07 December 2011

New bedding in transitional styles

The outdoor apparel manufacturer Woolrich Inc. showed five new bedding collections at the autumn market in High Point. The ensembles combine fresh palettes with traditional styles, all inspired by Woolrich archives. A six-piece queen set includes two Euro shams, two standard shams, duvet and bed skirt. Woolrich also exhibited new decorative pillows.

The ensembles are named Bear Creek, Tyoga River, Shady Grove,  Grand Canyon and Allegheny Forest.

06 December 2011

Teak branches form a Haystack lamp

Groovystuff's additions to its Antares lighting collection include the 52-inch-tall Haystack Lamp, a unique shadow floor lamp inspired by farmers of the Midwest.

"The Haystack shadow lamp was inspired by the hand bailing techniques of the mid century farmer and is designed specifically to take the grittiness of the old organic movement and soften that earth-crunchy look into a more elegant and sophisticated product," says president Chris Bruning.

Sustainably harvested teak branches provide the framework for the Haystack Lamp and low wattage lighting illuminates the lamp with twig shadowing. The flat, lacquer finish, and unique hourglass shape of the Haystack Lamp give the piece a modern and sophisticated look.

See the lamp and other new additions to the Antares lighting collection at the following market in January 2012:
  • Americas Mart, Atlanta,  January 13-17, 2012, Groovystuff University Hall of Innovation and Job Creation, Building 1, 7th Floor, Showroom # H12-18 
  • Dallas Market Center, January 18-24, 2012, Groovystuff University Hall of Innovation and Job Creation, Showroom # 6642 
  • Las Vegas World Market, Las Vegas, January 30 – February 3, 2012, Showroom # B-146 

05 December 2011

Smart details in youth furniture

The Smartstuff line of youth furniture offers what the maker calls "an innovative combination of great styling, better construction, strategic pricing and game-changing smart features not currently found in youth furniture."

Smartstuff is available from Universal Furniture International Inc.At the autumn 2011 High Point Market, Universal introduced four collections, called Classics 4.0, Freestyle, Gabriella and RoughHouse.

Shown below are some of special features and options available. 

The Snake Light is built into the bed to allow for ease of use when more light is needed.

 The Flip Top Desks are patented and provide extra electrical outlets for charging capabilities.

 The Nightstand-in-the-Sky attaches to any bed or bunk for extra shelf space.

04 December 2011

30+ new handmade exhibitors at NY gift show


Press release 

WHITE PLAINS, NY, December 2, 2011... Based on their innovative design ideas, some 30+ craft artisans and global suppliers have been accepted to exhibit in the winter 2012 edition of Handmade® at New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®). The Fair showcases 475 artisans and suppliers of handcrafts in two distinct sections -- Handmade Designer Maker and Handmade Global Design – which are categorized by process and provenance.

“Inspired design is one of the main criteria for acceptance into Handmade, and these newest participants have all shown new and innovative ideas in form and function,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president. “Whether they work with metal, textiles or ceramics, these artisans are exploring exciting new boundaries.”

Handmade Designer Maker, located in Javits Center North, will showcase 340 limited-production makers across all categories and media resources from around the world. Newcomers to the winter 2012 edition of Handmade Designer Maker include 17 artisans newly accepted by the selection committee, along with several other artisans returning to Handmade following a hiatus from the New York market:
  • AIDAI (felt and silk scarves); 
  • Atlantic Art Glass (jewelry and decorative accessories); 
  • Bonnie Neil (wood and textile home décor); 
  • CHART metalworks (metal jewelry); 
  • Chikahisa Studio (stone and metal jewelry); 
  • Ecka & Pecka (greeting cards); 
  • Feutre Couture (eco-friendly felt accessories); 
  • Fleet Objects (ceramics, lighting and home accessories); 
  • Frankie Slaughter (textile personal accessories); 
  • Heather Guidero Jewelry (metal jewelry); 
  • Jean-Pierre Weill Studio (framed wall art); 
  • Jeanine Payer (metal jewelry with inscribed poetry); 
  • Michael Vincent Michaud (metal jewelry); 
  • Myfriendroze (metal jewelry); 
  • Pretty Snappy Designs (aprons); 
  • Pyrrha Design Inc. (metal jewelry); 
  • Raging Bowl Pottery (porcelain serving ware); 
  • Peg & Awl (recycled leather, wood and paper home décor and gifts); S
  • tick Candles (beeswax candles); 
  • Tasha McKelvey LLC (ceramic tableware); and 
  • The Candi Factory (apparel and undergarments).

Judges for Handmade Designer Maker included Elizabeth Garvin of Elizabeth Garvin; Ellen Corsell of the Heron American Craft Gallery; Gail Garcia of Dinner-ware.com; Justin Thomas of Ugone & Thomas; and Matt Jaros of The Glass Onion.

Handmade Global Design will welcome seven newcomers to its collection of 135 import resources with a focus on good design, traditional craftsmanship and community. Companies accepted to the winter NYIGF are:
  • Africa Now! (product lines from several West African suppliers); 
  • Global Goods Partners (personal accessories, home décor and stationery from Asia, Africa and Americas); 
  • MAKAUA SA de CV (baskets made in Mexico); 
  • Modelli Creations (home accessories and furnishings from India); and 
  • Snow Leopard Trust (felt toys, accessories and home décor made in Central Asia ).

In addition, a contingent of Bolivian companies, featuring fine alpaca, leather and wood products, will be introduced by Fundacion Nuevo Norte-Walisuma during the winter 2012 market.

Judges for Handmade Global Design included Alden Smith of Aid to Artisans; Colvin English of ByHand Consulting; Ellen Dorsch of Creative Women; Jasperdean Kobes of Bamboula Ltd.; Leslie Mittelberg of Swahili Imports; and Phyllis Woods of Tribalinks.

Beyond exhibits, NYIGF will offer craft retailers numerous educational seminars and informal round table discussions on timely business topics. Bruce Baker, retail columnist for The Crafts Report, will present two sessions at the Javits Center on Saturday, January 28. During “Dynamic Sales & Customer Service,” retailers will learn how to increase customer loyalty and repeat business through the four phases of a sale. In his second session, “Show and Sell! Visual Merchandising & Display,” Baker will provide tips for increasing sales through in-store signage, product placement and visual merchandising. Tickets for these sessions are $20 in advance and $25 onsite, or $30 in advance and $40 onsite for both.

NYIGF also will continue its partnership with CRAFT (Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow) to produce free “CRAFT Power Hour” roundtables for craft retailers on January 29, 30 and 31. The series of nine interactive sessions will be lead by veteran craft retailers and artists who will share their tips for business success. The topics will cover social media, websites and e-newsletters, public relations strategies and in-store events. Information and registration for these events is available online at www.nyigf.com/programs.

For more than 25 years, Handmade has offered buyers an extensive selection of handcrafted items across such categories as tabletop, ceramics, textiles, home décor, jewelry and apparel. Handmade at NYIGF features 475 artisans from 40 American states and 14 countries worldwide. The winter edition takes place Saturday, January 28, through Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center . NYIGF is the nation’s premier gift, home and lifestyle marketplace, with 2,800+ exhibiting companies featuring an extraordinary breadth and depth of design-driven home fashion products and complementary giftware. The winter market takes place Saturday, January 28, through Thursday, February 2, 2012, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 and 94. Some 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide are expected. Information and registration is available online at www.nyigf.com.
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