World Market Center Previews Next Season's Home Furnishings Looks

HGTV Design Star Tym DeSanto Hosts 'Style File' Internet Video on Demand



21 Feb, 2008, 00:00 ET from World Market Center

    LAS VEGAS, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The recent Winter 2008 Las Vegas
 Market showcased the very latest home furnishings styles and future trends.
 And World Market Center Las Vegas today launched the Winter 2008 edition of
 Style File on http://www.lasvegasmarket.com.
 
     (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070808/WMCLOGO)
 
     Style File, a video guide hosted by Tym DeSanto, the renaissance guy on
 TV's popular reality series HGTV Design Star, is a preview of next season's
 hottest styles and trends, as they were revealed at Las Vegas Market, held
 January 28 - February 1, 2008.
 
     For Style File, World Market Center teamed with Furniture Style
 magazine to highlight trends for the year ahead.
 
     "This Las Vegas Market offered an unprecedented variety," said Julie
 Smith, publisher and editorial director of Furniture Style. "During the
 times when the diversity of looks is great and no single style dominates,
 the trend- tracker lens focuses on performance and, thanks to green
 initiatives, origin, as much as it does color, pattern and finish."
 
     Seven home furnishing trends dominated the recent Las Vegas Market:
 
     Eco Home
 
     Heightened environmental awareness and social responsibility is leading
 homeowners to choose more eco-friendly furnishings. Several manufactures
 and industry organizations champion green manufacturing and materials, and
 many of them showcased products in the Market's popular Living Green
 Pavilion. Product cues: Natural finishes that emphasize grain patterns as
 well as wood's naturally occurring variations such as knots or burn marks;
 soy-based cushions and recycled fabrics deliver a premium comfort story at
 the point of sale; textures made of indigenous materials including coconut
 shells, vines, rattan, leaves, water hyacinth bark and more add visual
 interest and intrigue.
 
     Distressed Out Distressed In
 
     Easily recognized design influences reassure consumers at the point of
 sale ... it's why traditional motifs, from Greek key accents to fluted
 posts, never completely disappear from product fare. But today's consumers'
 call for causal comfort and laid-back luxury results in traditional
 silhouettes being paired with distressed finishes. Such well-worn topcoats
 appeal most especially to Gen-X-ers who want classic references in the
 furniture they buy, yet served up in a way that's decidedly new.
 
     Size Matters
 
     The marketplace was filled with product solutions that satisfied all
 homeowners' design needs, though it's the condo- or apartment-dwelling city
 folk that are most often in furniture designers' sight lines. Purchase
 Cues: Dining -- Smaller tables with decorative pedestal bases;
 smaller-scale dining correlates with everyday storage and use in mind. Home
 Entertainment -- Consoles of varying heights, either with or without
 lift-screen storage. Bedroom -- Platform beds with integrated storage
 areas; upholstered headboards; end-of-bed benches with open storage
 compartments. Home Office -- Laptop desks and writing tables. Upholstery --
 Silhouettes with clean lines, raised legs and texture-rich, neutral fabrics
 -- pillows and area rugs provide needed color for the room.
 
     Blue Mood
 
     Today, several palettes reign, simultaneously and complementarily.
 Still, the impact of environmental awareness on consumers' color choices
 can't be denied. Blues are earning top placements alongside nature-inspired
 greens. "An important part of the environmental movement is associated with
 the preservation of water," said author and color and trend consultant
 Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. "Blue
 emits a clean and clear message around the world."
 
     Stow Your Devices
 
     While TVs and the laptops are the primary design drivers in shaping the
 look and performance of home entertainment and home office furniture, it is
 portable entertainment and information devices that are getting new
 attention from "plugged-in" designers. Purchase Cues: Integrated power
 supply, built-in ventilation systems and easy-to-access wire management.
 
     Homage to Antiquity
 
     Decorative accessory styles are more diverse than ever, developing in
 tandem with residential furniture trends. While glamour-era and Mid-Century
 Modern influences remain, one significant set of style makers are
 influenced by much earlier periods in history. Their wares appear as though
 they could have been excavated from an archeological site.
 
     Luxury Messages
 
     Just as a brand insignia sends purchase cues to consumers, certain
 product categories deliver an unmistakable luxury message. One pass of the
 hand across a cashmere throw or silk comforter, and the consumer literally
 feels the value of their purchase. Purchase cues: Ensembles in neutral
 palettes that mix multiple textures; silk comforters and duvets; animal
 prints in unexpected colorways; pillows in graphic, contemporary and
 over-scale prints; pillows embellished; sequins or fur; textiles woven of
 natural fibers and fiber blends; mattress ticking with health benefits,
 such as antimicrobial properties, hypoallergenic and temperature
 regulation.
 
     Summer 2008 Las Vegas Market is scheduled for July 28 through Aug. 1,
 2008 at the World Market Center & Pavilions. Attendees can start booking
 discounted rooms now at http://www.LasVegasMarket.com.
 
     About World Market Center
 
     World Market Center is an integrated home and hospitality contract
 furnishings showroom and trade complex in Las Vegas. When fully built, at
 12 million square feet in 8 buildings, World Market Center will be the
 largest trade show complex in the world. The $3 billion, state-of-the-art
 campus will showcase furniture, decorative accessories, lighting, area
 rugs, home textile and related segments, as well as the Las Vegas Design
 Center (LVDC) open year-round to the trade. World Market Center produces
 the semi-annual Las Vegas Market, held every January and July, and is the
 fastest growing home furnishings trade show in the world. World Market
 Center is now leasing the third building to a broad cross-section of the
 home furnishings industry.
 
 
MEDIA CONTACTS: Dana Andrew Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations Dana.andrew@lasvegasmarket.com (702)599-3060 Andrew Maiden Public Relations Manager andrew.maiden@lasvegasmarket.com (702) 599-3062

SOURCE World Market Center
    LAS VEGAS, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The recent Winter 2008 Las Vegas
 Market showcased the very latest home furnishings styles and future trends.
 And World Market Center Las Vegas today launched the Winter 2008 edition of
 Style File on http://www.lasvegasmarket.com.
 
     (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070808/WMCLOGO)
 
     Style File, a video guide hosted by Tym DeSanto, the renaissance guy on
 TV's popular reality series HGTV Design Star, is a preview of next season's
 hottest styles and trends, as they were revealed at Las Vegas Market, held
 January 28 - February 1, 2008.
 
     For Style File, World Market Center teamed with Furniture Style
 magazine to highlight trends for the year ahead.
 
     "This Las Vegas Market offered an unprecedented variety," said Julie
 Smith, publisher and editorial director of Furniture Style. "During the
 times when the diversity of looks is great and no single style dominates,
 the trend- tracker lens focuses on performance and, thanks to green
 initiatives, origin, as much as it does color, pattern and finish."
 
     Seven home furnishing trends dominated the recent Las Vegas Market:
 
     Eco Home
 
     Heightened environmental awareness and social responsibility is leading
 homeowners to choose more eco-friendly furnishings. Several manufactures
 and industry organizations champion green manufacturing and materials, and
 many of them showcased products in the Market's popular Living Green
 Pavilion. Product cues: Natural finishes that emphasize grain patterns as
 well as wood's naturally occurring variations such as knots or burn marks;
 soy-based cushions and recycled fabrics deliver a premium comfort story at
 the point of sale; textures made of indigenous materials including coconut
 shells, vines, rattan, leaves, water hyacinth bark and more add visual
 interest and intrigue.
 
     Distressed Out Distressed In
 
     Easily recognized design influences reassure consumers at the point of
 sale ... it's why traditional motifs, from Greek key accents to fluted
 posts, never completely disappear from product fare. But today's consumers'
 call for causal comfort and laid-back luxury results in traditional
 silhouettes being paired with distressed finishes. Such well-worn topcoats
 appeal most especially to Gen-X-ers who want classic references in the
 furniture they buy, yet served up in a way that's decidedly new.
 
     Size Matters
 
     The marketplace was filled with product solutions that satisfied all
 homeowners' design needs, though it's the condo- or apartment-dwelling city
 folk that are most often in furniture designers' sight lines. Purchase
 Cues: Dining -- Smaller tables with decorative pedestal bases;
 smaller-scale dining correlates with everyday storage and use in mind. Home
 Entertainment -- Consoles of varying heights, either with or without
 lift-screen storage. Bedroom -- Platform beds with integrated storage
 areas; upholstered headboards; end-of-bed benches with open storage
 compartments. Home Office -- Laptop desks and writing tables. Upholstery --
 Silhouettes with clean lines, raised legs and texture-rich, neutral fabrics
 -- pillows and area rugs provide needed color for the room.
 
     Blue Mood
 
     Today, several palettes reign, simultaneously and complementarily.
 Still, the impact of environmental awareness on consumers' color choices
 can't be denied. Blues are earning top placements alongside nature-inspired
 greens. "An important part of the environmental movement is associated with
 the preservation of water," said author and color and trend consultant
 Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. "Blue
 emits a clean and clear message around the world."
 
     Stow Your Devices
 
     While TVs and the laptops are the primary design drivers in shaping the
 look and performance of home entertainment and home office furniture, it is
 portable entertainment and information devices that are getting new
 attention from "plugged-in" designers. Purchase Cues: Integrated power
 supply, built-in ventilation systems and easy-to-access wire management.
 
     Homage to Antiquity
 
     Decorative accessory styles are more diverse than ever, developing in
 tandem with residential furniture trends. While glamour-era and Mid-Century
 Modern influences remain, one significant set of style makers are
 influenced by much earlier periods in history. Their wares appear as though
 they could have been excavated from an archeological site.
 
     Luxury Messages
 
     Just as a brand insignia sends purchase cues to consumers, certain
 product categories deliver an unmistakable luxury message. One pass of the
 hand across a cashmere throw or silk comforter, and the consumer literally
 feels the value of their purchase. Purchase cues: Ensembles in neutral
 palettes that mix multiple textures; silk comforters and duvets; animal
 prints in unexpected colorways; pillows in graphic, contemporary and
 over-scale prints; pillows embellished; sequins or fur; textiles woven of
 natural fibers and fiber blends; mattress ticking with health benefits,
 such as antimicrobial properties, hypoallergenic and temperature
 regulation.
 
     Summer 2008 Las Vegas Market is scheduled for July 28 through Aug. 1,
 2008 at the World Market Center & Pavilions. Attendees can start booking
 discounted rooms now at http://www.LasVegasMarket.com.
 
     About World Market Center
 
     World Market Center is an integrated home and hospitality contract
 furnishings showroom and trade complex in Las Vegas. When fully built, at
 12 million square feet in 8 buildings, World Market Center will be the
 largest trade show complex in the world. The $3 billion, state-of-the-art
 campus will showcase furniture, decorative accessories, lighting, area
 rugs, home textile and related segments, as well as the Las Vegas Design
 Center (LVDC) open year-round to the trade. World Market Center produces
 the semi-annual Las Vegas Market, held every January and July, and is the
 fastest growing home furnishings trade show in the world. World Market
 Center is now leasing the third building to a broad cross-section of the
 home furnishings industry.
 
 
MEDIA CONTACTS: Dana Andrew Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations Dana.andrew@lasvegasmarket.com (702)599-3060 Andrew Maiden Public Relations Manager andrew.maiden@lasvegasmarket.com (702) 599-3062 SOURCE World Market Center