Vegas Summer Market Event Schedule Announced

Las Vegas Market has announced an expansive slate of programming for Summer Market that includes 60+ events and activities offering attendees opportunities for education, professional development and industry networking. Summer 2018 Las Vegas Market is July 29 to August 2, 2018.

In total, Las Vegas Market will host more than 60 seminars, special events, programs and parties during the four-day Summer Market, including 12+ sessions addressing design, color and product trends, six curated product tours, 14+ industry-focused special events, and dozens of seminars and educational sessions addressing business issues and marketing matters. (NOTE: A complete schedule seminars and events is available online at:

“Las Vegas Market is a forum for both thought-leading education and unparalleled industry networking, said Karen Olson, Senior Vice President Marketing, International Market Centers. “Our expansive schedule of value-added activities and onsite amenities enhances the overall Market experience for buyers and suppliers alike.”

Summer highlights include the DesignEDGE summit, produced by the IFDA Education Foundation and sponsored by Las Vegas Market; and Erase Hate: A Celebration of Love, the 2018 Gift for Life Up on the Roof fundraiser with special guest Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, a University of Wyoming student and hate crime victim who lost his life in 1998.

The fourth annual ANDYZ design awards, recognizing the year’s best interior design projects, will be held at Summer Market, along with the second annual Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Awards, hosted by GIFT SHOP, Museums & More and Stationery Trends.

Additional Summer Market programming includes LVMKT’s proprietary FIRST LOOK trend forecast, Ahead of the Curve home furnishings forecast and the Best of the West in Life & Style curated panel of taste-making influencers and designers.


Trend forecasting sessions address key design, color, product and business directions

Exclusive highlights of trend forecasting programs this summer include the 15th edition of the Market’s proprietary FIRST LOOK trend display and seminar, curated by 20-year magazine editor Julie Smith Vincenti of Nine Muses Media. The FIRST LOOK seminar details each of the four major Summer Market trends, as well as the influences and applications for each trend. Tailored to the needs of today’s cross-category buyers and lifestyle stores, the FIRST LOOK seminar will be held on Monday, July 30, 10:30-11:30am.

Las Vegas Market’s signature Ahead of the Curve trend forecasting session returns in partnership with Luxe Interiors + Design on Tuesday, July 31, 1:00pm-2:30pm. Top designers Amber Lewis, Brian Paquette and Laura Umansky, will present a preview of the hottest new trends and designs in home furnishings and décor in an intimate and engaging panel discussion moderated by Kathryn Given of Luxe Interiors + Design.

Another exclusive trend presentation, “Best of the West in Life & Style,” features a panel of taste-making influencers and designers including Jenny Komenda, of Little Green Notebook, Chelsea Shukov and Jamie Grobecker of Sugar Paper LA, Ryan Garvin of Ryan Gavin Photography, Kristen Forgione of The LifeStyled Company and Caitlin Wilson of Caitlin Wilson Design. The panel is co-sponsored by REstyleSOURCE and IMC, and will be held Monday, July 30, 2:30pm-3:30pm.

Other trend-focused sessions include: “Captivating Design in Morocco – The New Artisan Frontier,” on Monday, July 30, 11:30am-12:30pm. A group of leading industry creative leaders including Julia Buckingham, Aviva Stanoff, Madeline Buckingham, Teddie and Courtney Garrigan and Nancy Price will present the results of a design excursion to Morocco; an additional session, “The Magic of Morocco – Meet & Greet Reception and Book Signing” will be held Monday, July 30, 12:30pm-1:30pm after the seminar. Other trend- and design-related seminars include: “How Interiors Influences Outdoor Design,” with Christopher Grubb, Arch- Interiors Design Group Inc., Sunday, July 29, 11:00am-12:00pm; “How to Create a Sustainable Future in Design,” with Chris Ramey, The Home Trust International and Affluent Insights, Sunday, July 29, 2:00pm-3:00pm; “Trends using Antiques and Refurbished in Design,” with Rachel Hoffman and Cathy Robinson Hutton, Sunday, July 29, 3:30pm-4:30pm; Sherwin- Williams Colormix® Forecast 2019 with Laurie E. Clark, Sherwin Williams Senior Designer Account Executive, Monday, July 30, 1:00 – 2:00pm; “Design It! Connecting the Interiors Aesthetic to the Outdoors,” with Kerrie Kelly, FASID, NKBA; Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, Monday, July 30, 4:00pm-5:00pm; “Power Hour: Design Trends for New Homes,” with Jana Uselton, Home Staging & Redesign Association, Tuesday, July 31, 12:30pm-1:30pm; and “Frank Lloyd Wright – American Icon, Architectural Master, Modern Dreamer,” with Maria Oliveira, PPG Architectural Coatings, Tuesday, July 31, 2:00pm-3:00pm.


Product Tours

Guided and curated tours of exhibit floors during Summer Market include: the Soft Design Lab Red Carpet Experience with Jackie Von Tobel and Deb Barrett, an all-inclusive, three-night, four-day Las Vegas Market experience July 28-July 31; an Ahead of the Curve preview tour with Laura Umansky of Laura U Interior Design, Sunday, July 29, 4:00-5:00pm; an Ahead of the Curve preview tour with Brian Paquette, Monday, July 30, 2:30pm-3:30pm; a curated docent tour of top museum store product led by Stacey Stachow, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Monday, July 30, 10:30am-12:00pm; Touring the Trends with Lori Paranjape of mrs.paranjape, Monday, July 30, 4:00pm-5:00pm; and Touring the Trends of Handmade & Artisanal – Meet the Makers led by Laurie Kanes, 12 Small Things, Tuesday, July 31, 10:30am-11:30am. All group tours are free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required; RSVP to


 Special Events Include Award And Networking Receptions

Exclusive industry awards at Summer Market include the eighth annual “Up on the Roof” fundraiser benefiting Gift For Life, Monday, July 30, 6:00pm-8:00pm. The theme of this year’s event is “ERASE HATE: A Celebration of Love,” memorializing the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s murder; Judy Shepard, Matthew’s mother will be in attendance for this benefit. Other returning events include: the fourth annual ANDYZ Design Awards, recognizing the year’s best interior design projects, Sunday, July 29, 4:00-6:00pm, sponsored by ASID California Central / Nevada Chapter and the Las Vegas Design Center; the second annual Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Awards Sunday, July 29, 5:00-7:00pm, sponsored by Gift Shop, Museums & More and Stationery Trends, honoring 40 young professionals; the accompanying Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Rising Stars panel will be held Monday, July 30, 12:30pm- 1:30pm.

Also on tap for Summer Market is the DesignEDGE design industry summit produced by the IFDA Education Foundation, and sponsored by Las Vegas Market. The second annual event kicks off on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at 10am, with an inspiring address by keynote speaker Nolen Niu, an internationally recognized and award-winning American industrial designer. A highlight of the summit will be an afternoon panel discussion “From Creation to Consumer: Everything You Should Know,” moderated by Nick May, creator of The Chaise Lounge Podcast, (; panelists include: Julia Buckingham, principal of Buckingham Interiors + Designs Limited; Kelli Ellis, interior designer, artist and founding partner of Design Campus, The Design MasterMind; Katherine Kalen, marketing director for furniture supplier Sunpan; Nina Magon, interior designer, TV personality, and creative director of Contour Interior Design; Neil McKenzie, marketing director, Universal Furniture; and Angela Pickens, director of branding and product development at IBB Design Fine Furnishings, Dallas.

Other special events at Summer Market include: the return of a late-night Cash & Carry Shopping Spree scheduled for Monday, July 30 from 6pm to 8pm in temporary exhibition space in Pavilion 2, including DISCOVERIES, The Antique Vintage Marketplace, along with exhibitors showcasing home décor, jewelry, antiques, vintage, one of kinds, international handcrafts and more; and the Malouf Foundation Forging Freedom Industry Event providing information on helping to end child sex trafficking, Sunday, July 29, 4:45pm-5:45pm.


Educational Seminars

A mulit-part Non-Profit Retail Symposium will be presented in collaboration with Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resources Professionals (AHVRP), Museum Store Association (MSA) & Zoo & Aquarium Buyer’s Group (ZAG). An MSA Networking Breakfast Monday, July 30, 9:00am-10:30am spotlights the “Millennial Consumer,” led by Jamie Cooper, Museum of the Bible; a ZAG Networking Breakfast Tuesday, July 31, 9:00am-10:30am explores “Win-Win Negotiations,” led by Judy Rancour, Saint Louis Zoo and Michael Davis, Zootique @ Cameron Park Zoo; and wraps with a “Retail Industry Report” Tuesday, July 31, 2:00pm-3:00pm presented by Julie Steiner of The Barnes Shop.

Other sessions relevant to both non-profit and for-profit retailers are: “Improve The Bottom Line – Maximize Profit at Your Institution,” led by Michael Davis, Cameron Park Zoo and David Whitaker, North Carolina Zoo, Monday, July 30, 10:30am – 12:00pm; “Re-Create Your Space – Rethink Your Store & Maximize Your Space,” led by Rene Wineland, Maui Ocean Center and Melinda Greene, Kansas City Zoo, Monday, July 30, 2:30pm-3:30pm; Get NPR On The Global Stage, presented by MSA board members Ione Saroyan, Susan Tudor and Blue Anderson, Monday, July 30, 4:00pm-5:00pm; “Maximize the Buyer/Vendor Relationship,” led by Diane Sulg, CRAFT Retailers’ Association, Tuesday, July 31, 3:00pm-4:30pm; “A Roundtable Discussion of All Things Tabletop” with panelists David Reiss, founder and president of MATCH; Nima Oberoi, CEO and founder of Nima Oberoi-Lunares; Jesse James, founder and creative director at Aesthetic Movement, moderated by Amy Stavis of Tableware Today, Sunday, July 29, 11:00am-12:00pm; “10 Unique & Creative Ways to Use Cash & Carry,” with Allan Share and Patti Biro of Spa Industry Association on Monday, July 30 5:30pm- 6:00pm; and “Meet the Makers,” a discussion about artisanal and handmade products with Diane Sulg, CRAFT President and American Craft Week Founder, Laurie Kanes, Founder of 12 Small Things, Global Trend Ambassador Patti Carpenter and others, moderated by Gift Shop Magazine’s Julie McCallum, Sunday July 29, 12:30pm-2:00pm.

A series of sessions, geared towards architects, hospitality specifiers and interior designers include: “Pushing Creative Boundaries: How Architecture and Interior Design is Influencing Product Development” with Angela Harris, Jason Phillips and others, Sunday, July 29, 2:30pm- 3:30pm; “Turning Interior Designer Challenges into Opportunities” with Wendy Glaister and Debbe Daley, Sunday, July 29, 4:00pm-5:00pm; “Hospitality Trends and Influences on Residential Design,” with Christopher Mercier, Stephen Francis Jones, Angela Harris and Angelo Adamo, Monday, July 30, 1:30pm-2:30pm; “Augmented Reality for the Rest of Us,” sponsored by Sleep Specialty Association, Tuesday, July 31, 10:00am-11:00am; “Your Brand, Your Style,” with Kelli Ellis, Shayla Copas, Aaron Perkins, Myron Hensel, moderated by Nick May, Tuesday, July 31, 1:00pm-2:30pm; and “Design Inspiration Through Alternative Media,” with Christopher Mercier, AIA, (fer) studio, Tuesday, July 31, 4:00pm-5:00pm.

Las Vegas Market also is offering a complete range of buyer amenities to enhance the overall shopping experience. Highlights include fully-equipped Internet lounges for buyers, designers and media; a dedicated international lounge; a Hospitality Suite on the Casual Temporary floor C13; and a Hospitality Suite in Building A, sponsored by ASID (Associate of Interior Designers) and Interior Design Society (IDS). Onsite hospitality includes morning “grab-and-go” breakfasts Sunday through Wednesday in the Courtyard and The Pavilions, sponsored by Home Furnishings Association; complimentary afternoon bars in the Pavilions and on Home Décor floors C3, C4, C5; complimentary happy hours on the Casual floors C12 and C13, and on alternating Furniture floors; Evening Courtyard Receptions in the Grand Plaza; and nightly entertainment and after-parties at various nightclubs. Las Vegas Market also offers a campus shuttle and complimentary shuttle to/from host hotels; paid onsite valet parking; buyers’ lounges; mother’s lounges; and convenient café and food kiosks.

Las Vegas Market is the nation’s fastest growing gift and home décor market and the leading furniture marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 4,000+ 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 2018 Las Vegas Market runs July 29 to August 2, 2018. For more information, visit

Author: Sally James

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