The trade-show year, as always, begins with International CES, which will take place from Jan. 8-11 in Las Vegas.
A highlight of the 2013 CES will be the record number of automobile manufacturers which are slated to be exhibiting at the show. Seven of the top 10 auto manufacturers have taken exhibit space, including Audi, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Kia and Subaru—the latter of which is exhibiting at CES for the first time. Automotive exhibits will encompass more than 100,000 net square feet of space, a 5 percent pickup in space over the 2012 show. Along with the car makers, the auto area will include more than 110 automotive technology companies, including Delphi, Mitek, Pioneer and others.
Another expanding area at CES will be the digital health and fitness technology section, which will increase by more than 25 percent to more than 215 exhibitors. These companies will showcase the next generation of health and fitness devices and applications that offer access to complete medical histories, comprehensive biometric data and remote access for medical professionals.
New to CES will be the CloudBase3 Apps Techzone. Produced in partnership between the show’s host, the Consumer Electronics Association, and Living in Digital Times, this new Techzone will be dedicated to cloud computing. The new zone will showcase demonstrations, education and information about cloud computing for both small and large businesses. Located at the Venetian Hotel, this Techzone will offer solutions for businesses looking to make the transition from apps hosted remotely on browser-based platforms to cloud computing.
The first textiles trade show of the year, Heimtextil will take place at Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany.
A study released in September by Messe Frankfurt, which is also the name of the company that owns and manages the trade fair, showed that registration activity for this January’s Heimtextil is “strong,” featuring, “numerous new and returning exhibitors.” Last year’s show featured about 2,600 exhibitors from 60 countries, and welcomed about 68,000 visitors from 132 countries.
Among the product categories, Messe Frankfurt said the wallpaper segment continues to expand. In addition, there will be an increase in the number of furniture-fabric and decorative-fabric providers.
Heimtextil will also showcase a number of international companies offering sun-protection products. The premium segment will also spotlight vendors of high-quality home collections. In the show’s New & Next section, startup companies will present fresh ideas in the bath, bed, table-linens and kitchen-textiles product categories.
Among the new features for the upcoming Heimtextil, designlive will debut as a new concept for the show’s design area in Hall 4.2 of Messe Frankfurt. This will include contemporary presentations of design work, along with providing a forum for design studios and vendors of CAD/CAM and ink-jet equipment.
Heimtextil 2013 will also increase its traditional focus on the contract textiles business. This segment of exhibitors will target architects, contract furnishers, hotel managers, interior designers and planners. Included will be a Contract Guide, presentations, panel discussions, tours for architects and competitions.
The show’s Green Directory will highlight vendors who are focusing on sustainability in their products and production practices. Examples of such vendors will be found in Hall 11.1, along with competitions and presentations.
In addition, Heimtextil will offer a guide to coupon business called the Coupon Business Finder. This will direct attendees to exhibitors that focus on small volumes, and which are gearing their presentations toward interior decorators and retailers.
Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market
Atlanta International Area Rug Market
The tabletop, gift and floor coverings categories begin the trade show circuit in Atlanta with the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, Jan. 9-16 (temporary exhibits are open Jan. 11-15) and The Atlanta International Area Rug Market featuring the National Oriental Rug Show Jan. 10-13.
Show owner and organizer AmericasMart Atlanta is rebranding Floor 4 of Building 1 by integrating home furnishings and home accents with area rugs. Four Hands, a lifestyle home furnishings company, will relocate from the Home Furniture Center to its new, expanded 12,000 square-foot showroom on Floor 4 and serve as an anchor on that floor.
“Retailers coming to market now want to see products across a wide variety of merchandise classifications. Their stores are increasingly carrying multiple product categories, so the one-stop approach reflects what they come to markets for,” said Jeffrey L. Portman, president and chief operating officer of AMC, Inc., the parent company of AmericasMart Atlanta. “We saw that with the combining of the gift and home market dates with the rug show dates, and now organizing the market along these lines is the logical next step.”
In addition, Surya will move to Building 1, Floor 11, while Kaleen has doubled its showroom space to 6,000 square feet on Floor 3 of Building 1.
The centerpiece of the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, the 2013 America’s Magnificent Carpets Awards, is set for Jan. 14 at the Georgia Aquarium’s Oceans Ballroom.
In the home category, the mix of design-focused furniture and accessories continues to grow. In gift, there are more product lines at all price points, according to AmericasMart, including a resurgent tabletop category. New exhibitors include Royal Copenhagen, Bridgman Importing and others. In Gourmet & Housewares, new exhibitors such as Calphalon and expanded exhibitors, including Le Creuset and All-Clad, will introduce their wares alongside a lineup of all-star chef demonstrations, including those by James Farmer of James Farmer Designs and Adam Richman of Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” and “Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America.” In the juried temporary category HD Home, new exhibitors will complement the collection of the manufacturers and designers in the category to create style presentations. And in the temporaries, all the traditional suppliers will be on site, the Made in America collection continues to grow, and Gourmet LUXE and Gardens LUXE will offer juried high-end alternatives.
At this year’s Domotex, the keynote display is “Flooring Deluxe,” which will focus on premium quality flooring and is designed by German designer Stefan Diez. A Flooring Deluxe display area will be dedicated to textile floor coverings in Hall 6. Central to Flooring Deluxe, the Concept Room will have individual room settings that show inspiring and ground-breaking design ideas and presentations, illustrating the role played by flooring in interior design. The Concept Rooms will be staged by some of the leading international companies exhibiting at the show.
Now in its eighth year, the Carpet Design Awards (Hall 16) will recognize handmade rugs in 10 categories, evaluated on quality and design by an international panel of experts.
In Hall 17, Souk Deluxe showcases innovation in handcrafted carpet design, “haute couture for floors,” from such designers as Franziska Reuber, Jürgen Dahlmanns, Michaela Schleypen, Hossein Rezvani and Jan Kath. Souk Deluxe offers specialist dealers and interior designers information about products in the premium carpet segment, as well as insights into new trends.
Suppliers of handmade rugs and carpets at Domotex 2013 will be exhibiting in Halls 14-17. The international group presentations will be located on the east side of Halls 14 and 15. Designer and modern carpets will be displayed in Hall 17, while Hall 16 has largely been dedicated to traditional carpet displays.
For the second year, Domotex will offer its Match and Meet service, which brings exhibitors and attendees together via the Internet. Trade visitors may post their individual profiles on domotex.de and indicate which products interest them most, and then receive a list of the appropriate contacts so they are able to contact the potential business partner directly.
Attendees will also be able to again use Domotex2go, a mobile trade fair guide, on their smart phones. The guide includes an interactive map of the show, including a navigation function, and features the most important online functions of Domotex’s website. With it, trade visitors may select exhibitors, products and events and plan their own timetable at the trade fair. It can be downloaded from the website or as a free download from Apple’s app store.
Dallas Total Home & Gift Market
Dallas International Lighting Market
Attendees to the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market (Jan. 16-22), which includes the Dallas International Lighting Market (Jan. 17-21), will have a lot of opportunities to see new product and showrooms, network and take seminars.
At this show, Luxury Home FINDS, a juried collection of high-end home decor, furniture and home accessories, will debut at the Dallas Market Center’s Dallas Temp Show (Jan. 18–21). To be located on the World Trade Center first floor in the Hall of Nations, Luxury Home FINDS will showcase a select group of exhibitors in spaces ranging from 150 to 750 square feet and will be presented each year during the January edition of the Temp Show.
Chef and television host Curtis Stone, who drew hundreds of people to the market’s debuting Culinary Stage last June, will be back at this show, as the headliner of a full schedule of demonstrations and events. The Culinary Stage celebrates the expanding gourmet and housewares products now available at DMC. Stone’s Kitchen Solutions line is available in Source One Marketing, Trade Mart 1-1949.
Now in its 24th year, the ARTS Awards will be presented during a gala event on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. Dwell with Dignity, a designer-based, non-profit group that creates homes for the homeless and the poor, will be honored during the event with the inaugural Visionary Award. Dwell with Dignity installs home interiors for families that include donated and refurbished furnishings and art, as well as bedding, kitchen supplies and food in the pantry.
DMC will introduce more than 100,000 square feet of new resources from hundreds of new exhibitors during the seven-day show. New showrooms debuting during January Market include Cutting Edge Industries (3-3531, Trade Mart (TM); Élan (3-3519, TM), Focalor (3-3656.06, TM), InDemand (1-1101, TM), Iris Cristal (3-3941, TM), MSM 4 Imports (10-10006, World Trade Center (WTC), Oak Street Wholesale (1-1F423, The Plaza), Pebblehill Designs (5-550, WTC), Road Runners (1-1743, TM), TJ Glassware (2-2F339, The Plaza) and Van Teal (3-3060, TM). In addition, SilkRoute Trading will expand into a third location with more than 14,500 square feet of space on first floor of the WTC. Yosemite Home Décor is relocating and expanding to more than 19,000 square feet in WTC 10-10085. Other showrooms relocating and/or expanding include: Arty Imports (1-1F100, The Plaza); Currey & Company (10-10000, WTC), Cyan Design (5-540, WTC), EZ Design (6-6862, WTC), Melrose (3-310, WTC), Peninsula Home Collection (5-525 WTC), Savoy House (4-4901, TM), Nora Lighting (3-3709, TM), Lite Master (4-4311, TM) and Besa Lighting (3-3006, TM).
The ALA will present several educational seminars during market, including: “Demystifying Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting,” presented by Richard Alan, CLMR, from 8-9:30 a.m., and “How to Create Beautiful Kitchens and Baths with LED Lighting,” presented by Nick Senofsky, from 4-5:30 p.m., both on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, and “Lighting a Contemporary Custom Home,” from 8-9:30 a.m., and “How to Sell Energy-Efficient Lighting,” from noon-1:30 p.m., both presented by Daniel L. Blitzer on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. Seminars cost $44 for ALA members and $69 for non-members and will take place in World Trade Center room 3-345.
In addition, pre-registration for all of the Dallas markets in January is now open. Attendees are encouraged to pre-register via an emailed custom link sent to all buyers or by calling 214-744-7444.
L.A. Mart Gift + Home Market
The L.A. Mart Gift + Home Market will feature eight showroom expansions in its Gift/Home/Design Center: Echo by Fine Lines, Stephen Young, Karen Alweil Studio, Anne McGilvray & Company, My House, DB Imports, Collective Home and Dillon Wells, Inc. L.A. Mart will also welcome two new showrooms, S. P. Larner and International Gem & Minerals.
The L.A. Mart and Urban Expositions, owner of the California Gift Show, are partnering to offer shared amenities, including complimentary shuttles to and from the L.A. Mart and the Los Angeles Convention Center, one shared badge, one directory for L.A. Mart and California Gift Show, free shuttles to all hotels within the L.A. Mart block, entertainment, food and drinks on all the floors during market and late night shopping on Friday, Jan. 25, in all of the showrooms from 6-8 p.m.
A market party will be held Jan. 26 from 6-11 p.m. MAS: ATTACK | 65 will bring artists and live bands together to celebrate painters, facilitate networking and introduce painting lovers to new works and gallerists to new talent.
Industry veteran Cinda Baxter will present the 3/50 Project with a reception to follow where all proceeds go to Gift For Life, on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 4 p.m.
“We are thrilled with the new direction of the L.A. Mart and the new owner,” said Frank Joens, the show’s senior vice president, general manager, referring to PHR L.A. Mart, a commercial real estate management company that purchased the L.A. Mart from Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. in July. “With at least eight showroom expansions, happening all before January Market, [it] is a wonderful indication that business is going really well for our showrooms and that buyers are happily finding all the products they are looking for. We have a ton of great things in store for 2013 and are extremely excited as we look forward to having a great January 2013 Market.”
Macef—The International Home Show—takes place at Fiera Milano twice a year. The most recent show, in September, attracted over 1,500 exhibitors and 81,000 trade visitors of which about 10,000 were foreign buyers, from 110 countries.
Macef is adding a holiday-decor-themed Festivity section for its January 2013 edition. Festivity will include Christmas decorations and toys to Macef’s four key areas of Tableware/Kitchenware, Home Decor, Silverware and Gifts.
Special sectors of the show include L’Opera Italiana, a special section highlighting Made-in-Italy craftsmanship. Creazioni includes trendy products from big brands and emerging designers.
Also new for January is Macef+, an Internet version of the show. Registered buyers can view introductions of products with detailed descriptions. Macef+ will remain open on the web through February.
California Gift Show
The California Gift Show, now owned by Urban Expositions, will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The California Gift Show’s temporary exhibits at the Los Angeles Convention Center will come together with the permanent showrooms at the L.A. Mart to present LA Gift & Home Market Week. These two venues will showcase both well-established players and innovative newcomers. For added buying convenience, both venues will honor each other’s admission badges and complimentary shuttle service will be running to and from each location.
Urban Expositions promises “a significantly expanded” exhibitor base in January 2013. As part of the effort to refresh and revitalize the show, nine product categories suited to the West Coast retail audience will be offered. Popular destination categories of Kentia hall—World Style, Jewelry Cash & Carry and Vintage—will continue to be a mainstay. Order writing will be expanded to include Design LA, Handcrafted, Gifts and Personal Style (including Spa). New categories include Outdoor Living, focusing on the casual, southern California lifestyle and including casual furnishing and garden; and Boardwalk, featuring souvenir, resort, beach apparel and board sport resources.
New York International Gift Fair
The winter edition of the New York International Gift Fair will take place at its usual venues, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 and 94 in New York.
According to Christian Falkenberg, the show’s director and vice president of GLM, the show’s owner and manager, there has been an increased demand for exhibit space at NYIGF from both returning companies seeking a larger presence on the exhibit floor, and from first-time participants.
Among the show areas that will be expanding are New York’s Newest, a cross-category group of companies new to the market, which will experience a 10 percent rise in exhibitors from the August NYIGF. There will be a total of 250 exhibitors in New York’s Newest, which will be sited in the Javits Center’s Hall 1E.
The Gift Fair’s Handmade Global Design will increase its exhibit space by 5 percent, and will showcase 150 resources for handcrafted imports with a focus on good design, traditional craftsmanship and community building through artisanal workshops. Artisan Resource, which launched this past August, will more than double its size to 9,000 square feet at Pier 92, and will feature curated collections of overseas artisanal enterprises offering handmade products and resources.
Also increasing in size will be the Tabletop & Housewares division, with suppliers such as Aladdin, DKB, Joseph Joseph, Lifetime Brands, Nespresso and Oggi returning from the summer 2012 Gourmet Housewares Show. The At Home division will represent 300 home furnishings vendors in Pier 94 and an additional 200 suppliers at the Javits Center. EX*TRACTS will also expand with more natural and organic resources from 100 personal care-product suppliers.
Other divisions that GLM expects to be sold out for the winter Gift Fair include Baby & Child, General Gift and Studio, Accent on Design and Handmade Designer Maker. Overall, the show is expected to encompass about 2,800 exhibitors.
Besides the exhibits, GLM will present a full schedule of seminars. More than 40 sessions will address current trends in color and design, social media, sustainability and retail strategies.
Gift & Home Textiles Market Week
Concurrent with the New York International Gift Fair, the Gift & Home Textiles Market is scheduled for Jan. 26-30 at the 7 W New York and 230 Fifth Ave. showroom buildings, both in New York City. Showrooms at the Forty One Madison showroom building will also be open at this time.
At 230 Fifth, vendors of gift items, bath and bedding products, window treatments and area rugs will show their wares. The building will also offer shuttle-bus service to the Javits Center for the Gift Fair, showroom events, giveaways, a newly renovated buyer’s lounge and vouchers for the 230 Fifth Rooftop Lounge & Restaurant. Buyers and visitors can also receive discounts on hotel and travel rates through Lois Lane Travel, 230 Fifth’s in-house travel agency.
Focused on floor covering product and technology, Surfaces 2013 (Jan. 28-31, 2013) will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. This year’s show will coincide with Las Vegas Market (as it will for 2014 as well), so attendees can take advantage of an enhanced product sourcing, educational and networking opportunities.
Educational courses at Surfaces this year will include “From “Farm to Floor”: Wool Carpet Education for Designers,” “Social Media in Action: Retailers Share Best Practices” and “Stores That Floor: Marketing to the Coveted Female Consumer.”
Las Vegas Market
Jan. 28-Feb. 1
The Las Vegas Market has been “re-imagined, re-energized and re-invented,” according to its organizer, International Market Centers. January’s show includes the introduction of new product categories featuring tabletop, home textiles and lifestyle collections, growth of existing categories and re-merchandised presentations.
The show’s new Gift+Home at Las Vegas Market will offer visitors new and expanded showrooms, the debut of a new collection of high-end home decor suppliers on C3 and a completely updated categorization of temporary exhibits into 10 distinct, themed product sections including new offerings.
New exhibitors including Coton Colors, Grasslands Road, a division of Amscan, International Gem & Minerals, Roman, and Seasons Jewelry are making their Gift+Home debuts on the eighth floor of Building C. Attendees also will be able to find more new products and trends from new showrooms including Blossom Bucket and Meissenburg Designs, as well as current residents like Gifts of Nature, Evergreen Enterprises, Next Step Reps and Ohio Wholesale, who are expanding their current Gift+Home showrooms. Other leading showrooms include C&F Enterprises, Creative Co-op, Demdaco, Ganz, Homestyle, K&K Interiors, Midwest-CBK, OneCoast and many others.
Beginning in January, C3, a new collection of several better home decor and home fashion showrooms, will debut on Level 3 of Building C. This new concentration of stylish and sophisticated home products will be created through an infusion of new home furnishings and home fashions suppliers and through relocation of relevant resources from across the World Market Center Las Vegas campus. Joining existing anchors Classic Home, Feizy Rugs and Karastan, Las Vegas Market has commitments from new resources including Design Legacy by Kelly O’Neal, Left Bank Art, Light & Living, Santangelo Lighting and more. In addition, Art Classics, Etoffe Makara, Jeffan, Jesco Lighting and Peninsula Home will relocate to this new destination.
The launch of C3 also extends the campus’ neighborhood-building initiative which started in July with the debut of B3, featuring notable decor lines such as Arteriors, Best Slip Cover, Bougainvillea, Brownstone, Chandra, Go Home, Made Goods, Noir, Wendover Art and others.
Another strategic change for the January market is the reorganization of temporary exhibits in Building C—C4 and C5—into carefully merchandised collections of related resources. Home, Style and Textiles will be located on C4; and Gift, Global, Gourmet, Made, Trend, Vintage and Carry! will be located on C5.
Sales are progressing rapidly for this new presentation, which introduces several categories new to Las Vegas Market, and key exhibitors secured as of November include Amity Home, Authentic Models, Bearington Collection, City Paper, Cottonbelle, Elf on the Shelf, Ethel & Myrtle Jewelry, Focused Sales, French Artist Club, Garber Corp., Grace Management, Grenouille, Heather Ann Creations, Indika, Jiti, Kismet Designs, Madison Park Greetings, Melrose International, Mercana, My Mother’s Buttons, Nashville Wraps, Pandora’s Box, Sierra USA Corporation, Softline Home Fashions, Susan Sells Seashells, The Pangaea Collection, Theresa Seidel and many others. Additionally, Mimex Brands & Labels (formerly Heritage Lace) will make its western U.S. debut at the January Market.
Beyond exhibits, a first-of-its-kind Gift + Home CEO Summit, with keynote addresses, panel discussions and other topical presentations, will debut Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2013, at the market. Co-produced by IMC and Eller Enterprises, executive-directed content will address effects of the China economy and euro crisis, preparing a company for sale/exit strategies, building corporate culture, global economy, estate planning and wealth management and other topical issues impacting the U.S. gift and home marketplace.
Ambiente, one of the largest European trade fairs, begins after Valentine’s Day this year, taking place Feb. 15-19, 2013.
The juried Design Plus Competition highlights new products with high design that have been on the market less than two years. All the award-winning products are exhibited in a special show during the fair in the Galleria between Halls 8 and 9. The Kitchen Innovation of the Year 2013 Award will be presented at Ambiente in the categories of kitchen furniture and equipment, small and large electrical appliances, cooking and kitchen utensils, and kitchen accessories, judged by a consumer jury based on functionality/user convenience, product benefits, innovation, design, ecology/sustainability and other criteria.
International Home + Housewares Show
The International Home + Housewares Show begins on a Saturday morning this year. It will open at 10 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and continue through Tuesday, March 5. Hours on Sunday and Monday will be 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The ih + hs mobile app for 2013, a mobile guide to exhibitors, floor plans, show events and in-booth demonstrations, will be available in January, according to the International Housewares Association, which runs the show.
Kathryn Bufano, president and chief merchandising officer of Belk, and Keith Jaffee of O2 Cool, will be honored by the Housewares Charity Foundation during its 16th Annual Housewares Charity Foundation Gala on Monday evening, March 4. Bufano will receive the Lifetime Humanitarian Award and Jaffee the Humanitarian of the Year Award during the Gala, which will be held at the Chicago Hilton beginning with a reception at 6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the HCF’s legacy charity. In addition to BCRF, the charity foundation board has directed that contributions also be made to two charities in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: the American Red Cross—Hurricane Sandy Relief and Long Island Cares Inc.—The Harry Chapin Food Bank.
Discover Design is a design destination located within the Dine + Design Expo. The invitation-only category features exhibitors from around the world highlighting high-end products and collections from tabletop, gift, textiles and home decor that are driven by innovation and inspired by design.
New York Home Fashions Market
The first of the two annual New York Home Fashions Markets will take place from March 18-21. The usual venues—the New York City showrooms at 230 Fifth Ave., 261 Fifth Ave., 295 Fifth Ave., 7 W New York, along with other locations throughout the city—will be open and will showcase new products from vendors of bath textiles, bedding (including basic bedding), kitchen textiles, table linens, window treatments and decorative accents.
New York Tabletop Week
New York’s Tabletop Week is April 16-19, and buyers will have the opportunity to visit permanent showroom buildings Forty One Madison, 7 W New York and 230 Fifth Avenue, as well as multiple vendor showrooms across the city.
Visitors at Forty One Madison will be greeted by inspiring tablesetting environments lining the lobby, reminding buyers and exhibitors that it’s show time.
On Wednesday, April 17, there will be a breakfast seminar session featuring a guest speaker to be announced. And there’s programming in the works once again for Interior Designer Day on Thursday, April 18.
Visitors also can count on finding nibble and beverages in the Lower Level Café adjacent to the Buyers’ Lounge—a great place to recharge body and cell.
High Point Market
High Point, N.C., is one of the most important—and pleasant—spring destinations for the home furnishings industry.
High Point Market Authority has scheduled the Design Viewpoints Series focusing on topics important to interior designers for April 21, 22 and 23, in the High Point Theatre. All events begin at noon and offer boxed lunch.
Attendees will enjoy Stars Under the Stars, special concerts that are free to market guests on April 20 and 21. Recent performers have included Rick Springfield and the B52s.
An International Reception will be held in the International Buyer Center at the High Point Theatre on April 23. This special event offers a unique networking opportunity between exhibitors and international buyers.
First Time Buyer Orientation Seminars are offered each day at 10 a.m. from April 20-23. These seminars offer tips and tools to help first-time buyers work the High Point Market.
Hong Kong Houseware Fair
Asia’s largest houseware fair, according to organizers Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the Hong Kong Houseware Fair is a hub for the newest and hottest products. Items exhibited include categories like kitchenware, bar accessories, home decorations, tableware, and gardening and outdoor accessories.
The 2012 edition featured over 2,000 exhibitors from 33 countries and regions. More than 26,000 buyers, from 132 countries and regions, came through the doors over the four days of the fair.
The fair is composed of theme zones that enable exhibitors to target large numbers of appropriate buyers. While some zones focus on particular product categories such as housewares, others highlight creativity, designer collections, top trends and contemporary lifestyle choices.
New for 2013 is the World of Fine Decor, which features exhibitors specializing in premium home decoration items. Hall of Elegance features leading brands and designer collections, with a focus on quality, creativity and craftsmanship. World of Fine Dining turns the spotlight on the latest trends in tableware, kitchenware and bar accessories. A Green Living zone highlights the growing trend for products that incorporate environmentally friendly features.
International Contemporary Furniture Fair
North America’s premier showcase for contemporary design, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2013.
More than 500 exhibitors from around the world fill up more than 145,000 square feet of the Javits Center with their offerings of furniture, carpet, lighting, wall coverings, textiles and more. Meanwhile, more than 26,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, designers, manufacturers and representatives will scour the aisles for the latest and greatest.
At this year’s fair, the ICFF and Bernhardt Design present ICFF Studio, a platform to match selected emerging designers and their prototype products with potential manufacturers. The ICFF will provide each winner with marketing counsel, promotion, and a move-in ready booth.
Also, the ICFF will present a selection of student work from the world’s leading schools. The ICFF will provide six schools with a 200 square-foot (18 square-meter) booth.
The 2013 Surtex will take place from May 19-21 at its usual venue, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.
The exhibitor count for the 2013 show is expected to climb to more than 300. The exhibitors will reinforce Surtex’s growing global orientation, with artists, designers and licensing agents from North and South America, Europe and Asia expected to showcase their work.
As usual, exhibitors will be targeting designers of textile, fabric and apparel products. Manufacturers of giftware, stationery, greeting cards, gift wrap and other paper products, toys, ceramics, packaging and publishing products will also be focuses for the exhibiting companies.
The show’s ReSourceHub will present vendors of software and other design-related products. ReSourceHub will be geared toward offering artists and designers essential tools for their work.
Surtex will also take place alongside the National Stationery Show and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, as it has for the past few years. In 2013, the show will also occur along with the new SPACE New York show, which will put on display products and services for visual merchandisers and store designers look for design products and ideas for store environments.
Surtex’s designext, its annual international student design competition, will be centered on the theme of wellness and healthcare settings at the 2013 show. Entries will offer creative solutions in surface designs for health-care/wellness settings. The students will present their entries and portfolios to a panel of judges during the show, with a $1,000 grand prize going to the winner.
Dallas Total Home & Gift Market
Dallas International Lighting Market
The Dallas Total Home & Gift Market (June 19-25) and the Dallas International Lighting Market (June 20-23) take place for the second time in 2013 during June.