Hats off to Las Vegas Market for hosting quite the party last week! With over 5 million square feet of showroom space to see in five days, we were busy bees. If you missed my Las Vegas Market Tips post, catch up HERE to see how we approached this challenging feat.
Making room in my schedule for seminars and speaking events is always a top priority of mine, for educational purposes as well as networking opportunities. Sunday was the kickoff to #LVMkt and I decided to open it up with a panel discussion led by Paloma Contreras of the widely popular interior design blog La Dolce Vita. With the topic Furniture is Fashion and elite design leaders contributing their perspectives, this was one event I was glad I didn’t miss! I loved the dynamic of this highly talented group including Michel Boyd (his designs are to die for, so luxe!), Jaime Rummerfield and Ron Woodson, and finally the man of the hour…. Carson Kressley. Major take-aways from this event included: the documentary Dior and I is a must-see, all the designers agreed that a client’s closet will reflect their taste at home and to remember that they’re hiring us for a reason (it’s our duty to educate and present them with what works best), and the biggest difference between fashion and interior design is that the latter requires more commitment.
Another panel discussion I attended was be Original, it focused on helping protect the history of design and the future of innovation. This talk was led by DJ Carey, the editorial director at Cottages and Garden. Speakers and contributors included Paolo Cravedi (managing director for Alessi U.S. and previously Kartell U.S. and De’Longhi America), Jaime Derringer (founder and executive editor of Design Milk and Dog Milk), Josh Mintz (director of merchandising for Dwell Media, previously a buyer for Design Within Reach and UncommonGoods), and Howard Thornton a designer and architect. I learned that 2.5 million jobs and an estimated $1.7 trillion are lost annually to the counterfeit industry, C R A Z Y ! If you support creativity and want to learn more, join the movement at beoriginalamericas.com.
Mid-week I made sure to attend the highly anticipated Ahead of the Curve seminar. This is always a crowd favorite because it highlights upcoming trends in the design industry. Moderated by Kelly Edwards, this discussion included the following speakers and interior designers: Brian Patrick Flynn, Jon Call, and Amanda Nisbet. The opinions of each designer were highly unique, they provided such detailed perspectives that I think I may write separately on the topic so stay tuned for that!!
The Las Vegas Design Center consists of three main buildings A-C and The Pavilions where gift, home décor and handmades reside. Discoveries which include antiques and vintage items were also found at the Pavilions. I could have walked around for hours in here, despite the triple digit weather. Unfortunately I did not have that kind of time. Here are just a few of my favorite finds.
Because I pre-booked multiple showroom appointments at varied times, there was no rhyme or reason to my navigation through the three main buildings… on the plus side, it was great exercise! There are many brands and vendors that I always visit, whether I am drawn to the color stories, pattern play, or overall beautiful design. Here are some recent collections from Square Feathers, Worlds Away, Zoe Bios Creative, Waylande Gregory, Moss Studio, Global Views, Studio A, Andrew Martin, Made Goods and Palecek.
Discovering new talent is one of my favorite things to do at Market. Locating that unique item or new line and incorporating them into a future project is always a goal of mine. Stay tuned for Part 2 of Market Roundup: Celebrating 10 Years, I’ll share with you my new found vendors and all the beautiful new products!
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