Las Vegas Market announced that its proprietary First Look trends program will present four design and color themes – Color Class, Pattern Primer, Remote Control and Summertime. – during two image-rich, 45-minute webinars on March 24 and March 31. The CEU-accredited sessions will be presented in advance of April 2021 Market, running April 11-15, 2021.
“The April First Look program will present four macro trends that will resonate with consumers’ moods, expectations and wants,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC’s chief customer and marketing officer. “With recovery underway, these defining themes will play a more important role than ever in helping buyers and suppliers plan now and throughout 2021.”
The First Look webinars will be presented by program curator and 25-year magazine editor Julie Smith Vincenti. First Look – Home Furnishings will take place from 1 to 1:45 p.m. (PST) on Wednesday, March 24; and First Look – Gift, Housewares, Textiles and Tabletop will be from 1 to 1:45 p.m. (PST) on Wednesday, March 31.
The sessions will explore the following themes and showcase relevant products:
Remote Control: The only way through is forward. For many homeowners, this means repurposing and furnishing rooms so families can pivot and perform for working, living, and learning from home for the near future — and possibly long-term. Corresponding exhibitor products include modular seating from Mercana; Elroy recliner from Norwalk Furniture; and the McKenzie Collection from Whittier Wood Furniture.
Summertime: Togetherness, celebration, and entertaining were re-scripted in 2020. But summer beckons. How will friends and families come together to celebrate, share and show thanks when the stage is set for sunnier times? Corresponding exhibitor products include the New Lemon Collection from Abbiamo Tutto, placemats from Chilewich and Sweet Collection textiles from Kay Dee Designs.
Color Class: First Look dives deeper into the complete palettes served up for 2021 by leading home brands and forecasting firms. Corresponding exhibitor products include Ann Gish’s jacquard Horizons bedding collection, Diggs wall sconce from Hudson Valley Lighting, area rugs from Nourison’s Prismatic Collection, and the Homage Collection from Rug & Kilim.
Pattern Primer: Take a peek at patterns holding steady, as well as incoming motifs. Patterns that complement incoming neutral, earthy, and cheerful palettes top the list of what’s new and next. Corresponding exhibitor products include Tie Dye Hopsulator coolers from Brumate, pillows from the Justina Blakeney x Loloi Collection, and wall decor from Studio Artique by Timothy’s Contemporary Squares Collection.
“Consumers’ immediate preferences and behaviors shape this season’s First Look sessions, plus we’ll focus the lens on trends impacting post-pandemic purchase considerations,” Vincenti explained. “Incoming color palettes and emerging patterns are focus areas, too, which will be presented in a format that inspires efficient sourcing at Las Vegas Market.”
As an added benefit, free digital flipbooks will be available before each webinar.