AMC Announces Three People’s Choice Winners At Summer 2020 Market

From 50 finalists, Atlanta Market has named three “People’s Choice” winners in its Summer 2020 Market Snapshot: the Bed Swing with Back by Lowcountry Originals, the Carnovsky Ocean Jigsaw Puzzle by Ginger Fox and the Lucy Longhorn Paint-by-Numbers Kit by Pink Picasso. Winning products, which were selected by popular vote in the lead up to the Summer 2020 Market, are on display in AmericasMart Atlanta showrooms through August 18, 2020. “Our Summer 2020 People’s Choice Winners accurately reflect our current situation – more time spent at home – with activities for entertainment and furnishings for comfort being most popular,” notes Dorothy Belshaw, International Market Centers chief marketing and digital officer. “This real-time view of what inspires buyers is an important element of the tools that IMC offers to buyers before and during their at-market sourcing.” The winners are: With the Carnovsky Ocean Jigsaw Puzzle from Ginger Fox puzzlers explore the interaction between color and light as three different images sit on top of each other, resulting in a picture that is unexpected and mesmerizing. The colors mix and the lines and shapes entwine. With the included red, green and blue viewing glasses, users can isolate each layer of the image, turning one puzzle into three stunning pictures. (Anne McGilvray & Company B2 17-1718) Pink Picasso’s Lucy Longhorn is an original image turned into a paint-by-numbers kit.  Each kit includes a template printed canvas, a four-brush set, pots of acrylic paint and a map for painters to find a number they missed.  Each project takes about 12 hours to complete.  (Tango B2 10-1000B). The 50 finalists are: A & B Home, Baccarat, Bamboo Trading Co, Blue Ocean Traders, Brackish, BS Trading, Bungalow 5, Classic Home, Coast & Cotton, Compendium, Couture Lamps, Dillon Candy Company, Dynasty Gallery, Elan International, Emdee International, Entryways, Fredrick Cooper, Global Views, GO Home, Greenwich Bay Trading Co., Haviland, HomArt, Inge-Glas, IVV, Jeffan International, JingleNog, John Richard, Julie Vos, KEVA, Lands Downunder, Leftbank Art, Lucy Grymes, Maison Maison Design, Matouk, Melrose International, Michelle McDowell, Mud Pie, Pottery Pots, RAZ Imports, Revelation by Uttermost, Sagebrook Home, Smeg, Swanky Baby Vintage, TradeCie, Transpac, Walton Wood Farm and WorldFinds. Market Snapshot showcases exciting, new, innovative and trendsetting products from across Atlanta Market’s home décor and gift collections on social media, in buyer communications and on the market website. It is part of Atlanta Market’s interactive digital toolbox – presented at AmericasMart.com/AtlantaRemote – with new tools for trend and product discovery, virtual education and e-commerce. Atlanta Market is the industry’s premier gift, décor and lifestyle market, housing the nation’s largest gift product mix complemented by a broad selection of home décor at...

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Nourison To Host Virtual Summer Market On August 18

Nourison will host a virtual summer market on August 18, 2020 at 1pm EST. The virtual market is designed to connect with Nourison dealers and interior designers who are unable to attend Atlanta or Las Vegas Market. Nourison will also be showing at Atlanta and Las Vegas Markets. The hour-long Zoom session will start with a short business discussion, followed by a designer chat with David Santiago of Casi Santi Interior Design. Nourison will then preview new introductions for area rugs, carpets and home accents. Nourison will support the virtual market with digital communications via e-blasts, landing pages, online catalogs, imagery and videos. The live session will be recorded and made available on www.nourison.com/summermarket2020 to anyone not able to attend the live session. “Hosting a virtual market allows us to safely connect with customers that we can’t see in-person and also allows us to connect with customers that normally do not attend markets” said Andrew Peykar, president at Nourison. “After receiving so much positive feedback from our Spring Virtual Market, we knew this was a format that we needed to continue hosting.” Designers and dealers attending the virtual market will be able to take advantage of special promotions and place discounted orders at www.nourison.com. During these summer markets, Nourison will be introducing over 100 new products, including the hand-knotted, Tibetan-inspired Plateau area rug collection, with textured stripes in an earth tone palette. New designs will be added to Prismatic, Starry Nights and kathy ireland® Home Malta area rug collections. Prismaticstyles will feature abstract painterly designs in multicolor and seafoam/silver colors. Starry Nights, with Nouri-Guard™ fiber protectant, will include intricate floral patterns enhanced with a vintage fade technique, in blush, blue and grey tones. The kathy Ireland® Home Malta Collection will introduce new designs with classic Persian motifs and vintage style in blue, grey, beige and ivory. Mina Victory Home Accents will be launching a fresh, chic whimsical Sofia Collection for relaxed, comfortable style, as well as the Plush Collection for kids. New decorative throw pillows will center on soft blush, bright yellow and deep navy colorways. Trade customers can register for Nourison’s Summer Virtual Market at www.nourison.com/summermarket2020 The Nourison showrooms during Atlanta and Las Vegas Market will be open for the duration of the markets, with limited staff present. Attendees are encouraged to make an appointment in advance, or stop by at their earliest convenience. Nourison will continue to take precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19 by having hand sanitizer and antibacterial spray on-hand, having attendees remain 6 feet apart, and providing attendees with customized Nourison...

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IMC Announces Virtual Programming And Expanded Resources For Designers

International Market Centers (IMC) announced that Las Vegas Design Center (LVDC) will debut a new showroom at Summer Las Vegas Market, Aug. 30 – Sep. 3, 2020 and present two virtual programs in August including its monthly First Friday webinar and the 2020 ANDYZ Awards presentation. “LVDC continues to grow as the premier designer resource in Southern Nevada and the Southwest,” said Cain Brodie, general manager of LVDC. “We remain committed to providing the trade with a unique, well-rounded selection of key manufacturers and products. And like everyone else, are learning how to adapt to this new business environment.” New Showroom Debuts in LVDC Las Vegas Design Center is home to nearly 30 to-the-trade showrooms showcasing 120+ product lines. This summer, lighting leader Visual Comfort & Co. will debut a new 2,656-square-foot showroom (A109). The new space will serve as a western hub for the bellwether company and feature its Visual Comfort, Tech Lighting, Generation Lighting and Monte Carlo Fans lines. Other key LVDC resources include manufacturer’s representative Area West; Capel Rugs; Eastern Accents; European Bath, Kitchen, Tile & Stone; Four Hands; Global Views; Leftbank Art; Phillips Collection and Vanguard Furniture, among others. Design-Driven Programming Takes Center Stage this August LVDC’s “First Friday” seminars are free to designers and feature a wide range of speakers and educational content geared toward the interior design community. The August webinar, titled Design Triage 2020: Pivot Your Business for Today’s Challenges, is presented by Terri Taylor, founder of Interior Design Business Academy, and gives insight into overcoming uncertainty to discover new design business opportunities. The session is from 10 to 11:30 (PT) on Friday, Aug. 7. For more information and registration, go to https://interiordesignbusinessacademy.com/design-triage-2020-las-vegas/. Las Vegas Design Center and the California Central/Nevada Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) also will present the 2020 ANDYZ Awards from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (PT) on Wednesday, Aug. 12. During the virtual celebration, 10 winners will be recognized for their design savvy. The 2020 ANDYZ awards winners are: Best Residential Bathroom Design: Wendy Glaister of Wendy Glaister Interiors in Modesto, California Best Commercial Design: Jamie Stringham of Interior Dynamics and Laura Fullow of Laura Fullow Designs in Las Vegas Best Custom Furnishings Design: Emily Roose of Emily Roose Interiors in Truckee, California Best Hospitality Design: Karen Buttrum and Casey Clark of MBA Architecture + Interior Design in Reno, Nevada Best Residential Interior Design: Marcio Decker of Aspen Leaf Interiors in Reno, Nevada Best Kitchen Design: Christopher Grubb of Interiors Design Group in Los Angeles Best Multiple Residential Design: Lori Brazier of House of Brazier in Sacramento Best Showroom Design: Michele Youell of Natural...

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IMC To Address Diversity And Inclusion At August Webinar

International Market Centers (IMC) will present two webinars on Aug. 6 addressing diversity and inclusion issues impacting the gift, home furnishings and apparel industries. Each hour-long session includes powerhouse industry voices who will share their experiences as designers, retailers and leaders. These webinars are an extension of IMC’s recently formed Diversity & Inclusion Network which strives for universal inclusion and a diverse and tolerant workplace. “IMC is committed to providing the industry-at-large with timely and relevant content and none is more important than inclusiveness and representation during the current social justice movement,” said Dorothy Belshaw, chief marketing and digital officer. “As IMC works towards a more welcoming and inclusive environment for our team members, regardless of differences in race, gender or sexuality, we offer these webinars as an opportunity for the industry to consider diversity issues in our marketplaces.” A Conversation about Diversity in Retail explores best practices in diversity and inclusion, gives insights into steps companies are taking and discusses results. Presenters are Terence Morris, IMC’s senior vice president of gift leasing and DeAnna J. McIntosh, global retail and e-commerce consultant. The webinar, which is presented by Atlanta Apparel and World of Prom & Social Occasion takes place on Thursday, Aug. 6 from 10 to 11 a.m. (EST). Diversity in Today’s Market addresses today’s diverse consumer marketplace and how that diversity influences business and design. Panelists are Breegan Jane, founder of Breegan Jane Interior Design; Rachel Moriarty, lifestyle brand CEO and principal interior designer at Rachel Moriarty Interiors; Katrena Griggs, president, founder and showroom pioneer of Curated Home Brands; and Ron Woodson, co-founder and principal designer of Woodson & Rummerfield House of Design. The webinar, presented by Las Vegas Market and Atlanta Market and moderated by IMC’s Cindy Hodnett, takes place on Thursday, Aug. 6 from 4 to 5 p.m. (EST). Registration for both webinars is free and can be completed on the Atlanta Market Remote page at www.AmericasMart.com/AtlantaRemote, the Las Vegas Market webinar page at www.LVMKT.com/Webinars or the Atlanta Apparel webinar page at www.AmericasMart.com/events. These webinars join dozens of upcoming and past webinars that are accessible online in lieu of in-person programming at the markets this summer. IMC’s Commitment to Diversity In June, IMC created a Diversity and Inclusion Network, an internal taskforce compromised of 12 employees across the company’s departments and campuses, and co-captained by three employees: Terence Morris; Kempen Olivier, director of security and safety; and Danielle Hall, IT project manager. The Network seeks to achieve four primary goals: create community for diverse professionals at IMC; develop programming and forums addressing diversity, inclusion, human rights and social justice; implement policy changes at IMC supporting diversity...

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IMC Webinars Announced For Pre-Market Planning

International Market Centers (IMC) is presenting two webinars exploring post-COVID-19 retail strategy as a planning tool for its Summer 2020 markets. Presented together by Atlanta Market (August 13-18) and Las Vegas Market (August 30-September 3) relevant topics include how top retailers have adapted their businesses to the new normal and tips for updating stores designs for reopening. “Coast to coast, IMC’s markets are in the business of supporting retailers as they get back to business,” said Dorothy Belshaw, chief marketing and digital officer. “We’re tapping our vast network of experts, trendsetters and thought leaders to provide guidance, tools and actionable plans for retailers as they tackle the hard work of reopening their stores in a post-COVID-19 world. The timing of these webinars allows retailers to act on the advice as they source at the Summer 2020 markets in Atlanta and Las Vegas.” “Re-Imagining Buying & Selling: Reposition Your Retail Strategy” features retailers Mary Liz Curtin of Leon & Lulu, Elizabeth P. Montgomery of Boxhill & Co. and Dirk Lorenz of Fremont Flowers in a conversation with Lilly Stamets of Premier Retail Consulting about how retail is rapidly transforming with the acceleration of digital and the shortening of the innovation cycle. The power-packed panel will share how they have adapted their digital presences, assortments and services to capitalize on their unique selling propositions. Attendees will learn the brand-new ways these retailers are showcasing, selling and delivering products and be inspired to creatively reimagine their businesses. The webinar takes place on Monday, August 10 at 1:00pm EDT/10:00am PDT. In “ReImagine, ReOpen & ReEngage – Visual Merchandising Transformed,” Gretchen Kroll of Tripar International, Inc. will explore how the events of 2020 have impacted visual design and how retailers can visually transform their stores as they reopen. Attendees will learn how consumers decipher visual data and explore how the COVID-19 crisis is an opportunity for retailers to take a step back and implement powerful visual tools that will alter the way they showcase products. They will learn tactics to build a stronger store, get a check list of new design tools and gain an understanding of the consumer psyche that will enable them to visually engage customers and grow their businesses. The webinar takes place on Tuesday, August 25 at 4:00pm EDT/1:00pm PDT. Registrations is free for the webinars and can be completed on either the Atlanta Market Remote page at AmericasMart.com/AtlantaRemote or the Las Vegas Market webinar page at LVMKT.com/Webinars. These webinars join dozens of upcoming and past webinars that are accessible online in lieu of in-person programming at the markets this...

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Vegas Market Announces Webinar Dates For FIRST LOOK Program

Las Vegas Market announced the webinar dates for its signature FIRST LOOK program. The two 30-minute, CEU-accredited sessions will be presented on July 29 and Aug. 5 in advance of Summer 2020 Market. “Las Vegas Market is committed to providing relevant and timely trend information whether it be virtually or in person,” said Dorothy Belshaw, executive vice president, chief marketing and digital officer for International Market Centers. “Our five broad themes for summer 2020 will play an integral role in helping our customers plan for recovery both now and in the future.” The FIRST LOOK webinars will be presented by program curator and 24-year magazine editor Julie Smith Vincenti. FIRST LOOK – Summer 2020 Home Furnishings will take place from 1 to 1:30 p.m. (PST) on July 29 and FIRST LOOK – Summer 2020 Gift, Housewares, Textiles, and Tabletop will be from 1 to 1:30 p.m. (PST) on Aug. 5. For webinar information and registration, visit https://www.lasvegasmarket.com/about/webinars. The sessions will be connected to the following themes: TRADITIONAL-ISH: As Millennials approach new life stages, they are refining and redefining their style preferences. FIRST LOOK tracks the swing to transitional and traditional designs that recall past patterns and forms, yet still appeal to Millennials’ modern sensibilities. Corresponding exhibitor products include NB Poppy Bay Green pillow from Classic Home, Bhatia wool area rug from Feizy Rugs, Greenington Furniture’s Park Avenue bedroom collection, and Allendale chandelier from Hudson Valley Lighting. PRINTS, CHARMING: Floral trends, especially small-scale and charming varieties that recall pastoral gardens, cottage living, and meadow-like settings, are captured in this FIRST LOOK chapter. Think perennials, florals, container gardens, and sweet and savory color palettes. Corresponding exhibitor products include KAS Rugs’ hand-tufted Sparta area rug, Pacific Coast Lighting’s Château Ariel table lamp, decorative accessories from Sagebrook Home, and floral arrangements from The Ivy Guild. SCREEN TIME: FIRST LOOK reboots for 2020 with office solutions and media furniture with tech-smart features and everyday comforts for the whole family. Corresponding exhibitor products include Langley sofa from Emerald Home, new bathroom vanities from Manhattan Comfort, Porter Designs’ Cullen sectional, and Twin Star Home’s adjustable-height desks. GATHER TOGETHER: Holiday celebrations with friends and family take on new significance in 2020. Think top picks for gift-giving, including easy-to-ship products, tech gadgets, treats for our four-legged family members, gear for sports lovers and solutions for city dwellers. Corresponding exhibitor products include holiday decor from Compendium Inc., assorted partyware from Meri Meri, Carry Along sketchbooks from OOLY, and CBD-infused personal care products from Shea Brand. TAKE CARE: FIRST LOOK heads to the kitchen, where baking, smart snacking and hydration housewares are a focus area. Corresponding exhibitor products include bread...

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