Full House in Vegas
HD Expo hits the jackpot
Nicole Crews -- Casual Living, 6/1/2012 2:00:00 AM
LAS VEGAS - The 20th Annual Hospitality Design Expo+Conference 2012 (HD Expo) unleashed a bevy of contract beauties at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas May 15-17. On-trend color stories of stark white, bold pinks and oranges, driftwood grays and vegetable-dye blues emerged alongside sleek modern framing and industrial chic designs. HD Expo brought together more than 900 exhibitors and over 7,000 attendees. The three-day, design-driven event sets the bar for emerging outdoor looks in both the contract and residential markets.
"There is really a pent up demand for contract. We're seeing the demand for it in the interest level, the quotes and the orders."
|New to the U.S. contract
market, Covin brings
Spanish outdoor fabrics
to the new world with an
asymmetrical twist on
the au courant stripe.
pink with new
take you beyond
the looking glass.
rumored to have
up by Disney
recently for a
new theme park
|Vladimir Kagan’s classic
1950s lounger – part of
the Capricorn Collection
– for Oasiq remains a
staple of the outdoor
contract market with its
retro modernist lines
and all-the-rage cage
"The Pavilions Cabanas have really been upgraded this market with TV and ceiling fan and directional lighting mounts, zipper curtains and an air vent on top. It's all the luxuries of home under one outdoor roof."
|Neoteric Luxury cocoons in mixed pattern style with
wraparound outdoor seating festooned in fashionforward
"Amy Rochester from Sunbrella's Design Team put together our contract fabrics for the show [HD Expo], and it really gives our product a totally new look. It has a very, crisp, clean feel."
Laurie Jenkins’ outdoor collection for Appian Textiles interprets today’s color stories and patterns in muted fashion by playing up gray throughout the line.
"The story in shade is go big. We are featuring the Galaxy - a 16½-ft. octagon that shades 212 square feet. The base will hold up to 1,600 pounds and with the umbrella it literally weighs a ton. It's perfect for a roof top application."
|An IIDA/HD Design Award winner, TUUCI was awash in white this market.
Biofi eld takes the air mattress and twists it like a party balloon into a modern Chesterfi eld sofa.
"People really expect a global approach to design because they are so exposed to it. you saw that in contract before residential before, but now everyone expects it. the world used to be round. now it's flat."
Europeaninspired sectional lounging from Rausch gets grounded in today’s white hot color story. It’s the perfect backdrop for bold or muted colorways.
"We really have to tell the story sometimes. With our slipcovers, we unzipped one to expose the fact that it is a slipcover because not everyone gets it at glance."
|Twenty-two years ago, Poly-Wood partnered with a local recycling center in Syracuse, Ind., to turn shredded plastic milk jugs into durable all-weather lumber. The company showcased its raw material in glass jars that served as educational and artful display at the Las Vegas show.
|Restoration Hardware cleanses HD’s intense color palette with toned down blues and grays shown on the Carmel Collection.
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