WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – Before opening 30 stores around the world and designing everything from lighting to furniture to sunglasses, Jonathan Adler was first a pottery-obsessed artisan with an improbable dream to do what he loves.
This September, Jonathan will share his journey as a craftsperson from a production potter to a purveyor of everything you need to add Modern American Glamour to your home. Hear the challenges he faced, his learnings, and his lessons for other makers.
“There’s a beautiful narrative behind skilled craftsmanship that often goes untold in the luxury market,” stated Murtaza Ahmadi, president of New York International Carpet Show. “Jonathan Adler is an inspiring example of what can happen when we truly value impeccable handcrafted process. We need to tell more of these stories to protect the sustainability of handmade goods in an economy that rewards massification. This year, NYICS will amplify the voices of people behind the craft.”
ATLANTA, GA – Retail and design intersect with sophisticated style in AmericasMart® Atlanta’s celebrated vignette design exhibition, “It’s All Here – Where Retail Meets Design” at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® this July. The exhibition features vignettes curated by the Southeast’s top design-led retailers with merchandise sourced at AmericasMart.
The exhibition, presented by AmericasMart Atlanta in collaboration with “Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles” magazine and REstyleSOURCE, showcases excellence in visual merchandising as designed and executed by leading retailers Tracery Interiors (Inlet Beach, Fla.), steve mckenzie's (Atlanta, Ga.), Huff Harrington Home (Atlanta, Ga.), Nandina Home & Design (Atlanta, Ga.), Mathews Furniture + Design (Atlanta, Ga.) and The Iron Gate (Franklin, Tenn.) and FOUND (Mesa, AZ). REstyleSOURCE also presents trend vignettes in the lobbies of AmericasMart Buildings 1 and 2.
“Retailers from across the globe turn to AmericasMart and The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market for inspiration,” says Dave Savula, executive vice president, AmericasMart Home, Gift and Apparel Showroom Leasing. “Our newest vignette gallery is the ultimate expression of that inspiration by showcasing how products from across our vast Marketplace can come together to create a profitable lifestyle shopping experience.”
Mr. Salim Morad, retired president of NY-based Atlas Rug Company, died March 19, 2016. He was 88.
Mr. Morad was born Aug. 20, 1927 in London, England, and spent his formative years in Tehran, Iran. Highly educated, he came from a long line of successful rug merchants and went into the family business with his father and grandfather, who exported exquisite Persian rugs throughout Europe. With wholesale locations in both Iran and Germany, Mr. Morad was able to nurture strong international relationships and maintain a global point of view.
A RUG INSIDER ONLINE EXCLUSIVE
by Michael Christie
Recently, there has been a disproportionate amount of mock outrage cast in the media (social or otherwise) about hunting for sport. We purposely choose the word ‘mock’ because one man, kills one animal and all of sudden we as a society now have the moral authority to judge this man for his actions, all the while ignoring the unpleasantries of dealing with our own lack of morals when it comes to the humane treatment of our fellow man. But, I am digressing very wildly, so in the interest of brevity (and to avoid further opening of this can of worms) suffice it to say that: 1) I do not support hunting for sport, 2) Mob justice is an oxymoron, and 3) What do we do to quench mankind’s thirst for the hunt and the trophies thereof? In answer to that question I propose we give them a placebo of sorts, one that reinforces our machismo as the alpha predator on this planet, one that says unequivocally while thumping our chests that ‘We are the masters of this place!’, we give them: Fabulous handmade rugs in the shape of stylized animals!
Seriously? Yes, seriously. Think about it for just a moment. Mankind has been hunting, both merely to survive and for sport, for millennia. It, coupled with our intelligence (as a whole), is what has propelled us from wherever we began to our current state of technological prowess. Why not proclaim our mastery by using our intellect instead of our might. People who thought fire to be magical and women to be demon possessed witches could hunt but they could not conceive of, design, make, ship around the world, market over the internet, and discuss on a rug and carpet media website in the comfort of your home, car, train, aeroplane, in pyjamas or in a suit, objects that exist solely to be pleasing to the eye (and foot). They could not, but we, we in this time and place can. So we shall, and we do, but that want – perhaps as primal instinct manifest – for the hunt still remains. I surmise this is why we – the more talk about rug types – still have a penchant for animal skin designs. A kind of homage to our past if you will.
Left to Right: Chris Carr, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development; Surya Tiwari, Founder, Surya; Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia; Satya Tiwari, President, Surya; Steve Taylor, Bartow County Commissioner
CARTERSVILLE, GA — Surya celebrated the official opening of its new corporate office space and distribution center with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house held onsite on Monday, May 9. More than 150 guests attended the event, which featured comments from Commissioner Chris Carr of the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Commissioner Steve Taylor of Bartow County, followed by a special address from guest of honor, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.
The new facility, located north of Atlanta in Cartersville, GA, includes 81,000 square feet of office space and 955,000 square feet of warehouse space, providing the home accessories company with more than double the warehouse capacity of its Calhoun, GA location. Surya already has one of the largest inventories and fastest fulfillment rates in the home decor industry, with most in-stock products shipping within 48 hours. The expansion and new state-of-the-art logistics center will enable the company to further increase operational efficiencies as it serves its growing base of more than 15,000 retailer and designer customers.
ATLANTA, GA – Michelle Barton has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer of AmericasMart® Atlanta and its AMC, Inc. parent entity by action of the AMC Board of Directors, according to Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., vice chairman, president and chief operating officer.
Her advancement affirms Barton’s sustaining contributions to AmericasMart’s continuing growth over her 18-year AMC, Inc. tenure, in which she most recently served as senior vice president and chief financial officer.
“Michelle’s impeccable financial stewardship is a singular hallmark of our corporate governance,” Portman notes. “As AmericasMart’s global franchise and influence continues to expand, her deep experience, expertise and world view play a huge role in helping to accelerate that growth,” Portman adds.
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