NEW YORK—Veteran home furnishings vendors and newcomers alike brought their home décor wares to NY Now here this week, and many said they were pleased by the business they conducted.
The show — divided into the categories of gift, home décor, beauty and wellness, and artisan works— featured a range of manufacturers of decorative pillows and throws, candles and other home accents. It was lighter in tabletop (previously a strong category for the show) and strong in the areas of books, puzzles and other gift novelties.
Addison Ross, a UK-based maker of photo frames and trays who has been exhibiting at NY Now and its past incarnations for 25 years, did as much business on Sunday as it would normally do for the full duration of the show, said proprietor David Addison Ross, who also noted that there were a limited number of vendors to compete with this time around. Nonetheless, it was a record show for them and he said, “It will be nice to see things recover.” The company introduced scalloped lacquered wood trays in an array of colors and sizes, along with a rectangular trays in beachy stripes. Trend-wise and fashion-wise, “tablescaping is the thing,” Ross said. The goods are shipped from the UK via courier (freight is free) so delivery is within roughly four days (overnight for NY customers).
Fellow show veteran Michael Wainwright said the show was better than he anticipated. Among the ceramist’s new items were white Berkshire Bowls in a range of sizes, edged in either gold or silver, and Borealis Tulips, an oversized flat floral décor item featuring Wainwright’s proprietary reactive glaze. “Even though it’s [February], I wanted to do something happy and spring-like,” he said.
Hong Kong-based tabletop company Bomshbee introduced a series of porcelain dipping bowls with a matte-finished marble look, a new twist on the marble trend, as well as the Barrel Cup coffee mug, which is double-walled and has a silicone sleeve and top.
Lynn & Liana, whose product line is comprised of wood serveware dipped in resin with a marbleized finish, redesigned its popular Ocean collection so that the resin edge looks like a receding beach wave. It also introduced a new color —a white marble with gray and gold veining.
There were several decorative pillow options, including an array of Turkish-made, Oeko-Tex-certified options from Made Living, which has branched out from table linens, and a collection from Soge Décor, which has moved from apparel into home décor with a line of 20X20 pillows designed in Brooklyn and printed with a “velvet touch” fabric for a soft hand.
There were decorative pillow newcomers: Koff, a company that launched nine months ago with a line of leather pillows in a basket-like weave, available in six sizes and over 40 colors. “People thought I was crazy to start with one design but it keeps things simple and memorable,” said company founder Robert Rokoff. With a background in leather goods and handbags, Rokoff decided to try his hand at home goods. “I really like the interior design part” of the business, he said.
Ceto Home is another new pillow maker — so new that yesterday was the company’s second day in business. The company offers pillows inspired by African and Indian textiles and artifacts. The designs are wood-block stamped in India using organic dyes and organic cotton and linen.
Candles were also a strongly represented category at the show, and offerings included ball-shaped options in an array of colors from Meloria, candles in a reusable drinking thermos, as well as U.S. National Park designs from Good & Well, and a line of candles, reed diffusers and room mists from La Montana, a British-owned, Spanish-inspired brand that shares its love of the Spanish mountainside with 11 different subtle fragrances and packaging inspired by 1930’s travel photography.