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Sands Expo Welcomes 120 Global Exhibits to Las Vegas Market

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An impressive collection of more than 120 international companies will be featured at Sands Expo, opening on July 31, as part of the Summer 2007 Las Vegas Market. Vibrant Vietnamese design meets Mexican furnishings and inspiring Italian styles among exhibits from more than 15 other countries far and wide. Among the 700 featured temporary exhibitors at Sands Expo, buyers will benefit from a heavy concentration of trend-setting international companies from Italy, Japan, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, United Kingdom and Australia and much more. “The temporary exhibition at the Sands is a great place to check out new styles and a broad range of cultural influences in the world of home furnishings,” said Tim Branscome, director of international business development for World Market Center. “The diversity of exhibitors has been expanding since this market launched and is growing with popularity especially among Latin American companies and those abroad. We are pleased to be able to infuse meaningful international content and community into our show for the benefit of buyers looking for something new.” Most of the international companies showing at Las Vegas Market are situated at the Sands Expo with the exception of a selection of Brazilian companies which are showing both in the Pavilions and in permanent showrooms in World Market Center. Among the international highlights at the Sands: The COFOCE stand from Mexico represents companies within the Guanajuato region – and will show lighting, wooden furniture, colorful decorative pottery accessories and iron furniture. COFOCE has almost doubled the space it took at the Las Vegas Winter Market reflecting its success. Also exhibiting from Mexico is the Canaco stand run by the Chamber of Commerce from Tlaquepaque, the first artisan center of the Mexican Republic. Tlaquepaque businesses produce a wide variety of product, from glass to ironwork, ceramics and leather – designed to inspire. Millenio is by Carlos De Anda, an innovative artist, from Mexico City. He combines marble, wood, acrylic, glass, copper, iron, and fiber glass into individual pieces of functional art. He specializes in lighting which brings a special energy to any space and his fusion of rustic and modern sets him apart. From Europe, Italian design is in force with a whole host of brands showing in the Design & Living area. Several big names in Italy who are stars in Milan will be represented at the Sands, including Eleganza, Ratan Wood, Adria, Sentesi, BBB emmebonacina and Sagsa. These companies show alongside French, Swedish, British and Austrian companies as well. Japan’s exhibit entitled Fuchu Furniture Brands brings three manufacturers based in Fuchu City to the United States for the second time having received a positive response at the January Las Vegas Market. They will be exhibiting bedroom and living dining room products with clean sleek lines and exquisite attention to detail that we’ve come to expect from Japanese designers. To give attendees an authentic taste of their culture, a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony will be held at the Japan exhibit. There will be two demonstrations performed by Midori Yokoyama, one on Wednesday August 1 from 3.00 – 6.00 p.m. and one on Thursday August 2 from 10.00 a.m. until 12.00 p.m. From Vietnam there are 11 exhibitors covering an array of products from furniture to decorative accessories. One, Mosaique Decoration, based in Hanoi, is turning heads around the world with its bold interpretation of classic Vietnamese styles. Mosaique products include lighting, furniture, home accessories and soft furnishings utilizing materials from bamboo to wood and silk and using the skills of artisans to carve, shape and stitch the products. Founder and director of Mosaique Alan Duong comments: “I’m attracted to techniques that are fading away, the things that are right in front of people but that they take for granted and I adapt them into new products.” Alan travels to craft villages around Vietnam in search of the finest in each trade, sometimes spending years to find the right match. Visit www.lasvegasmarket.com for a full schedule of events and seminars scheduled for the Sands Expo & Convention Center. The Las Vegas Market will take place July 30–August 3, 2007 at World Market Center’s Buildings A and B, the Pavilions; the temporaries will be featured at Sands Expo & Convention Center opening on Tuesday, July 31.

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