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RETRO ACTIVITY SHOWCASED AT NEW YORK GIFT FAIR.

Byline: Nancy Meyer

NEW YORK-Vintage chic, retro glamour and Asian decor were among the most prevalent lighting and accessory trends at the New York International Gift Market here last week.

Highlights included vintage etched glass in everything from vases and mirrors to lanterns from India (courtesy of A. Sanoma and others). Several exhibitors showed delicate, feminine "bridal" accessory groups reminiscent of something found in grandma's attic.

Antique glass and restoration glass fit into this trend, too, as seen in lanterns, lamps and mini chandeliers prevalent in the aisles of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and the Piers.

Art glass, in its many forms, whether colored, layered or otherwise shaped, has become more important over the past few markets. At the show, glass blower Tracy Glover showed new combinations of vivid, ultra-rich colors like plum, celery and steel blue in vases and lamps; Thumprints LLC unveiled shapely, handblown "functional art" glass uplights in wild colors and patterns, each with crystal-beaded bulb covers; and Union Street Glass, celebrating its 25th anniversary, brought out warm, natural colors and a bubble pattern in its new Aptos Lighting collection.

Retro styling, including funky, bold patterns and colors, remains a strong theme. Jonathan Adler added cool pendants in orange and blue patterns; Seventh Sense unveiled several groups of colorful "tween" accent lamps and string lights in blues, greens, pinks and oranges; and Imax's aqua and chocolate brown combination on leather and ceramic accessories and Kirsch's "Mod" and "Vintage Diner" clocks looked particularly fresh. Found Images, a Wichita Falls, Texas, firm, turns any old image into pillows, T-shirts, lamp shades, wall art and myriad home decor items.

Apropos of the 1970s, mood lighting and lamps with night lights were also prevalent. Highlights included Mio's Shroom felt floor lights; Umbra's Lume frosted glass lamp with lighted base; and textured, hourglass lamps with night-light bases from Union Street Glass.

A host of glazed ceramics was shown, including shades of green, aqua, pinks, oranges and textured neutrals. The trend is toward the deformed look, with asymmetrical and one-of-a-kind shapes coming in, exhibitors said. Updated shapes were shown at Emissary Home & Garden, such as the architectural Geo uplights and pendants in silk, and ceramic table lamps.

Emissary also captured the prevalent Asian trend, interpreted in a large Buddha statue, in distressed crackle ceramic, exuding a peaceful aura. Elsewhere, one could find a host of Buddha heads, miniature Buddha statues, and lotus motifs in art, textiles, lights and other objects. But colorful Chinese paper and silk lanterns and mini, layered fabric pendants from India, could also be found.

Caption(s): 1. Mio's Capsule pendant is made of two wool felt shells. / 2. Emissary Home & Garden's Geo group includes silk uplights and pendants, and ceramic table lamps. / 3. Imax unveiled blue and brown pendants. / 4. Seventh Sense introduced the Capiz shell candle pendant among many "tween" items.
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Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
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Date:Feb 7, 2005
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