Las Vegas Market Highlights Winter 2014

Las Vegas Market Highlights Winter 2014

February 15, 2014

The Las Vegas Market is twice a year and is held at a 5,000,000 square foot showcase of furnishings. That is a lot of ground to cover, so that’s why I pull out the old comfortable walking shoes and leave the cute designer ones back home! It’s a week-long trade show, though I choose to go for 2 days and see some of my favorite vendors and visit a few new ones too. This is only open to the trade twice a year for Winter and Summer. It’s a great place for designers to get inspiration, look for products for clients and take mental notes of furnishings for upcoming projects. The trade show is full of enthusiasm with people and products for everyone. I compare it to going to Disneyland for those first time visitors. Many showrooms provide lunches, appetizers, and cocktails to keep people in their showrooms and it works for me!

In addition, I usually take in the seminars that interest me and this year I went to “First Look 2014” which goes over new products and trends. Below is a summary from my notes of what the panelists were saying of what is trending now in furnishings, accessories and colors.

  • Floral and fauna inspired accessories and display objects
  • 1920’s era glamour that’s livable
  • Midcentury for urban dwellers
  • Shipshape Nautical themes for many products
  • For area rugs, shading and fading – somewhat worn looking
  • Gold finishes on the industrial look
  • Lucite stands for table lamps
  • Lush plums and berry tones
  • Indigo blues with gold accents and other metals
  • Americana charm with a homespun feel
  • Mod moxie and a bit of Hollywood glamour on streamlined pieces
  • Arabesque cutouts

An unexpected highlight of this market for me was meeting Tom Filicia at the SaFavieh showroom. He is best known for his role on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy on Bravo and another show he hosted called Dress My Nest. A fellow designer saw a note on Twitter about him coming and texted me, so I headed over to SaFavieh with my assistant and got to hear Tom speak about his lamp collection. Afterward, I was able to talk with him for about 5 to 10 minutes. He was such a gem to meet! He is such a good listener and great conversationalist. He also was signing his new book about the renovation of his new lake house.

Barbara Barry, another designer, was a featured guest speaker though I saw her last year in San Francisco. This year in Vegas she was speaking the day after I headed back to Sacramento. It was the same topic as in S.F., and she is a very inspiring in her own right.

Another little surprise vendor I stumbled upon in the gift section of market, which I don’t usually venture over to much, was a hand bag vendor called Glenda Gies. I love the designer fabrics she uses on her handbags that are inspired by vintage 1940’s and 1950’s bags. Of course I bought one, though wanted more, and am using it already. I’m thinking of getting a work tote in the near future, though loved her satchels and evening bags too.

Overall winter market in Vegas was great as it usually is. It’s always a lot to take in, see and be inspired by. Never a dull moment and I always need to catch my breath when I return back to my office the following day. Though a note to myself is to take a carry-on bag on the plane. My luggage didn’t make it back and I had to drive 40 minutes each way to the airport the following day to retrieve it!

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