Vegas Market Seminars To Feature Top Designers

Retailers and interior designers looking to get “Ahead of the Curve” will once again see an exclusive preview of the hottest new trends and designs in home furnishings and décor through the lens of today’s top tastemakers at the Summer 2014 Las Vegas Market. In an intimate and inspired panel discussion, sponsored by IMC, Las Vegas Market’s signature Ahead of the Curve live show will boast another extraordinary line-up of some of the most celebrated U.S. designers, including Thom Filicia, Michelle Nussbaumer, and Timothy Corrigan.

Moderated by TODAY Show contributor, design author and tastemaker Susanna Salk, the presentation will take place on Tuesday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. in Building B’s WorldView Ballroom, and offers CEU-accreditation to interior designers. Immediately following this panel discussion, a meet-and-greet and book signing with the panelists, along with lunch, will be held in the Safavieh showroom (A-101) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

These top design authorities will scour the five million square-feet of showrooms at Las Vegas Market, and share their top picks during a live panel discussion and via social media channels, which will include a question and answer segment. The best-of-the-best product will be “on set” during the live panel discussion allowing these tastemakers to share more intimately with the audience what’s hot from market, plus their insights on incorporating these fashion-forward styles into current design projects.

“I am so excited about the designers we are hosting this year: Thom, Michelle and Timothy’s energy and passion for design is infectious. Exploring the market through their eyes will be invaluable to anyone attending. It’s not just about what trends they see; it’s understanding what they love and why,” says Susanna Salk, host of Ahead of the Curve and design author. “The best part will be putting many of their favorite pieces on stage for our panel audience to see up close!”

The star-studded design cast features celebrated interior designer Thom Filicia, founder and chief creative officer of New York City-based design firm, Thom Filicia, Inc. Filicia’s New-American Style has earned him widespread acclaim and notable clients, including Tina Fey, Delta Air Lines, Jennifer Lopez, Peter Jennings, and others in the worlds of finance, sports, media, fashion and hospitality. Filicia is universally known for his ability to create stunning modern, yet classic interiors that retain an inviting aesthetic, which reflects the individuality of his clients.

Filicia’s unmistakable design sensibility has earned him countless accolades from the design world, including being named by House Beautiful as one of their “Top 100 Designers,” House & Garden dubbed him an “International Taste Maker” and Elle Décor regaled him as an “A-List Designer.” Filicia’s recognition expanded beyond the design world when he was cast as the interior design expert in the ratings juggernaut and Emmy-Award winning hit show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, not to mention, featured in numerous magazine and TV shows. He is an author of three stunning design books including his most recent title, “American Beauty: Renovating & Decorating a Beloved Retreat.”

Also the driving force behind the Thom Filicia Home Collection—which includes furniture, rugs, textiles, artwork, curtain hardware, lighting, wallcovering, bedding, pillows and broadloom for the retail and trade markets—Felicia enjoys partnerships with some of the world’s leading home brands. Filicia’s latest project has been the opening of his first to-the-trade showroom at the New York Design Center.

Also joining the panel is acclaimed interior designer, Michelle Nussbaumer, who is consistently named among the top designers and tastemakers in the country. With offices based in Dallas and Switzerland, Michelle’s interiors combine a fearless use of color and reflect an eclectic, yet timeless mix of bold patterns and influences from around the world to create her unmistakable signature style.   In 2009, she was honored as one of Elle Decor’s ‘Five Leading Women in Design’ and her project was named one of Veranda’s ‘25 Most Beautiful Rooms.’ Her designs are frequently featured in the pages of leading national and international publications including House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Veranda, Architectural Digest, Marie Claire and German Elle Décor.

Globe-trotting Nussbaumer, channels her style and inspiration from the places she has lived and traveled such as Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Morocco and India. Elle Décor has called her “a fearless style monger known for her dizzying trove of antiques and signature line of furniture and lighting.” Nussbaumer’s 10,000 square-foot Dallas showroom Ceylon et Cie is home to her furniture collection Ceylon et Cie Portfolio, her eponymous Michelle Nussbaumer Fabric line, a modern interpretation of classic ikats and indigenous patterns and prints, and celebrated line of jewelry, Ceylon Bijoux. A collection of 18th, 19th and 20th Century antiques and textiles are also showcased from her exotic travels.

Michelle has collaborated on various projects including wallpaper with Gracie Studio, Mexican glassware and Delft tabletop, plus modern wallpaper with the Newlon Collection and many others. Michelle’s travel and design blog “Dreaming in Color” is the inspiration behind her forthcoming book with Rizzoli set to launch in 2015.

Finally, Las Vegas Market will welcome back Timothy Corrigan, who was among the inaugural panelists for Ahead of Curve. Hailed in Architectural Digest as “Today’s Tastemaker,” Corrigan’s clients include royalty, celebrities and corporate leaders. With offices in Paris and Los Angeles, his distinctive design philosophy of comfortable elegance has earned him a place on the AD100 list for the last nine years.

Corrigan’s work has been published in numerous publications including Elle Decor, Veranda, Traditional Home, Luxe Interiors + Design and The Wall Street Journal. Rizzoli recently published his first book, “An Invitation to Château du Grand-Lucé.” Timothy designed the first fully integrated line of fabrics, trims, furniture and floor covering for Schumacher and Patterson, Flynn & Martyn, which was introduced spring 2014, as well as a tabletop collection for Royal Limoges. His line of bath fixtures for THG Paris will launch in 2015.

Now in its seventh year, past designer participants in Ahead of the Curve have included design luminaries year after year including Anthony Baratta, Betsy Burnham, Barclay Butera, Darryl Carter, Philip Gorrivan, Alexa Hampton, Darren Henault, Laura Kirar, Amy Lau, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Mary McDonald, Joe Nye, Kishani Perera, Windsor Smith, Nathan Turner, Ron Woodson, and Vicente Wolf.

Las Vegas Market is the leading furniture, home decor and gift marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 2,000+ gift, home décor and furniture resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of gift, furniture and home décor lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. The Summer 2014 Las Vegas Market runs July 27-31, 2014, at World Market Center Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com.

Author: Sally James

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