Atlanta Home + Gift Show
I took a quick trip down to Atlanta last week for the annual Home & Gift show. It's where retail stores go to buy their wholesale products and it includes not only boutique gift items, but a lot of interior design products and art. It was inspirational to say the least. It was visually a feast for the eyes, for those who are inspired by their eyes. Around every corner there were beautiful, carefully curated arrangements of products. Every brand I have every heard of and many I have not heard of before.
It was a great opportunity to see what is out there in the marketplace, what trends are occurring in interior design, what products exist and more importantly, what products are missing. I am happy to report that I really did not find a lot of pattern rich products. I supposed interior design companies sell more of the muted ivory, black, khaki and it makes sense. It is a different business model too. By creating products that only exist digitally, I am able to take risks that established brands may not. If a product is not popular, I will pull it down. Data allows me to better understand popular demand.
The show covered 18 floors across two buildings and another 12 or so floors of a third building. It was massive. I spent three days walking, talking with business owners, learning more about the wholesale/retail model, and just absorbing visual information. It inspired me for the year ahead! Check out @studio_motif our instagram page for photos from Atlanta.