No longer just an ubiquitous construction material, concrete has become one of the hot new materials in home décor as well. A perfect complement to the equally popular industrial look, concrete brings sleek style to the home, whether with a rough or polished finish.
NY Now housewares exhibitors introduce a variety of food prep and kitchen tools as well as cooking solutions for quick and nutritious meals. The rise of environmentally friendly lunch packs that reduce waste are also a focus, making it easy for busy consumers to keep food and beverages cold on the go.
A full slate of educational sessions covering a broad gamut of business strategies will enrich the market experience for participants at this month’s NY Now. Industry experts will dissect practically every aspect of business operations—social media marketing, visual merchandising, tax preparation, demographic analysis, importing advice—and share savvy, actionable strategies. There is also a full slate of after-hours events. The complete seminar and event schedule is available online at nynow.com/programs.
“We’re committed to delivering not just outstanding home and lifestyle, but to go beyond to help market participants better their businesses and to enjoy the best of New York City,” said Randi Mohr, NY Now co-director and vice president. “From visual merchandising ideas to social media strategies, from staffing solutions to millennial consumers, from design trends to overcoming importing hurdles, we have practically every aspect of the industry covered.”
Introductions in tabletop run the gamut from bone china and porcelain dinnerware to serving pieces made from leather, wood and other natural materials. Longtime exhibitors will be featured alongside show returnees as well as newcomers, promising plenty of inspired and innovative goods, several of which are highlighted here. The show takes place Aug. 15-19 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
The tabletop and gift categories continue to grow in Las Vegas. Michael Aram and Skyros Designs have both expanded their showrooms on c-ONE, the cross-category venue for tabletop, gifts and home decor at Las Vegas Market. With its additional frontage, Aram’s new showroom, which is 40 percent larger, has reshaped the C-ONE entryway and created a new layout that better facilitates traffic flow. Skyros Designs has more than doubled in size, to a 1,830-square-foot showroom. “Las Vegas Market continues to emphasize and advance the aesthetic appeal of the market experience, while also enhancing and expanding its overall resources for buyers,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers. “These new developments on C-ONE reflect a continued, and carefully considered series of improvements to the market experience.” Other c-ONE brands include Abbiamo Tutto, Alessi, Lenox, Lunares, Mariposa, Match, Prouna USA, Rolf Glass, Vagabond House and WWRD. Vest & Associates, meanwhile, offers goods from Mary Jurek Designs, Red Pomegranate, Simon Pierce and Vista Alegre. Tabletop can also be found on C11, a new permanent showroom floor. Several introductions are featured here.
It’s summer in Sin City, and the newest additions to the rug category will certainly sizzle at Las Vegas Market. Offering everything from crisp modern geometrics to faded vintage looks, these introductions will add a powerful punch to the floor.
This month’s NY Now trade show will have its usual panoply of textile introductions. According to Emerald Expositions, the show’s owner and manager, this month’s NY Now will feature the largest number of new and returning companies ever, along with the largest number of international exhibitors and the largest-ever edition of Artisan Resource, the co-located show that focuses on artisanal product manufacturers from all over the world.
Furniture, lighting and décor manufacturers are featuring mixed elements and materials in their designs to be introduced at Las Vegas Market. From industrial elements and vintage designs to traditional linen upholstery and distressed metals and chrome, these designs are sure to tantalize retail merchants with eye-appeal, pizzazz and comfort, of course.
Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the renowned Red Dot competition for good design feted the 2015 winners at the Red Dot Gala in Essen, Germany, late last month. This year’s competition had a record number of 4,928 entries from 56 countries. Here are only a few of the winners. —Andrea Lillo