19 July 2011

Gifts and home decor at California Gift Show

MMPI and California Gift Show (CGS) announce a strong line-up of unique, on-trend products and collections debuting at Market this July. More than 10,000 lines from over 1,200 temporary exhibitors and permanent showrooms will provide buyers a myriad of product offerings with emphasis on the region’s emerging product designers, artists and craftsmen, placing California at the forefront of international design. The show runs Tuesday, July 19 to Monday, July 25.

New to Los Angeles Convention Center, The Editor At Large curated exhibition, California Bespoke introduces to buyers a gallery-inspired design showcase presenting one-of-a-kind, limited edition and new-to-market home fashions, accessories, hand-crafted objects and original works of art from the region’s next generation of design tastemakers.  Following is a sample of gifts and accessories to be exhibited there. (Descriptions and photos courtesy of California Gift Show.)

Amery Carrière Designs introduces the Monarch wing with diamonds necklace. Produced in downtown Los Angeles, this vermeil monarch wing is accented with 5 diamonds on a 42" oxidized sterling chain; it can be worn long or doubled for a shorter necklace. All of Amery’s designs are hand-carved in wax in her Silverlake studio, located in southern California. Each piece is cast using the ancient art of lost-wax casting. www.amerycarriere.com CGS Location: Beckman’s Handcrafted Show, Booth 203, L.A. Mart

Textile Treasures introduces a very special, Qing Dynasty Zhaung baby carrier, an heirloom over 100 years old. Qing Dynasty Zhaung baby carrier was made by the TuZu Zhang minority group from Wenshang County, Yunnan Province, China. Exquisite carrier with dramatic raised, soiled white piled stitched spiral shapes; infill and side strips of intricate gold foil couched beaten cloth appliqué including coins; bottom bordered with fancy chain knotted stitch of floral design on red silk 24”x23” (not including black carrier); this heirloom item is over 100 years old Such baby carriers are very hard to find in good condition and of this quality; Textile Treasures carries other one-of-a-kind pieces that are similar.  CGS Location: Kentia Global Marketplace, Los Angeles Convention Center

Bend Seating introduces The Farmhouse Lounge Chair is as sturdy as an antiquated piece of farm machinery, and as easy to relax in after 10 hours on the clock as a pair of worn out dungarees. Despite its pure geometry there is a rustic quality in this chair; the backrest is inspired by the architecture of old Amish barns. Select Orange, Black or White finish, then select with or without optional quilted cushion in 1 of 4 colors. www.bendseating.com CGS Location: Fine Lines Company, Suite 449, L.A. Mart

Bunnies by the Bay features its Skipits Best Vest, Bucket Hat and Snugs, new products for an existing line at the California Gift Show represented by Joanne and Company at L.A. Mart. A sweet and sporty look with a cozy collar that joins together with soft floppy ears; puppy pockets just the right size for busy hands; stitched on front. Finish the outfit with soft fleece hat with floppy ears and a sweet puppy face (cream cotton knit lining) and lined snug go-go booties with red skid soles. www.bunniesbythebay.com
CGS Location: Joanne & Company, Suite 340, L.A. Mart

Bauer Pottery Company of Los Angeles manufactures Bauer 2000 pottery styled after Bauer vintage American pottery, Russel Wright's American Modern line of dinnerware and gardenware under the Home by Sunset™ banner. As an accent in the yard, center- piece for a table or elsewhere ‘round the house, the new Garden Orb will is available in three sizes. www.bauerpottery.com CGS Location: California Bespoke Exhibit, South Hall, Los Angeles Convention Center

Caleb Siemon Glassware features the Chaos Wrap Pendant which uses a chaos wrap over clear or metalic crystal. Differences in melting temperatures are exploited to create a textural and bulbous surface. The wraps create unique and dynamic shadows on the surrounding environment. Handblown, signed and shaped in lead free crystal by Caleb Siemon and made in Southern California.
www.calebandcarmen.com CGS Location: California Bespoke Exhibit, South Hall, Los Angeles Convention Center

Toss Designs introduces the Magnificent Vineyard Tote, The perfectly stylish every day tote! One interior zipped and two exterior front pockets keep you organized. Zip closure. The vinyl covering wipes clean. Since 2004, the girls at Toss have been living and breathing handbags! With a flair for fashion and an eye for detail, Toss has become the authority on totes, travel bags and all accessories in between. Design house located in California. www.tossdesigns.com CGS Location: Remembrance, Suite 360, L.A. Mart

Grandway Honduras introduces Red Cherry Gloveables, waterproof gloves unlike any ordinary kitchen glove. The perfect way to protect your hands while still being fashionable and comfortable – Gloveables brand gloves are ideal for cleaning, dish washing, gardening, and anything else that could spoil a manicure. www.grandwayhonduras.com CGS Location: Showroom 504 On 3/Cina Hodges, Suite 304, L.A. Mart

Samuel Price Art features “Anita,” an eco-friendly 24"x30"collage on canvas (2010).  Samuel Price is a self trained artist from San Francisco, California. Price creates stylized contemporary designs using donated recycled magazines to assemble his paper collage. He has been creating collage portraits for over ten years resulting in a wide body of original artwork for sale and commission. Samuel Price Art is new to the California Gift Show.  www.samuelpriceart.com

Gated Distribution, Inc. brings its Reva Expanding Flower Vase to CGS for the first time. Reva is ultra-portable and convenient, use it again and again, or recycle it. Great for bulk purchases for parties, banquets and religious celebrations; it is durable, stable and shatterproof - kid and pet safe. Ideal for gifting flowers on any occasion! Reva™ is environmentally friendly - RECYCLABLE #1; no PVC; much less energy & fuel used during production and transportation compared to traditional glass & ceramic vases. This product/line is new to the California Gift Show; company is Southern California based. CGS Location: South Hall #2536, Los Angeles Convention Center

Irons & Duck showcases its Saw Horse Shelving unit made from an original saw horse discovered locally on location in Los Angeles. Three shelves fabricated using local metal and workmanship. www.ironsandduck.com  CGS Location: Beckman’s Handcrafted Show, Booth 633, L.A. Mart.

Chehoma is the Belgian maker of gorgeous home accents and embellishments, making their West Coast debut at the Stephen Young showroom. Their designers bring a unique sense of whimsy and charm into all of their items. From decorative notions like ornaments, to candle holders and picture frames, Chehoma’s pieces are both unique and beautiful. CGS Location: Stephen Young, Suite 830, 839, L.A. Mart

Geared for Imagination introduces its Ze Super Heroes, hero friends whose super powers and problems blend. They are for all ages; detachable cape comforter; pouch to store little treasures; 8.5 inches tall. Geared for Imagination is an Ohio-based creator and distributor of high-quality products for kids and 'kidults'. Through a network of retail outlets around the United States, including gift shops, toy stores, museum shops and many more types of retailers, the company strives to deliver the kinds of products that they want their own kids to play with. Products are "Driven by Design, Powered by Play". Geared for Imagination was founded in 2009 by two dads, Ryan Hamilton (2 daughters, 1 son) and Bret Faber (1 daughter, 1 son). Their many years in the toy business and their experience as fathers help them find only the best products to bring to market. www.gearedforimagination.com  CGS Location: new to Anne McGilvray & Company, Suite 345, L.A. Mart

Jellycat, the British design-led soft toy company based in London brings Scruff Pup to CGS. Their quirky creatures and accessories are a big hit in Europe, where they are perceived more as fashion accessories than soft toys, and are becoming increasingly collectible. Jellycat wants to influence people’s lives, really making them smile as they buy and they believe their animals do just that. www.jellycat.com
CGS Location: Stephen Young, Suites 830, 839, L.A. Mart

The Little Acorn brings its Best Friends placemats and Little Acorn Rugs to CGS for the very first time. This San Francisco based company brings a fresh spin on children’s décor – offering wall art, pillows and other decorative items. Desiring for every child to grow up happy, Little Acorn incorporates educational messages within each finely designed product. Hand-hooked 100% virgin wool, rugs feature new yarn technique that minimizes shedding (safer for young children and easier to care for); latex free, cotton-duck backing. CGS Location: South Hall #2201, Los Angeles Convention Center

Tina Frey Designs of San Francisco are designers and makers of a collection of useful everyday objects and jewelry in resin available in a variety of delicious colors around the world. The pieces in the collection are hand sculpted by Tina Frey. Sculpting starts with an idea that is cohesive with the rest of the collection. Inspirations for the designs come from many things: The shapes are inspired by organic forms in nature and objects found in travels around the world. Featured is the medium pedestal in pink. www.tinafreydesigns.com CGS Location: California Bespoke Exhibit, South Hall, Los Angeles Convention Center

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