Fairs & Showhouses

Liberty’s Spring Summer Home Department

The first time that I heard about Liberty  London was when they collaborated with Target in 2010. I’m not a big fan of floral pattern usually but I must say that it was impressive and I even found myself buying some of their tea cups. Since I moved to London I’ve been to Liberty few times, I love the old building with the tudor style facade and the fresh flowers in the main entrance and the special wood work inside.

Posted by Michelle Lesser at 22 March, 2013


The HP & Intel Project Runway Designer Reunion

During NYC Fashion Week we attended the Project Runway Designer Reunion sponsored by HP and Intel at Skylight West. Project Runway Season 11 premiered January 24 at 9/8c. All of this season’s participants seemed to be at the reunion. The evening kicked off with a VIP champagne reception co-sponsored by the Style Coalition and HP. It included a panel discussion regarding the impact and influence of technology on the fashion industry. The entire night was filled with examples of technological and social media interfaces and their applications within the fashion community. After the panel discussion, it was up to the party where we chatted with Project Runway participants past and present. The models and clothes were beautiful and it was all great fun! Here are just a few snapshots of our wonderful evening.

Posted by KarenShearer at 11 February, 2013


NYIGF 2013 : Our Favorites

We’ve rounded up some of our favorites objets de design spotted at the 2013 NYIGF Fair in New York.

Manemo Storages by Mese

Anyu Lamp from Home Port Collection

Petal Throw & Pillow by Nema Home

iPhone Character Set by Whooz

Pet bed by P.L.A.Y

Recycled Canvas Buckets by Viola Suntanto for Red Clay

Neon Bowls by Nicole Porter

Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 29 January, 2013


David Rasmussen Furniture Design at NYIGF

The David Rasmussen Furniture Design display was one of my favorites at the New York International Gift Fair. They were featuring their Wud tables, plates and martini glasses in the At Home section of the NYIGF. Their display of contrasting wood products highlighted with vibrant colors immediately caught our attention.  The Danish modern design of the WUD series serves as eye catching, functional table art. The plates are formed from a solid piece of wood and finished with a food-safe oil that will keep them maintenance free for years to come. The collection is available in both walnut and maple with the options for light blue, dark blue, lime green or yellow rims. The martini glasses are so creative and original in their design, they truly stand out amongst all else.

The David Rasmussen Furniture Design Studio is based in Carbondale, Colorado and he is one of the few designers who also continues to handcraft his truly elegant and detailed work. The furniture and other creations that David makes are built to last. Clearly this is a man who is passionate about designing and producing his creations. I really adore David’s Curve A Linear series as well, it blends beautifully with the styling of the Wud Collection. Although it was not  premiered at the NYIGF, I felt the two just belong together, so I have included a few additional pictures.

Posted by KarenShearer at 29 January, 2013


Fermob Outdoor Lounge and the new Luxembourg Rocking Chair

We attended the NYIGF this weekend and have some great new products to introduce to you. Personally, I have been looking for some outdoor furniture for this summer and I was pleased to see the minimalist contemporary designs from Fermob. Fermob has a lot going for them. Their products are extremely durable and have an Anti-UV powder coating to make certain the color will last as long as the structure and there are actually 24 different colors to choose from. Everything from basic black or white to bright shades of orange, green and yellow. Just their Luxembourg collection alone has such versatile components that it will work well in any sized space, from that tiny apartment balcony to a large patio or pool area. The item in the collection that interested me most was the new Rocking Chair. In my opinion, the chair really rounds out the collection by adding that, ‘just lean back and relax element’. The rocker takes the extremely functional and versatile series to another level of comfort. The rocking chair is made from an aluminum tube frame with the backrest, seat and armrests made of extruded-aluminium slats, which are curved to perfectly fit your form. I could certainly enjoy spending my summer reclining in this rocking chair while catching a bit of sunshine.

Posted by KarenShearer at 28 January, 2013


Ambiente 2013 – Messe Frankfurt’s International Trade Fair


Ambiente 2013, Messe Frankfurt’s international trade fair is just over the horizon. Located in Frankfurt, Germany, the fair opens on February 15th and runs untill the 19th. There are a total of 27 design halls that include 4,500 different exhibits. Ambiente is the largest showcase for original products and designs in the area of consumer goods. The three main themes of exhibition are Dining, Living, and Giving and each provides comprehensive coverage of the new products in these areas. The latest designs for everything in your home from tableware, home furnishings, gifts and even the kitchen sink. Ambiente includes demonstrations, trend displays and also hosts many award ceremonies that will represent the best of 2013. Ambiente Trends 2013 ”Welcome to the Jungle” also echoes the theme we have been hearing from other sources of design for 2013, Tranquility, Well-Being and Peace, rather the opposite of what seems to be our collective experience in the world these days.  These themes are focused on, at least somewhat through the lens of Nature.  Here is just a sneak peak of a few of the exhibitions in store for us at Ambiente.

Posted by KarenShearer at 24 January, 2013


A Spectacular month of Interior Design Trade shows!

January is a very exciting time in the contemporary design world. It packed full of design trade shows that will formally introduce the latest and greatest designs from the designers we know and love to aspiring newcomers. These exhibits will showcase the most innovative and inspiring creations and set the tone for the upcoming year.


Starting today is imm cologne, the international furnishing show! Imm cologne is the first interior design show of this year and is only held once a year in the German city of Cologne. It draws both exhibitors, buyers and trend setters from all over the world and includes many of the major brands.  The Living Interiors event, which premiered in 2012, is included at imm cologne. It features products and designs for bathrooms, furniture, flooring, wallcoverings and lighting that represent holistic interior and furnishing concepts.  Living Kitchen, another main event, presents that latest ideas and innovations for kitchen furniture and built-in appliances to sinks, fixtures, worktops, lighting and accessories. Basically, the full range of kitchen designs and products.  Imm Cologne and LivingKitchen will together include include 1,200 companies from 50 countries and is billed as “the N° 1 business platform” for the international interior design sector.


Then on to Paris for Maison & Object! I think this might be our co-founder, Michelle‘s favorite show. Maison & Object focuses on home influences for Spring and Summer. This trade show features eight halls each with a different theme from home textiles, home decoration, accessories, to table ware and beyond. It is quite the impressive show. Not only will they will be presenting the 2013 Designers of the Year, but also have a wonderful array of events such as Talents à la Carte, The Museum Itinerary, The Furniture Itinerary and so much more. The Theme is “Vivant“, in English Living. This is so beautifully and eloquently described by them that I am certain I can not do it justice, but in the end it is design as “A manifesto for a better present, with the rallying cry: life to the hilt.”  If you are looking for inspiration Maison & Object is in a word, breathtaking.



Overlapping with Maison & Object by a couple days, we also have Interiors UK 2013 being held in Birmingham.  The modern design hall looks spectacular!  It has stand out contemporary designers and an incredible line-up of speakers and presentations as well. They will be also presenting the much esteemed New Design Britain Awards. This trade show covers every aspect of interior design in five differently themed halls, including fabric, decor, flooring, lighting and more. Interiors UK will also be launching a community zone on their website which has truly become a thriving portal for interior designers and other design professionals.


Finally, back on this side of the pond and rounding out the month is Canada’s Design Fair the IDS (Interior Design Show).  This show began back in 1999 and has been a hub for design professionals, consumers and media ever since. It is located inToronto and the show is a total design experience. It brings together some of the most innovative international and Canadian designers. It is a spectacular display of modern interior design creations and trends. They also have a designboom mart which brings young new designer’s products and prototypes to not only our attention, but to that of the interior design world. There is an amazing line-up of speakers and fantastic new interior designs for every area and everyone in your home. IDS has also partnered with ONEXONE Children’s Charity and Blu Dot for their charitable auction. Twenty Blu Dot Real Good Chairs will be up for bid by attendees.

So, this has been a quick little preparation for the things to come over the next several weeks.  All of these design shows are amazing and we at ChicTip will do our best to sort through all of the great new products and prototypes to try to bring you as many of the highlights as we can. January 2013 is here and we are ready!


Posted by KarenShearer at 14 January, 2013



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