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Interior designer Thomas O'Brien returns to L.A. Mart Design Center and the California Gift Show

On Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at 11 a.m., O'Brien to deliver keynote presentation at the west coast's preeminent market for gift and home furnishings

LOS ANGELES—L.A. Mart Design Center and the California Gift Show announced on Jan. 7 that celebrated interiors and product designer Thomas O'Brien will give this January Market's keynote presentation on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011.

O'Brien, who has made appearances at several L.A. Mart Design Center events, will discuss his design philosophy and his book "American Modern," a survey of seven of his most influential projects ranging from traditional to modern in style. A book signing and reception is to follow the presentation.

Thomas O'Brien has made a career of translating cool notions of modernism into an easy and generous array of modern styles. His traditional-to-modern design philosophy defines an eponymous brand of new-classic home furnishings, with furniture, lighting, tableware, textiles, carpets, and bedding and bath collections, for both fine and daily living. In addition, O'Brien is widely recognized for his popular Thomas O'Brien Vintage Modern collection for Target.

"We are extremely pleased that Thomas will deliver the keynote address at this year's Market," said Jeff Sampson, vice president of marketing, L.A. Mart Design Center. "Year-round we dedicate ourselves to being the very best resource to southern California's design community. Bringing design luminaries like O'Brien to our designers in addition to the unique, new-to-market products from our permanent showrooms and temporary gift exhibitors extends our value exponentially."

Designstudio is one of those market resources. An array of sources for the interior designers and/or retailers who carry home furnishings, Designstudio is located at L.A. Mart's second floor Exhibition Hall this month.

"With floor coverings, lighting, antiques, tabletop décor, contemporary and classic furniture, as well as a varied selection of both au courant and traditional artwork, Designstudio will prove to be a valuable tool for designers and buyers, who are searching for a new and unique selection of merchandise for the home," said Frank Joens, vice president of sales, California Gift Show.


Special Design Center programming on Friday, Jan. 21:

Thomas O'Brien Keynote Presentation
11:00 a.m. - noon
Location: L.A Mart, California Room, 2nd floor

Thomas O'Brien Booksigning and Reception
(Books will be available for purchase at the on-site Book Soup kiosk)
12:00 noon
Location: L.A. Mart, second floor Exhibition Hall

Thomas O'Brien Designer reception hosted by Haptor Barrett showroom
2 p.m.
Meet & Greet with Thomas O'Brien. Thomas O'Brien Introduces his Library Collection for Hickory Chair, a new collection inspired by his own home in Long Island and created to celebrate his 10th anniversary with the company. Location: Haptor Barrett Suite 1104

Gab with Gabby hosted by Filbert & Fig showroom
2 p.m. - Presentation
1-5 p.m. - Open House
New to Los Angeles is the Gabby line of handcrafted furnishings with European flair. Designers and buyers can also enter to win a one-of-a-kind, circa 1880 British colonial antique writing table.
Location: Filbert & Fig Suite 1046

Late Night Shopping Reception at Design Studio and Design Center floors
6 -8 p.m.
Location: LAMDC Lower Level, Main Level, second floor Exhibition Hall, Floors 10 -12

California Gift Show hours

L.A. Mart:

Tuesday, Jan. 18-Monday, Jan. 24
Showrooms 9a.m.-6p.m.

Friday, Jan. 21-Monday, Jan. 24
Temporaries and Beckman's West 9a.m.-6p.m.

Friday, Jan. 21 Shop late night
Showrooms 9a.m.-8p.m.
Temporaries and Beckman's West 9a.m.-8p.m.

Los Angeles Convention Center:

Friday, Jan. 21- Sunday, Jan. 23
Temporaries 9a.m.-6p.m.

Monday, Jan. 24
Temporaries 9a.m.-4p.m.

L.A. Mart is home to over 200 residential, decorative accessory and gift showrooms serving the interior design and retail industries. L.A. Mart Design Center features products in furniture, home décor, fabric, floor and wall coverings, fine art, antiques, lighting and lifestyle merchandise.

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