When it comes to markets,  Vegas has a vibe like no other. For Easterners, its distance in miles is mitigated by the abundance of direct flights, hotel accommodations, top-notch restaurants, and of course — if you have a shred of energy left after shopping the showrooms — a limitless choice of nighttime entertainments.

The January Las Vegas Market kept our team busy enough. With 5M+ square feet and more than 4K vendors, it has exhibitors that serve all segments of the home furnishings industry. And although everything is contained within the 3 adjacent buildings of the World Market center and the temporary Pavilion tents, it’s too broad of a mix not to have a plan before you start (or at least have an idea of which floors the majority of designer-friendly vendors are going to be on). Finding them is definitely getting easier, though, as Las Vegas Market continues to add some really great resources and programs tailored specifically to the design industry. (Insider Tip: before we hit each Las Vegas Market, we always check out their Designer HQ page so we don’t miss a thing!)

Several of our favorite exhibitors have made moves to new spaces, the most exciting of which was the opening of Salon West on on the 5th floor of Building C. This airy 12,000 square-foot space houses 9 of design’s yummiest brands: OLY Studio, Natural Curiosities, Lowcountry Originals, Luna Bella, Europe2You, Amity Home, and Tritter Feefer.

A vignette by the C5 escalators (top left) gives a taste of what’s inside Salon West (top right and bottom), LMKT’s new luxury brand section

 

(Left):  Couldn’t resist playing dress-up with some fabulous Jamie Dietrich jewelry. (Right): Tritter Feefer’s beautifully weighty hardware collection is its own  jewelry for their exquisitely crafted case pieces.

Kudos to its creators — Salon West is a truly gorgeous addition to the already fabulous lineup on C5. We can’t wait to see how it will evolve for the summer market!

Speaking of C5, we were amazed at how stunning Muniz Plastic‘s acrylic pieces looked in their new digs in the MDBG space.  Just goes to show what  good lighting and  great neighbors can do!

Also in the MDGB C591 suite was the French Heritage showroom. Owners Hennesy and Jacques Wayser hosted a gorgeous “Concept to Creation” petit dejeuner featuring designer Michelle Workman, who previewed a piece from her new Facet collection for FH and discussed the product development cycle from inception to launch. We were thrilled to get a sneak peek at that fierce little cabinet, as were the other guests who came by to hear about it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Workman and Hennesy Wayser (left);  Above, Michelle and Million Dollar Decorating‘s James Swan

Another stellar event was the Designer Skyview Soirée on Monday night, hosted by Las Vegas Market and Traditional Home magazine. A lively crowd of designers, editors, and “industry leaders” sipped White Rabbit cocktails and honored Timothy Corrigan, this year’s Design Icon Award Winner. If you haven’t yet seen his sumptous book  or listened to this , you’re in for a treat!

Just a few of our favorite design luminaries at the Design Icon Reception. (From left to right): Traditional Home Design & Markets Editor Tori Mellott, Jamie Alexander of Peloso Alexander Interiors, Design Icon Guest of Honor Timothy Corrigan, Kelli Ellis, Steelyard’s Steven Avitable, Glen Peloso, and Bobby Berk.

Trade events like this have so much more to offer than just showrooms full of product. It’s a chance to really connect with peers, partners, and like-minded people who share common passions and goals. If we had a nickel for every time we’ve heard a famous designer attribute their success to the relationships they’ve formed over the years, we’d be as rich as their client lists. 😉

In the weeks ahead, we’ll be sharing some deeper dives into our winter market takeaways. Until then, here are some more favorite moments:

(Top, left to right):  LVMKT Opening day was also a big day for NFL  fans and KAS Rugs made sure we didn’t have to miss a thing. At Wendover Art, we toasted (and did a lot of posing with) the always-charming Christopher Kennedy and his new art collection. Christine Tasker is always Puttin it Out, right down to her fingernails (and Bentley’s poodle paws!).
(Bottom, left to right):  We couldn’t resist leaving some grafitti on one of Karastan’s Patina Vie collection rugs by the lovely and brilliant Sarah Willett. (When a fingertip can make an impression that deep on a hand-knotted rug, you can only imagine how the piece feels on your feet!) The Novagratz collection for Momeni is an instant antidepressant! Currey & Company‘s vignettes always make us feel soigné.