Thursday, May 30, 2013

International Contemporary Furniture Fair Celebrates 25th Year

ICFF, North America's premier showcase for contemporary designs marked its 25th anniversary last week with an abundance of up-to-the-moment offerings, as well as a series of fascinating, fun and informative programs and events.

Giftware News was there as well. Here's a sample of what we saw. 

Jimmie Martin, UK

Gardens for the patios on the ground or penthouse high!

Poolside or patio parties, light the way to a good time!

Tea Time!

Take a seat or two!

Indoors and Out

Anne Kyyro Quinn

Thursday, May 23, 2013

May's Gift, Gourmet & Decor Digital Magazine is Now Available for Viewing

Welcome to May's digital issue of Gift, Gourmet & Decor Magazine.

GGD May CoverThis Month's Featured Content:
 American Treasures
• Creative Crafting 
• Gift Alerts
• Pets, It's their World
• Pets in the Spotlight
• Put your Name on it!
• Power of Paper
• Spine Tingling
• Wet your Whistle
• Casual Time
• Have Gear, Will Travel
• Slings, Strollers & Seats
• Newsmakers 
• Calendar 
• And Much More...

New Feature: 
Now viewable on all mobile & tablet devices...

Please Note:
GGD Digital requires NO special downloads or applications to view in its entirety. 

Please click HERE to begin reading now!

We hope you enjoy this issue and all future digital issues of GGD. Feel free to contact us with your thoughts and feedback at

The GGD Team

Monday, May 20, 2013

Pens, Paper, Books.... Oh My! 7 W New York Recognizes Stationery Week, ICFF, Surtex, & C&LA

7 W showrooms will display the latest products in stationery, gift, home décor & accessories as New York prepares for Stationery Week, ICFF, Surtex, and C&LA (Creative & Lifestyle Arts) beginning May 19.

Two’s Company & Tozai Home – Suite 2, in the lobby will show off their newest collections such as Brasilia, where the stationery pens are made out of recycled wire. With this collection, you can mix and match any vibrant color with a tropical feel...
Godinger Silver – Suite 407 creates luxury in using high-end silver & crystal for a variety of home accent pieces, albums, and frames.

Red Vanilla – Suite 935 takes framing to another level with their handpicked decorative accessories such as their memo boards and gift sets, adding a little flavor to your store.
New to the market and only at 7 W, J.T. Rose & Co. – Suite 904, shows off the latest art pieces of mosaic frames, mirrors, and matching vases.

See GUND in their new location – Suite 420 displaying a unique range of children’s books such as the plush series Bear in Underwear; Harper Group – Suite 831 carries all the favorite brands including Abrams, Chronicle, Moleskin, & Punch Studio; YOTTOY Productions – Suite 1045 provides the finest in children’s literature gift packages, and most important custom design and production.

Thompson Ferrier – Suite 545, D.L. & Co. – Suite 628 and Vance Kitira International – Suite 727 have scented or unscented candles and décor in common, however, each fragrance is unique to its brand.

Complimentary coffee is always available to buyers, along with an open space accessible with internet access, and periodicals about the “happenings” in the industry. 

For more information, visit

Thursday, May 9, 2013

California Market Center Sets Dates for Winter 2014 Gift & Home Market

The California Market Center (CMC), the West Coast’s epicenter of fashion/gift/home and design has chosen the dates of Tuesday, January 21 to Monday, January 27, 2014 to hold its major Winter 2014 Gift & Home Market, it was announced by GerrySeibel, Vice President of New Business Development for CMC. 

“Originally the dates for the winter 2014 show were set for mid-January 2014, at all three locations which make up the L.A. Gift Market.However, these dates were recently changed to the very last week of January and into February 2014, putting the L.A. Gift Market right on top of the three other major shows— NY NOW, Las Vegas, and the Frankfort Fair. These later dates would interfere with retailers, manufacturers, and sales representatives’ ability to attend other shows critical to their businesses,” states Seibel.

“While the CMC is committed to its policy of cooperation with the L.A.Mart and the California Gift Show, our partners in a unified west coast market, CMC’s tenants and its major manufacturers were greatly alarmed about a date change which would put the California Show so late in the market season. So, after extensive discussions with leading retailers and our tenants, the Gift & Home showrooms at CMC have been forced to change our dates so as not to be in conflict with any other major show and so that we may offer our valued retailers a productive, profitable, and comprehensive buying experience!” 

Mickey Lang, president of the nationally known sales organization California Marketing Associates (CMA), is in total agreement with CMC’s decision on the show date change. “CMA represents over 130 leading home/gift/fashion/seasonal lines in our 40,000 sq. ft. home in CMC. Having the California Show held so late in January would have a very negative effect on our business, and would have made it impossible for us to cover other shows that our manufacturers need us to attend in this crowded show season,” comments Lang. “I applaud CMC management for making the courageous decision to set its winter 2014 dates to accommodate the needs of its customers!” 

Echoes Dale Zizi, who heads the sales group which represents such leading Christmas/seasonal manufacturers as Melrose International, Katherine’s Collection, Bethany Lowe Designs, Lynn Haney Collection, T.J.’s Christmas, and Vickerman Trees & Lights: “If the CMC , the L.A. Mart and the California Gift Show’s market’s dates all had been set to begin at the very end of January 2014, it would have created an impossible problem for our manufacturers; they would not have been able to attend the west coast’s show at these late dates, due to their commitments to other shows around the country and in Europe. January is when we debut our Christmas, Halloween, and Fall product and is an extremely important time for our buyers, manufacturers, and company principals to review what is up and coming for the new year. That is why CMC’s plan to hold its winter 2014 Home & Gift Market earlier in January is so vital to all of our companies.” 

In addition to holding its own CMC Gift & Home Show January 21-27, 2014, for the convenience of buyers, the Gift & Home showrooms at the California Market Center will also be open every day of the California Gift Show, January 31 – February 3, 2014. During its January 21-27, 2014 Gift & Home Show, CMC will offer its attendees many buyer’s perks including free parking, free breakfasts, and complimentary shuttle services, and numerous promotions. All of CMC’s Gift, Home and Design Center showrooms will also be open January 14-20 during the 2014 LA Fashion Week, a major market for apparel, fashion accessories, jewelry, and children’s products. “Having all of our Gift & Home showrooms open and available at the same time as L.A. Fashion Week has proven to be very successful in allowing cross-over buying opportunities for both gift and fashion retailers,” says Seibel. 

For additional information on its upcoming market schedule and show amenities, visit:

Monday, May 6, 2013

Accessories Take Center Stage at High Point

A special report from Giftware News columnist Marilyn Nason

What was the single most important trend at the century-old semi-annual Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C. April 20-25? Accessories. Just as the gift industry has seen a resurgence in home decor items emerging as a key category, so, too, did buyers attending the High Point clearly identify everything from mirrors, rugs, pillows, lamps, wall decor, decorative boxes, garden accessories as on the top of their shopping list.

As furniture retailers focused on select case goods and sleep surfaces for that segment of their core customer base, they also sought those decorative accessories and home furnishing items that help augment the sale and bring customers back to find decor accessories to highlight a room with spot color/patterns only decorative accessories and home decor items can provide.

Oopsy Daisy and GreenBox Art (San Diego, CA) set the tone with whimsical designer table lamps for kids with bright solid-colored bases topped by shades with eye-popping patterns and cartoon-like drawings of horses, giraffes, elephants, birds, peacocks, prop planes, plus random patchwork patterns and imaginative floral displays.

Oopsy Daisy

French Heritage followed the same bold bright color concept in their large round-shaped Dune Mirror, an attention-getter with stylized design wide circular patterned frame ringed with baby blue trim. The same matching bright colors highlighted their three-horizontal drawer Dax Desk with semi-circular metal legs described as a free-flowing design "that never quits". The carefree design encourages the owner to turn the desk into a play area while still letting it function as a desk.
C.R. Laine took a more conservative approach to its accessory pieces with its new Dasha Leather Metal Base Ottoman featuring dual-crossed legs topped by a rectangular shaped (40W x 22D) Deer Run Snow leather upholstered top. Thanks to this off-white leather, the ottoman will be at home anywhere and an eye-catcher, with its prominent double-crossed metal legs and rectangular seating area.

Attention to intricate metal legs also highlighted the Novel console table from Zuo Modern Inc., San Leandro, CA. Made entirely from 100% stainless steel high rise support beams, the rectangular table shows the challenging direction upscale home decor items are taking with metals in specific designs.

Maitand-Smith black and white box with brass accents

Heeney Co., Atlanta, was a winner with its Grape Vine Orbs. Available in three sizes, the round open work woven combination of grape vines intricately interwoven into and around old-fashioned chicken wire, opens in the middle to provide ample space for twinkle lights, blossoms, sculptures, then latches tight, so the orb can attract attention coupled among an array of container plantings or freely hanging above a backyard picnic area, game table, fountain or serving as a dramatic centerpiece.
Several exhibitors took poufs, introduced last market, to the next level as a major room accessory, with brighter, bolder, more dramatic color and pattern combinations, as well as dominating textures and embellishments. In many cases, the same look colorways were carried out in companion pillows, throws, rugs for a powerful decorative effect in a family room.

To really create a dynamic accessories statement, several designers suggested picking a major color from this combination to highlight a mirror, providing an even greater room effect.