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Industry Gearing up for Winter Shows

Industry Gearing up for Winter ShowsNEW YORK - Despite a bumpy economy, many trade shows reported good business in 2011 - and some actually grew in size and attendance.
     The roster of shows for the first half of 2012 is packed full of parties, receptions, awards ceremonies and educational programs.
     So far, no new trade shows have been added for the first six months of the calendar year - but none have fallen off, either.
     For the complete run-down of all home furnishings shows of interest to the home textiles sector, look inside this issue for HTT's 2012 pull-out calendar.

January 11 -14
Heimtextil Frankfurt Fair & Exhibition Center
Frankfurt am Main, Germany (770) 984-8016
The world's largest home textiles trade fair will debut a segment called ‘new@ more' featuring ideas for the bathroom, bedroom and table contributed by young and start-up companies.
     Also new, students from the Frankfurt School for Apparel and Fashion will create models demonstrating a wide range of applications for various types of home textiles. They will offer their view of the colors, lifestyle trends and fashion directions they see as emerging themes in 2013.
     Another addition includes an exhibition by 17 leading European design universities in Hall 4.2 in cooperation with the Berlin-based "rooms for free" association.
     Rounding out updates to the show is Heimtextil's new service for independent specialty retailers and interior decorators. The Coupon Business Finder is a theme-specific directory listing exhibitors at the upcoming 2012 show that offer home textiles in small and very small quantities.
     Heimtextil will once again publish a Contract Guide listing exhibitors that cater to that segment of the market as well as a Green Directory of companies that meet ecological and sustainability requirements.
     The "Heimtextil goes City" initiative, a collaboration of Messe Frankfurt and the Interior Decorators' Guild (Raumausstatterinnung), Frankfurt am Main, will present the latest products from the fair in the city centre on Saturday, Jan. 14. Approximately 30 specialty retailers, galleries and public institutes will show textiles in several cultural and everyday settings.

11 - 18
Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market
AmericasMart, Atlanta
(404) 220-3000
AmericasMart's recently revamped website at now offers business and educational resources as well as video and online tools to help buyers and exhibitors. The enhancements are available for both online and mobile access. The January show features a full roster of seminars and educational programs. Highlights include:
     • The HD Home Preview Party on Jan. 12, which will give visitors a look at design-driven home furnishings and décor from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Building 1, Floor 1, Center Hall. The event will include food, drinks and live music.
     • Trends of the Season, a review of holiday "must haves" buyers can incorporate into their stores takes place on Jan. 13. From 11 a.m. to noon in Building 1, Floor 19, Seminar Room 19-A-23.
     • "Our Life in Design," featuring Bravo "Million Dollar Decorators" Mary McDonald and Nathan Turner on Jan. 13. From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Building 1, Floor 14, Seminar Room.

12 - 15
The Atlanta International Area Rug Market
AmericasMart, Atlanta
(404) 220-3000
The 2012 America's Magnificent Carpet Awards has added two new area rug categories: indoor/outdoor and licensees. The awards will be announced Jan. 13 during a gala at the Georgia Aquarium.
     The AmericasMart Home & Rug category will host a complimentary Breakfast By Design banquet where visitors can view the rugs and meet with some of the designers and exhibitors on Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Building 1, Floor 4, Room 4-B-1.

20 - 24
Maison & Objet
Parc des Expositions, Paris-Nord Villepinte, Paris
(888) 522-5001
The winter edition of the semi-annual show will include the éditeurs section of high-end decorative fabrics. Also running concurrently will be "now!, living design," a selective and international home design exhibition focused on innovation, trends and the new design generation.

27 - February 2
New York Home Textiles Market Week
At the New York International Gift Fair, Jan. 27 - Feb. 2
At 230 Fifth Avenue, Jan. 28 - Feb. 2
At 7 W New York, Jan. 27 - Feb. 2
(800) 272-7469
Running in tandem with the New York International Gift Fair and New York Gift Week, Home Textiles Market Week features a range of better home fashion products including bed and bath fashions, table linens, kitchen textiles, towels, decorative accessories, area rugs, window treatments and decorative fabrics. NYIGF participates in Home Textiles Market Week through its At Home featuring Home Textiles division in the Javits Center and its At Home division, with hard lines and outdoor living resources located at Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94. Home textiles suppliers in showroom buildings at 230 Fifth Avenue and 7 W New York (7 W. 34th St.) take part in the event as well.

28- February 2
New York International Gift Fair
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Passenger Ship Terminal Piers, New York
(800) 272-7469
NYIGF's winter show features a variety of seminars and events. Retailers are invited to participate in the ART Retailer Roundtables to discuss points of view on social media, in-store events, store operations, retail competition, open to buy budgeting, credit card policies and other topics. The forum takes place Jan. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 11a.m. at the Pier 94 Café.
     A seminar on Harnessing the Power of Online Technologies will cover digital do's and don'ts on Jan. 29 from noon to 1 p.m. in Javits Center room 1A02-03.
     IFDA's color seminar on Jan. 30 will open with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. followed by the presentation from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Javits Center room 1A02-03. John Turner, director, architect & designer sales for Benjamin Moore, will present the company's influential color forecast - Color Pulse - and Christine Pittel, senior editor for House Beautiful's "Signature Color" column will discuss how consumers are using color in their homes.
Also Jan. 30, Gift For Life will hold its 20th anniversary fundraiser. This year's honorees include George Kacic of Ganz, Jenny Hammons of Jenny Hammons Company and Brandwise.
     A full list of events and seminars as well as fee information is available on the show's website.

30 - February 3
Las Vegas Market
World Market Center, Las Vegas
(702) 599-9621
The First Look exhibit in the Building B lobby will run all week showcasing new product trends. Limited quantities of the First Look Book will also be available on opening day.
     Educational sessions will cover a variety of topics, including buying independent/local, creating effective newsletters, maximizing return on ecommerce, and using social media to spur business, among others.
     In addition, the market will include several special events. Jan. 30 kicks off with a Food Truck Festival at 6 p.m. in the Grand Plaza. Gourmet food vendors will offer a variety of cuisines while DJ Twin plays hits from the '50s and '60s.
     Entertainment moves into the '70s on Jan. 31 with a Boogie Nights party in the Grand Plaza at 6 p.m. The event will include complimentary refreshments and cocktails.
     Designer Jamie Drake will be honored with the show's Design Icon award on Feb. 1 from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. in Building C, C176. A reception honoring Drake will take place in the Safavieh showroom, A101, immediately following the presentation.

February 18-21
India Handicrafts & Gifts Fair India Expo Centre & Mart
New Delhi, India
Sponsored by the Indian government's Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts, the India Handicrafts & Gifts Fair features a broad range of products from 2,000 manufacturers and exporters in more than 1 million square feet of exhibition space and draws some 5,000 buyers from around the world.
     The fair grounds are located about 45 minutes from the center of India's capital city, New Delhi.
     The home textiles section of the fair also includes floor coverings and home accessories featuring the legacy of Indian workmanship infused with innovative design.
    Additional fair categories include housewares, gifts, candles, Christmas decorations, fashion jewelry, accessories, bags and eco-friendly products made from cane and bamboo.

29 - March 3
Intertextile Shanghai Home - Spring Edition
Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China
+852 2238 9983
The spring fair marks its second anniversary this year. Its inaugural event in April 2011 drew more than 9,700 visitors and 219 suppliers from Austria, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and the United States.
     Among attendees, 37% came from the wholesale/retail/department store segment, with 15% from import/export companies, 10% from design and interior design firms, 8% furniture companies, 3% contract, 2% architecture and the remainder a mix of other trade-related businesses.
     Product categories include sheets, fashion bedding, baby bedding, blankets, bath towels and mats, down and memory foam bedding, mattresses, mattress protectors, mattress pads, curtain fabrics and accessories, and upholstery fabrics.

March 5 - 8
New York Home Fashions Market
Home Fashion Products Association
(212) 297-2122 (Kellen Co.)
The showroom-based home textiles market will kick off with HTT's semi-annual market party on Sunday, March 4 at 6 p.m. The location will be announced early in 2012.
     Also during the market, the HFPA Young Professionals group will host an event featuring a panel of industry veterans and specialists who will share their insight on crafting a successful career in the home textiles business. The date and roster will be announced in a few weeks, but the YoPros are also encouraging younger members of the industry to learn more about the group and its activities by contacting

April 21 - 26
High Point Market
International Home Furnishings Center, Other locations, High Point, N.C.
(336) 869-1000
Online registration for the April market will open Jan. 30, 2012. Details about special events and educational sessions will also be announced after the first of the year.
     High Point recently upgraded its My-Market social media and planning tool to help attendees customize their market week schedule, locate exhibitors, presentations and events, send messages and set up meetings. MyMarket is mobile-browser compatible for smart phones, iPads and other tablets.
      The tool also offers an RSS feed on the home page that makes it easier to search and find information. It's available at

May 19 - 22
International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF)
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York
(914) 421-3200
Evolving trends will be featured in ICFF's juried exhibition of projects from with world's leading design schools, which the show describes as "a harbinger of starts to come."
     The fair's more than 500 exhibitors include designers, manufacturers, representatives of contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, kitchen and bath for residential, home/office, and contract. About half come from outside the United States.
     ICFF's 25,000-plus attendees include interior designers, architects, retailers, developers, facility managers, wholesalers, store design professionals, hotel and restaurant designers, manufacturers, students and the general public.

20 - 22
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York
(914) 421-3200
Coming off strong growth of its 25th anniversary show this past spring, Surtex will once again highlight up-and-coming talent through its designext student design competition, which is open to college students around the world. For the 2012 show, students are being asked to create original surface designs to be used on outdoor settings. Surtex will announce its full conference program later in the month and will detail its networking and social activity schedule in January.

15 - 17
Hospitality & Design Show
Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas
(508) 743-8502
Networking and special events for the Hospitality & Design Show - also known as the HD Show - will mark its 20th anniversary at the 2012 show. It expects to draw more than 7,000 design professionals from hotels and resorts, interior design firms, purchasing companies, project developers and architects.
     The show's line-up of special events, award honorees and networking sessions will be announced in the coming weeks.

16 - 20
CNR Expo, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 465 74 75
Evteks 2011 set a new record with 116,000 visitors - 31,000 of them from 94 countries outside Turkey.
     The second largest trade show in the world for home textiles will mark its 18th anniversary at the 2012 show with a series of trend seminars and other events to be announced later.

June 3 - 6
Showtime Fabric Fair
Market Square, Textile Tower, High Point, N.C.
(336) 885-6842
The largest decorative fabrics event in the Western Hemisphere is fully engaged this week with its winter 2011 show, which opened Dec. 4 and will conclude Dec. 7. Events for the summer 2012 show will be announced after the first of the year. Showtime hosts more than 800 buying companies and offers an online appointment format to help attendees schedule their visit.

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