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NY Now Announces People’s Choice ‘Best Of’ Winners

Two companies were named recipients of the first-ever  “Best of Lifestyle” and “Best of Home” Awards, in connection with the summer 2013 NY NOW, the Market for Home & Lifestyle. NY NOW exhibitors mimish and Couture Dreams were selected via a “Peoples’ Choice” online ballot which appeared on during market week.

“We tapped into the collective voices of our industry to identify which resources truly resonate with buyers and consumers alike,” said Christian Falkenberg, NY NOW director and GLM senior vice president. “From thousands of exciting new products featured at NY NOW this summer, two standouts rose to the very top.”

The summer 2013 NY NOW “Peoples’ Choice” winners, selected from 20 eligible products, are:

Best of Lifestyle— mimish (Brooklyn, NY) for its Storage Beanbag, a patented storage beanbag with beans on top and storage on the bottom.  The Storage Beanbag initially was selected by a panel of trade and consumer editors, from more than 70 products, as “Bloggers’ Best” in the Baby + Child Best New Product Awards.

The Best of Home Award went to Couture Dreams (Wading River, NY) for its Chichi Throw, crafted from woven Chichi and available in ivory or flax. The oversized throw (50 inches x 70 inches) is 100% machine washable and can double as a table runner. The Chichi Throw originally was selected as “Best of Market” by a panel of trade and consumer editors in the Home Textiles Market Week Best New Product Awards.

NY NOW sponsored the “Best of Home” and “Best of Lifestyle” Awards program in conjunction with Red Clay, a collaborative product design studio. Red Clay’s online system enabled judges to review and select first round winners, and then allowed members of the trade, as well as consumers, to select final winners. 

The winter 2014 edition of NY NOW, the Market for Home & Lifestyle, will run Saturday, February 1, through Thursday, February 6, 2014, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 and 94.