Above Photo: How southern exhibitors politely request that you don’t plop your derriére on their display merch
If ever there was a month when market-hopping designers and exhibitors wish they could be in two–(or three!)–places at once, it would be January.
Still, parts of our Steelie team managed to hit 3 of the 5 events (and sadly Paris was NOT one of them 🙁 ) . Here’s our quick recap of where we DID end up:
ATLANTA KNOWS HOW TO PARTY
When it comes to hosting designers, Americasmart truly rolls out the red carpet for designers attending the International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. We couldn’t get enough of the daily events in the Designer Workspace on 15 in Building 1– such a beautifully configured and catered space!! Our favorites included Veranda mag’s star-studded 30th Anniversary lineup, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ conversation with Bunny Williams and Annie Selke, Adam Japko’s celeb blogger pantheon, and–of course!– our Jane’s deliciously intriguing What Men Want panel.
1. The lineup 2. Hansdomely hefty swag bags provided by Wolf 1834 3. Jane captivating the packed room
The fascinating discussion is a whole huge topic in itself–and is becoming a surprisingly important one for the design business going forward. We’ll be unpacking more for you in the days ahead.
But in the meantime… did we mention the parties?
We were thrilled to help host Imagine Home’s “Blue Diamond” Friday Happy Hour. (If you don’t know Imagine Home, you need to!) A stream of inspiring and delightful guests sipped blueberry thyme cocktails, grabbed some SY nail polish, and sharpied a chandelier’s worth of dangling positive thoughts for 2017.
As we were reflecting on the tagged intentions in the Imagine Home showroom, the Diamonds of Design Party was already revving up down the hall.
If you think Southern hospitality is all about boring white-gloved gentility, think again… This (and its summer counterpart, the White Party) is a hands-down rager! Lined with 7 exquisite vignettes styled by accomplished female designers, the party space was packed to the rafters with industry friends. (To be clear: There are only two kinds of people at the Atlanta market–the friends you know and the friends you haven’t yet met! :))
1. The party details 2. Kristen Alber Design vignette featuring Castelle 3. Vera Djonovik and Kelly Setliff 4. A handsome guest 5. People with glasses: Brian Patrick Flynn, Jane Dagmi and Sandy Hughes
The Diamonds of Design Vignette Gallery will continue to be on display until June 2017 in Building 1, Floor 14, space 14-D-9, with additional vignettes in the lobbies of Buildings 1 and 2. Go see them at your earliest opportunity!!
STEVEN DOES DALLAS
While we were wrapping up in Atlanta, Steelyard’s Steven Avitable, who was named a judge for the Dallas Market Center’s 2017 Arts Awards , headed to Dallas for its annual awards dinner and presentation.
Presenters Kelli Ellis, James Swan, Caroline Hipple, and Libby Langdon
Phillips Collection founder and CEO Mark Phillips is honored with the Academy of Achievement Award
Days after the Atlanta and Dallas markets, our Steelies were headed to the World Market Center in Vegas. You can read more about that here...