The Las Vegas Market has slated two educational sessions addressing casual and outdoor category trends and business opportunities.
On Sunday, January 28, 2:00 to 3:00pm, “Outdoor on the Rise: Casual Living’s 2018 Universe Study,” Waynette Goodson, editor in chief of Casual Living and Exterior Design, will provide an assessment of the outdoor industry, identifying growth areas and analyzing sales trends by segment.
On Tuesday, January 30, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Goodson will lead a second session addressing the importance of outdoor spaces and how the “fifth room” can boost business for interior designers. “Casual Living Panel Discussion: The Business of Outdoor Design,” will explore how exterior spaces present opportunity for the interior design community. Panelists will include designers Kelli Ellis, a celebrity interior designer, artist and lifestyle expert; Barry Livingstone, an interior designer, realtor, published author and industry influencer; and Gary Pettitt, CEO of Seasonal Living, manufacturer of indoor and outdoor furniture and accessories.
“Casual/outdoor is one of the fastest-growing segments in the home furnishings category, and Las Vegas Market is uniquely timed to address shifting industry needs for buying and selling,” said Ryan Mahoney, svp/furniture leasing, International Market Centers.
In total, about 180 casual and outdoor resources will be featured in permanent showrooms and temporary exhibition space on floors C12 and C13 during the winter market, which will be held January 28 to February 1.