– Winners Receive Top Accolades for Overall Excellence, Product Innovation and Collection –


NEW YORK, NY. — February 6, 2018 — NY NOW®, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, today announced the winners of the Accent on Design® Awards. This awards program recognizes product design excellence, innovation and creativity among NY NOW’s Accent on Design exhibitors, a juried collection of contemporary designers and their products currently on display through Wednesday, February 7, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

The winter 2018 Accent on Design Award winners are:

Overall Excellence: Hawkins New York (Booth #3707): Hawkins New York creates luxurious, accessible and responsibly-sourced home goods with a modern sensibility in design. The committee was especially impressed with not only the product collection in the booth but also the way in the which everything is thoughtfully displayed and showcased.

Product Design Innovation: Closca (Booth #4115): Closca harnesses the latest innovation and technology to create products that integrate seamlessly into society. In particular, the combination of unique functionality and design of both the Closca Helmet and Closca Bottle stood out to the judging committee.

Best Overall Collection: Haptic Lab (Booth #4020): Based in Brooklyn, NY, Haptic Lab designs quilts, kites, and other items that explore the tactile sense. New for the winter 2018 NY NOW market, Haptic Lab is showing its Flying Martha Ornithopter – a poetic reinterpretation of a classic toy. Handmade by kite artisans, the Flying Martha Ornithopter was named after Martha, the last passenger pigeon that died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914.

“The Accent on Design Awards are an excellent platform to showcase exemplary design talent in the field,” said Randi Mohr, NY NOW Show Director and Emerald Expositions Vice President. “This year’s winners truly represent the innovation Accent on Design stands for and we are excited to see what they bring to the table next!”

For nearly 30 years, Accent on Design has been the industry’s definitive resource for design-led home and lifestyle merchandise. Presented as part of NY NOW’s HOME Collection, Accent on Design’s 125+ contemporary designers are culled through a set of juried acceptance criteria including: originality, creativity and authentic product design; new and innovative use of materials; products which address and solve problems; consistent and continuous new product creations; a focus on contemporary design; and functionality.

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About NY NOW
The winter 2018 edition of NY NOW®, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, takes place February 3-7, 2018 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. NY NOW features three comprehensive collections – HOME, LIFESTYLE and HANDMADE – that encompass tens of thousands of products in hundreds of product categories. The Handmade® Global Design section of the HANDMADE Collection opened Saturday, February 3 and close on Tuesday, February 6, on Level 4 in the River Pavilion. The HOME and LIFESTYLE Collections, as well as the Handmade® Designer Maker and Artisan Resource® sections of the HANDMADE Collection opened Sunday, February 4 and close on Wednesday, February 7 on Levels 1 and 3. Attendees from all 50 states and nearly 70 countries worldwide are expected.

NY NOW is owned by Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with most of our shows dating back several decades. We currently operate more than 50 trade shows, including 31 of the top 250 trade shows in the country as ranked by TSNN, as well as numerous other events. Our events connect over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupy more than 6.9 million NSF of exhibition space. We have been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect our industry leadership as well as the importance of our shows to the exhibitors and attendees we serve. More information about NY NOW can be found at

    •    The official name of the market is “NY NOW.” Please do not use “NY Now,”
“NYNow” “the NY Gift Show” or the “NY Gift Fair” to refer to the market.
    •    Javits North will continue to be under renovation during the winter 2018 market and
as a result, the Handmade® Designer Maker section will once again be located on
Level 3. It will open on Sunday, February 4, 2018 and close on Wednesday,
February 7, 2018.
    •    Get a jump on summer planning – NY NOW’s summer 2018 market takes place in
its entirety, Sunday, August 12 through Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at the Jacob
K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Katie Seifert
Coyne PR for NY NOW