WithIt Announces Event Schedule at High Point Market



GREENSBORO, N.C.—WithIt’s programming for the upcoming High Point Market will focus on the post-Great Recession home furnishings consumer and her new values, as well as a social event with WithIt’s president Julia Rosen.

WithIt members are invited to meet Rosen of SocialNorth.com, at a new WithIt High Point Market event, Drinks with the Prez. The informal networking event will be held Friday, April 20, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Seasonal Living showroom, International Home Furnishings Center’s Interhall, space 306.

On Sunday, April 22, at 7:30 a.m., WithIt will hold its semi-annual educational breakfast, which will be a panel discussion about the American lifestyle landscape. Panelists Elaine Markoutsas, syndicated writer; Jason Oliver Nixon, designer and blogger; and Krissa Rossbund, Traditional Home’s senior style editor; along with moderator and former WithIt President Kathy Wall, The Media Matters,  will share the next big things for 2012, and how these cultural shifts may influence home and furnishings businesses this year and beyond. It will be held in the IHFC’s Green Wing, 11th floor, International Ballroom A.

Pinterest will be the topic for the seminar on Monday, April 23: “Competitive Intelligence: The Power of Pinterest.” To be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Natuzzi Americas Theatre, 130 W. Commerce Ave. IMRE and WithIt will examine how designers, media and brands are using Pinterest to build culture and collaboration in the home design space. IMRE’s Vice President of Social Marketing Crystalyn Stuart will provide insight about how brands can integrate Pinterest as part of a larger “social discovery” strategy, and a panel of industry experts will also share how this site is shaping the design industry.

“WithIt’s goals for 2012 include increasing the organization’s visibility and engagement via social media channels,” said Rosien. “Featuring a speaker well-versed in Pinterest during our Competitive Intelligence segment will help our membership learn the strategies, tactics and skills needed to move forward together as a group.”

Both seminars are free of charge, but space at each event is limited. To register for the educational breakfast, email Holly Allred at hallred@imcenters.com. To register for Competitive Intelligence, email Sarah Findle at sarahf@imre.com. For more information, visit withit.org.

WithIt Announces Event Schedule at High Point Market



By Andrea Lillo

More designer looks are headed to High Point Market this month, as manufacturers and importers have forged new partnerships with designers to create new looks this spring.

Nourison will debut the results of its partnership with lifestyle designer Barclay Butera with five lifestyle collections: flatweaves, high/low, loop pile, over-dyed skin with nail heads and leather. There will be 29 designs debuting.

Butera has “a unique brand image, design style and loyal customer base” that will help the company reach a new market demographic, said Alex Peykar, principal, Nourison. “The rugs are all visually stunning and uniquely distinctive in terms of color, material, texture and pattern.”

Nourison and Butera will co-host an event on Sunday, April 22, 2012, from 4-6 p.m. in the Nourison showroom, IHFC’s InterHall IH1, to celebrate the launch.

Jaipur will debut its newest license at market with Australian rug designer Jenny Jones. Called Connextion by Jenny Jones, the new line is “an eclectic range of contemporary designs developed across several constructions,” said Jason Moody, creative director. “This collection has already been recognized with an award for contemporary design during its initial debut at Domotex and we’re excited to introduce it to our American customers.”

Jaipur will also be celebrating its new license with a party on Sunday, April 22, 2012, from 4-6 p.m. in Showplace 3415. Before the party, beginning at 3:30 p.m., Jones will discuss the creative process and her long-term involvement with the Jaipur Rug Foundation’s Alternative Education Program in the showroom.

AMS Imports will premiere its new line from the carpet weavers and designers of InnerAsia. Called the Silk Road collection, the line includes vibrantly colored, traditional Tibetan handknotted area rugs, which draw upon the imagery of classical Tibetan artistry, with many designs incorporating flowers, fruits and sky symbology.

Other new InnerAsia designs include ones from American textile artists Sara Goodman and Mary Zicafoose. Bold, bright color patterns effuse Zicafoose’s designs, while Goodman is inspired by popular ikat and Japanese Shibori styling. “We are excited to offer    such stunning and rich area rugs to the client searching for the perfect piece to complete the transitional or traditional, home or office setting,” said Anne Schewe, president, AMS. The company shows in the Tomlinson Erwin Lambeth Directional showroom, 525 Wrenn St.

Rizzy Home is working with Vicki Payne, and will soft launch a few designs at High Point Market. Payne, who has hosted the half-hour home and garden show “For Your Home” on PBS for 14 years, already has other furnishings collections but this will be her first rug collection. “Rugs tie all of the pieces together in the home,” she told HFN. Her line will have some influences from her fabric collection as well as some original patterns.