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New companies, exhibit floor changes for winter NYIGF Accent on Design

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - From nearly 150 applicants, 13 companies have been selected to join more than 200 exhibitors in the juried Accent on Design section of the winter 2012 New York International Gift Fair. Also, an Accent on Design retrospective exhibit and a new design-focused blog, extending NYIGF's "Driven by Design" campaign will debut.

"Accent on Design is internationally recognized as a showcase for emerging, exceptional design," said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president. "We are delighted to welcome new participants from United States, Canada, South Korea and Sweden to the winter market."

The 13 companies accepted by the Accent on Design Selection Committee will present a variety of design-driven home, gift and lifestyle products. Winter 2012 newcomers are:

+ AMAC (modular storage and organization)
+ BAGGU (eco-friendly bags)
+ Cameo by RUX (customized silhouette jewelry and rattles)
+ Cavern Home (wallpaper, textiles, and framed art)
+ hada.mi(home décor and stationery from South Korea)
+ LEFF Amsterdam (clocks)
+ Modern Elements (bio-ethanol fireplaces from Canada)
+ Motatoe Design (clocks)
+ Moleskin America Inc. (notebooks, bags, writing instruments and accessories)
+ Peg and Awl (eco-friendly home and personal accessories)
+ Sandqvist (bags made in Sweden)
+ Taschen (book publisher)
+ Uno Magnetic (magnetic jewelry)

Winter 2012 Accent on Design Selection Committee members are: David Alhadeff, The Future Perfect; Ilene Shaw, Shaw + Co! Productions; Kathy Thornton-Bias, MoMA; Laura Young, Areaware; Miguel Calvo,; and Wilma Wabnitz, Wabnitz Editions. In addition to selecting applicants for Accent on Design, the committee also selected participants in A+: The Young Designers' Platform at Accent on Design, who will be announced in early January.

In connection with the continuing renovation of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, nearly 50% of the division's exhibitors will move to new locations on the exhibit floor for the winter 2012 market. Companies with new booth positions include:

+ Areaware (home and personal accessories)
+ Bob's Your Uncle (stationery, paper)
+ Chilewich (table accessories, mats)
+ Creative Danes / Menu; Design Ideas (home and tableware accessories, gifts)
+ Dwell (textiles, home furnishings and accessories)
+ Eastern Accent (home, tableware and objects)
+ John Derian (home goods, decoupage)
+ Lomography (cameras, photography)
+ Martha Sturdy (home accessories and art)
+ neo-u tility (home and desk accessories)
+ Projects (watches)
+ Seletti (home goods)
+ Sklo (glass home and personal accessories)
+ Suck UK (home and desk accessories)
+ Umbra (home accessories)
+ Wabnitz Editions (tableware and home accessories).

The Accent on Japan collective, showcasing design-led products from Japan, also is moving, with new locations for gallery 91 (home and glass accessories); Morihata (table and kitchen accessories); msy (personal and phone accessories); and Sakai (tableware and glassware).

A number of returning Accent on Design exhibitors also will expand their exhibit space at the winter 2012 market. Companies increasing the size of their exhibit space include:

+ Areaware
+ Creative Danes / Menu (tableware and home)
+ Dwell
+ Jonathan Adler (home furnishings and accessories)
+ Luckies (home, desk accessories, and paper)
+ Native Union (cell phone handset)
+ Pam&Co (biodegradable umbrellas)
+ Seletti
+ Sklo.

In advance of NYIGF, the "100 Days of Design" blog features weekday guest posts authored by design-driven individuals from around the world.

The Accent on Design Retrospective exhibit chronicles the division from its inception in 1984 through the present, featuring photos of both Accent on Design exhibitors and Accent on Design award winning products. The exhibit will be open for viewing on the division's exhibit floor throughout market week.

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