The Buzz Around AmericasMart Atlanta: What Manufacturers Are Planning for 2019

What's the word around the halls of AmericasMart Atlanta? We've got news from manufacturers on what they're planning to do in 2019.

Alison Martin
01/09/2019
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Oliver Gal Monopoly-themed print

A new year and new winter market season bring excitement to AmericasMart Atlanta. Everyone has something new to share, and this year, many companies have big plans for 2019. 

Here's what's happening in the halls of AmericasMart Atlanta and what you need to know.

Oliver Gal

You know Oliver Gal for their fashion-forward, glitter-packed prints and wall decor, but if you stopped by their showroom in AmericasMart, you may have seen something new near the front: an accent table. 

The company is starting to test a new accent furniture market. The black accent table on display used one of Oliver Gal's fashion prints for the top. For the wall decor company, this new move seems like a natural progression and a cool way to reinterpret its popular prints, and it could make some of the bolder prints accessible to more conservative consumers. Those that aren't ready for a glittery print on the wall may find the pop of color or glitter more conducive as an end or coffee table where it can be softened.

Lucas + McKearn

For the last few markets in High Point, Lucas + McKearn has been tucked away in the temporaries at Suites at Market Square, but as anyone who's walked through the temporaries would know, traffic can be hard to attract, especially in the back hallways. So Lucas + McKearn is trying something new for 2019.

This year, the company will spend the year retooling its products and creating new designs. All current products will still be available, but the company won't be releasing anything too new just yet. Instead, the plan is to do a big launch in January 2020, at which point the company hopes to have a permanent showroom set up in High Point with better traffic.

Made Goods

In addition to new outdoor patio furniture to introduce at this market, Made Goods is already looking ahead to High Point Market. The company will be moving out of IHFC on the second floor and into its own building on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, just across from the Mr. Brown Showroom. 

The new three-story showroom will house Made Goods as well as its sister brands, Pigeon & Poodle and Blue Pheasant. There will be a cafe on the first floor and plenty of snacks on the floors above.

Howard Elliott

We talked yesterday about Howard Elliott's display testing at AmericasMart, but that wasn't the only bit of news happening around the showroom. In addition to expanding its reach with designers, Howard Elliott is also looking to expand its outreach to lighting showrooms as well.

Howard Elliott doesn't sell lighting, but feels its products would be a good fit for lighting showrooms. Mirrors and wall decor add interest among wall sconces, and accent tables and chairs below low-hanging chandeliers can stop people from bumping into them. Now the challenge is to reach lighting retailers. 

 

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