Textiles Product Winners Honored
February 23, 2009,
More than 120 entries were judged in the New York Home Textiles Market Week Best New Product Awards, and the overall, or Best of Market, winner was New York-based Dixie Reinhardt Fine Linens, for its Private Collection hand-embroidered pillows made of Italian linen.
Bed: V Rugs & Home (Miami) for the Monet duvet cover, made of 100% linen with handmade flowers and mother of pearl. Finalists: Rajboori Luxury Home Textiles (Vancouver, B.C., Canada), Holi Quilt; and Schlossberg of Switzerland (Clinton, N.J.), Schlossberg Papillon print duvet.
Bath: Schlossberg of Switzerland (Clinton, N.J.), Sensitive towel, made of cradle-to-cradle certified hand-plucked Egyptian long staple cotton and vegetable dyes. Finalists: Espalma by Cobra (New York), Art Deco bath ensemble; and John Matouk & Co. (New York), Orlo towel collection.
Dining: VDS/Alexandra Turpault (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Hannah tablecloth, made of 100% linen with unique color and embroidery. Finalists: Libeco Home (New York), Fjord tablecloth; and Shades of India (Noida, U.P., India), Cambria Orchid napkin tie.
Home Accessories: The Concept Collection (Punta Gorda, Fla.), Traces of Yellow collection of pillows and throws, made of 100% wool. Finalists: Anupama (Montreal), CC 50 on cotton; and Malaika by Luxe Brands International (Oakville, Ont., Canada), Smocked toss pillow from the Luxor Silk Collection.
"Creativity and innovation are more important than ever in today's challenging business environment, so we're thrilled to see so many exciting new introductions at this market" said Penny Sikalis, vp at show producer GLM.
Criteria in the judging included innovation in design; creative use of materials/construction; and new fiber, material or technology.
The judges were: Jenny Heinzen York, editor-in-chief, Home Accents Today; Jennifer Marks, editor-in-chief, Home Textiles Today; John Saxtan, editorial director, Talcott Publications (representing Home Fashion & Furniture Trends); Julie M. Smith, editorial director, Design & Décor; Wanda Jankowski, editor-in-chief, LDB Interior Textiles; and David Gill, senior editor, textiles, housewares, bedding, HFN.
Presenting the Home Textiles Market Week January 2009 Best New Product Awards are (front row, from left) Penny Sikalis, GLM vp, and Danielle Johnson, sales manager of At Home featuring Home Textiles, honoring Dixie Reinhardt, co-owner of Dixie Reinhardt Fine Linens; Jens Sondergaard, owner of The Concept Collection; and Valerie Villanueva, U.S. sales coordinator of VDS/Alexandre Turpault; along with (back row, from left) Nitin Ramani, co-owner of Dixie Reinhardt Fine Linens; Mariano Michelli, vp, and Rafael Velazquez, president, both of V Rugs & Home; and Christoph Kull, president of Schlossberg of Switzerland.