Author: Hannah Carroll

NY NOW® Announced 2019 Details

NY NOW®, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, will return to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, February 3-6, 2019. Included in the major additions, features, and changes planned for the winter Market is the co-location of the National Stationery Show (NSS) and SURTEX®. The co-location of the NSS creates a compelling new attraction to NY NOW buyers looking for unique and distinctive social stationery products, while adding thousands of new retail buyers to explore NY NOW’s winter exhibitors. In addition, SURTEX provides a global B2B marketplace for sourcing original art and design—where artists, art...

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Focus Welcomes Pamala Wishard

Focus Industries Inc., based in Lake Forest, Calif., has welcomed Pamala Wishard as its new Product Manager. Wishard will assume responsibility of all product line development with the support of CEO/Sales Director, Stan Shibata. With many years of experience in the lighting industry, Wishard brings extensive expertise to Focus. Her resume includes experience with engineering and design, “Pamala will be a great asset and will help us reach new heights in product innovation and development,” says...

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LIGHTFAIR® International Recaps a Great Year

LIGHTFAIR® International (LFI®) set a record at McCormick Place in Chicago May 6-10, with a significant increase in registration over last year. The show featured 600 exhibitors – including 66 first-time exhibiting companies – and 136 manufacturers headquartered outside the U.S. Sponsored by the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and produced by AmericasMart® Atlanta, LFI continues to be one of the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting conferences. The floor featured a product mix of nearly 50 categories that included controls, IoT (Internet of Things), decorative, alternative energy, software, site and roadway, digital signage,...

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Building a Better Bulb

WITH 20+ YEARS AS A LIGHTING PROFESSIONAL IN HOLLYWOOD, BURTON VARGAS-CHAMBERS WAS NOT A FAN OF THE NEW LED LIGHTING ON THE MARKET — SO HE CREATED HIS OWN. If anyone knows the importance of good lighting, it’s Burton Vargas-Chambers. The San Francisco Bay-area resident has worked as a gaffer in the film and television industry for the last two decades, executing lighting plans for major Hollywood productions including The Terminator, The Matrix, Rent, The Incredible Hulk, and 13 Reasons Why. While shining the light on some of Hollywood’s brightest stars, he witnessed cultural shifts within the industry, including the...

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KNOWN FOR CREATING LARGER THAN-LIFE ARENAS, STADIUMS, AND CONVENTION CENTERS, AWARD-WINNING ARCHITECT DAVID MANICA HAS RECENTLY APPLIED HIS INTERNATIONAL DESIGN SKILLS TO A MUCH SMALLER FOOTPRINT: A HIGH-END COCKTAIL BAR IN KANSAS CITY. Kansas City-based architect David Manica has forged a vision for some of the highest-profile projects around the world, including the 2008 Summer Olympics’ National Stadium in Beijing, China; Wembley Stadium in London, England; VTB Arena Park in Moscow, Russia; Inter-Milan Stadium Concept in Milan, Italy; The Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China; and the proposed NFL stadium for the Oakland Raiders in Los Angeles, California. Most recently,...

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