06 August 2011

Tastemakers shop the Las Vegas Summer Market

Tastemakers Get Ahead of the Curve of Interior Design Trends

Anthony Baratta, Jeffrey Alan Marks and Nathan Turner Scour Las Vegas Summer Market for Next Season’s New Looks and Coveted Pieces

By Las Vegas Market

LAS VEGAS – Aug. 3, 2011 –Three of the nation’s most celebrated interior designers, Anthony Baratta, Jeffrey Alan Marks and Nathan Turner shopped five-million-square-feet of showrooms during this week’s Summer Las Vegas Market. Today they uncoveredwhat will become next season’s most popular trends during their presentation, Ahead of the Curve, moderated by style guru and “Today” show contributor Susanna Salk. The program, which featured a live in-studio audience and webcast viewers from around the globe, gave the world a chance to watch top design stars reveal their favorite discoveries.

“We are very proud of the reputation Ahead of the Curve has gotten over the last few years,” said Robert Maricich, chief executive officer of International Market Centers, World Market Center Las Vegas’ parent company. “We know that media, designers, buyers and mainstream consumers all anticipate what our trend forecasters will divulge. Fall is such a busy season for decorating so this is the perfect time to get ahead of next season’s trends.”

Throughout their tour of the three inter-connected buildings of World Market Center Las Vegas, the design experts uncovered some new additions to the exhibitor scene as well as interesting innovations, products, and trends.

“I never tire of identifying the stand-out pieces and trends year-after-year,” said Susanna Salk, design expert and author. “Las Vegas Market has an amazing variety of products, from very luxurious high-end manufacturers, to very affordable well-built pieces and even the more obscure, whimsical pieces.”

“I’ve found the experience at Las Vegas Market to be incredibly inspiring,” said Baratta. I have found some great new pieces to incorporate into current projects and have so many new ideas to take home to New York with me. I was non-stop shopping.”

We had an amazing time going through each showroom and picking our favorites,” said Marks. “From comfort, to fun design elements, and great colors, this season’s Las Vegas Market really had it all. It was extremely difficult for me to narrow down my choices for the Ahead of the Curve presentation. There just wasn’t enough time to highlight all of my favorites.”

“Because I have a retail store I am always on the hunt to look for new and exciting things, and was not disappointed here in Las Vegas,” said Turner. “I saw so many different types beautiful pieces and spotted numerous trends. I can’t wait to bring some of these things back to my own store in Los Angeles.”

The trends discovered included:
Red Hots
Nearly every showroom featured pieces in candy apple red. Hot red combines well with chocolate, gray, navy and white. It has a tendency to give a graphic quality to a room and is an easy way to add instant spice to a project. It’s all you need to make a room sizzle.

Au Natural
Natural, unfinished materials that incorporate hand craftsmanship do not have to be exclusively rustic. At Las Vegas Market, several of these “natural” pieces had sexy and sleek shapes.Going au natural can add depth, soul, and character to a room.

Basketweave knew no limits in Las Vegas. It was featured on pieces with metal, rope, and wicker and caning accents. It brings outside in, allowing something you typically associate with the outdoors to be inside the home in a very chic, stylish manner. It could even take the place of a pattern.

Small Scale
In the 90s, the trendwas to do everythingbigger. Big houses, big rooms, big furniture. Now things are smaller with more details. Small scale pieces provide a more tailored, very sweet look.The economy has had a lot to do with it. McMansions are out and people aren’t looking to just fill up a house. And more than anything, they want their home to have pieces with personality.

Because rooms are smaller they are required to be more dynamic, so multi-purpose pieces are critical. From the end of a bed to in front of a fireplace, pieces that swivel, rock or roll bring life and movement to a room while saving space.

Pop of Color
One of the latest crazes has been light grey, rough woods. But it can grow stale or boring. Dress up your neutrals with a jolt of color. At Las Vegas Market there has been a pop of color trend showing up in rustic pieces, wherethe color really emphasizes the contrast between the rough edges and a smooth, modern finish.

Retro Redefined
Forms from the 40s, 50s and 60s are now being made with materials to make the look more modern. These pieces give a whimsical element to any room, and offer more compatibility with today’s design options.

Black and White – the ultimate neutral
Black and white allows color to stand out in a room, and can bring a room to life. A lot of the black and white pieces at this year’s Las Vegas Market are very graphic, which really allows a piece to give a room a whole other dimension.

Chrome in the Home
Chrome gives any piece a clean, fresh look. Las Vegas Market featured countless retro pieces that were updated with a chrome element. Chrome adds a nice sparkle to a room and will work in both modern and traditionally designed homes, giving them a sharp, crisp finish.

The complete Ahead of the Curve webcast will be available for download on the Las Vegas Market’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/WorldMarketCenterLV. For more information on Las Vegas Market visit www.lasvegasmarket.com.

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.

05 August 2011

Religious/inspirational picture frames

Prinz launched a new collection of frames and albums featuring popular religious themes for the faith/inspirational market. The introduction features a variety of religious/inspirational themes designed to celebrate faith and family, including designs depicting Christening, First Communion, Confirmation and general inspirational. The Inspirational Collection debuted at the summer markets and is available for Sept. 1 shipping.

The Sacraments series, with offerings for Baptism, Christening and First Holy Communion, features metal frames with a matte silver finish. The frames hold 6x4 photos. Godparents and Godchildren are spotlighted in three frames in the You’re A Blessing series, which include an inspirational expression celebrating this special bond.

Wood frames with hand-painted resin cross accents are the focus of the In God’s Love collection, featuring offerings for Godparents, Godchild, Confirmation and First Holy Communion. Each frame also includes a special inspirational expression.

See the Prinz website for information about the religious and inspirational picture frames.

04 August 2011

New candle fragrances for the holidays

Six new Colonial Candle fall and holiday fragrances are designed to inspire holiday memories and create year-round favorites with distinctive and exotic scents. Exclusive new fragrances include Crimson Festival, Falling Leaves, Moroccan Market, Fig Torte, Sparkling Pomegranate and Illusion. Colonial's new fall and holiday fragrances are available in 8 and 22 ounce classic oval containers; 10, 15 and 23 ounce Traditions containers; 4 and 12.5 ounce flared square containers; as well as textured and smooth pillars, tealights, trialights and votives.

Colonial Candle's new Zinnia Garden candle collection features a vibrant and fashionable assortment of candles including 10-ounce round filled glass container candles with four assorted floral designs, floating flower-shaped blooms in pink and orange, flower tealights, a vanilla Bath-lite gift set, tea lights and votive holders. Varieties include Fresh Aloe, Southern Magnolia, Rosewood and Apricot Mint.

03 August 2011

Gifts from France at the NY Gift Show

This wine box is made from reclaimed boat wood. The holes, knots and cracks give a unique character to each piece. The lid holds a Laguiole type corkscrew and a wine stopper. The box comes with a pouch of wood shavings to cradle the wine bottle (not included). It is available from Arceau Marketing, which is showing at the SCIP Booth 2642 in the French pavilion during the New York Gift Show.

Olive wood has a distinctive grain and a Mediterranean look. It acquires a patina and ages beautifully. This collection is made in France by SCIP,  a respected Laguiole manufacturer from Thiers, France since 1850.

02 August 2011

Resin planter with orange dowels

Pick Up Sticks is a game of physical and mental skill.  It is also the basis for Pick Up Planter, from the Phillips Collection. The piece marries an amorphic vessel with a ring of rods. Jason Phillips says, "Although the appearance is random, the way the configuration is achieved is quite mathematical. I find the advanced molding and manufacturing of this organic piece to be intriguing." The planter measures 20 inches in diameter and 16 inces tall. It is made from artist-grade resin and finished in a glossy black lacquer with orange dowels. (Other finishes can be custom ordered.) For more about this product, see the Pick Up Planter website.

01 August 2011

Stunning contemporary wall decor

Roberta Schilling Collection exhibited new wall decor at the gift show in Atlanta this month. See more at the company's website or in the Americasmart building in Atlanta. The company's showroom is on the ninth floor of building one. Search "Roberta Schilling" on this blog to see furniture from this company.

Gold leaf wall decor, item CBV-257GD

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