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NY NOW accepting applications for Accent on Design, Handmade collections

White Plains, N.Y. -- Designers, artists and manufacturers are invited to submit applications for three juried design sections and two special design incubator showcases to be presented at NY NOW's winter 2014 edition taking place Feb. 1-6 in New York City.

Applications are available online at www.nynow.com/apply.

"NY NOW has proven to be a valuable entry point into the wholesale market for new and emerging design talents, as well as for established brands with either a contemporary design emphasis or an artisanal aesthetic," said Christian Falkenberg, NY NOW director and GLM senior vice president. "Both Accent on Design - presented as part of NY NOW's Home Collection - and NY NOW's Handmade Collection - with its Designer Maker and Global Design sections - bring innovative ideas and products to the marketplace."

Accent on Design
is comprised of a juried collection of 150 contemporary designers. Criteria for acceptance by its selection committee include: original, creative and authentic product design; new and innovative use of materials; products which address and solve problems; consistent and continuous new product creations; a focus on contemporary design (as perceived by the jury); and functionality. Accent on Design applications will be accepted through October 1, and the online form is available at www.nynow.com/apply.

A+: The Young Designers' Platform
within Accent on Design introduces the work of emerging designers, selected on the basis of design concept, creativity and originality. It is designed to provide emerging designers an opportunity to expose their concepts, prototypes and finished products to the wholesale marketplace.
Applications for A+ will be accepted only from design students, recent graduates and young companies in business for one year or less. They will be juried by the Accent on Design selection committee based on design concept, creativity and originality. Applications will be accepted through December 2. The online form is available at www.nynow.com/Aplus.

For nearly 30 years, NY NOW's Handmade Collection has offered buyers an extensive selection of handcrafted items across such categories as tabletop, ceramics, textiles, home décor, jewelry and apparel. It is presented in two distinct categories: Designer Maker, which showcases 340 limited-production makers across all categories and media, and Global Design, which presents a selection of 150 international craft resources with a focus on strong design blended with traditional techniques and quality workmanship. Criteria for acceptance by the juries include uniqueness, originality, authenticity and marketability. Handmade applications will be accepted through October 1, and the online form is available at www.nynow.com/apply.

The Emerging Designer Maker Platform, located within Designer Maker, introduces the work of emerging craft designers and makers, selected on the basis of unique and original work, authentic design and quality craftsmanship. It provides an opportunity for new makers to introduce a selection of their products to the wholesale marketplace. Applications will be accepted only from designers who have been in business for one year or less. applicants will be juried by the Designer Maker selection committee based on design concept, creativity and originality. Emerging Designer Maker Platform applications will be accepted through December 2. The online form is available at www.nynow.com/EDMP. 


The winter 2014 edition of NY NOW will be held at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers.

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