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World Market Center Las Vegas Designer Forum Discovers Next Season's Emerging Trends and Innovations

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World Market Center Las Vegas and Las Vegas Design Center offered a sneak peek of next season’s freshest home design trends and innovations last week during its August Las Vegas Market, Gift + Home and Vegas Kids. Three of the nation’s leading designers, Darryl Carter, Mary McDonald and Kishani Perera, exclusively unveiled their forecasts to a live audience during the intimate program Ahead of the Curve, moderated by style guru and “Today” show contributor Susanna Salk.

“Ahead of the Curve has quickly become one of the industry’s most anticipated events, sharing unique insights from some of the world’s most creative designers” said World Market Center Las Vegas President and CEO Robert Maricich. “Darryl, Mary and Kishani did an amazing job uncovering several prominent trends that emerged at Las Vegas Market and will influence next season’s retail offerings.”

After scouring 5.1 million square feet of showrooms located throughout three inter-connected buildings, which contain more than 1,400 exhibitor’s product lines, the design experts discovered many inspiring products, trends and innovations.

“It’s always exciting to identify stand-out pieces and trends,” said Susanna Salk, design expert and author. “Las Vegas Market offers something for everyone, from chic floor coverings to unique furniture styles to eye-catching decorative accessories.”

“This was my third trip to Las Vegas Market, and I continue to be amazed at how much product you can see in a very short period of time,” said Carter. “My biggest challenge was narrowing down my favorite selections to share during Ahead of the Curve.”

“We had a great time touring all three buildings at World Market Center Las Vegas,” said McDonald. “Showroom after showroom, floor after floor, we kept coming across innovative designs and applications that will appeal to the most disparate tastes.”

“I found dozens of stylistic interpretations that my clients will absolutely love,” said Kishani Perera. “I’m looking forward to incorporating many of the inspirations I uncovered at World Market Center into my upcoming projects.”

The trends discovered included:

Geometric Forms
Bold yet subtle designs expressed with simple lines appear in couches, chairs, tables and fireplaces, among other items. The absence of embellishment and the visual simplicity of pure forms and shapes take these pieces beyond traditional or contemporary to timeless.

Textural Fusion
Amalgamations of various reclaimed textiles, these hand-stitched pieces marry worn antique styling with a new character born of the blending of their previous elements. The innovative constructions result in the reclamation of the originals in a unique artisan patchwork.

The authentic hand that accompanies aged wood and leather or unlacquered brass was on prominent display in showrooms throughout World Market Center. The suggestion of wear that results from exposure to sunlight and weather conditions cannot be reproduced, creating a credible sense that they are organic and ensuring their appeal will be enhanced over time.

Finding new interpretations of familiar items breathes new life into a wide range of products. Exposed light bulbs, metal swingarms, repurposed bar carts and multi-element sculptures stand out as bold design statements in virtually any setting.

While a single elaborate piece can be eye-catching, creative collections can become the dynamic focal point of any environment. Grouping can set a prominent tone for an entire room, whether the elements are oil cans, hanging lanterns, baskets, decorative bottles or children’s prints.

From hammered lamp shades to gold tones incorporated into outdoor furnishings, metallics are inspiring a wide range of pieces and categories at August Las Vegas Market. Elaborate shapes and unconventional implementations make for counterintuitive features that will define the character of any given environment.

The classic curved backs of this ancient Greek style are prominently featured in everything from dining chairs to barstools to indoor-outdoor home furnishings. Appearing with contemporary wovens and reclaimed woods, the shaped-back styling defined items suitable for any room or patio.

Open, woven patterns are being widely incorporated into table bases, chairs, tables and screens. Appearing equally as geometric and asymmetrical patterns, the trend marries form with function to create visually appealing designs in a wide selection of pieces.

Ethnic Ikat Patterns
Tribal patterns have been around for centuries, but these textiles are making a comeback in the design world. Featuring Far East ethnic qualities and vibrant color palettes, their mainstream appeal has exploded of late, defining toss cushions, bedding, draperies and throw rugs.

To view an archived version of Ahead of the Curve, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com/aheadofthecurve.

About Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Center Las Vegas

Sitting at the epicenter of the world’s fastest growing home furnishings complex, Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Center Las Vegas is a year-round resource for design-seeking consumers and designers showcasing top names in fine furniture, decorative accessories, wall décor, lighting, floor coverings, fabrics and trim. Now open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., LVDC boasts hundreds of leading manufacturers’ lines. An important source of education for the industry, Las Vegas Design Center also attracts many of the industry’s most prominent thought leaders to its comprehensive slate of seminars, networking receptions and other sought-after events. Las Vegas Design Center is home to the recently opened Mundo: A Culinary Haute Spot. For more information, visit www.lvdesigncenter.com.

About World Market Center Las Vegas

World Market Center Las Vegas is an integrated home and hospitality contract furnishings showroom and trade complex. The state-of-the-art campus showcases furniture, decorative accessories, gift, lighting, area rugs, home textiles and related segments, as well as the Las Vegas Design Center open daily to consumers and designers. World Market Center currently hosts the biannual Las Vegas MarketTM, the preeminent total home market along with Gift + HomeTM and Vegas KidsTM. For more information on World Market Center Las Vegas and its shows, visit www.wmclv.com. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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