Secrets to Shopping AmericasMart’s HOME Category

STopolI will always remember when I first met the celebrated interior designer Stan Topol. It was during our July 2009 Gift and Home Furnishings Market, and I was brand new to AmericasMart assisting with our b.inspired home design showcase (pictures here: Within moments of our introduction I instantly felt his legendary presence. A legendary presence stemming from a highly successful interior design career beginning in New York assisting Bill Baldwin to becoming the founder of award winning Stan Topol & Associates ( based in Atlanta, Georgia. His signature work can be seen throughout America with many different avante garde individuals, companies and industries. With a solid love for Atlanta, the interior design industry, AmericasMart and ADAC, Stan is quick to share his passions and extensive knowledge of the Interior Design industry. Since our b.inspired home design showcase, Stan has brought many of his clients to our HOME showrooms (Building 1, Floors 9-14) and I have had the privilege of working with him on our upcoming exclusive event. I know that the same legendary presence that I first felt will be evident as he brings his passion and secrets to shopping AmericasMart to our January Market Walk and Talk event.

This is a “can’t miss” event if you are interested in learning how you can better use AmericasMart as an interior design resource. First, hear Stan’s tips, strategies, design solutions and inspirations. Then, he will take you on a guided tour throughout the Home floors and showrooms where he will point out some of the best designer showrooms, products and lines. You are sure to leave this event with a better understanding of the reasons why many interior designers, including the legendary Stan Topol, consider AmericasMart one of the most valuable resources in the Nation.

Friday, January 14, 2011
2:30 p.m.
All About Home: Talk and Walk with Stan Topol
Building 1, Floor 14, Seminar Room 14-D-9

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AmericasMart Unveils HD HOME This January

bed1With the success that HIGH DESIGN has established within the Market Temporaries, AmericasMart will launch HD Home (High Design Home) at the January 2011 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. HD Home will feature an exclusive juried lifestyles collection of the nation’s most inspired and design-driven home furnishings and home décor manufacturers.

A select group, made up of the industry’s most dynamic and sought-after manufacturers, have been invited to be a part of the debut of HD Home. This new juried temporary collection will be staged in the “Center Hall,” which is located in the center of floor 1 in Building 1—long recognized as the destination for HOME products. Each of the hand-selected inaugural companies will have approximately 900 sq. ft. of space to design and showcase their product offerings. The chosen designers are:chaironbluewall

  • Julian Chichester
  • Bourgeoisie 3D
  • Design Legacy by Kelly O’Neal
  • Ann Gish
  • French Laundry Home
  • Tara Shaw
  • Modern History
  • Camilla House

Each HD Home exhibitor has its own unique approach to product design, but they all share the same enthusiasm for innovation and collaboration. The collections together create a unique destination for retailers and interior designers unlike any other product center in AmericasMart’s four-building campus.

The HD Home showcase supports and enhances the design-driven home furnishings and accessories offered throughout the permanent showrooms in AmericasMart’s HOME building.

Don’t miss out on the chance to be the first to see this collection at the January Gift & Home Furnishings Market. Plus, AmericasMart is hosting an exclusive preview party co-hosted by media sponsor Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. To learn more about this event, click here. To read the entire release, click here.

January Market Jump Starts the New Year!

Fine Linens_Gerry_NicholThe  Market Temporaries—at the heart of the January 2011 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market—will start the New Year with a bang, highlighting the newest trends, latest styles, and rising stars in gift, home and apparel/accessories. With more than 31 temporary product categories and nearly 4000 booths spanning AmericasMart’s four buildings, the Temporaries is a unique buying destination for retailers and interior designers.

The New Year will bring new categories and new companies to Atlanta, including the launch of four new and newly re-branded product centers and the introduction of more than 500 new names of the 2500 companies in the Market Temporaries. Making their category debut at AmericasMart this January are HD Home, Birding & Backyard Nature, Global Designs, and Homemade Designs & Handmade Jewelry.Home_Accents_ateliers C&S_3

The Market Temporaries support and enhance the product showcased in AmericasMart’s 13 permanent product centers that also extend across its four-building campus. Together, the permanent showrooms and temporary booths produce a powerhouse for buying and selling.

Experience the first market of the year and discover what’s in store for 2011! For more information about the January Market, click here.

To read the entire release, click here.

AmericasMart Celebrates 50 Years

18273-01_smallAmericasMart Building 1, which originally opened its doors as the Atlanta Merchandise Mart in 1961, will ring in the New Year by celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2011. This anniversary marks its five-decade position as the premier destination for home furnishings, décor and accents, highlighted by the January 2011 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and Atlanta International Area Rug Market.

This landmark anniversary affirms AmericasMart’s strength and longevity and elevates Building 1 as the epicenter for an expansive HOME furnishings product mix. With the most complete product collections, the HOME building is the primary resource for retailers to discover the latest and greatest products—all in one strategically designed location.

New to the HOME collection is HD Home, making its highly anticipated debut in the Market Temporaries this January. HD Home is a juried collection of exclusive high-design home furnishings and décor, and will be showcased on the first floor in the “center hall” of the HOME building.18273-09

The comprehensive collections in the HOME center continue to attract home and gift retailers and interior designers from around the world. This January, retailers and interior designers can expect to once again discover an international HOME destination supported by 50 years of commitment and evolution.

Be part of history at the January 2011 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and Atlanta International Area Rug Market. For more information about the January Market, click here.

 To read the entire release, click here.

Inspired Interiors with Suzanne Kasler

KaslerCelebrated designer Suzanne Kasler is back this July to give a behind-the-scenes look at her intuitive design process. Kasler’s style incorporates a fresh mix of continental flavor and classic style, emphasizing light, scale and architectural elements of space to create interiors reflective of her clients’ personalities and lifestyles. Kasler explains how time and place inspire each of her projects. You’ll want to learn about her unique process to create interiors with timeless quality and comfortable sophistication.  Kasler will share her design ideas on Friday, July 16 in Building 1, Floor 4, Room 4-B-1. A book signing of Kasler’s book, Inspired Interiors, immediately follows in the Safavieh Showroom, 5-A-2.

More details on this home décor event can be found here.

Happy Chic with Jonathan Adler: Staying Trendy and True to You

JonathanAdler2Get decorating tips and ideas from the lead judge on Bravo’s “Top Design” when AmericasMart welcomes Jonathan Adler, home décor designer and author of “My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living” to the July Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market.

Adler’s design company is dedicated to bringing style, craft, joy and a general feeling of grooviness to any home. Additionally, Adler’s 12 company operated stores have grown to become an internationally recognized home and gift-oriented lifestyle showcase offering decorative objects, tabletop collections, bedding, bath accessories, candles, furniture, rugs, pillows and lighting. Learn how to keep up with new market trends while staying true to your original point of view. You can find Adler on Friday, July 16 at 2 -3 p.m. in Building 1, Floor 14, Room 14-D-9.


Celebrity Designer Panel Offered Insight and Inspiration

An audience of buyers and exhibitors was truly inspired by the panel of five of inspired-panel-31the country’s most celebrated designers. Suzanne Kasler, Matthew Quinn, William Peace, Bob Brown and Stan Topol offered their insights and advice on topics ranging from how to learn what to buy to the concept of trend vs. lifestyle to the future of interior design. Here’s just a glimpse into the ideas these experts offered to help drive others’ success:

Display and merchandising is crucial. You have to edit to create a visual sales pitch that drives a potential customer to want to shop in your store. Go for simple drama using a signature piece, bold color and dramatic lighting. Think of a high-end couture boutique where a limited number of products are offered, thereby increasing their perceived value. With less visual clutter, a stunning product becomes even more significant. As Matthew described, people want to see what’s behind the wall; if you give them a slight glimpse of something fabulous, they always want to see more.

William stressed lighting as an often-overlooked element that should set the mood of any retail space when done properly. “Change the lighting to set the environment you want to create,” he says.

Consumers are less interested in “trendy” and more compelled by investing in a quality lifestyle. “Ideas are different than trends,” says Suzanne. “What’s fresh isn’t cheap or trendy. We have to present ideas that connect with what our customers really want in the homes.” As Bob put it, “Trends are of the moment, but we want clients to think more of investment pieces that they can live with for a long time. We might recover a sofa many times so it’s not something you see everywhere you look, but it’s a quality piece that will last.”

Luxury shouldn’t be the “latest and greatest;” it should represent true quality that will work for your customer. Always offer the best and eventually discerning customers will come to you because they won’t accept anything less. Stan cited examples of jumping up and down on chairs when he was designing for the Peabody Hotel and inspecting every aspect of an antique to ensure it’s the best possible piece he can find. Don’t be afraid to be a leader in your area. Learn presentation and you can sell high-end merchandise by creating a lifestyle expectation for your customers. As Stan emphasized, the merchandise is in the showrooms at Atlanta, you just have to look for it and be smart about what you buy.

While Bob loves his customers to move furniture and multipurpose, Stan wants his clients  to leave everything just where he put it – so some viewpoints differ, but consensus reigns on more than one topic. Service can never be too good. William gave an example of returning again and again to a store in San Francisco where a $30 purchase is wrapped with the same extravagance as a $3,000 purchase. As Suzanne says, “Building relationships come from attention to every level of detail, down to something as inexpensive as monogrammed ribbon.”

inspired-panel-42All also agree that it’s a worthwhile investment to bring in a local designer to help merchandise your store. It brings fresh perspective from someone who also shops and can help create a more defined presentation. It also helps create a relationship with someone who could turn into a customer.

Technology offers customers more access than ever so use that to your advantage to push your business to another level. Embrace the possibilities of everything from advances in manufacturing techniques to the ability to take pictures on your phone to constantly capture images to inspire you later. The future is exciting for those retailers and designers willing to step to the forefront and forge your own path – especially if that path is painted a different color or takes a different turn from what everyone else is doing.

Make sure to visit the b. Inspired Design Showcase on Floor 1 of Building 1 to see the spectacular interiors created by the designers.