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Design Gallery Exhibitors Make Grand Plans for Summer Las Vegas Market

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Many retail buyers report that they visit Las Vegas Market for inspiration. The Design Gallery – a hand-picked showcase of spectacular designs by some of home furnishing’s most progressive designers – will deliver inspiration on a grand scale when it opens July 25, 2006 This summer, the Design Gallery will be located in a dedicated section of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The juried Design Gallery exhibit features stylish products and displays reflecting up-and-coming trends driven by some of the industry’s most promising suppliers. “The Design Gallery will feature a broad cross-section of new and exciting designs,” said Lois Richards, Temporary Exhibits Leasing Manager at World Market Center. Richards explained that Design Gallery exhibits are selected by an internal committee of show management, directors and sales managers. Design Gallery exhibitors will include: Bojay, Inc., Chayanne USA, Fjords USA, Inc, Home Trends & Design, Ltd , Ital Art, Leftbank Art Company, Mark Hines Designs, Mel V Inc, Mila Brown Intl, Moenia Design, Pacific Green Industries, Pom Pom Maison, Pulvermacher Inc., RAGS, Regina-Andrew, Roberta Schilling, Shawna Stoney, The Iron Bed/Talia Fine Sheeting and Wallteriors. Home Trends & Design is a design-driven manufacturer and importer of solid hardwood furniture from Asia. HTD will spare no expense to inspire and create a strong buzz in the Design Gallery at Las Vegas Market, said Hank Cravey, President. Cravey said the company is planning a dramatic space with vibrant colors, paintings, lighting and fresh floral. New product launches will include casegood and table collections. “We are excited about the opportunity to showcase our furniture designs in the most design-oriented venue available,” he said. “The Design Gallery is positioned to offer the newest, hottest and best home furnishings to the buyers while setting up show-stopping booths. This is synonymous with our company philosophy –the best and the latest home trends & designs.” After just two Markets, the Design Gallery has become synonymous with new introductions and trends as exhibitors seize the opportunity to debut stylish new products. "We are excited to be introducing our lines at The Design Gallery as part of Las Vegas Market. We believe Las Vegas Market is poised to become THE international home furnishings market and that the Design Gallery is a perfect venue for our luxury linen and iron bed lines,” said Kim Goodwin, Wholesale Business Manager at Talia and The Iron Bed. “It’s a winning combination - the city of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Market combining to provide hospitality and fresh modern facilities that will attract both exhibitors and buyers." Retailers are taking notice of the Design Gallery. Dennis Troy is Co-Owner of Inside, a Las Vegas-based retailer specializing in home décor, fine gifts, and accessories. While he visits with many of his regular vendors during Market, Troy said he also attends for inspiration. “I plan to check out the Design Gallery,” he said. “We definitely go to find one or two new resources that only Las Vegas Market can offer.” Troy added that he obtains ideas for merchandising and displays in his retail store during Market. “In fact, some of the merchandise in our store now is displayed on furnishings we purchased at Market.” Also at the Design Gallery this Summer, Regina-Andrew Design will show five distinct collections. “We are very enthusiastic about our new rustic designs this season,” says Designer Carla Regina. “We are expecting a positive response from our customers. Our new showroom space in the Design Gallery will allow us to exhibit the entire Rustic Retreats collection along with our other lines.” Coastal Getaways is also another very popular collection, receiving quite a bit of attention last Las Vegas Market. “This is not the run-of-the-mill seaside look,” explains James Andrew Slaven, President of Regina-Andrew Design, “but a more sophisticated take on coastal design.” Moenia Design, which specializes in designing woven furnishings and decorative accessories for modern living, is launching its new spa collection in the Design Gallery at Las Vegas Market, said Neil Gehani, CEO. The collection features colorful furniture and decorative accessories based on organic forms. Mike Ragan of Rags said Rags’ new collection for Fall 2006 features layers of texture with warm and exotic spice tones. Ragan has designed five new fabrics that reflect a Moroccan theme, which consists of skin prints, an exotic toile, embossed leather and cashmere. Complementing the collection of furniture and bedding are Rugs designed by Ragan. “The Design Gallery becomes a focal point for customers seeking trend with high quality and unique design,” Ragan said. “We are very pleased to be in Las Vegas for our third show and thoroughly believe that Las Vegas Market is positioned to be the premier furniture Market in the U.S.” To register and book hotels rooms for Las Vegas Market, visit www.LasVegasMarket.com or call 888-WMC-SHOW (962-7469). Las Vegas Market takes place July 24-28 at World Market Center and Pavilions; the Temporaries and Design Gallery will be located at the Las Vegas Convention Center and open on July 25. In all, the July 2006 Market will be the largest Las Vegas Market yet with nearly 2.6 million square feet of permanent and temporary exhibits.

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