Dallas Market adds contract design niche
Heath E. Combs -- Casual Living, June 16, 2010
Dallas Market Center will host a new Dallas Hospitality & Contract Design Show June 24-27 in conjunction with the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, set for June 23-29.
The expanded show will present thousands of product lines for the built environment as well as a variety of educational opportunities. Daily seminars, trend forecasts and walking tours presented by leading designers and tailored to the contract and hospitality design industries will be offered.
"Dallas Market Center is a smart choice for buyers because we offer more products, across more categories all under one roof," said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. "With relevant educational opportunities that target the needs of members of the hospitality and contract design industry, the show offers more bang for their buck."
The new Dallas Hospitality & Contract Design show invites designers with large-scale projects in hospitality, workplace, institutional and government environments to shop for the built environment.
Thousands of product lines will be available from permanent and temporary exhibitions including: lighting, decorative accessories, interior and outdoor furniture, permanent floral, artwork, bath and bedding, rugs, tabletop and many other categories.
Design expert J M.H. Schwanke, AIFD, PFCI, AAF, will offer a "Plantscaping Discovery Tour" on Thursday, June 24 from 11 a.m. to noon. The walking tour will feature showrooms offering the newest permanent botanicals used for commercial interiorscape installations in hotels, shopping malls and casinos. The tour will leave from #1F327, International Floral & Gift Center (IFGC). Also on Thursday, June 24 is "DESIGNINGreen 2010: Sustainable
Policies, Products & Procedures." This CEU credit course, presented by Jeff Hiller, president of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, highlights key developments in eco-friendly interior design including consumer awareness, government policies and new green design products on the market. The seminar will take place in the Season's Gallery, IFGC from noon to 1 p.m.
Michelle Lamb, co-founder and chairman of Marketing Directions, Inc. and senior editor of The Trend Curve, will present a seminar on "International Colors & Trends for the Holidays" from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday, June 25 in the Season's Gallery, IFGC. Lamb will feature Europe's best new looks for the 2010 holiday season.
Another educational opportunity scheduled for Friday is a seminar by color specialist, Leatrice Eiseman from noon to 1 p.m. in #9065, World Trade Center. In "Color Trends: The Catalysts that Create Change," Eiseman will explain how color has the ability to impact the selling environment by affecting consumer moods.
Finally, on Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. Matt Wood, AFID, will present a seminar entitled "Nesting." Using his floral artistry, Wood will demonstrate how to provide consumers with the fresh, casual, serene feel that they desire in interior environments. The seminar will take place in the Season's Gallery, IFGC.
On Saturday, June 26 Jeff Dross, senior product manager for Kichler Lighting, will discuss "The LED Advantage, Understanding the New Technology and Using It As a Lighting Solution In Your Projects" at 9 a.m. in #9065, WTC. During this CEU credit course, Dross will provide a brief history of why energy efficiency is important, an overview of the technology, promote some basic knowledge, and dispel some of the myths. Also on Saturday, Lamb will present another trend-forecasting seminar entitled, "Tomorrow's Décor: Trends 2011," from noon to 1 p.m. in #9065, WTC. Lamb will identify and explain the hottest decorative accessory products, materials, shapes, colors and designs for the coming year.
The Total Home & Gift Market (June 23-29) features multiple markets held simultaneously so that buyers may select from a wide range of product categories: Dallas Holiday & Home Expo (June 23-29), Dallas International
Lighting Market (June 24-27), Dallas Hospitality & Contract Design Show (June 24-27) and FINDS Dallas Temp Show (June 25-28).
The Total Home & Gift Market will offer more than 25,000 lines of products.
Attendees may contact the Dallas Market Center's in-house travel agency, Market Travel, for substantial travel and hotel discounts by calling 1-800-DAL-MKTS.
For more information, visit the Dallas Market Center Web site at www.dallasmarketcenter.com.