Last week tens of thousand of designers and buyers attended the Las Vegas Furniture Market to look for exciting new products and Homedit was there too. More than 3,000 exhibitors presented furniture, lighting, home decor, gifts and accessories.
The 2016 summer market was the largest ever, with buyers from all US states and more than 70 countries. Encompassing more than 5 million square feet of exhibit space, the summer market had all sorts of treats for your home and we’re excited to bring you some of the threads and unique items we saw there.
BoBo Intriguing Objects, which did indeed have countless interesting pieces, presented this unusual set. Created from a repurposed I-beam — basically a steel girder — this modern console table and bench was a real eye-catcher. Topped with recycled wood, the base is powder coated iron that is available in three colors: red, black and white. BoBo also carries a lamp made of a similar beam.
Clever shelving units were a trend we noted. From round shelving attached to the wall, to curved wall units and stunning room dividers, the pieces were anything but basic. ArtMax presented a wide variety of artful shelving, including this remarkable curvy piece. The company’s designers, led by Richard Chan, weave together different elements to create a look and style that is distinctive and sophisticated.
Walking around the market we noted lots of lovely legs — like these at the Bliss Studio showroom. Several companies had pieces with animal-shaped legs, but we were particularly taken by these on the Cabrillo console and side tables. The white stone top and whimsical legs are elegant yet very fun.
Speaking of whimsy, this piece definitely fits the bill of you want something out of the ordinary. It is from Classic Home, a division of Classic Concepts, started more than two decades ago when founder Harpal Singh sold rugs door-to-door from the trunk of his car while he was a student at the University of New Mexico. Today, the collection ranges from hand-crafts to one-of-kind pieces that globally inspired, timeless in character and focused on eco-friendly and sustainable production and sourcing. It’s a really large collection with huge variety of style. We really wanted to buy this bus bar for ourselves. Fashioned from the front of an Indian mini-bus, the back is outfitted with a bottle rack and table for prepping cocktails for your friends.
Design Legacy by Kelly O’Neal calls itself “the go-to company for the unusual in the home furnishings industry.” Indeed, we saw their unique, one-of-a-kind lighted signs and artwork, that would be a great touch of whimsy in a kitchen, family room or home game area.
Another piece that kept showing up was the printed cabinet or credenza. This one by Creative Coop has a pleasing mix of rustic, natural won and a variety of patterns printed on the drawers. Perfect for a kitchen or “country chic” dining room, it has plenty of storage space along with casual style.
Mixing and matching was also a trend in upholstery. We noted many armchairs and sofas that iced leather with upholstery, as well as different styles of upholstery in one furniture piece. It’s an eclectic style that is sophisticated and eliminates the “matchy-matchy” look of some upholstered ensembles. The piece below from Bella Rustica melds a traditional sofa design with tufted leather and a chic black and white print upholstery for the seat cushions. Metal stud details add extra interest.
Curry & Company took their Antoinette chair, with its stately shape and upholstered it in an unexpected large-scale tropical print. The resulting chart is a statement piece that would be grate in just about any room.
ArtMax presented this formal chair that truly includes a flight of fancy. The wooden frame of the upholstered back ends in a pair of wings that extend above the chair’s teardrop shape. It’s so very elegant but not so formal that it’s stuffy.
This fun take on a mid-century modern chair design is from Kube Import, which offers European inspired modern contemporary furniture.
We were smitten with the entire line from Pacific Green, which carries an acclaimed collection of sofas and armchairs. The company’s furniture is exotic, and featured palm wood, which is sustainable. The line also uses spectacular leathers for upholstery, as well as many hair-on-hides.
Another eco-friendly company is Green Gables Furniture, whose tag line is “Reclaiming American History.” Based in Bradford, Illinois, the company handcrafts furniture made from reclaimed and sustainable woods. Wood from old Midwestern barns is re-purposed and given new life in Green Gable’s furniture. While we’ve seem plenty of reclaimed and live-edge furniture, these pieces are truly unique. The Silverton Juniper TV Stand below includes not only reclaimed wood, but also a fabulous gnarly piece of natural trunk.
Rustic and industrial tables, carts and islands on wheels were all a trend. This round piece can serve as a tall table or a kitchen island. From Go Home, the piece has a wine storage area in the base.
Home Accents Gallery presented this “Mike” Gathering Wine Table, which could serve as an island or a tall table. Storage underneath makes it very versatile, as do the wheels.
Wandering the showrooms, we saw a great number of interesting tables as well. We spent a long time in the Gold Leaf Design Group exhibit because it had so many fun accessories and small furnishings. These two tables crafted from metal that resembles twigs are functional and have a light look.
Jamie Dietrich Designs, founded in 2005, creates one-of-a-kind home decor and jewelry. Dietrich’s love for recycled and vintage pieces evident and each one has unique character. Her acrylic trays, tables and other occasional pieces are definitely on trend. We love the unexpected future of metallic animal horns as handles.
These fabulous pieces, reminiscent of old crates or storage containers are from Horizon Home. The company specializes in mixed media and distressed looks, handcrafted in Mexico.
This awesome piece — used as a bench or a table — is by Jeffan Furniture, which is a family-owned company based in Indonesia. The company says its mission is to ” bring Indonesia’s amazing craftsmanship and design capabilities to the rest of the world.” The piece below is crafted from reclaimed wood, inset with packed windshield glass pieces set inside a resin. The result is sensational
This amazing upholstered lounge is so comfortable you will definitely NOT want to get up! Created by Jaybird, it’s done in a unique printed fabric. the company creates customized handcrafted furniture from the finest materials, at fair prices.
Furnishings covered in hair-on hide were a definite trend. In speaking with various companies, they all said it was rapidly growing niche. Light and Living uses the cowhides on modern pieces, blending the traditional with the new. Below are the company’s Dagstrup table and Kolind Bench.
The Las Vegas Market also had several lines by American design celebrities, such as the Magnolia Home Collection by Joanna Gaines, star of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. The focus of the showroom was mostly textiles and rugs, in soft and casual, yet colorful, designs.
Justina Blakely, creator of the “Jungalow” and author of New York Times bestseller “The New Bohemians” debuted some of her line through Selamat Designs. the eclectic, easy and comfortable designs were a big hit.
The Moda Dora Grou encompasses so many brands that its selections were very eclectic. These wonderful ornately sided chests in colors and a great harlequin pattern are a bit French, but still a bit contemporary.
The offerings from Modlife are modern and edge and we love them! This sectional sofa is so versatile and the fun pillow adds a touch of humor. the company’s founders — Robert Petril and Kiersten Hathcock design their straightforward pieces and produce them with precision and quality. Hatcheck found early notoriety with her juvenile line, called ModMom Furniture.
Noir Trading, Inc. was founded by Georg Baehler and Stephanie Lu with the aim of manufacturing “furniture that deftly balances design in a hand-crafted line of over 1200 products that is consistent, sustainable, and available.” Among the many pieces we adored was this multi-legged coffee table.
Oly Studio’s Meri Side Table was another winner for us. Created from pierced white resin, the simple design makes for an unusual occasional table.
Palacek exhibited so may gorgeous items we had a really hard tie choosing a highlight, but these Casablanca Floor Mirrors, paired with small tables were too fine to overlook. Singly or as a mix, the combination is a gorgeous addition to any room, but particularly an entryway.
WE fell in love with Polart’s boldly colored pieces at ICFF earlier this year and were very excited to see them again. Bold and distinctive, the company’s pieces are for those who are daring and have a strong persona;its and sense of design. Victorian designs are made modern through the use of vibrant colors.
We found this distinctive and electric display in the Resource Decor showroom. The Company brings together famous designer brands and combines them into a wonderful collection.
This “stacked flight” of drawers by Steven Shell of London is hand panted with an octopus design. Many of Shell’s pieces are hand painted and all are hand crafted. The patterned handprinted consoles and dressers are a budding trend.
Man’s best friend was not left out when it came to den designs. We ran across quite a few opulent dog beds among the showrooms. This enclosed model is by Revelation Furniture from Uttermost. It is the Thea pet bed, created with 18th century styling in solid wood and an exposed frame of hand carved mahogany, finished in weathered driftwood.
In a show of more up cycling, many brands, like UMA, featured pieces made from reclaimed wood in a very natural form. This console table is expertly crafted from trunk and branch sections, combined into a very handsome piece.
Urbia’s Atlantic dining table features concentrically arranged slices of wood that give a feeling of outward motion. Topped with glass, this dining table is most certainly a conversation piece for your home.
With so much ground to cover, we ran over to the Pavilions; to see what some of the small makers had to offer and hit upon some real finds in the vintage and one-of-a-kind section. Medusa’s Antiques of Las Vegas had this awesome table shaped like jigsaw pieces and created with a top made of electronic circuit boards inside a resin.
The Las Vegas Furniture Market included outdoor furniture lines as well. We were drawn to Kannoa’s Maui chair, which comes in a rage of bold colors. The folded design is unusual as well as comfortable. Based in Miami, the company offers a wide range of outdoor furnishings.
Modway’s outdoor options included this basket style, enclosed lounge. We’d love to curl up in here on a warm summer;s afternoon, shaded from the sun.
Similarly, Zuo Mod presented its Majorca Daybed, which has an aluminum frame and a UV resistant polyurethane wicker weave. The unit has privacy curtains, side tables, and additional ottoman seating. It’s perfect for lounging, day or night.
Yes, that’s a lot of highlights, but when you have 3,000 exhibitors, it’s hard to pick your favorites. Keep an eye on Homedit for more trends and highlights from the Las Vegas Furniture Market.