In the Industry - September 2013

In the Industry

Winners Named For Home Textiles Best New Product Awards

Best of Market and Best of Home Awards Winner: Couture Dreams for the Chichi throw.
Bed Category Winner: Tribute Goods, LLC, for the Water-Sea Glass bedding collection.
Dining Category Winner : Pom Pom at Home for the Chloe placemat.
Bath Category Winner: Scents and Feel for the Fouta Herringbone with Two Stripes bath and hand towels.

Five companies participating in NY NOW, the Market for Home & Lifestyle, during Home Textiles Market Week® were named recipients of the Home Textiles Best New Product Awards, with Couture Dreams receiving the Best of Market Award for its Chichi Throw. The Home Textiles New Product Awards are one of several awards programs held in a variety of categories by trade show owner GLM to honor quality products exhibited during NY NOW, which took place from Aug. 17 to 21, 2013 at the Javits Convention Center and Pier 94.

In addition to the overall Best of Market distinction, Home Textiles Best New Product Awards are presented semi-annually in four categories: Bed, Bath, Dining and Home Accessories. Selected from more than 70 products, the Summer 2013 winners and finalists are:

Best of Market
Winner—Couture Dreams for the Chichi Throw, crafted from Chichi flax and ivory linen. The oversized 50- by 70-inch throw is 100 percent machine washable and can double as a table runner.

Bed Category
Winner—Tribute Goods for the Water-Sea Glass bedding collection, the design of which is based on the elements of earth, air, fire and water. The bedding is made in the U.S. of Italian-woven Egyptian cotton sateen.
Finalist—Silk Story LLC for the Raeshmi Silk Habotai comforter.
Finalist—DownRight Ltd. for the Eiderdown comforter.

Bath Category
Winner—Scents and Feel for the Fouta Herringbone with Two Stripes bath towel and hand towel made with 100 percent cotton and offered in five colors.
Finalist—Pom Pom at Home for the Gwen hamlock lace shower curtain.
Finalist—Scintilla for its scented towels.

Dining Category
Winner—Pom Pom at Home for its intricately embroidered Chloe placemat.
Finalist—Couture Dreams for the Whisper napkins.
Finalist—LinenMe for the Antico burgundy linen runner.

Home Accessories Category
Winner—Pine Cone Hill for its Bargello woven jute rug, hand loomed with the weft guided by hand and a loop at each thread crossing to create a highly textured rug.
Finalist—Scents and Feel for its Natte throw and pillow.
Finalist—Traditions Linens for its Rustic Linen Collection.

The panel of judges included these editors: Wanda Jankowski, LDB Interior Textiles; Duke Ratliff, HFN; Jenny Heinzen York, Home Accents Today; Laura van Zeyl and Nancy Robinson, Home Fashion Forecast and Jennifer Marks, Home Textiles Today.

Criteria included innovation in design, creative use of materials/construction and new fiber, material or technology.

All five winning products automatically qualified for consideration in the first NY NOW Best of Home Award, which was determined through “People’s Choice” online voting by members of the trade and consumers.

The Best of Home Award winner is Couture Dreams for its Chichi throw.

The Best of Home Award program was sponsored in conjunction with Red Clay, a collaborative product design Studio that provided the online voting system.

More information is available online at nynow.com.

2014 Heimtextil Design Trends Revealed

On Aug. 26, 2013 at Portalhaus in Frankfurt, Germany, Caroline Till, co-founder of London-based Franklin Till, presented design trends to be explored in the 2014 Heimtextil Trend Book and showcased in the Trend Design Forum during Heimtextil in Frankfurt, Jan. 8 to 11, 2014. Heimtextil is the international trade fair for home and contract textiles owned by Messe Frankfurt. Franklin Till is one of six international firms creating the 2014 Heimtextil Trend Book.

The design trends are structured into two categories: “Progress!” and “Revive!” which are each subdivided into two themes. Progress! embraces forward-looking technologies and Revive! celebrates past traditions in search of authenticity. Here are the rationales behind them:

Progress!—Generate Collision!: The demand for individualized products results in experimentation with new materials and technologies. Production processes are allowed to determine product looks.

Progress!—Engineer Nature!: Designers “technisize” nature by copying nature’s processes and growing their own materials. The trend explores creating natural works using artificial means.

Revive!—Exalt Purity!: In response to mass production, interest in objects with stories is increasing. Imperfections in natural materials are embraced. Animism, essentialism, minimalism and reductionism are decisive trends.

Revive!—Rejuvenate Craft!: Traditional craft techniques tell stories and a craftsmanship revival produces textural wealth.

For more details, visit heimtextil.messefrankfurt.com and heimtextil-trends.com.


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