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Carleton Varney to be Honored as Design Icon in Las Vegas

Carleton Varney

LAS VEGAS–Carleton Varney, one of America’s best-known interior designers, will be honored as the 2015 Design Icon during the Winter Las Vegas Market, Jan. 18-22. Varney is president of New York-based Dorothy Draper & Co. Inc., one of the oldest established interior design firms in the United States. His design philosophy stresses the use ofMore »

Last updated: December 11, 2014

Temporary Exhibits Up at Las Vegas Market

Las Vegas Market

LAS VEGAS-Las Vegas Market announced that growth in temporary exhibits is expected to make its winter 2015 edition the largest market to date. Nearly 500 new and returning temporary exhibitors will participate in the upcoming Las Vegas Market, running Jan. 18- 22. “Las Vegas Market will present record numbers of temporary exhibitors at the WinterMore »

Last updated: December 8, 2014

ICFF and Fiera Milano Team for HO.MI.

ICFF

NEW YORK-The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is combining with Fiera Milano to introduce HO.MI., a lifestyle exhibition featuring Italian designers and brands at this spring’s ICFF. More than 120 top Italian designers and brands who exhibit at the bi-annual HO.MI. Milano exhibition held at Fiera Milano in January and August will travel to New YorkMore »

Last updated: December 5, 2014

Pantone Names Marsala Color of the Year

Marsala is Pantone's Color of the Year.

CARLSTADT, N.J.–Pantone today announced Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red, as the Color of the Year for 2015. “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executiveMore »

Last updated: December 4, 2014

Caroline Kennedy to Retire as GDA Editor; Diane Falvey Named as Her Successor

Gifts and Decorative Accessories

NEW YORK-Diane Falvey has been named as the new editor-in-chief of Gifts and Decorative Accessories magazine, succeeding Caroline Kennedy who is retiring after 30 years with the publication. Falvey was most recently executive editor at Gourmet Insider and senior editor at HomeWorld Business. She joined the GDA staff on Dec. 1 and she and KennedyMore »

Last updated: December 2, 2014

Show and Tell

Housewares Show to Stay in Chicago

The trade show calendar begins with a bang in January as retailers have lots of opportunities to look for the next big thing. Here is HFN’s Trade Show Preview for the first half of the year.­—HFN Staff Report JANUARY Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market Jan. 6-13 Atlanta International Area Rug Market Jan. 7-10 americasmart.com ForMore »

Last updated: December 2, 2014

Raging Bulls

Duke Ratliff

Ladies and gentlemen, in the blue corner, hailing from Seattle—American champion online retailer Jeff Bezos of Amazon. In the red corner, traveling all the way from Hangzhou, China—Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba. This future heavyweight retail contest of epic proportions is not farfetched, at least not for the distant future, as Ma flexes his musclesMore »

Last updated: December 2, 2014

Las Vegas Market Adds Tenants for C5 Launch

Las Vegas Market

LAS VEGAS–Las Vegas Market announced today that four leading suppliers—Auskin, Chive, Pheromone and Woven Workz—are the latest to confirm their participation in the Winter 2015 debut of C5, the Market’s newest resource for high-end home decor, home textiles and accessories. Launching six months earlier than originally scheduled, the premiere of a transformed C5 will debutMore »

Last updated: November 25, 2014