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.”

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