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LV Market Releases Preview of First Look Trends Guide

Las Vegas Market has announced the release of its First Look Guide in digital format prior to the unveiling of the print edition at the Winter 2018 Las Vegas Market, Jan. 28 – Feb. 1.

The guide offers a “sneak peek” at the four primary design, style and color trends to be revealed at Market including: Romantics & Realists; Easy Now; Housewares & Dining; Year of the Dog; and Storytellers.

“Las Vegas Market’s semiannual First Look — the multichannel program that includes an exclusive 40-page product guide, four on-site product vignettes, a CEU-accredited seminar, Pinterest boards and more — will showcase 170+ Las Vegas Market tenants and on-trend merchandise to be presented at Winter Market,” said Karen Olson, senior vice president of marketing, International Market Centers. 

“As the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States, Las Vegas Market is committed to offering buyers and exhibitors exclusive insights into emerging trends and their practical applications,” Olson continued.

All LV Market exhibitors were invited to submit their newest product debuts for the 14th edition of the program. New merchandise from exhibitors will be showcased in several ways, including the First Look Guide, product vignettes in the Grand Plaza courtyard, and as part of a seminar presentation during Market.

The Winter 2018 First Look boards and in-depth content on each trend are also available at the Market’s blog DesignOnLVMkt and will be posted to Pinterest and #ViewOnVegas Instagram.

First Look trends will be presented in a detailed CEU-accredited seminar on Monday, Jan. 29, from 10 to 11 a.m. During the session, Julie Smith Vincenti, First Look curator and editor, will present an overview of each of the four trends along with related LV Market product introductions in a format tailored to cross-category buyers and lifestyle stores.

A brief description of each trend follows.

Romantics & Realists

Paint brands have released their top color picks for 2018, and the hues alternate between fiery red and watery blues to stately grays and atmospheric neutrals. Together, they recall the palettes of both Romantic and Realist painters. Merchandise selections will encompass accent furniture, occasional tables, upholstery, area rugs, wall décor and wallpaper; warm and natural wood finishes; modern silhouettes in white finishes; warm metal finishes; fresh takes on traditional forms; landscapes and floral patterns; and cognac-colored leather.

Easy Now: Housewares & Dining

Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Color of the Year, Caliente AF 290, is a backdrop for Easy Now, featuring casual dining and housewares vignettes that set a table for weekend brunch. Product categories include: casual dining sets, space-saving buffets, bistro tables/chairs, bar carts, freestanding kitchen islands, dinnerware, glassware, serve ware, flatware, table linens, housewares, small appliances, gourmet products and on-the-go beverage containers.

Year of the Dog

It’s the Year of the Dog on the Chinese zodiac calendar, and First Look is celebrating our loyal, dependable four-legged companions (cats are welcome, too.) in a playful vignette that crosses all LV Market product categories. Merchandise selections span the gamut of home furnishings, holiday, gifts and tabletop that feature pet-related motifs.


First Look celebrates makers in Storytellers, this season’s nod to handmade, fair-trade and certified home and gift products. Any and all products — and the stories behind them — that showcase creativity, craftsmanship and good cause will be featured in this trend category.

Click here for the digital version of the First Look Companion Guide

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