NY NOW: SUMMER WRAP-UP, Part 2

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September 8, 2014—NY NOW: SUMMER WRAP-UP, Part 2
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One of the highlights of the summer market was the “Open House” trend display, showcasing four emerging home and lifestyle design trends—Brass Tactics, Straight Out of Gibraltar, Prints Charming, and Lakeside Living. The third annual “Open House” was presented cooperatively by NY NOW and media partner Progressive Business Media – publishers ofGifts and Decorative Accessories, Home Accents Today and Home & Textiles Today – and color, trend and e-commerce partner One Kings Lane.

Another highlight was the debut of NY NOW’s Maker Project, which combined exhibits, education and events connected with this burgeoning DIY-meets-tech movement. Central to this was the debut of an Etsy Wholesale pavilion, featuring 24 sellers of a range of home and lifestyle merchandise and The Grommet Wholesale display, spotlighting some 40 makers. Look for expansions on this theme at the next Market – January 31-February 4, 2015.

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Innovative and intriguing product design was recognized at the summer edition of NY NOW through several award programs. In particular, the Accent on Design® Awards recognized the best in contemporary design and the Eco Choice Awards called-out tops in “green” home and lifestyle products.
Accent on Design Awards
Areaware elysegraham
Excellence in Product Design:
AREAWARE

The ergonomic Liquid Body Flask is designed with hydro-inflation, a technique that inflates two stainless steel sheets like a balloon, creating a unique, liquid-like form for each flask.
Rising Star:
Elyse Graham

This collection of celestial-inspired vases, jewelry and decorative objects is uniquely hand-cast with plaster inside balloons.
leibal feronne
Excellence in Product Design:
Leibal

The World Clock features 24 international time zones and a counterweight that positions the clock back to the current city when placed on a surface.
Best Collection:
feronne™ design

The Glassware Collection is a set of four distinctive collections – Margot, Revolution, Tulip and Dearborn – handcrafted in the Czech Republic. Each features its own unique point of view of the company’s modernist roots and minimal aesthetics.
Eco Choice Awards
dconstruct Jewelry circaasia
Most Innovative:
dconstruct Jewelry

This Wild Silk Jewelry is made of recycled resin and wild silk sourced from artisan communities in developing countries.
Most Sensitive Use of Materials:
Circa Asia

The Mango Wood Large Ribbed Serving
Bowl is made of food-safe wood
sourced from controlled, sustainable
mango plantations.
Most Sellable:
Anointment Natural Skin Care

This Baby Oil is made of certified, GMO-free organic oils and herbs instead of petroleum derivatives.
Kate Donovan of InStyle.com,
who re-capped their editors’ finds.
FashionWhirled Kimberly Cihlar of fashion whirled,
who gave her highlights from Pier 94, the Javits Center and the
NY NOW LIFESTYLE Collection
.
Gift mama
Jamie Cohen of Gift Mama,
who noted several products trends, such as Made in the USA.
Quintessence Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence,
who shared her finds with metallic finishes.
Teacup & Sourcer Candice Gregor of Teacup & Sourcer,
who described her four favorite exhibitors.
NY Nest
Designers, artists and manufacturers are invited to submit applications for the winter 2015 editions of Accent on Designand HANDMADE. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

Gift For Life 2015SAVE THE DATE: Gift for Life’s 23rd Annual Party for Life takes place during the Winter 2015 Market, on Monday, February 2, at The Boathouse in New York City’s Central Park. The gift and home industries’ charitable organization, Gift for Life will honor three industry leaders at the event: Susan Feldman, Beatriz Ball, and John Grob. Individual tickets are $125, and sponsorships are available. For details, contact Steven Williams at [email protected], (212) 727-3100.

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