09 October 2009

Contemporary pendant lamps

Pendant lamps designed as flashlights by Andrea Chin and available through imm LivingDesigner Andrea Chin found inspiration in camping for the design of these pendant lamps. imm Living says the Flashlights come in three sizes: "a robust one fit for the hands of a lumberjack, svelte streamlined one for the lady of the house and little one perfect for ghost busting."




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08 October 2009

Colorful knives and knife blocks

Homer Laughlin China Co. offers knife blocks in the shape of its iconic Fiesta disk pitcher. giftandhometoday.blogspot.com, housewares, knives, Fiestaware The Homer Laughlin China Co., maker of Fiesta dinnerware, has added stainless steel knives, in partnership with Cambridge Silversmith. An 11-piece set includes a knife block in the iconic shape of Fiesta's disk pitcher. A six-piece knife set with a drawer knife block is also available.
The block comes in a number of stains, depending on the color of the knife set. Solid colors are scarlet, tangerine, sunflower, cobalt, peacock, chocolate and black. The black set is sold with a clear-coated natural wood block or tray.




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07 October 2009

Silver-plated serveware

Vellum's Positano collection of antique reproduction silverplated serveware includes a sauce dish and canape forks.Vellum's Positano collection reproduction serveware is made of silver plate. The sauce dish holds such staples as dressings, side dishes, and condiments. The Nautilus shell holds canape forks.



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06 October 2009

New 2010 jewelry show in Las Vegas

from a press release:
BALTIMORE, MD (October 6, 2009) With more than 500 professional artisans who produce fine art jewelry and related luxury gifts, NICHE: The Show will welcome trade buyers June 6, 7 and 8, 2010, at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

NICHE: The Show is the newest tradeshow presented by the Buyers Market of American Craft. It is the third show scheduled in The Rosen Group's line-up for 2010.

Drawing on nearly 30 years of tradeshow experience, The Rosen Group plans a Las Vegas show tailored to the needs of Jewelry Week buyers.

“Foremost, NICHE: The Show will be attractive to jewelry stores and the fine craft shops catering to discerning shoppers who value standout design and quality,” says Christine Kloostra, show director. “This is not the ‘same-old solitaire’ show; this is the ‘wow, my customer is a tastemaker’ show. Our professional studio and bench artists produce creative and custom lines and one-of-a-kind art pieces in gold, silver, diamonds, pearls and precious stones.”

In the current economy, consumers place a high value on handmade and one-of-a-kind objects that deliver style at a price point that is approachable, says Wendy Rosen, president of The Rosen Group. To appeal to the consumer who doesn’t want to wear what every other woman is wearing, artisan-designed-and-produced jewelry from the U.S. and Canada is the answer.

In addition, NICHE: The Show will be a jewelry store owner’s one-stop source in Las Vegas for fine gift, accessory and store display items, Rosen says.

“Jewelry stores have discovered that American handmade gifts, sculpture and art glass are hot categories that add beauty and elegance to their stores, and are great wedding and anniversary gifts for customers,” adds Rosen. “Nowhere else at Jewelry Week will you find such a selection of artist-designed and handmade ring boxes, presentation trays and bowls, sculpture, perfume bottles and other tabletop accessories in blown glass, ceramics, handcarved woods and embellished metals. This is art for your showcases and for the top of your customer’s vanity table.”


The Rosen Group publishes NICHE magazine, the exclusive trade publication for independent retailers of fine craft and jewelry, and AmericanStyle magazine, an arts lifestyle magazine for collectors, travelers and enthusiasts. The Rosen Group also produces the Buyers Market of American Craft tradeshows, scheduled February 12-15, 2010, with a jewelry preview February 11, in Philadelphia; and August 23-25, 2010, in Baltimore.

Garden accents

Rowe Pottery and Woolrich are in a licensing agreement for tabletop and garden decor.Woolrich is in a licensing agreement with Rowe Pottery Works for a full line of handcrafted dinnerware and garden décor products. Select pieces were shown at the September 2009 International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market at Chicago's Merchandise Mart. The introduction of the complete line will take place at the January 2010 Atlanta market.
Two dinnerware collections, Northwoods and Evening Sage, and garden décor including planters, pots, herb containers, bird houses and even a toad house, were included in the inaugural launch. Designs and color palettes were created to complement the brand’s textiles and outdoor fabric offerings.
Shown are (from left) a hanging birdhouse, a garden toad house and a low-profile herb planter. (Click image for larger view.)


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05 October 2009

Thomas Bina for Four Hands


Thomas Bina is designing furniture for Four Hands, Austin Texas. The new line of eco-friendly furnishings is being launched at the October 2009 High Point, N.C. furniture market.
Eco-conscious designer Thomas Bina entered into an agreement to create a new subsidiary company of Four Hands to be called bina. The line will debut at this month's furniture market in High Point, N.C. (Click images for larger view.)




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