If you spent your Sunday in the halls of World Market Center at Las Vegas Market, chances are you caught a glimpse of us (Editor-in-Chief Nicole Davis or Managing Editor Alison Martin) in the back of your seminar, touring a showroom or rushing out of a building to get to another appointment.
The summer market season is winding down for us, but that doesn’t mean we’re slowing down. Here are the highlights of our first day at Las Vegas Market.
How to Get Published
Our EIC Nicole presented “How to Get Published” at Jaipur, sharing some guidelines, tips and tricks about how to submit material that’s bound to grace the pages of our magazine. The most important takeaway is great photography — dazzling room scenes, correct size (10x12 inches at 300 dpi for the cover), inclusion of all of our important product categories (furniture, lighting and decor), orientation that accommodates our logo and lighting that isn’t harsh.
A Tale of Two Pinks
Never one to shy away from color, Abbyson always puts its brightest, most colorful pieces front and center. In addition to a bright, teal sofa front and center in its front window, Abbyson also created an entire vinette around Blush, a soft, Millennial Pink-like pink that looks and feels luxurious — especially when it’s done in velvet.
Events & Marketing Manager Brittany Behringer (left in Abbyson showroom) says the brand is taking its cues from the fashion world.
But in the Four Hands showroom, pink is giving way to a darker, more sophisticated Merlot color. Now on the job for three months, the company’s new Director of Upholstery, Jessica Green, says this new shade is one of her favorites, and she expects to see more of it at High Point Market this fall.
A Toast to Angela Harris and Phillips Collection
As anyone who has ever visited a Phillips Collection showroom knows, the tables, consoles, chair and decor fall into the eclectic category. It’s no wonder their tagline is, “Every piece a conversation.” It’s meant to stand out. Nothing should match, but it should feel representative of the owner.
Knowing this, it’s great to see Phillips expanding its scope and venturing into a furniture collection with a designer known for her commitment to sustainable design, Angela Harris (left). The Founder, Principal, Creative Director at TRIO Environments, a Denver-based design firm with offices in New York, launched her company from a basement 17 years ago and has since built a brand that exemplifies a “signature style of telling a story with intelligence, vision and art.”
Harris new collection has a Mid-Century Modern design with its sleek lines and brass inlays, but as with many of Phillips Collection’s pieces, customization is key. Each of the sofa, chair, tables and ottomans can be done in a gray-colored wood with silver inlays or a warmer wood with brass inlays. As Harris notes, the brass inlays turn away from the in-your-face brass that we see in a lot of Mid-Century pieces, and the open, elevated bases let the details of each piece shine through.
Sit Down with Bob Maricich
Our EIC Nicole and publisher Susan Jones, sat down with International Market Centers (IMC) Chairman and CEO Bob Maricich (on the left, Davis in the middle, Jones to the right) on the heels of IMC’s merger with AmericasMart Atlanta to learn more about the direction the organizations are taking and how it benefits retailers and designers. Look for the full feature story in our October print issue detailing all the specifics, but the key takeaway was that although some rethinking and re-strategizing will occur at the Atlanta Market, in the words of Maricich, “it’s not broken.” He also says that the strength of the apparel business in Atlanta has been a pleasant surprise to the IMC team and they look forward to exploring that more.
What did you see at Las Vegas Market that wowed you? Share with us in the comments!