LAS VEGAS–The summer 2008 Las Vegas Market will emphasize sustainability with an enhanced educational program and expanded Living Green Pavilion, which showcases eco-friendly products in a centralized place.
The Living Green Pavilion, located on the fifth floor of the new Building C, is attracting more sellers than ever, and includes new exhibitor Harden Furniture, a full-line manufacturer that has been sourcing materials and building furniture in upstate New York for more than a century. Harden was one of the first to be awarded Silver Exemplary Status by the Sustainable Furniture Council earlier this year.
There has also been a concerted effort to secure a wide range of substantial manufacturers with eco-friendly products that have mainstream appeal from a design, availability and pricing standpoint, market officials said in a statement. It’s a way of combating the common perception that these types of products are unusual niche products that carry a price premium.
A diverse lineup of free education seminars on everything green will also be a highlight for attending buyers.
“This market, our goal was to broaden the scope of the Brave New World Environmental Leadership Series by bringing nationally recognized leaders to Las Vegas to speak to all aspects of the ‘greening’ of the home furnishings industry,” said Margaret Casey, World Market Center’s director of programming and a co-chair of the education committee of the Sustainable Furniture Council. “The caliber of the speaker roster for July 2008 underscores Las Vegas Market’s role in facilitating meaningful change in the area.”
For the full lineup, visit lasvegasmarket.com. The Las Vegas Market runs from July 28 to Aug. 1.