Straight Out of Gibraltar

This season, the Moorish and Arabesque designs of lower Spain, Northern Africa and the Arabian peninsula are entering interior design. The motifs from this region—graceful arches, intricate geometrics and calligraphic lines—can be used in classic or playful treatments.

This is one of four emerging design trends identified through the “Open House” program, returning to the summer market. It’s presented cooperatively by NY NOW and media partner Progressive Business Media – publishers of Gifts and Decorative Accessories, Home Accents Today and Home & Textiles Today – and color, trend and e-commerce partner One Kings Lane.

Look for the product display in the North Concourse of Javits, August 16-20!

The gates of Gibraltar are open in all NY NOW collections. Product preview:

go home ltdPierced Octagon Table by GO Home Ltd.

This accent table brings luster and unique form to small living spaces. Made of tin with a brass color finish, it features a repeating cut square pattern around the rim. It stands 25 inches high, and is 15 inches in diameter.




R. Expo (USA) LTDWooden Camels by R. Expo (USA) Ltd.

This set of four hand-carved wooden camels fits perfectly on a side table. The detailed inlay features leaf and floral motifs.… Continue reading

Jewelry With a Purpose: Why Julie Marie Chavez launched Chavez for Charity

IMG_5700Ten years after launching her fashion jewelry line, mariechavez, Julie Marie Chavez found a new mission. With a desire to raise money and awareness for international charitable causes, she founded Chavez for Charity in January 2013. Through the sale of a colorful assortment of bracelets, Julie’s company—which includes 20 employees in her New Jersey offices—supports not one, but TEN different charities. Each colored bracelet represents a specific cause, such as V-Day and A full 25% of the sales profits support these initiatives. We recently asked her about the meaning of her mission, and got an inspiring update on her progress.



Q: Who designs your products? Where are the pieces made?

A: All of our main jewelry line is produced in-house, and I am fortunate enough to have a design assistant and several other creative team members who assist with the design on a regular basis. For Chavez for Charity we source materials from all over the world, but all bracelets are assembled in the US.

Q: You’re selling both bracelets and necklaces for charity, correct?

A: Yes. We launched CFC with just the bracelets. Ten charities are represented by ten colors. After a year, we introduced our CFC… Continue reading

Personality Traits

Bring on the baubles, the bling, the best expressions of personal style! NY NOW delivers countless resources in the Personal Accessories category, as part of the NY NOW LIFESTYLE collection. You’ll find the newest looks in fine and fashion jewelry, handbags, scarves, leathergoods, wearables, men’s gifts and more.

These Products Let Personality Shine Through

Abra Couture, Inc._Wood CollarWood Collar by Abra Couture, Inc.

From herstudio in Bucks County, Pennsylvaniajewelry designerAbra Gorby is producing a new line of handmade jewelry. This choker of oblong wood beads is minimally treated to showcase the natural variations in the wood.




bellroy_Bellroy Hide & SeekHide & Seek by Bellroy

This slim wallet features four quick access card slots, a protected section for cards and a hidden section for discreet bill storage. It’s made from premium full-grain vegetable tanned cow leather under world-class environmental stewardship standards. Dimensions: 3.3 × 4.6 inches.




 East Cloud_Chamonix GoldChamonix Gold by East Cloud

Capturing a dynamic color combination of yellow and blue, this scarf makes a statement with both polka dot and a geometric accent. It’s made of 50% wool and 50% acrylic. Dimensions: 27″x72″.



Finding Fashion Statements in the City


Brooklyn Museum - The Art of the High Heeled ShoeMore than just a fashion statement,… Continue reading

Michele Quan of MQuan: Transferring her energy to ceramic art for the home

MQuan HeadshotChanneling her characteristic energy and creativity, Michele Quan of MQuan Studio designs and sculpts handmade ceramic art and objects for the home and garden. Her pieces have become a canvas for her love of drawing, painting, text and color. In her Brooklyn studio, she builds the ceramic forms by hand, which are then wheel thrown, or slip cast in stoneware and porcelain. She also just added a capsule collection of silver and 18K gold jewelry.

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Michele moved to New York City in 1984 to study graphic design and photography at Parsons School of Design. We recently asked her a few question about her design inspirations, and the new products she’s introducing at the summer market. You’ll find her in Accent on Design® in the NY EyeNOW HOME collection.

Q: Are you the sole MQuan designer? Where do your design inspirations come from?

A: Yes, I alone design my work, but have a few young artists who help me to produce it. Design inspirations come from so many different places. I tend to think they come from words and ideas. I either read about the symbology of an image, or I attach an image to the words… Continue reading

Accent on Design® Summer Preview

For 30 years, Accent on Design has been a leading source of design-driven home and lifestyle merchandise. As part of the NY NOW HOME collection, this juried section showcases nearly 200 contemporary product suppliers, with 25 first-time exhibitors debuting new, innovative, must-have resources this summer!

Divine design – check out these Accent on Design products!

JSchatz_wall tilePlanter Wall Tile by J Schatz

Providing both form and function, these stoneware tiles serve a dual purpose as planters and knob tiles to train growing plants. From his Los Angeles studio, Jim Schatz works with clay and other stoneware–durable natural materials, and uses an exclusive U.S.-based supplier network for raw materials and manufactured components.




AMEICO_Picto Blue WatchPicto Blue Watch by AMEICO

This minimalist analog watch was originally designed by Steen Christiansen and Erling Anderson in 1984 as the first watch based on the rotating disk principle. The face is available in a variety of rich colors, and features hour and minute markers. Available in sizes 30mm, 40mm, and 45mm diameter.






A clean aesthetic, unconventional materials and patent pending glass-gripping function are a winning combination for this serving tray. Made of powder-coated aluminum, it’s encircled in silicone bands… Continue reading

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