Last week in New York City, exhibitors, retailers, designers, buyers and industry professionals converged for the debut of NY NOW, previously known as the New York International Gift Fair. With a clear task at hand, many of these industry tastemakers and bloggers scouted the show in search of the best products and trends.
First up, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) NY Metro Chapter recognized seven exhibitors from the NY NOW HOME Collection as the “Best of the Best.” Recipients were as follows:
Imaginative Product Presentation: Natural Curiosities (Los Angeles, CA)
Innovative Product Design: Aviva Stanoff (Carlsbad, CA)
Social Responsibility/Ecological Sensitivity: In 2 Green LLC (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY)
Hand Sculpted Crystal Collection by McCoy Design
Lighting: McCoy Design (Tamaqua, PA)
Live edge desk by dbO Home
Accessories: dbO Home LLC (Sharon, CT)
Textiles: Pehuén (West New York, NJ)
Wall Art: Christine Originals (Ellenville, NY)
“ASID is pleased to be a partner with NY NOW to recognize exceptional home products,” said Jacqueline Hosford, ASID, president of the ASID NY Metro chapter. “The consolidation of the market’s home resources into one easy-to-source location on the Javits Center’s Level 3 will be well-received by ASID members."
Judges for the ASID “Best of the Best” awards were: Tai Ishikawa Pleasanton, Stone Source, Industry Partner ASID; Kevin Peterson, ASID, NCIDQ, Kevin Peterson Design; Kim Price, Allied ASID, KAVANTE Inc.; Vincent Taylor, ASID, NCIDQ, CID, CAPS, Eco Nest Interior Design Studio; and Debbie Viola, Industry Partner ASID, Custom Finishes & Murals by Debbie Viola. The co-chairs were Marcia D. Bell, Industry Partner ASID, Marcia Bell Consulting; and Dana E. Messina, Industry Partner ASID.
Four “Bloggers’ Choice Awards” for exemplary product design were presented to Accent on Design exhibitors this year. The bloggers, listed below, were invited to select one product, representing “urgent, odd and delightful design,” from among Accent on Design’s 150+ exhibitors.
Silicone wine glass by Guyot Designs
“Though their design is familiar, their modern materials make them distinctive,” she shared. “Unbreakable, dish-washable and ready for any activity—congratulations to Spruce on a fantastic and beautifully-designed innovation in housewares."
“At first glance it appears to be a minimal pen-tray but when turned upside down, the discreet laser engraved ruler markings are revealed, transforming this simple desktop object into a functional item,” he said. “Made in the USA, the maple wood ruler is available in five colors and the machine-like retro typography on the ruler side is beautifully executed. It is immediately appealing, whimsical and a clever reinterpretation."
Multidish platter by Seletti
“Part surrealist, part functional, this artistic re-interpretation takes a classic porcelain motif to a new place,” she shared. “Themes typically associated with classic Netherland landscapes are turned upside down using the piece to serve its original intended purpose or as a display piece, it amuses while being innovative."
Little Big Trivet by Areaware
“I just love its simple and smart design,” she said. “Its dowels are easily adjusted to accommodate everything from a teapot to a large casserole dish. When not in use, it can be hung on a wall as colorful art!"
“Design bloggers are on the front line, discovering promising talent and fresh ideas daily,” said Christian Falkenberg, NY NOW director and GLM senior vice president. “We’ve tapped into their up-to-the-minute perspective by inviting them to share their favorites from Accent on Design."
In addition, the three companies listed below received Accent on Design awards in recognition of product design excellence, innovation and creativity:
Excellence in Product Design: Pablo® (San Francisco, CA) for Circa, a revolutionary flat-panel LED light source that redefines ambient lighting by combining seamless movement with warm and balanced illumination.
Best New Collection: Creative Danes, Inc./MENU (Carlsbad, CA) for MENU, a collection of functional living, dining and outdoor products featuring beautiful Scandinavian design with true originality, each serving as a unique conversation piece.
Excellence in Booth Design: LEFF (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) for a surprisingly tactile representation of materials and creating the most appropriate backdrop for their material-centric clocks.
“Accent on Design continues its longstanding tradition of introducing innovative and emerging product designers and designs to the home and lifestyle market,” said Jaime Sikorjak, Accent on Design sales manager. “This summer, the resources were especially impressive, with an incredible amount of innovative, new products. The selection committee was especially impressed with the caliber of design among its newcomers this market."
Finally, two companies were named recipients of the first-ever “Best of LIFESTYLE” and “Best of HOME” Awards as well. NY NOW exhibitors mimish and Couture Dreams were selected via a "Peoples’ Choice" online ballot which appeared on RedClaydesign.com during market week.
“We tapped into the collective voices of our industry to identify which resources truly resonate with buyers and consumers alike,” said Falkenberg. “From thousands of exciting new products featured at NY NOW this summer, two stand-outs rose to the very top."
The NY NOW “Peoples’ Choice” winners, selected from 20 eligible products, are as follows:
Best of Lifestyle: mimish (Brooklyn, NY) for its Storage Beanbag, a patented storage beanbag with beans on top and storage on the bottom. The Storage Beanbag initially was selected by a panel of trade and consumer editors, from more than 70 products, as “Bloggers’ Best” in the Baby + Child Best New Product Awards.
Best of Home: Couture Dreams (Wading River, NY) for its Chichi Throw, crafted from woven Chichi and available in ivory or flax. The oversized throw (50"x70") is 100% machine washable and can double as a table runner. The Chichi Throw originally was selected as “Best of Market” by a panel of trade and consumer editors in the Home Textiles Market Week Best New Product Awards.
The next NY NOW will take place February 1 – 6, 2014, at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.