Home furnishings

Las Vegas home furnishings market becoming innovators’ showcase


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dealers and retailers were clearly all-in at the winter Las Vegas Market earlier this month. The home furnishings and gift show recorded the largest attendance and most exhibitors in its nine-year history. The market is coming into its own as the place to present innovative, intriguing and new products.

The best technology-meets-timber innovation was the Expose bed by Woodbrook Designs. Made of solid teak and resin with built-in LED lights, it changes colors and intensity.

“You can make the colors really deep or light and go from static to blinking,” said Jason Thompson, Woodbrook’s designer and owner.

He said the idea came to him in a dream. Purple, red, green and blue are some of the hues that set the mood for your own sweet dreams.

“If you kept the lights on 24/7, they are guaranteed to last 11 years,” he added.

For artistic flair, the contemporary-styled Flourish coffee table by Christopher Guy in white, black or Valentino red lacquer adds fluidity and drama to a room. Going in the opposite direction was Peninsula Home Collection, with vintage French-inspired dining chairs featuring a traditional oil portrait on canvas portrait on the backs. With these chairs, you will never dine alone.

Somerton Dwelling is known for multipurpose furniture that works well in smaller spaces. Affordable and flexible, its Freestyle Living Modular Concept, Improv G and Soignee are aimed at Gen Y and Millennial consumers, but the products also work for Baby Boomers who are downsizing and want a fresh start. The Freestyle line is available in gray oak or brown walnut and features custom panels and shelves that can be switched out for a bit of color.

Roberta Schilling, meanwhile, is offering a choice of 11 lacquers for its sleek bar cabinet. A natural wood base lets whatever shade you choose shine. It’s transitional enough to blend with most decors and sized to work in any home.

Brad Musuraca of Cincinnati-based Tronk Design went decidedly more mid-century with his Hudson table and Robert stool, whose powder-coated bases are available in six colors.

“The tops are all maple, walnut or cherry with inlays that go all the way through,” he explained. “We don’t use stains, and they are all handmade.”


Finally, Safavieh introduced a line of garden stools in a variety of shapes and styles, including Moroccan, Asian and elephant. Known for rugs, the company has evolved into a lifestyle brand with furniture, lighting and more.

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