14 January 2011

Hand-painted boxes and dream catchers

Elizabeth Slomka has a unique way of painting on layered glass that illuminates her mystical paintings. Her paintings are called “Faerie Windows” and have a three-dimensional feel. She calls these images of the unseen world of faeries.

At the Beckman's Handcrafted show in Chicago (Jan. 21 to 24), Slomka will debut two new products: Faerie Wish Boxes and Faerie Dream Catchers. The copper-lined glass boxes are topped with a handmade "Faerie Window" painting. The ribbon-hung dream
catchers feature a handmade painting.

13 January 2011

Luggage, aprons and manicure kits

Manicure kits in a ribbon design
Mommy & Me apron set
6-piece luggage set

Isabella’s Journey Brocade is a new six-piece luggage set from Manual Woodworkers and Weavers. (Last season's introduction was a zebra pattern.) The set consists of a traveler, a hanging jewelry/toiletry bag, cosmetics bags (in three sizes), a "Hipster" and a tote.
Other new items shown at the winter markets include manicure kits and mother-daughter apron sets.

12 January 2011

Decorative white ceramic accessories

 Vellum is exhibiting its decorative ceramic accessories at the Atlanta gift show (in High Design) and at the New York gift show (Pier 94).

11 January 2011

Fair trade handbags and totes

Mar Y Sol calls itself "a socially responsible resort accessories company that collaborates with artists in New York and artisans in Madagascar." The company designs and creates authentic accessories made by hand using natural materials sourced sustainably from Madagascar’s forests. The sale of the products enables families to gain economic independence and promotes environmental conservation. This is achieved through fair trade partnerships with artisans who make a living wage through Mar Y Sol's “trade not aid” business model.
The totes, clutches and zippered pouches are made of brightly colored raffia, jute and wild seagrass. Handles are made of wood.

The Avalon

The Guadaloupe

The Maybelle

The Panama
In Atlanta, see the bags at the Aesthetic Movement showroom (building one, 10th floor).

10 January 2011

Tervis celebrates 65th anniversary

Tervis is moving into a new permanent showroom in the Dallas Trade Mart (Suite 1034). To celebrate its 65th birthday, the company invites retailers to join it for a “birthday cake cocktail” and enter to win give-a-ways.making a splash in 2011. the date is Jan. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.

See the new Tervis tumblers for 2011, including the 10-ounce wavy tumbler (below), the 24-ounce “handy” tumbler with convenient slip-on handle and the 16-ounce Shaker Top tumbler.

The Tervis Wavy Tumbler

See Tervis on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

09 January 2011

Thomas O'Brien to speak at the L.A. Mart

Thomas O'Brien
press release

L.A. Mart Design Center and the California Gift Show are proud to announce that celebrated interiors and product designer Thomas O’Brien will give this January Market’s keynote presentation on Friday, January 21, 2011.

O’Brien, who has made appearances at several L.A. Mart Design Center events, will discuss his design philosophy and his book, American Modern, a survey of seven of his most influential projects ranging from traditional to modern in style. A books signing and reception follows the presentation.
Thomas O’Brien has made a career of translating cool notions of modernism into an easy and generous array of modern styles. His traditional-to-modern design philosophy defines an eponymous brand of new-classic home furnishings, with furniture, lighting, tableware, textiles, carpets, and bedding and bath collections, for both fine and daily living. In addition, O’Brien is widely recognized for his popular Thomas O’Brien Vintage Modern collection for Target. His work has been featured in endless publications including Elle Decor, House & Garden, House Beautiful, Metropolitan Home, Town & Country, The New York Times and Architectural Digest, among others.
"We are extremely pleased that Thomas will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Market,” said Jeff Sampson, vice president marketing, L.A. Mart Design Center. “Year-round we dedicate ourselves to being the very best resource to southern California’s design community. Bringing design luminaries like O’Brien to our designers in addition to the unique, new-to-market products from our permanent showrooms and temporary gift exhibitors extends our value exponentially.”

DESIGNSTUDIO is one of those market resources. A vast array of sources for the interior designer as well as the retailer who carries home furnishings once again debuts at L.A. Mart’s 2nd Floor Exhibition Hall this January. “With floor coverings, lighting, antiques, tabletop d├ęcor, contemporary and classic furniture, as well as a varied selection of both au courant and traditional artwork, DESIGNSTUDIO will prove to be a valuable tool for designers and buyers who are searching for a new and unique selection of merchandise for the home,” said Frank Joens, Vice President, Sales, California Gift Show.

Special Design Center programming on Friday, January 21:

Thomas O'Brien Keynote Presentation

11:00 a.m. - noon

Location: L.A Mart, California Room, 2nd floor

Thomas O’Brien Booksigning and Reception

(Books will be available for purchase at the on-site Book Soup kiosk)

12:00 noon

Location: L.A. Mart, 2nd Floor Exhibition Hall

Thomas O’Brien Designer reception hosted by Haptor Barrett showroom

2 p.m. Meet & Greet with Thomas O’Brien

Thomas O’Brien Introduces his Library Collection for Hickory Chair, a new collection inspired by his own home in Long Island and created to celebrate his tenth anniversary with the company. Location: Haptor Barrett Suite 1104
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