17 December 2012

Calypso Studios launches over 350 new products, including jewelry, accessories

Calypso Studios introduced over 350 new fashion accessories and gifts as part of its new 2013 line. The new products expand on previous best-selling categories, including wrap bracelets, Comforting Clay gifts, and Impulse Collections.

The new line also features several new concepts, including Hair Flair Beads. Each removable hair extension features a 10” long beaded strand that hangs from a small, secure hair clip.

New Totes, Sling Bags, and Wristlets.Three styles of bags are available in 4 chevron styles and in 4 Boho patterns.

Icon Bracelets Double strand wrap bracelets have a toggle clasp and feature a variety of metal icons, including bee, butterfly, owl, boot, anchor, fish, and cross.

Slink-lets are coiled stretchy bracelets. Wrap Watches wrap around the wrist three times and features the company's signature metal toggle closure.

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14 December 2012

Not your grandmother's Clapper. This table lamp is inspired by 007

Pull the trigger, the light turns on. Shoot again, the light goes off.
Think of this as the Clapper for fans of Agent 007, James Bond. Dynamism, which calls itself "an exclusive provider of next-generation products," introduces BANG!, a distinctive approach to home décor.

Created with high-quality materials and an elegant design, the bitplay BANG! is more than just an everyday table lamp. To turn the lamp off, users “shoot” the lamp with the included remote-control pistol and the bitplay BANG! plays dead. To bring it back to life users simply “shoot” it again! See video demonstration here.

13 December 2012

Clever and whimsical home decor, gifts from Dylan Kendall

Dylan Kendall is  a Los Angeles-based designer who launched her line of unique home accessories last year. Dylan Kendall Home Goods, collection includes holidays gifts for under $20, including whimsical bowls, coffee sets and bathroom accessories. The collection is priced from $15 to $56.

12 December 2012

Faux mercury glass pendant light from Meyda Custom Lighting

The new Galatia collection of scalloped faux mercury glass pendants has been introduced by Meyda Custom Lighting, a Meyda Tiffany Company and a leading designer and manufacturer of custom lighting and décor. (The glass does not contain mercury.)

Meyda bends each individual glass panel in a high-fire kiln and then implements a special finishing process that features a faux mercury finish, which is applied to antique seedy glass backing.  The result is a glass color and texture highlighted by a unique, distressed mirror look.  

For a specific look, designers and end users can select from a variety of hardware styles, finishes and glass colors including Turn-Knob Hardware for a traditional look, Neutral Beige Iridescent glass with black wire for transitional, and Confetti glass with Braided Silver cable for modern.

The collection is handcrafted in the company’s manufacturing facility in Yorkville, N.Y.

11 December 2012

A preview of Habersham's 2013 furniture introductions

Biltmore Vanderbilt King Bed

The newest designs from Habersham’s Biltmore Chateau Reserve, American Treasures and Classic collections of copyrighted designs will be on display during the Winter 2013 Gift & Home Markets in Dallas (Gallery Six Showroom, WTC 11013) and Chicago (deAurora Showroom #1871, Merchandise Mart).

The American Treasures collection represents Habersham’s response to increasing demand for transitional furniture designs with simpler lines and cleaner styles.

 Pieces in Habersham's licensed Biltmore Chateau Reserve collection are inspired by the exceptional design, elegance, rich detail and artistry that have defined the landmark Asheville, N.C. estate.

Unveiled during the recent Fall 2012 High Point Market, the new Classic Collection reflects Habersham’s unique styling, at more moderate price points.
American Treasures Cape Code Sideboard, shown in Charleston Gray.

American Treasures Moderne End Table shown in Warm Silver

American Treasures 2-Door Atelier Display Cabinet, available in 4’ or 5’ heights, shown in Tricorn Black Connoisseur

 Classic Nesting Tables With Mirror Top, also available without the mirrored top.

10 December 2012

Woodstock Chimes introduces a new series for 2013

Woodstock Chimes' new Magical Mystery Chimes series consists of three chimes: Butterfly’s Farewell, Calypso Island and Space Odyssey. They are built with aluminum tubes and teak finished wood accents. Special tuning creates a heightening of the harmonics, and a doubling of the sound.

The company will exhibit at the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market, Jan. 9 to 16, 2013, and the New York International Gift Fair, Jan. 20 to 27, 2013.

17 October 2012

Floral designer Randy McManus creates a ‘living’ dining room in High Point

The  ‘Living’ Dining Room by floral designer Randy McManus is a full-scale room design created entirely of flowers and plants. It will be on display at the corner of Commerce Avenue and Main Street in the pedestrian walkway.

“This fresh-air exhibit showcases the design talent that is prevalent in the home fashion world,” says Tammy Nagem, chief operating officer of the High Point Market Authority. “Randy’s incredible creation is a tour de force that celebrates the High Point Market’s role as the place to discover new trends and products, and to find inspiration and creativity.”

The ‘Living’ Dining Room is co-sponsored by RetailerNOW, Emissary and Lazy Susan (both divisions of J Douglas), Wesley Hall, Boda, and Gypsy Faire.

16 October 2012

Snapshots of furniture from the High Point Market

Architect Massimo Iosa Ghini designs a desk lamp from Leucos USA

The task lamp is kicked up a notch with the Leva, master Architect Massimo Iosa Ghini's latest creation for Leucos USA brand ITRE. Its structure is composed of beech wood with a natural enameled finish and edgy steel components. 

An LED beams through its unconventional diffuser. Made of opal white Poly(methyl methacrylate)(PMMA), this diffuser boasts a subtle grid of orbs through which much of the light is delivered.

15 October 2012

Lighting designs on view at the High Point furniture market

See the market, get the poster

The High Point Market Authority has released its second commemorative poster, available in limited quantities at the upcoming Market. The poster’s design features highlights from the fashion shots used in the Market’s Fashion Focus campaign for the fall event.

At the April High Point Market, fashion shoots with models were held in showrooms and locations throughout Market to develop the creative for the new campaign. The images feature
a full clothing collection called Pretty Birdie by Stephanie Teague, a Greensboro, N.C.-based fashion designer who has shown her line at New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

The limited-edition Fashion Focus poster will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis
at the info booths in High Point and in the Media Center, which is located in the High Point Theatre.

The Market Authority will produce a new commemorative poster each April and October.

14 October 2012

Ganz acquires the Midwest-CBK gift, holiday, home and outdoor décor brand

MVP Group retains Colonial Candle, some other brands

(Cannon Falls, MN – October 2, 2012) Midwest-CBK, leading holiday, gift and home décor designer and manufacturer, announces it has been purchased from MVP Group International, Inc., by Toronto-based gift company Ganz.

The acquisition includes the Midwest-CBK brand name and popular holiday, gift, and home and outdoor décor business. MVP Group will retain the Colonial Candle®, Everybody’s Ayurveda™, Genuine Monkeez & Friends™, Monkeez Makes a Difference™ and Goofballz™ brands, and Union City, Tenn. distribution facility and staff.

The Midwest-CBK product line and the MVP Group International brands of Colonial Candle, Everybody’s Ayurveda, Genuine Monkeez, Monkeez Makes a Difference and Goofballz, will continue to be available through the Midwest-CBK sales team.

“Midwest-CBK is a perfect addition to the Ganz family of brands, a company with a similar heritage, strong values, experience, vision and focus,” says Scott Wehrs, president of Midwest-CBK. “By combining forces, both Midwest-CBK and Ganz will continue to grow and provide the industry with exceptional new product design and development, and outstanding service.”

 “This acquisition unites two renowned and highly respected market leaders, combining the strengths of both companies with best-in-class people, products, service and support for independent retailers,” says Howard Ganz, president of Ganz. Midwest’s and Ganz’s product development and sales teams will continue to operate independently thereby allowing each to focus on their strengths.

“This strategy brings many benefits and opportunities to retailers through an unmatched selection of holiday, gift and home décor products, innovation in products and programs, depth of design and outstanding sales and support teams, backed by a company with the combined resources of Midwest-CBK and Ganz.”

10 October 2012

Groovstuff again challenges college students to design sustainable furniture, lighting, home decor

Groovystuff is partnering with the Industrial and Graphic Design Department and the College of Architecture, Design & Construction at Auburn University for the second academic year in a row.  Popularity for the Groovystuff: By Design Challenge has grown so much within the Industrial Design department at Auburn, that professor Tin-Man Lau has now included the challenge in two different classes to accommodate the rapidly growing student interest.

Twenty two students under the leadership of Professor Tin-Man Lau are charged with designing a furniture, lighting, or home décor product that emphasizes form, structure, and sustainable manufacturing practice using the reclaimed materials found in the Groovystuff brand.  The student design must be aesthetically pleasing, expressive, innovative, and considered for mass-production and inclusion in the exclusive, celebrity endorsed, Dick Idol Legends Collection.

To properly introduce future graduates to the residential home furnishings market, the Groovystuff: By Design Challenge is set up as a two stage process.  For stage one of the contest, students will be competing for the “Popular Vote at Market” and a cash prize, by submitting a 20” x 30” product board, a ¼” scale model, and a 42” tall pedestal for display and presentation of their models to the retailers, designers, and trade professionals attending the Fall High Point Market, October 13-18, 2012.

For stage two, Groovystuff will then put these innovative designs into production and launch the finished goods six months later at the April 2013 High Point Market.  Students will then be competing for the grand prize: “Most Written Orders at Market” and rewarded with an additional cash prize, inclusion in the celebrity endorsed Dick Idol Legends Collection, permanent royalties for life, and a reason to join the residential home furnishing industry.

For the High Point Market, Groovystuff along with co-sponsor IMC properties help to broaden the educational outreach of university programs across the country, by giving them real world market experience and exposure in “The University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation”, a sponsored space at market that provides future graduates with networking opportunities and a platform to build on their association with the industry prior to graduation.

14 September 2012

Colonial Candle introduces Pretty in Pink breast cancer awareness candle

To support research to find a cure, Colonial Candle, a national leader in premium candles, introduces its first Pretty in Pink breast cancer awareness candle, with 10 percent of proceeds donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.

Available in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Colonial Candle’s Pretty in Pink features a 16-ounce, three-wick candle in soft petal pink poured in the company’s signature oval-shaped glass container bearing a contemporary pink ribbon symbolic of the fight against breast cancer. Colonial Candle’s exclusive Pretty in Pink fragrance features a soft floral blend of gardenia and jasmine topped with fresh greens. Suggested retail price is $25 each.

13 September 2012

New York gift fair was largest since 2009

Press release

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. Defying conservative industry expectations, strong retailer attendance at the New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®) – the largest since 2009 – resulted in robust booth traffic and sales activity at the 163rd semi-annual NYIGF, August 18-22, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal’s Piers 92 & 94.

The Fair was its largest since August 2009, utilizing a total of 545,000 net square feet of exhibit space across its three New York City venues. Total overall NYIGF attendance of 33,000 represented retailers from all 50 states and 85 countries, with the largest numbers of international visitors hailing from Canada, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Columbia, Australia and the United Kingdom.

“Expectations for the summer market not only have been met, but also have been exceeded,” said Christian Falkenberg, NYIGF director and GLM vice president. “Exhibitors are reporting solid and consistent order writing through the entire show.”

Many exhibitors, wary of soft sales during the summer show season, were pleased with success at NYIGF and optimistic about what this signals for 4th quarter retail. “This was a great show for us on many levels. Traffic was up and it’s apparent the market is coming back. The quality of buyers was also great. They come, they look, they order... they know what they’re doing,” said General Gift exhibitor Sion Benchimol of Prestige Identity.

General Gift exhibitor Randy Erlandson of Knock Knock added, “This show has had a great mix of buyers, with both large and small retailers and domestic and international attendees. Orders are up over last year. There is optimism out there for the holiday season. The days of gloom and doom are definitely behind us.”

Highlights of this summer’s market included the second annual return of the Gourmet Housewares Show® at NYIGF. The sold out division featured 175 companies presenting a refined concentration of both housewares and tabletop suppliers seeking access to the thousands of gift, home and lifestyle buyers attending NYIGF. According to Jesse Tawil of Lifetime Brands, “This was our NYIGF debut and it exceeded our expectations by far. We discovered some great new customers from stores not typical for us, including museum stores and design shops. In addition to this new type of customer, we had a great response from our core kitchen customer.”

Another NYIGF highlight was the launch of the new Emerging Designer Maker Platform in NYIGF’s Handmade® Designer Maker division. This “incubator” showcase introduced four new American artisans, presenting a range of multimedia products, including home décor accessories, kitchen tools, and personal accessories, to the New York market. “Having a presence, even a very small one, at NYIGF gave our business visibility to many people, and we received great orders from museum stores and galleries. It also was good to talk to other designer makers about their manufacturing processes and experience with online sales, marketing and other small business details,” said Lindsey Lee of LeeLABS. “We are looking forward to developing new products for next year and it is our goal to have a full booth and a greater range of products to show.”

GLM’s also launched its new Artisan Resource™, a tradeshow for connecting U.S.-based volume importers with overseas artisanal producers and production resources. The event, which was held concurrently with NYIGF at Passenger Ship Terminal’s Pier 92, featured some 40 exhibitors and attracted more than 4,300 attendees during its three-day run. “There was a need for this type of show,” said Silvia Moreira Asociacion Guatemalteca De Exportadores – Agexport. “We were able to write some small orders that our producers can start to work on as soon as we get back. We also have three big orders that will keep us busy.”

A full schedule of educational and social programming supplemented NYIGF exhibits over four days, with more than 50 activities including educational sessions, industry social events, product awards and feature displays. Educational seminars, sponsored by industry publications and associations, addressed design and color trends, importing and fair trade, sustainability, social media, digital marketing and retail strategies. Industry events included the 61st Annual Retailer Excellence Awards and the NYIGF’s sold-out “Night on Broadway” featuring EVITA.

Two special exhibits – Open House and the NYIGF Bookstore – added extra excitement for exhibitors and attendees alike. Open House previewed coming design, as forecast by editors from Home Accents Today and Home Textiles Today, and supporting colorways as identified by Pantone. One Kings Lane curated a collection of exhibitor products reflective of each of the five trends. The NYIGF Bookstore, sponsored by Artisan, a division of Workman Publishing, offered more than 25 cooking and design titles, new launches, best-sellers and top authors. In addition to offering retailers discounts on purchase orders and cash and carry purchases, the bookstore hosted book signings and special seminars with three culinary authors: Alice Medrich (Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts), Shax Riegler (DISH: 813 Colorful, Wonderful Dinner Plates), and Katie Workman (The Mom 100 Cookbook).

Market activities also included recognition for exceptional and innovative product design, as selected by leading editors, in NYIGF’s Baby & Child and EXTRACTS divisions, as well as in At Home featuring Home Textiles division as part of Home Textiles Market Week, and in the Gourmet Housewares Show. Superlative product design was also recognized with the Accent on Design Awards and the Accent on Design Bloggers’ Choice Awards, chosen by representatives of leading design blogs. Within NYIGF’s SustainAbility: design for a better world® exhibit, the Eco Choice Awards rewarded the most innovative and environmentally responsible products, which for the first time were selected by retailers via an online poll prior to market week. Finally, the New York Metro chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) identified their “Best of the Best” suppliers in seven categories. Award winners are detailed online at http://www.nyigf.com/.

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 2013 edition will take place Saturday, January 26, through Wednesday, January 30, 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 http://www.nyigf.com/.

12 September 2012

High Point Market adds new fashion award for showroom design competition

As part of this year’s fashion campaign, the High Point Market’s Showroom Design Competition is adding a new Fashion Focus Award to its line-up of honors, including Best of Market and People’s Choice awards.

In its fifth year, the Showroom Design Competition gives High Point Market exhibitors the opportunity to earn industry-wide recognition for outstanding display ideas, and for retailers and designer to get new ideas and inspiration for their stores and clients’ homes. The Best of Market Award is selected by a panel of judges and honors the showroom that best exemplifies creative and compelling display.

The judges for this Market are Newell Turner, editor in chief of House Beautiful; Mark McMenamin, senior editor of Interior Design; and interior designer Tobi Fairley. The judges also will select the winner of the Fashion Focus Award, which will go to the exhibitor who most creatively uses fashion elements in its showroom display.

For both of those awards, exhibitors are invited to upload photos of their showrooms on their exhibitor listing page. For the People’s Choice Award, all marketgoers will be invited to vote for their favorite showroom design via Twitter or text messaging. Judging criteria is left to the discretion of individual Market attendees.

Complete competition details and rules can be found at http://www.highpointmarket.org/exhibitor-services/showroom-design-competition. The awards will be announced on Monday, Oct. 1. Winning entrants in each category will be presented with a crystal trophy cup for display in their showroom.

11 September 2012

Mixed-media artist Jim Houser designs self-adhesive surface graphics for Blik

Blik, the innovative maker of self-adhesive surface graphics, has teamed up with self-taught mixed media artist Jim Houser to launch two Pattern Wall Tiles and two wall graphics. The four designs work in harmony and share a muted color palette. Houser was careful to ensure that both the themes (and palette) would blend seamlessly with his paintings from the last five years.

Houser's work explores the cadence of speech, science and science fiction, sickness and disease, plants and animals, time travel, ghosts, the art of children, secrets, radio, codes and code breaking. Houser's installations create a mapping system, cataloguing his psychological states over the course of a particular period of time. As a result, his art forms fascinating patterns and characters.

10 September 2012

Top trends from the Summer 2012 Las Vegas Market

Marisa Marcantonio of EditorTV talks to designers, bloggers and market-goers about the new products, colors, patterns and trends in home furnishings they've discovered at the Summer 2012 Las Vegas furniture and gift market.

09 September 2012

New York gift show seeks young designers, handmade exhibitors

WHITE PLAINS, NY, September 7, 2012. Designers, artists and manufacturers are invited to submit applications for three juried, design-focused New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®) divisions (Accent on Design®, Handmade® Designer Maker and Handmade® Global Design) and two special NYIGF incubator showcases (A+™: The Young Designers’ Platform at Accent on Design and Emerging Designer Maker Platform at Handmade® Designer Maker). Applications for the winter 2013 NYIGF, which runs January 26-30, 2013, are now available online at www.nyigf.com.

“Designers and artisans who apply are one step closer to participating in the nation’s premier gift, home and lifestyle marketplace,” said Christian Falkenberg, NYIGF director and GLM vice president. “These juried NYIGF divisions are recognized by retailers as a leading source for design innovation and inspiration.”

Accent on Design

Some 200 established and emerging design brands featuring contemporary and innovative lines across all categories comprise Accent on Design, the gift and home industry’s leading resource for design-led merchandise for over 25 years. The Selection Committee’s criteria for acceptance include: original, creative and authentic product design; new and innovative use of materials; products which address and solve problems; consistent and continuous new product creations; a focus on contemporary design (as perceived by the jury); and functionality. Accent on Design applications will be accepted through Monday, October 1, 2012. The online form is available at www.nyigf.com/apply.

A+: The Young Designers’ Platform

Within Accent on Design, A+ introduces the work of emerging designers, selected on the basis of design concept, creativity and originality. A+ provides emerging designers an affordable opportunity to expose their concepts, prototypes and finished products to the wholesale marketplace.

Applications for A+ will be accepted only from design students, recent graduates and young companies in business for one year or less. Designers will be juried by the Accent on Design Selection Committee based on design concept, creativity and originality. A+ applications will be accepted through Friday, November 30, 2012. The online form is available at http://www.nyigf.com/Exhibitors/NYIGFDivisions/ATheYoungDesignersPlatform/AApplication.aspx.


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 is presented in two distinct categories: Handmade Designer Maker, which showcases 340 limited-production makers across all categories and media, and Handmade Global Design, which presents a selection of 135 international craft resources with a focus on strong design blended with traditional techniques and quality workmanship. Criteria for acceptance into either category include uniqueness, originality, authenticity, and marketability. Handmade applications will be accepted through Monday, October 1, 2012. The online form is available at www.nyigf.com/apply.

Emerging Designer Maker Platform

Introduced in summer 2012, the new Emerging Designer Maker Platform within Handmade Designer Maker introduces the work of emerging craft designers and makers, selected on the basis of unique and original work, authentic design and quality craftsmanship. As a showcase for fresh new resources, Emerging Designer Maker Platform provides an affordable opportunity for new makers to introduce a selection of their products to the wholesale marketplace.

Applications will be accepted only from designers who have been in business for one year or less. Applicants will be juried by the Handmade Designer Maker Selection Committee based on design concept, creativity and originality. Emerging Designer Maker Platform applications will be accepted through Thursday, November 15, 2012. The online form is available at http://nyigf.com/Exhibitors/NYIGFDivisions/Handmade/EmergingDesignerMakerPlatformApplication.aspx.

22 August 2012

Table linens from Hen House Linens dress up the dining room table

Hen House Linens has introduced new tablecloths, napkins and napkin rings. The easy-to-care-for tablecloths are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs, including Fern Orange and Gracious Chocolate. 

Cloth cocktail napkins, a perfect accent to a pretty table setting, measure 10 inches by 10 inches and come in a set of six, tied together with an elegant, saddle-stitched ribbon.

21 August 2012

New York gift show honors 3 exhibitors for eco-friendly gifts, decor

Three companies – are you?, Box Play for Kids and Iskin Buenos Aires, Argentina – have been named winners of the 6th semi-annual Eco Choice Awards recognizing the most innovative and environmentally responsible gift, home, and lifestyle products at the summer 2012 New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®), August 18-22, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal’s Piers 92 & 94.

For the first time in the competition’s history, voting took place online for the Eco Choice Awards, co-sponsored by NYIGF and GREENRetailer magazine.

According to Christian Falkenberg, NYIGF director and GLM vice president, “The competition’s first ever online balloting was very well-received and a record number of votes were cast. From among 24 finalists, the three winning products really resonated with voters and were clear winners.”

Summer 2012 Eco Choice Awards winners and finalists are: 
  • Most Innovative: Iskin, (Buenos Aires, Argentina) for its “Flora” flower vase cover made of 100% organic wool. Finalist: Europe2 You (Roswell, GA) for its mirror sieve. Finalist: Tesoros (Austin, TX) for its woven paper ribbon. 
  • Most Sensitive Use of Materials: are you? (Robbinsville, NJ) for its 100% tree free cotton note cards. Finalist: Alegria (Cupertino, CA) for its golden grass handbag. Finalist: Woolbuddy (San Rafael, CA) for its felting giraffe. 
  • Most Sellable: Box Play for Kids (Phoenix, AZ) for its sticker sets which transform cartons into playthings. Finalist: Article 22 (Brooklyn, NY) for its exterior story triple bracelet set. Finalist: Sea Stones (Windham, NH) for its drink chillers. 

NYIGF, held twice a year,  features 2,800+ exhibiting companies showing design-driven home fashion products and complementary giftware. Some 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide attend. www.nyigf.com.

20 August 2012

Contemporary furniture, accessories from The Phillips Collection

Here is a look at just some of the furniture and decorative accessories released this spring by The Phillips Collection.

19 August 2012

Today's tweets from the New York International Gift Fair

17 August 2012

Kevin O'Brien Studio, Pier 94, New York International Gift Fair

Kevin O'Brien Studio is exhibiting at Pier 94 (At Home section, space #41010) from Aug. 18 to 21. Also see the products on www.KevinOBrienStudio.com.

15 August 2012

Willowwood Road is a new furniture collection from Lauren Ralph Lauren Home

The Highlands sofa

Lauren Ralph Lauren Home has introduced the Willowwood Road furniture collection. It launches exclusively at Havertys this week. This collection consists of over 40 signature designs including case goods and upholstery pieces.

Highlands sofa in another fabric
Said to be inspired by "the relaxed charm of an American cottage," this collection features an eclectic array of furnishings ranging from intricately hand-woven whitewashed wicker to heritage pine and richly carved mahogany. Authentic period carvings, distressed painted finishes and antiqued metalwork evoke a timeworn sensibility.

A spectrum of upholstery fabrics feature woven cotton ticking stripes, cabbage florals or delicate cotton paisleys, while aniline-dyed top-grain leather in burnished chestnut or toasted almond are accented with button-tufting and nail head details. A selection of custom fabrics is available.
The Elmset club chair

13 August 2012

Mason Jar pendants from Meyda Custom Lighting

Mason Jar Pendants is a new made in the USA lighting fixture from Meyda Custom Lighting. The first design in the collection is the Meyda Mason Jar Pendant (model 136196) featuring six clear-glass mason jars with T6.5 bulbs, suspended by six arms. The hardware and canopy are hand-finished in Black that will complement a broad range of interior décor schemes.

Meyda can create pendants with different sized mason jars as well and pendants ranging from one light to 12 lights. The pendant, which is 11 inches wide and has a total height ranging from 15 to 72 inches.

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12 August 2012

Sunday special: Hammacher Schlemmer's Hawaiian shirt for dogs

The Canine Hawaiian Shirt ($29.95) from Hammacher Schlemmer is made from lightweight 100% cotton fabric. Tailored to comfortably fit a canine’s frame, The Canine Hawaiian Shirt has a front pocket, genuine coconut shell buttons, and it’s machine washable and dryable. See more online.

08 August 2012

Well-priced, stylish home accents from Midwest-CBK Gifts for Home

Vintage Chic is the name of a new collection from the Midwest-CBK Gifts for Home collection. Old meets new in an eclectic mix of designs washed in delicate, muted pastels and pops of muted purples, deep greys, and classic black. Distressed finishes and antique patterns add layers of nostalgia, while delicate script design, brocade patterns, and crystal chandeliers lend a modern flair.

The 70 new Vintage Chic pieces include candle holders, pedestal stands, trays, frames, paperweights and magnets, magnet boards, wall art, wall hooks, lighting such as lamps and chandeliers, luxurious velvet pillows, lanterns, mirrors, a desk clock and baskets. The collection focuses on well-designed pieces at accessible price points, with most items at $30 wholesale or less.

07 August 2012

3 exhibitors receive Outstanding Achievement in Visual Merchandising awards at Gift+Home at Las Vegas Market

Three gift and home décor exhibitors were recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Merchandising at Gift+Home at the 2012 Summer Las Vegas Market. Primitives by Kathy, eyebobs eyewear and The Naked Bee all took home awards commending their aesthetic sensibility. Each winner received celebratory flowers and champagne, plus a credit toward space at the next Market.  

Celebrity designer Monica Pedersen of HGTV and home products and trends editor Julie Smith Vincenti evaluated spaces on innovation, creativity, technique and aesthetic. Because space was limited by booth size, each exhibitor was challenged to craft an inviting display using limited resources and space. Pedersen and Smith Vincenti said this year’s winners were very attentive to vertical space, branding identity and smart signage. The winners managed to beautifully display their products while also sending clear messages about personality and price. Each winner managed to craft a narrative through the product arrangement, similar to what you’d find in a retail environment. Thanks to the thoughtful designs, each winner saw strong traffic throughout Market.  

Annie Schickel, designer for Primitives by Kathy, said that the award was meaningful to her and to the business. “We were thrilled to have received this merchandising award and appreciate everyone in Las Vegas for recognizing us,” said Shickel. “Sometimes it’s about building an awesome display with what you have available, so to be recognized for what we do is amazing. We work hard to make our space inviting so that customers connect with it and want to come in. We have had a great show and have seen so many new customers.”  

Jason Engelman, certified optician and designer for eyebobs eyewear, created an innovative backdrop with light boxes and mirrors to make the product pop. Engelman said he’s pleased that the displays have been successful. “I think it’s fantastic to be recognized for something we’ve been working so hard on,” he said. “The traffic at this market has been better than it has for a long time. Every show has grown and that’s why we’ll keep coming back. The venue is fantastic.”  

Rob Bates, director of sales and marketing with The Naked Bee, a natural bath and body product line, said that this recognition amplified an already successful Market. “We were surprised, thrilled and quite humbled and honored to receive the merchandising award. We try to create a fun and exciting atmosphere to invite the customer in. It was exciting when the crew walked up with cameras flashing, champagne and flowers to present the award. We are impressed with the energy level and hospitality at the Market. We will certainly be back.”

Gift+Home at Las Vegas Market is widely regarded as the must-attend gift and home décor show in the West. With an array of merchandise in all gift categories—floral, seasonal, home décor, candles and more—this international showcase provides the industry with a large-scale trade event that fuses the best gift resources for buyers on the West Coast in an unrivaled market destination. Gift+Home at Las Vegas Market features a strong variety of dynamic gift products and lines. Gift+Home temporaries, located on the 5th floor of Building C, join the hundreds of permanent showrooms featuring top gift and décor lines. This Market consistently generates added value to both attending exhibitors and buyers by allowing for vast crossover potential among the gift, furniture, home décor and accessory industries. For more information, visit GiftandHomeLV.com.

19 April 2012

8 new bedroom collections for High Point market

DURHAM FURNITURE, PerfectBalance, Symmetry Collection

PerfectBalance by Durham Furniture will introduce eight new collections at the spring furniture market in High Point this month. The bedroom collections are available in 15 or more finishes including aged wheat and light brown, mid-brown and mid-cherry and paint colors to darker merlots.

DURHAM FURNITURE, PerfectBalance, Millcroft Collection

The 17 hardware choices range from antique bronze and brushed nickel to wood. Most of the beds include options for under-bed storage for each bed – twin, double, queen or king size. All include the proprietary Fortress Finish with under-mounted, self-closing drawer glides, popular with today’s younger generations.

DURHAM FURNITURE, PerfectBalance, West End Collection

A unique storage lift bed rounds out a broad selection of bed styles and sizes. All collections are right-sized for real bedrooms.

18 April 2012

Colonial Candle adds a London collection of fragrances

The Colonial Candle London Destinations collection is now available to retailers to order, with shipping beginning June 15. Colonial Candle’s new collection celebrates London with new fragrances including:
  • Chocolate Souffle: Enjoy decadence fit for a queen with rich custard notes of melted chocolate and caramelized sweet sugar.
  • Afternoon Tea. Revitalize your senses with relaxing and serene notes of fresh lemon juice, white freesia and fresh brewed tea.
  • Abbey Road.Experience the vintage retro feel of Abbey Road with fresh undertones of green galbanum, earthy musk and flower power top notes.
  • Poppy Fields. Celebrate the sparkling radiance of beautiful poppy fields with a blend of wild strawberry, dew kissed leaves and cream rose petals.
The Destinations fragrance collection also includes candles evoking the luxurious island getaway of St. Barths, the summertime bliss of Cape Cod, and the allure of exotic Marrakesh (search this blog to read more about these fragrances). Each of these collections includes four exclusive fragrances designed to transport you on a trip around the world. All Destinations fragrances are available in 22-ounce, 8-ounce and 3.5-ounce signature oval jars, as well as oval glass votives.

16 April 2012

Earth-friendly housewares made of bamboo

Natural Home Products collection
Natural Home & Garden magazine debuted a line of housewares at the  2012 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago last month. The line, called Natural Home Products, is meant to offer the consumer sustainable products with exceptional quality that are priced at or below the current market leaders is a huge step forward, says company president Bill Mitchell. 

Among the items is the space-saving Eazistore nesting cookware set, which reduces required storage space by up to 67 percent. The line is oven- and dishwasher-safe as well as recyclable.
Another collection is made from the material Moboo. The molded-bamboo kitchenware is made from bamboo sawdust, rice starch and an all-natural plant-based binder. It is durable, nontoxic and dishwasher-safe with a similar look and feel to plastic. The Moboo line is composed of kitchen tools, gadgets, bowls, measuring cups/spoons and compost bins. Most are available in a variety of colors such as Charcoal, Natural, Cherry and Pistachio. 

14 April 2012

The Saturday Special: Dallas honors 2 retailers for their good deeds

Dallas Market Center announced the two winners for The Next Big Give, a national search for specialty retailers that give back in their communities:
The winners were selected from more than 50 retailers that are involved in a variety of ways through volunteering, raising funds or donating goods.

“Congratulations to The Next Big Give winners,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. “Both winners are great examples of how retailers can give back in big and small ways. Their work is truly inspiring.”

A. Dodson’s Owner Alison Dodson Anderson learned the spirit of giving directly from her parents. During her childhood, Alison’s father, a local dentist in her hometown, often exchanged his services with patients who could only afford to pay him with a livestock chicken or free yard work. Spurred by the pride and appreciation for her father’s generosity, Alison began giving back through her store immediately following its opening seven years ago. A. Dodson’s supports numerous causes including blood drives, toy and school supply drives, even donating $12,000 to Taylor Bend YMCA to assist in building a new facility.

Even after giving back in a variety of ways, Alison wanted a means to focus her store’s giving efforts. Her search led to the development of The A. Dodson’s Round Up, a program allowing customers to round up the cost of each purchase to the nearest dollar and have the extra cents donated to charity. A. Dodson’s publishes a poll on its Facebook page in order for customers to choose the cause the Round Up funds will be donated to at the end of each month. Charities can easily apply by simply emailing their name, contact information, and confirmation of their 501c3 status to roundup@adodsons.com. In 2011, A. Dodson’s gave more than $2,500 to various charity organizations. For more information on A. Dodson’s visit www.adodsons.com 

“This January we were able to donate hundreds of dollars to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund through The A. Dodson’s Round Up,” said Kim Glover, director of marketing, A. Dodson’s. “Through the program we are able to donate to charities near and dear to our hearts as well as expose our customers to organizations that they in turn volunteer for. It’s incredibly rewarding.”

Originally operating under the name “Brookshire Brothers,” Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy was founded in 1928 by Wood T. Brookshire in Tyler, Texas. Since its inception, Brookshire’s has grown to 150 stores spanning three states—Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. Wood founded the company with a foremost concern for the well-being of others, which continues to influence the company today. Brookshire’s has been giving back to the communities in which it operates since its founding.

In 2008, the Community Connections program was founded to enable Brookshire’s employees to assist with the causes important to each store’s local community. Employees form teams by store or non-retail department and gather to volunteer an average of four times per year with the cause of their choice. Last year, Brookshire’s donated more than 28,000 documented volunteer hours and more than $1.5 million to various charitable causes.

One notable effort was its World War II Heroes Flight in May 2011, in which Brookshire’s sent 33 World War II veterans to Washington, District of Columbia, all expenses paid, where they visited several war memorials and the U.S. Capitol building. For more information on Brookshire’s visit www.brookshires.com.

“Giving back is an important part of our company culture and something we expect to continue,” said Sam Anderson, community involvement manager, Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy. “We believe it’s important to support the communities that support us. Being actively involved in the schools and other aspects of the community helps us to stay in touch with our customers and be better prepared to serve their wants and needs. But, most importantly, helping others is the right thing to do.”

After receiving more than 50 applications, the entries were narrowed down to 10 finalists and then two winners by a panel of industry experts and Dallas Market Center representatives. The winners will receive a complimentary trip to the March 22-25, 2012 Market in Dallas including round-trip airfare and three nights hotel stay.

The Next Big Give winners were recognized on March 22 during The Inspired Event, a cocktail party benefiting charitable causes. For additional information on the contest visit www.dallasmarketcenter.com/contests/give or email thenextbiggive@mcmcmail.com.

12 April 2012

Award-winning lacquerware for the home

J. Fleet Designs won the Best of the Best Award for Accessories from the American Society of Interior Designers. The company says its round trays and vide-poches were successful at shows in Paris and New York.

Established in 1995, J. Fleet Designs offers luxury lacquerware products for the home, including  bowls, trays and bath accessories. The accessories are made in Vietnam, and marry a centuries-old artisan tradition with contemporary, up-to-the-moment designs.

03 April 2012

Guest blog: SURTEX Preview

Surtex 2011
Gift & Home Today invited Penny Sikalis, the vice president of show producer GLM and manager of the SURTEX show, to share insights into the trends and resources at SURTEX. Here is her report.

Penny Sikalis
If it's spring, then it's time to attend SURTEX®, on May 20-22, 2012 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Why? Because it’s the market that influences product trends across all home categories! Think of it as the crystal ball of emerging trends, and the indicator of product colors and designs that will soon be making their way into shops and then homes.  

In its 26th year, SURTEX features more than 300 exhibitors representing the works of more than 1,000 artist and designers from around the world … all of whom are on the cutting-edge of the design business. They’ll be offering the latest original artwork and brands to the 6,000 attendees (art buyers and licensees) who annually seek surface designs, from textile and graphic design to illustration, photography and mixed media.  

These designs will take shape in a broad spectrum of markets, including decorative fabrics, tabletop, giftware, stationery, greeting cards, gift wrap and other paper products, ceramics, linens and domestics, wall coverings and floor coverings, apparel textiles, toys, packaging and publishing. It’s an all-inclusive marketplace for not only product developers, but also smart independent retailers who want to stay ahead of their competition. They’ll get a sneak peek of what will be in development and launched for 2013 delivery.  

Here, two SURTEX exhibitors share a bit about their upcoming offerings.  

Sam Abell is President and CEO of Courtney Davis Inc.,  a leading art licensing agency for more than 37 years. His unique perspective for what’s ahead includes four themes:
  1. Color: fresh, bright and being used in a dominant fashion as well as accent 
  2. Mix & Match: patterns are being juxtaposed in a unique, playful manner 
  3. Burlap: a key accent in higher-end design 
  4. Organic: a growing area of interest in both design and subject matter  

Nancy Fire is founder and creative director of Design Works International, a well-known design studio and trend service firm of more than 20 years.  

Surtex 2011
"This year we are focusing on eclectic mixes of patterns, like large scale floral designs paired with geometric accents. In addition, there are lush tropical patterns in deep color combinations, sun-struck mid-tone colors for retro florals, and coconut grove brights for junior conversationals. Nature remains strong, including birds with pattern-fill images in many styles."

In addition to seeing exhibitors’ offerings, SURTEX participants will have access to an all-new Trend Theater, where world-renowned forecasting companies will share their future visions via daily multi-media trend presentations. Complimentary and exclusive to SURTEX, these 30-minute sessions will inspire viewers with the pulse of the market, from consumer attitudes and street happenings, to color, design and theme directions across multiple categories.

To get the full picture of what’s ahead, and what every design-related business – whether manufacturer or retailer – should be planning for 2013/14, SURTEX is a must-attend. A comprehensive Conference Program as well as networking activities, will round out the experience. For registration and attendance details, visit www.surtex.com.

24 March 2012

Trends from the Paris show Maison & Objet

Editor's note: Paula Berberian, Creative Director of WallPops of Brewster Home Fashions, shares her observations. 

Twice a year the latest home décor products are shown in Paris at the Maison & Objet biannual housewares trade show.  From furniture and rugs to lighting and wallpapers, the exhibition halls of the Parc des Expositions and the galleries bordering the Seine showcase all things chic, revealing what will be fashionable for the home in the next year.  After trekking the floors of the show noting trends, Paula Berberian, Creative Director of WallPops of Brewster Home Fashions, one of the oldest independent, family-owned wallpaper companies in the U.S., shares five fads sure to be big this year that can easily be integrated into the home.
Warm Colors
Kenneth James’ Suzani by Eijffinger
It may have been winter weather when Maison was held but inside its halls sprung a tropical array of colors. 
“There was an overall warming of the palette,” says Berberian.  “As Pantone® named Tangerine Tango the color of the year, we saw a lot of the red family in corals, pinks and oranges, but surprisingly there was also another popular and unexpected hue, Palm Springs Blue that was everywhere.” 
The aqua blue was paired with oranges, oriental reds and browns.  There was also a yellow-infused green just slightly subdued from chartreuse, along with a bright curry yellow and red-infused purples.  This trend is beautifully captured in Kenneth James’ Suzani by Eijffinger® line featuring colorful designs like trees, ornamental flowers and embroidered circles in bright, stylish colors.  One design features a teal background with a colorful floral array in orange, teal, yellow and pink.

Modern Touches
Kenneth James’ new Zircon by Eijffinger®
 “Modern is still in,” says Berberian.  “While we saw a lot of vintage designs, all would have some modern element added, giving a fresh look to more traditional designs.”
For a modern spin, some of the items seen at the show were a classic chinoiserie that went chic in a vivid purple rather than the usual French Blue or red and traditional wood furnishings had an added splash of a bright color such as lime green.  Tribal designs like ikats and suzanis were also infused with modern colors and interpretations.  For an updated classic, Kenneth James’ new Zircon by Eijffinger® collection features dramatic, modern designs such as traditional stripes revived with dry matte colors, suede printing and a mica finish.  

Natural Woods
Kenneth James’ Suzani by Eijffinger®
“There was a continued move toward the natural and organic with hand-crafted wooden pieces throughout the show, particularly whitewashed pine,” says Berberian.
To incorporate an eco-chic touch to any space, look to pieces made with reclaimed, whitewashed or wire-brushed woods. 

Kenneth James’ Pip wallpaper collection by Eijffinger®, Silhouettes Flock Pink
“Dimensional elements were added to furnishings and textiles such as jewels, pearls, mirrors and other adornments,” says Berberian.
Added luxe textures to already likable patterns is seen in the cheerful and colorful, Kenneth James’ Pip wallpaper collection by Eijffinger®.  Pip, known for its tagline of “Happy Products, Happy People” that offers a line of bed sheets, kitchenware and bags, now offers a wallpaper line.  It includes floral and bird prints as well as playful framed-photo, postcard and stamp designs.  A classic damask design comes alive with the textured flocking seen in its Silhouettes Flock Pink wallpaper.

British Influence
Brewster Home Fashions English Style by Fairwinds Studio
Whether because of the Royal Wedding or with the upcoming Summer Olympics in London, a spotlight was on all things U.K.-inspired. 
“There was a British explosion with the Union Jack flag, British flag and other iconic designs,” says Berberian.
For an English update at home, experiment with hounds tooth and pretty floral patterns or fun items emblazoned with images of crowns, Big Ben, London Bridge or the city’s iconic red phone booth.
Be at the forefront of the most fashionable items for the home by incorporating these on-trend designs from Brewster Home Fashions.
Headquartered in Randolph, Mass., Brewster Home Fashions is one of the oldest independent, family-owned wallcovering companies in the U.S. that now spans five generations.  Since 1954, Brewster Home Fashions has been a prominent manufacturer and distributor of fine wallpapers and home decor products for residential and commercial markets globally. 

For more information, visit brewsterwallcovering.com.
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