16 April 2011

While you were out: a recap of recent home decor news

NY Gift Fair welcomes the Gourmet Housewares Show in August
The New York International Gift Fair said this week the implementation of Phase Two of  a three-year strategic reorganization begins in August with the integration of the Gourmet Housewares Show into NYIGF, the addition of new product-focused “neighborhoods” in several divisions and continued refinement of existing categories.  Seminars, special events, displays and promotions are among other highlights of the summer market, which runs Aug. 13-18 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 and 94.
“Through ‘Focus Forward 2013,’ NYIGF continues to transform and strategically reorganize to become the defining marketplace for fashion-forward, design-driven home, gift and lifestyle resources,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president. “The first time integration of The Gourmet Housewares Show will exponentially increase and complement the breadth and depth of resources for buyers, and a series of enhancements to other divisions will dramatically facilitate sourcing and shopping for buyers.”

Honors for designer Michael Aram
Gift for Life will honor Michael Aram with the Gift For Life Industry Achievement Award during Gifts & Decorative Accessories' 60th Annual Retailer Excellence Awards, taking place Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

ADEX award for maker of massage chairs, recliners
Human Touch, a maker of massage chairs and Perfect Chair recliners received three 2011 ADEX Awards for design excellence in the massage chair category. Conducted each year by the Design Journal, the annual Awards for Design Excellence (ADEX) competition recognizes superior product design of furnishings marketed and sold throughout the international architecture and design industry.

Dallas Market names 3 'Next Big Thing' finalists
Dallas Market Center announced the finalists of The Next Big Thing, a national product search contest – IV Pole Pals ( www.ivpolepals.com ), The Feeling Bag (www.thefeelingbag.com) and The Pillow Bag (www.thepillowbag.com). The finalists will exhibit at the FINDS Dallas Temp Show, June 23-26, which coincides with the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, June 22-28.

Affordable Art Fair New York City begins May 5
7 W New York is the venue for the spring edition of the Affordable Art Fair New York City (AAF NYC).  It will take place on the 11th floor of 7 W 34th Street from May 5-8, 2011.  The AAF, a popular consumer art show started by Will Ramsay 12 years ago, was created to make contemporary art accessible to all and is now held in nine premier locations worldwide attracting a wide cross-section of art enthusiasts.

TrafficBuilder hits 2 million emails
SnapRetail said the sum of emails sent from hundreds of independent retailers using its TrafficBuilder marketing platform hit the 2-millionth mark this week. The platorm makes it easy for retailers to use email, Facebook and Twitter to market products and drive increased sales.   TrafficBuilder is said to be a quick and easy online marketing system that gives retailers the ability to create high-impact emails, Facebook, or Twitter posts in minutes. The unique solution includes tens of thousands of product images and branded content from leading manufacturers such as Vera Bradley, Mud Pie, Yankee Candle, Midwest-CBK, Evergreen and more.

15 April 2011

Beautiful new bed linens



Wildcat Territory showed new top-of-bed designs at this month's High Point furniture market. The "vast majority" of its products are made in the USA, the company says.

According to a company press release: “We are seeing a growing interest and awareness among consumers now in where the products they buy are made,” says Nancy Reib, Wildcat Territory president. “For companies like ours, this is a very positive trend. Wildcat Territory has been committed to manufacturing in America since launching our company some 15 years ago, and it’s one of the core values that I believe has set us apart in the marketplace.”

While Reib admits that it’s nearly impossible to create textiles from start to finish with 100 percent American-made materials today, she makes a point of working with domestic mills to develop exclusive fabrics and color-ways whenever possible. This Market, Tristan, a fabric woven in a pattern developed by Wildcat Territory in a pale silvery gray and cream, is a prime example of this approach.

Wildcat Territory also showed 40 new, high-quality rug designs that coordinate with its bedding collection, produced in partnership with Delos.

14 April 2011

Selected works of Mexican artist Karla d’Lara

Phillips Collection showed 350 works of Mexican artist Karla d’Lara at the High Point market earlier this month. The company featured her sculptures, tables and accessories for 2011.

The Phillips Collection provided this statement about the artist:

Making use of her memory, Karla d’Lara recreates a universe of atmospheres touched by the mystery of that which is poetic. Her work is an expression of genuine character which reveals itself as a powerful wave of technique, color and vivid movement.
Memories…to create atmospheres, defines Karla’s intuitive sense of art. Memory is the storehouse for abstractness which may materialize during a walk on a summer’s evening, like a voyeur in a faraway place. Its unstated goal is to discover the essential aroma of emotions resulting from a process of seduction. Expressed through the hands of an artist, its immense power is revealed for all to see.

She began to study photography as a teenager during summer trips abroad, and it became her first great passion. After taking advanced courses and accumulating plenty of experience, she traveled through Europe, Asia, and the Americas capturing the images of different cultures.

Karla is able to amalgamate her ideas with the help of skilled and exacting craftsmen, who have shared their homegrown techniques from workshops in Tonala, Jalisco, a hotbed of artists and great authors. A case in point is artist Salvador Rabelero, an expert in ceramics, glass, pigment combinations, acrylic paintings and mixed techniques. Today he is Karla’s inseparable partner in artistic creation.

13 April 2011

2 new air purifiers for home or office

The stylish cylindrically shaped silver and black mesh Blueair Model 103 air purifier is designed for small rooms (150 square feet; 14 square meters; or smaller), such as bedrooms, playrooms and home offices. The new model use HEPAQuiet air purifying technology that is said to deliver more clean air at a faster rate with less noise than any other comparably rated air purifier on the market.

The company's new ZON personal air purifier stands less than 8 in (20 cm) tall and weighs just 1.5 lbs (6.8 kg). with the filter included.

12 April 2011

Contemporary buffet, cocktail tables

The Palito buffet

The Moderna collection from Roberta Schilling uses smooth metal, exotic woods and delicate fibers cut into clean lines and striking shapes.

Biondina cocktail table

Bioanda cocktail table

11 April 2011

6 new photo frames

Prinz has designed new sophisticated and elegant photo frames. The Metal Radiance, Luxe and Boutique series, each known for featuring artistic treatments and classic stylings, debut 36 new frames to the Prinz line.

The Metal Radiance collection, featuring sweeping curves and elegant angles, premieres over 20 new additions for 2011, including Metro, a four-opening frame featuring classic metal with chrome accents. The contemporary-style frame is available in black or brushed silver and holds 4x6 photos.

Whitman is an antique-copper frame with a rustic intertwined twig design. Sizes include 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10. The Luxe series has classic moldings and contemporary profiles. Among the new additions is Annabelle, a beveled-style frame featuring an intricate floral pattern in antique gold or silver. Other collections are Luxe and Boutique.






10 April 2011

Sunday special: Designing a comfortable guest room

Gift & Home Today invited Design Shuffle to write about creating a hospitable guest room.

If you entertain overnight guests often, you may have wondered what it really takes to make them truly comfortable and feeling at home in your domain. New York interior designer, Tom Scheerer knows. His design philosophy is based on “fresh, civilized, beautiful and unpretentious spaces.” He recently shared his checklist of “guest room” essentials with House Beautiful. With his suggestions in mind, we put together a visual representation of eight items he deems must-haves. From shampoo to a fresh nosegay, your guests won’t be running out of their room every five minutes in search of additional necessities.
1. Luxurious bath towels
These Coyuchi Organic Cotton Willow Bath Towels truly know the meaning of being “green.” They’re as eco-friendly as they are luxurious.

2. Fresh Soap

Oprah once conveyed it was not a pleasant experience to be a guest in someone’s home and be faced with a used bar of soap. The makers of the self-described “pure decadence” Chocolate Luxury Bar know how to treat a guest right. Creamy and conditioning, this handmade soap offers the fragrance of dark and milk chocolate oils and is naturally colored by cocoa powder.
3. Shampoo

Dubbed as the “special occasion” shampoo by Redbook and the “best of the best” by Vogue, Philip B. Botanicals Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo is “rich, thick and honeylike” and even multiple-award winning. We think your guests will approve.
4. Bath oil or foam
This Penhaligon Artemisia Bath Oil brings back memories of days gone by in the early ‘90s when everything was coming up Victorian. Their scented book collections of love poems smelled of lavender, gardenia and roses. Their Artemisia oil has base notes of sandalwood, violet, vanilla, green apple and lily of the valley.

5. Terry robe
Make your guests feel as if they have just stepped into a guest room at the Savoy in London with a comfy pure fiber kimono-style white robe made from 100% organic combed cotton from Baskets of Inspiration.

6 Refillable water vessel and a glass

The Bedside Water Carafe Set from My Wedding Favorites can be personalized with your or maybe your guest’s initials for a gift they can take home with them. It is hand blown and holds a little over 16 ounces of liquid.
7. Alarm clock
Pottery Barn’s interpretation of a vintage classic is timeless. Did we just say that? The Charleston clock will be sure to wake your guests from their comfort-induced slumber.

8. Bedside nosegay

We provided sources for seven of Tom’s recommendations, but this one you’ll have to run to the florist for or get DYI home décor ideas from Focal Point’s Sneak Peak at Sherbert Nosegays. They look good enough to eat.

The remainder of Tom’s list of guest room essentials, which are no less important, includes a range of magazines, a range of hangers, a pad and pencil, a luggage rack, an orange or an apple. With all of the luxurious items you provide them, your guests may never leave their room!

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