the most celebrated U.S. designers, including Thom Filicia, Michelle Nussbaumer, and Timothy Corrigan.

Moderated by TODAY Show contributor, design author and tastemaker Susanna Salk, the presentation will take place on Tuesday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. in Building B’s WorldView Ballroom, and offers CEU-accreditation to interior designers. Immediately following this panel discussion, a meet-and-greet and book signing with the panelists, along with lunch, will be held in the Safavieh showroom (A-101) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

These top design authorities will scour the five million square-feet of showrooms at Las Vegas Market, and share their top picks during a live panel discussion and via social media channels, which will include a question and answer segment. The best-of-the-best product will be “on set” during the live panel discussion allowing these tastemakers to share more intimately with the audience what’s hot from market, plus their insights on incorporating these fashion-forward styles into current design projects.

The star-studded design cast features celebrated interior designer Thom Filicia, founder and chief creative officer of New York City-based design firm, Thom Filicia, Inc. Filicia's New-American Style has earned him widespread acclaim and notable clients, including Tina Fey, Delta Air Lines, Jennifer Lopez, Peter Jennings, and others in the worlds of finance, sports, media, fashion and hospitality. Filicia is universally known for his ability to create stunning modern, yet classic interiors that retain an inviting aesthetic, which reflects the individuality of his clients.

Filicia’s unmistakable design sensibility has earned him countless accolades from the design world, including being named by House Beautiful as one of their “Top 100 Designers,” House & Garden dubbed him an “International Taste Maker” and Elle Décor regaled him as an “A-List Designer.” Filicia's recognition expanded beyond the design world when he was cast as the interior design expert in the ratings juggernaut and Emmy-Award winning hit show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, not to mention, featured in numerous magazine and TV shows. He is an author of three stunning design books including his most recent title, “American Beauty: Renovating & Decorating a Beloved Retreat.”

Also the driving force behind the Thom Filicia Home Collection—which includes furniture, rugs, textiles, artwork, curtain hardware, lighting, wallcovering, bedding, pillows and broadloom for the retail and trade markets—Felicia enjoys partnerships with some of the world's leading home brands. Filicia’s latest project has been the opening of his first to-the-trade showroom at the New York Design Center.

Now in its seventh year, past designer participants in Ahead of the Curve have included design luminaries year after year including Anthony Baratta, Betsy Burnham, Barclay Butera, Darryl Carter, Philip Gorrivan, Alexa Hampton, Darren Henault, Laura Kirar, Amy Lau, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Mary McDonald, Joe Nye, Kishani Perera, Windsor Smith, Nathan Turner, Ron Woodson, and Vicente Wolf.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Heritage Home Group Making Relocates Its Showrooms in New High Point

International Market Centers announced that Heritage Home Group is investing to relocate each of its designer brands to all-new, distinct showrooms that occupy the third and fourth floors of Market Square.  Concurrently, the company is also re-configuring its previously occupied space in the IHFC in order to achieve a more impactful footprint for its iconic Thomasville, Broyhill, and Lane brands. The new showrooms will be open for the upcoming High Point Market, October 18-23, 2014.

“Our strategy is to compete as one company with 10 highly differentiated brands – this move shows our commitment to fostering each individual brand identity, while making it easier to do business with us as a single entity,” said Ira Glazer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Home Group.  

Market Square will be home to all of the Heritage Home Group designer brands, with the third floor featuring new individual showrooms for Hickory Chair, Henredon, Pearson, Maitland Smith, and Lane Venture®. The fourth floor will be occupied by Drexel Heritage, La Barge, and the Barbara Barry collection of Henredon.  Hickory Chair and Pearson are relocating from their previous locations at 330 and 200 N. Hamilton Street. Henredon, Maitland Smith, Drexel Heritage, La Barge and Barbara Barry are relocating from their previous locations on Eastchester Drive, and Lane Venture is moving from the IHFC. In total Heritage Home will occupy more than 121,000 square feet in Market Square.

“We have been working on bringing these leading design brands to Market Square for quite some time now, and are thrilled to have finally found the right space for them,” said Julie Messner vice president of leasing for International Market Centers, owners of Market Square and IHFC. “This completely changes the landscape of this iconic property, further cementing it as a destination for designers and higher-end retailers.”

The Thomasville showroom will relocate from the eighth floor of IHFC to the sixth floor of IHFC to occupy contiguous space with Broyhill and Lane Furniture for a total of 85,000 square feet.

“Having all of our designer brands together in a prime downtown location is ideal for supporting our future growth plans” said Roxanne Bernstein, Chief Marketing Officer of Heritage Home Group.  “This move is a significant investment and reflects our commitment to building the unique identity of each of the brands in our portfolio.”  

High Point Fall Market will run October 18-23, 2014.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Surya to Showcase New Looks At Atlanta & Las Vegas Markets

Surya will debut a number of inspired new home accessory collections at the upcoming summer markets. Reflecting a wide spectrum of innovative constructions, material combinations, colors palettes and styles, the latest designs will be artfully displayed in Surya’s showroom at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market (AmericasMart 11-A-1) and Las Vegas Market (WMC C-400).

Among the new introductions are several Asian-inspired collections, including colorful, screen-printed silk pillows with Japanese-themed designs and a range of hand-hooked rugs showcasing overscaled bamboo, lattice and floral motifs. Also new are indoor/outdoor rugs featuring graceful koi and abstract designs that resemble Zen sand paintings.

Scandinavian-inspired designs with bright primary hues and simple geometric combinations will be featured alongside several rug collections in the Modern Craft trend, including designs in soft pastels with crochet trims for a feminine take on the trend and geometric designs woven with natural yarns and neon highlights. Textural wall hangings in the Modern Craft style will also make their debut.

In addition, visitors to the Surya showroom can expect to see a number of flatweave rugs constructed of natural fibers combined with touches of viscose and other materials to provide interesting texture and luster. Coordinating jacquard rugs and pillows with global themes, and Art Deco-inspired pillows with simple, satin-stitched embroidered designs will be spotlighted as well.

Rounding out the introductions is Surya’s expanded bedding collection – featuring popular designs by Australian style icon Florence Broadhurst presented in sophisticated, eye-catching colorways.

“Our product development team has worked diligently to create an inviting new range of fashion-forward collections that not only capture the essence of the latest trends but also incorporate novel constructions and techniques not found elsewhere,” said Lynne Meredith, vice president of Product Development, Surya. “We look forward to sharing these innovations with our designer and retailer customers as we continue to add depth and breadth to our product offerings.”

Thursday, July 03, 2014

New Award-Winning Shower System From GRAFF

GRAFF, the premier manufacturer of precision-engineered contemporary products for the bath and kitchen, announces today that its Ametis Shower System has won the 2013-2014 Golden A’Design Award for Bathroom Furniture and Sanitary Ware Design. The A'Design Award and Competition targets designers, innovators and companies, and aims to highlight the excellent qualifications of best designs, design concepts and design-oriented products worldwide. The Ametis symbolizes the fusion between the universe above and the oceans below, which is a futuristic “ode” to high design in the bathroom.

The Ametis Shower System contains many high-tech engineering features and integrates a chromotherapy system using LED lighting. The LED lighting is positioned within the shower ring to add new dimension to the column, thanks to the indirect lighting - still a seldom used concept in bathroom design. This creates a soothing halo effect for the desired ambiance. With LED lights reflecting off the ceiling, the Ametis includes a 6-color LED controller, which allows the user to choose their mood or “chroma.” The color green induces healing, yellow for hope and optimism, blue for serenity, and red for joy.
“We are delighted to receive such a prestigious award and it is a testament that the Ametis Shower System is the future of contemporary faucet and shower design,” said Ziggy Kulig, president and CEO of GRAFF. “Consumers’ bathrooms are their private ‘sanctuary’ and, therefore, they are looking for design elements that help them relax and revitalize. The Ametis Shower System is created using superior design techniques and innovative technology to support the theory that chromotherapy can lead to a good night’s sleep, a more positive outlook on life and a complete feeling of tranquility.”

Made with brass and stainless steel, Ametis is available in chrome, architectural black and architectural white finishes, offering designers a variety of choices for the bath space. The highly resistant coating of the finishes defines the shapes and curves of Ametis.

The A’Design Award winners were announced to the international public via a gala and exhibition in Italy. The A' Design award jury is composed of academics, professionals and consumer focus group members who follow strict guidelines to provide a fair and ethical evaluation.

High Point Market Wins Social Media Award at Expo E.X.C.I.T.E. Awards

The High Point Market Authority has won the “Use of a Social Media Network Award” at the annual Expo E.X.C.I.T.E. Awards luncheon, beating out the New York International Auto Show, Cisco Live and other notable trade shows. The award recognized High Point Market’s wildly popular Style Spotters program. The E.X.C.I.T.E. Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in trade shows and events and are presented by Expo, the multichannel brand serving the trade show industry, providing insight, information and inspiration for show organizers.

High Point Market, including the Inspiration Campaign and Style Spotters Program, was also a finalist for Best Show (Overall), Use of a Marketing Campaign and Use of Marketing Collateral competing against brands and shows such as GameStop, American Dental Association, and LIGHTFAIR. In 2013, the High Point Market won the E.X.C.I.T.E. Award for Best Marketing Collateral.

“We are honored to be recognized and excited to have won for our understanding and use of social media,” said Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. “Our social media buzz and focused marketing efforts have provided great exposure for High Point Market. We are thrilled to share this honor with our talented marketing agency Emisare.”

Campaigns developed by Emisare in collaboration with the High Point Market have a great track record. The 2013 Inspiration ad campaign focused on delivering a clear message and making a meaningful statement about High Point Market. It presented the High Point Market as the center of inspiration in the home furnishings industry, where manufacturers, retailers and designers alike can come to collaborate. The campaign has already won several awards, including taking home Best in Show, Best of North Carolina, two Gold awards (best in category- complete campaign and print ads), one Silver (press invitation direct mail piece) and one Bronze award (new logo design) at the 2013 ProAds Awards competition.

Award recipients and honorable mentions were revealed on June 25, 2014, at the E.X.C.I.T.E. Awards Luncheon in Baltimore, MD. This celebratory event kicked off the ExpoNext Conference, which is dedicated to helping senior-level trade show executives and their teams grow their shows and communities through cutting-edge strategies in marketing, sales and operations.