Editor’s Note: The successful first winter edition of NY NOW ended today! Today’s blog will share details about award-winning products from the winter Market, and over the next few weeks we’ll share reports from some our favorite bloggers.


With the winter 2014 edition of NY NOW behind us, we now look ahead to the summer market, which will take place in New York City, August 16 – 20.

Our posts here on 100 Days of Design will resume in early May, as we begin to count the 100 Days of Design leading into the next NY NOW!


Leading industry trades

Gifts and Decorative Accessories and Giftware News – both published in-depth reports about NY NOW’s winter 2014 edition.  Both addressed design trends, product trends and the positive overall market results.

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NY NOW for Trend-Spotters by Jean Thomposon of Giftware News  

“Hardy buyers who braved an 8-inch snow storm and Super Bowl crowds are finding trendy treasure for their stores… During two excellent seminars, industry experts identified key consumer trends in color and styles for the home. Here’s a quick recap, with photos from the show floor to help you see the hues, patterns and influences highlighted as emerging for 2014 and beyond.”

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Direct from Market: New York, February 2014 by Bessie Nestoras Knoblauch, Tina Benitez and Kathy Krassner of Gifts and Decorative Accessories

“Retro and vintage inspired looks are still all the rage… Many stationery companies used NY NOW and other winter markets as a platform to introduce new additions to their lines… All throughout the show, color ruled across every category. Everything from Pantone-friendly to brights and neons, black and whites, radiant (and other interpretations of) orchid, were the colors trending.”

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NY NOW 2014 by Andy Basile of Insight

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In two posts – one spotlighting sustainable and American-made products and producers and the other showcasing the intersection of animal inspired and black/white fashion and home trends –Andy Basile reports, “It appears that nothing can keep a good designer or manufacturer down. Each year in February and August a range of industries come together to showcase the newest ideas and innovative designs from across the globe. It is an eclectic mix of merchandise covering categories that range from over the top luxury, to masterfully hand-crafted, to technologically innovative, to clever and affordable…”

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andy basileAndy Basile; AndyNYCK@gmail.com








Visual Recap NYC by Sonjia Erickson of Blue Bergitt

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In a two-part series, Sonjia Erickson stomps “around Manhattan this week, visiting my favorite home decor haunts and the NY NOW gift show in search of directional trends and a bit of inspiration. The city certainly delivered this time! Generally, the tone is still very casual and livable. I saw an explosion of fresh color palettes, pattern mixing, mid-century & ’farm to table‘ influences and artisan sensibilities.” She also presents “photo montages represent[ing] a bunch of the inspiring eye candy I took in while perusing NY NOW….”

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Sonjia Erickson; sonjia@bluebergitt.com








NY NOW- Gift Show by Elizabeth Maher of Fashion Edits

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 “Strong sales, brutal weather and a Seattle Super Bowl win marked this season’s NY NOW… With over 35,000 attendees spilling over the 4 sub-shows of NY NOW-Home, Lifestyle, Handmade and New, it’s no wonder the 2,500 exhibitors reported a successful run… Candles and lotions dominated the real-estate at Javits and no bees are alike… Global Handmade was busier than the last show during the summer. Sculptures were a big theme….”

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