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January 24-28 Las Vegas Market Pre-Show Report

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World Market Center Las Vegas announced that attendees of Winter Las Vegas Market, held January 24-28 at World Market Center Las Vegas, will have no shortage of opportunities to buy, sell, network and learn. More than 1,200 exhibiting companies are lined up for January Market when they’ll unveil thousands of new products. Retailers and designers will discover what’s new and unexpected in the world of home furnishings, all in one inspiring venue.

Among the special market features slated for January, attendees will find an emphasis on innovation in the mattress category. “Dream Big” will showcase displays from the mattress and bedding leaders, and category experts will also be on hand to highlight news and share marketing information.
 
Alfresco Spaces returns this year, spotlighting the latest and greatest in outdoor decor. Research shows a strong demand for furnishings and objects d’art for outdoor living both in the United States and abroad. International exhibitors join American exhibitors with promises of new and exciting product launches for 2011.
 
The expanded Vegas Kids showcase in Building C, Floor 4 spotlights the growing market of juvenile furnishings where retailers can increase their bottom line with the strong youth and baby furnishings category.

A growing Gift + Home—the fastest growing west coast gift event—co-locates with Las Vegas Market and presents gift and accessory buyers a diverse roster of new permanent showrooms and temporaries in Building C. Complimentary breakfast will be served on all of the Gift + Home floors each morning of Market from 8:30 am – 10:00 am
 
An array of engaging displays by celebrity designers will also be on hand. Christopher Lowell will shine a spotlight on the lighting category with “Illuminated,” an assemblage of eye-opening merchandising concepts for lighting and accessory retailers. Designer Roger Thomas will present custom, hand-painted upholstery and original art created for the Architectural Digest Green Room with “Roger Thomas Green Room at the Oscars.” Design aficionados will enjoy a rare compilation of Swedish designs at “17 Swedish Designers,” featuring the work of 17 young, progressive
Swedish women who specialize in ceramics, furniture and textiles.
 
Designers will find more inspiration in four high design destinations throughout Las Vegas Market including Las Vegas Design Center, Alfresco Spaces, Context and Design & Living. Completing the design-focused week Christopher Guy will be honored as the 2010 Design Icon. Known for the elegance and sophistication of his work, Guy will join the ranks of past design icons, including Juan Montoya, Vicente Wolf, Roger Thomas, Vladimir Kagan and Larry Laslo.
 
This year’s One Good Chair competition will demonstrate how minimal materials (and packaging) can result in maximum comfort and design with its “minimum|maximum” theme. Prototypes of the finalists’ designs will be on display all week, thanks to contest sponsors World Market Center and the Sustainable Furnishings Council, and the winning chair will be announced, followed by a panel discussion moderated by organizer Lance Hosey.

Celebrity designer Monica Pedersen and Nine Muses Media editor Julie Smith Vincenti will help attendees map their way around Market with “First Look,” a virtual tour highlighting the season’s newest products.

Throughout the week, attendees are invited to stop by Hot Spot, a social media bar, located in Building C, Floor 10, where experts are available to set up Facebook and Twitter accounts at no cost and advise retailers on how to maximize social media for their business.

Affordable travel options to Las Vegas include hotel rates starting as low as $44 per night at over 25 properties with complimentary shuttle service to/ from host hotels. Registration for January market is currently open. To learn more about Market and to receive special offers on hotels and flights visit www.lasvegasmarket.com.

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