Watermark Living announces plans to show at High Point fall Premarket event

Watermark Living’s High Point showroom.

Contract-grade outdoor resource Watermark Living will be joining more than 200 other exhibitors later this month taking part in High Point’s fall Premarket event, with plans to open its showroom from Sept. 13-15.

On display during this preliminary market will be Watermark Living’s full complement of product including PoliSoul, all-weather wicker and aluminum outdoor furnishings.

“With the shuttering of this year’s Casual Market, we see this September Premarket as possibly filling a void and providing retail and design professionals an opportunity to view the latest in outdoor living products this month with an ample amount of inventory and fast lead times,” said Chad Harper, national sales manager for the manufacturer.

Watermark Living, headquartered in Largo, Fla., will back up its appearance at Premarket with a full complement of product from numerous containers that have been arriving at their warehouse throughout the past weeks. Processing for shipment to retailers and designers, including custom cushioning for applicable furnishings, will be available in a two-and-a-half to three week time frame.

“We are excited to be able to highlight Watermark Living’s indoor and outdoor living products to any buyers attending the upcoming High Point Pre-Market,” continued Harper. “Our showroom

‘Be Well’ named as PPG’s 2021 Palette of the Year

PPG announced “Be Well” — consisting of the hues Transcend, Big Cypress and Misty Aqua — as its 2021 Palette of the Year.

PPG announced “Be Well” — consisting of the hues Transcend, Big Cypress and Misty Aqua — as its 2021 Palette of the Year.

Officials say the selection speaks to the consumer trend of craving simple comforts and a slowed down lifestyle.

“With the world sheltering in place for the better half of the year, we have begun to crave human connection and embrace simple activities, including walking, hiking, baking and gardening,” said Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager, architectural and industrial coatings. “This organic and hopeful palette represents what we have been longing for after decades of overstimulation and overconsumption – simplicity and restfulness.”

PPG officials say the Be Well palette is intended for the consumer who wants to fully embrace mindfulness and intention, showcasing natural hues that are restorative, compassionate and optimistic. The color trio celebrates beauty of all kinds and relates to those who want to prioritize wellness in mind, body and spirit. Transcend is a mid-tone oatmeal-colored hue that draws on earthy influences and nostalgia. Big Cypress is a shaded ginger with persimmon

Lagoon Furniture extends Sensilla collection for summer market showings

Lagoon Furniture’s Las Vegas Market showroom.

Lagoon Furniture is showing off several new pieces this season, including some extensions of existing popular designs.

On display at Lagoon’s seventh showing at Las Vegas Market, new pieces like the Sensilla bar and counter stool, an extension of the company’s Sensilla dining chair design. Lightweight, rigid, stackable, water/UV resistant and easy to match with other items from Lagoon and other outdoor manufacturers, each of the pieces are made with Lagoon’s signature polypropylene material. The counter stool has a seat height of 25.6 inches and a seat height of 29.5 inches for the bar stool.

The Sensilla dining chair, left, and counter stool.

“Although the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging, the demand for furniture and household items is growing on the contrary,” wrote the company in a release. “It is worth mentioning that the selling channels of furniture and household items were varied due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most consumers tend to purchase furniture online, therefore many furniture brands start selling online accordingly. In order to let consumers purchasing furniture via the sale channels they prefer, Lagoon Furniture actively expands online sale channels in this year, hence Lagoon Furniture can be bought on many

IMC reports Las Vegas Market attendance about 20% of normal

Visitors walking out of the new Expo Center at the Las Vegas Market this week were required to wear masks and follow social distancing protocols.

International Market Centers (IMC) reported more interior designers attending the Las Vegas Market this week, but overall attendance was about 20% compared with a normal market.

“Buyers were happy to come to a market and interact face-to-face with sellers, see new introductions and get back to relational aspect of markets,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC executive vice president and chief digital marketing officer, adding that demand was high and buying robust for those attending the show.

All of the buildings were open at the Las Vegas Market, with about 40% of showrooms open presenting 1,300 resources. Attendees at this market came primarily from California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Texas.

“We checked temps each day for everyone entering the complex and had hand sanitizer and touchless registration,” said Bob Maricich, International Market Centers chairman and CEO. “We realized that you can’t remind people too much about the new protocols. We had signage everywhere and made announcements about safety every 20 minutes. We will spare no expense to do this safely and securely.”

The IMC used the new

Vegas market generates ‘heavy order-writing’

Colin Wong, left, West Coast sales director for MLily USA, gives sales presentation in the showroom to Isabelle and Steve Sayler (in white shirt), owners of Modern Home Furniture in Everett, Wash. Also pictured is Charlie Wong of MLily.

By Larry Thomas
Special to Home Accents Today

LAS VEGAS — Amid business conditions described with superlatives such as “robust,” “off the charts” and “gangbusters,” a subdued and lightly attended Las Vegas Market generated heavy order-writing from the buyers who did show up, and it gave exhibitors and market organizers hope that furniture markets were not becoming an anachronism.

The event, which was the home furnishing industry’s first major market since the onset of the pandemic, took place without the usual fanfare of parties, celebrity appearances, ribbon cuttings and high-profile product launches. Alcohol was banned from the World Market Center campus, and the few showrooms that did serve food had to use pre-packaged snacks and box lunches.

And of course, everyone had to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth, with reminders on signage throughout the property and “mask monitors” who roamed the campus.

Officials with International Market Centers, which owns the WMC, AmericasMart in Atlanta and about 60% of

The Sherrill Companies offers virtual fall showroom tours

HIGH POINT – The Sherrill Furniture Companies is offering virtual showroom tours for the fall market cycle for Sherrill Furniture, Hickory White and Precedent.

The company said its vice of sales or showroom creative director will take visitors on the tour through the showroom virtually through the Go To Meeting platform to discuss new product, fabric, assortment and styling. A live Q&A will follow the walk through.

To register for the virtual tour, buyers, designers and industry professionals can email [email protected].

The company is also still holding in person tours at Premarket and the October market. However, these tours will be available by appointment only.

The virtual tour dates are as follows:

  • Sherrill Furniture: Monday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. EST
  • Hickory White: Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. EST
  • Precedent: Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. EST

I’m Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue