23 July 2011

Furnishings industry honors Allan H. Palecek

Allan H. Palecek to Receive Academy of Achievement Honor at 23rd Annual ARTS Awards

DALLAS – Dallas Market Center, the world’s most complete wholesale marketplace, and the Accessories Resource Team (ART), the trade association representing the decorative accessory industry, today announced that Allan H. Palecek, founder/CEO and lead designer of Palecek, will receive the Academy of Achievement Award at the 23rd annual ARTS Awards taking place on Saturday, January 21, 2012.

“Allan’s dedication to design, function and craftsmanship have led his brand to become one of the most recognized and well-respected in the industry,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. “His contribution to the home décor industry is immeasurable and we are pleased to recognize his nearly 35 years of excellence with this honor.”

The ARTS Awards is the premier awards program for the home decorative accessories industry. The Academy of Achievement honor is awarded each year to recognize companies and/or individuals that have made significant contributions to the industry. The award will be presented at the ARTS Awards new location, the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

Allan H. Palecek was born in 1944 to Eddie and Laverne Palecek in Munden, Kan. Eddie and Laverne raised Allan and younger sister Patricia on the family’s wheat and cattle farm; instilling in them a deep respect for hard work. Allan’s education began in a one-room country school house and he went on to graduate from Emporia State University with a degree in business. After college, Allan joined the Air Force and spent six years as a pilot. Following flying missions in Vietnam, Allan was stationed near San Francisco, Calif., where the idea for Palecek first came to him while waiting for a job as an airline pilot. The Bay Area has been home ever since for him and his wife Nancy, whom he met in 1973. The following year, Palecek was first introduced to the industry at the San Francisco Gift Show on the bottom shelf of another vendor’s display. Despite the placement of the product Allan had an incredibly successful show and set up shipping from his garage. He received his first shipment from Asia in 1974, one box of baskets that fit into the back of a borrowed pickup truck. After landing his first major customer, Bloomingdales, in 1975, Palecek moved to a 3,000-square-foot basement without windows, plumbing or an elevator.

After two years of traveling the globe looking for beautiful items, it became evident to Allan that there was a need for the design of accessories focusing on function, beauty and style. Designing products soon became a passion for Allan. By 1979, he had designed extensive furniture, lamp and gift lines. Today, in-house custom lamp production, furniture finishing, custom upholstery and a hospitality division make Palecek unique in the industry. Allan has designed collections of home furnishings that blend old world inspired designs, modern flair and a traditional aesthetic with a commitment to natural and sustainable fibers and handcrafted elegance.

Residing in the heart of San Francisco, Calif. for seven years, Palecek headquarters then moved to Richmond, Calif., where the brand became one of the largest employers in the area; at one point occupying five separate warehouses. Today, Palecek occupies a 220,000-square-foot facility, housing all departments as well as corporate offices. There are now seven Palecek showrooms and numerous designer trade showrooms across the country.

Some of Allan’s numerous charitable contributions include: Habitat for Humanity, Hospice, Red Cross disaster relief, Build the Cure Dream House, Children in Crisis, Child Haven, Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief, New York Lower East Side Settlement, Neighborhood House, El Cerrito/Richmond Police and Firefighters, the Bay Area Rescue Mission, Richmond Chamber of Commerce, as well as local schools and womens’ shelters.

Allan and wife Nancy are parents to son, Andrew, and daughter, Karey, both of which have spent time as Palecek designers. Andrew Palecek currently serves as the company’s vice president and Karey now works for Ralph Lauren Home. Nancy acts as the general merchandise manager and director of marketing and merchandising for Palecek.

The 23rd annual ARTS Awards are sponsored by Contract Lighting, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, HFN, Home Accents Today, Home Fashion & Hospitality, Home Lighting & Accessories, Overcoffee, Residential Lighting and the Sustainable Furnishings Council. Reservations to attend the ARTS Awards will be available online in November 2011.

The Accessories Resource Team (ART) is the association representing accessorymanufacturers, retailers, representatives and other industry individuals and companiesinterested in promoting the decorative home accessories industry. The association’s goal is toenhance the market position of decorative home accessories. Each year ART sponsorsprograms such as the ART conference, regional educational seminars and the ARTS Awards. See the Accessories Resource Team website.

About the ARTS Awards
The ARTS Awards is the premier awards program dedicated to the home decorative accessories industry. Twenty-six categories exist under the headings Manufacturer, Retailer, Product Designer, Sales Representative, Rising Star, Green Design and Academy of Achievement. Anyone in the industry can nominate including manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, designers, suppliers, consultants and other industry officials. The Academy of Achievement honoree is selected by the ARTS Awards committee each year. Companies that have won the ARTS Awards five times are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame members are: BJ’s Home Accents, C.S. Wo & Sons, Distinctive Designs International Inc., Feizy Rugs, Fine Art Lamps, Global Views, Montaage, Natural Decorations Inc., Palecek, Paragon, Robb & Stucky and Schonbek Worldwide Lighting.

Source: Dallas Market Center

22 July 2011

Serveware, barware, hostess gifts

Suzy Toronto Collection. New serveware designs from popular licensed artist Suzy Toronto includes tabletop for home entertaining, cosmetic bags, water bottles and gifts for girls of any age. Bright colors, fun patterns and humorous text are signature Suzy, applied to formats such as glasses, snack plates, platter, place card holder set, cosmetic bags, water bottles, luggage tags, pill boxes and credit/business card holders.

Wine & Vine. Contemporary barware, accessories and hostess gifts are exclusive designs by Midwest-CBK in-studio artists. Formats include glassware, snack plates, serving dishes, wine toppers, bar towels, cheese boards and markers, cork holder, cocktail and cheese picks and wine holder, featuring tongue-in-cheek phrases such as "Aged perfectly," "Cork it," "Wineaux," "Grape therapy," "Time to wine," "Wine a little, laugh a lot" and "Wine time.

Nature's Soul.
Inspirational quotes and beautiful designs lift the spirit and soothe the soul. Style is contemporarly with brushed silver finish and designs made of metal, glass and canvas. Formats include ornaments/pins/charms (all in one), angel figurines, keepsake boxes, candle holders, wish and prayer stones, photo frames, night lights and wall crosses.

All are available from Midwest-CBK. The company has showrooms in Atlanta, Billerica, Mass., Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Seattle and Toronto. It also exhibits are regional shows.

21 July 2011

Contemporary seating, dining tables

The Su Chaise (above) and the Butterfly Tables (below) are new to the Moderna Collection by Roberta Schilling. The company exhibited at the Atlanta gift show this month. The Roberta Schilling Collection is shown in Americasmart, Building 1, Showroom #9-C-7, 9 (ninth floor).

20 July 2011

Spiced sour cherry spread honored at show

Spiced Sour Cherry Spread from The Gracious Gourmet was named a sofi Gold Award winner in the category of Outstanding Condiment at this month's Fancy Food show in Washington, D.C. The Spiced Sour Cherry Spread is an intensely cherry-favored spread produced by simmering Morello cherries, tart dried cherries and spices with red Burgundy wine.

Serve the spread with chicken, duck, pork or game. The food can also be used to accompany soft or semi-soft cow or sheep cheeses; mixed into basmati rice; atop a plain cheesecake; or spooned over chocolate or vanilla ice cream.

In 2009, The Gracious Gourmet earned a sofi Silver Finalist Award from the NASFT for its Dilled Carrot Tomato Tapenade. The line has also earned numerous awards from The Connecticut Specialty Food Association.

Connect with the company on its Facebook page or follow it on Twitter (@graciousgourmet).

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

18 July 2011

Contemporary dining room buffet

The Mole buffet, from Roberta Schilling's Moderna collection, is made of smooth metal, exotic woods, fine leather and delicate fibers. These materials are cut into clean lines and striking shapes. Find furniture and decorative accessories for the home in the Roberta Schilling showroom in Building 1, Floor 9, Showroom #9-C-7, 9 of Americasmart, Atlanta.

17 July 2011

Social Media Bar returns to Las Vegas market

The Hot Spot: Social Media Bar Returns for Summer Market

Popular Market Feature Designed to Help Attendees Increase Social Media Presence 

By Las Vegas World Market Center

LAS VEGAS – (July 15, 2011) — Attendees of World Market Center Las Vegas’ Summer 2011 Las Vegas Market will once  again have the opportunity to “join the conversation” as they learn about all the ways they can increase their social media presence – and ultimately their bottom-line – with the return of The Hot Spot: Social Media Bar.

The Hot Spot: Social Media Bar, now in its third incarnation, will allow for market attendees to meet with experts who can provide the latest tips and techniques on how to maximize their presence and fully connect with their customers in the ever-changing medium of social media. This summer’s Hot Spot will also boast a new location at C-301, and will feature informational sessions twice a day, Monday through Wednesday, one for beginners and one for intermediate users, that will provide hands-on training for social media and tips for online marketing.

“Social media continues to be an important platform where businesses can connect with their key audiences,” said Dana Andrew, vice president of marketing and public relations for World Market Center Las Vegas. “But, the fact remains that many people do not know how to take full advantage of this medium as a method of generating business. We see Hot Spot as a value-add for our attendees that will get them tweeting and updating their fans and followers in a way that will ultimately benefit their bottom-line.”

The Hot Spot: Social Media Bar was inspired by the Apple Genius Bar and was introduced at the 2010 Summer Las Vegas Market. Free assistance is provided by Christi Tullis of PuTTin’ OuT, who in addition to providing the latest tips for social media usage, can also help market visitors register their companies and brands on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Catch the twitter conversation going on now, simply search #lvmkt.

About PuTTin’ OuT
PuTTin’ OuT is a renowned online marketing & social media consulting firm planning, consulting, and executing marketing campaigns for businesses for sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Foursquare, Digg, and Tumblr.  CEO of PuTTin’ OuT, Christi Tullis was an early adopter of social media when marketing her suburban, award winning Atlanta-based retail store, Ambiance Interiors & Gifts, Inc. In 2003, Tullis began a “Spot the Dot” campaign on MySpace utilizing her black H2 Hummer with white polka dots mimicking the Ambiance branded gift wrap instantly became an instant social sensation. Tullis understands the unique marketing position of the gift and home industry from markets, buyers, storeowners and interior designers. For more information on Tullis and PuTTin’ OuT, visit www.PuTTinOuT.com or find her on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

About World Market Center
Las Vegas 
World Market Center Las Vegas is an integrated home and hospitality contract furnishings showroom and trade complex. The campus showcases furniture, decorative accessories, gift, lighting, area rugs, home textiles and related segments, as well as the Las Vegas Design Center open daily to consumers and designers. For more information on World Market Center Las Vegas and its trade shows including the bi-annual Las Vegas Market and Gift+Home, visit www.wmclv.com. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

World Market Center Las Vegas is a property of International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC), the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. International Market Centers owns and operates 11.5 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C. and Las Vegas.  IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries.  For more information on IMC, visit imcenters.com.

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