7 W New York is pleased to announce the exciting lineup for this year’s Fall Tabletop Market, taking place Oct. 13 - 16, 2009. Creativity is the theme and throughout the week attendees will enjoy a number of clever displays and panel discussions, as well as a special conversation with design celeb Jonathan Adler - all centered around that abstract yet indispensable element of the design process known as creativity. Chris Collins, vice president and general manager, 7 W New York states, “With the continued improvement of the economic outlook and the growing optimism within the industry, I believe this market will be a launching pad for a very favorable 2010. Most of the markets in this second half of the year have benefited from the improving attitudes of the buyers and belief that we are turning the corner. I believe our tabletop market will follow this trend and be a very positive week for all involved.” “The Creative Table” Lobby Display Channeling the beauty and inimitability of the varied collections of decorative objects at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), 7 W’s resident stylist, Nancy Alusick will work her magic in designing four creative tables featuring products from a variety of 7 W showrooms. The display will include imagery of four of the museum’s pieces: Lucio Bubacco’s Adam & Eve, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray’s Melting Teapot, Chris Antemann’s Lust & Gluttony and Karim Rashid’s Morphesvape tableware. These will serve as the inspiration for the table designs. Key Note Presentations: Talking Creativity: Tuesday, October 13, 1 - 2 p.m. in the 7 W Event Suite. Design guru and potter extraordinaire, Jonathan Adler will sit down for a candid conversation with prolific journalist and stylist, Rima Suqi (The New York Times, New York Magazine, Departures, Travel & Leisure, Town & Country, Elle Decor, Metropolitan Home, to name a few) to talk about the creative process behind his tabletop designs. Kathleen Cella, Senior Account Manger, NPD Group Presents – The Evolving Tabletop: Wednesday, October 14, 1 - 2 p.m. in the 7 W Event Suite. Today's tabletop market is being redefined, particularly in the formal space. From economic challenges and a shrinking retail landscape to changing consumer demands and creative new approaches, there are many aspects to be aware of in order to react and emerge a winner. The NDP Group is the leading global provider of consumer and retail market research information for a wide range of industries. Editor Picks & Predictions – the Sequel: Thursday, October 15, 1 – 2 p.m. in the 7 W Event Suite. 7 W has once again brought together a diverse panel of design-savvy industry-watchers to share their market product picks, review 2009 and predict trends for Holiday and beyond. Returning to moderate the panel is Warren Shoulberg, award-winning business journalist, seminal voice and editor of HFN. Panelists include: Amy Stavis, editor and publisher of Tableware Today, a magazine she founded in 1996; Krissa Rossbund, Senior Style Editor, Traditional Home. Rossbund is a tabletop and home decor trend expert who has been shopping the markets for years; Kathleen Cella, Senior Account Manager, NPD Group’s Housewares and Home Textiles divisions. Cella is a highly regarded industry expert with 14 years of experience working with leading manufacturers, and helping them apply market information to fact-based sales and marketing decision-making; and Karin Edwards, former editor at Better Homes & Gardens, currently editor of the design blog Decorati and her own blog, BeautifulBonesDesign.blogspot.com and a regular on Twitter. Special Events include the 7 W Tabletop Cocktail Celebration on Tuesday, October 13 - 5:00-7:00 p.m., 11th Floor Penthouse Suite. Attendees of the Market are invited to celebrate the New York Tabletop Week, its people, products and presentations. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served while industry buyers, manufacturers and designers mingle.
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