From the curious to the classical, the Winter Las Vegas Market 2013 offered a look at new furnishings that are convenient, comfortable, contemporary and even quirky.
Taxidermy as an artistic expression seems to be on the rise. No longer is it enough to display a vintage moose head or antlers. Now former woodland creatures are frozen in various natural and sometimes less-than-natural stances. The most imaginative was a vignette from American Natural Resources titled "Noah's Ark," which featured two raccoons, a fox, an opossum and what appeared to be a weasel rowing a large birch canoe. In other showrooms, birds under glass or antlers were still popular choices, and for people who favor faux, papier-mache, cardboard, wood or metal versions of mounted animal heads are available.
If you would rather the great outdoors remain exactly that, then settle into the comfort and modern convenience of Lane Furniture's Optimus. The ultimate man-cave lounger, this recliner has padded, scooped-out seats, hidden storage in the arms and power adjustable headrests. The drop-down table with overhead lighting, two cup holders, two USB ports and two electric plugs make it a great spot to pretend to be working while watching the game.
To really make things easy, Twin-Star International created the ClassicFlame console unit for your flat-screen monitor. It features a fuel-free, energy-efficient, LED electric fireplace with realistic-looking burning logs that can heat up to 400 square feet. A sleep timer and remote-control dimmer are part of the package.
But wait, there's more. It has Bluetooth that works with any smartphone to stream music, a sound bar and an iPhone/iPod dock. The right side of the unit has a built-in mini-fridge to keep your water chilled, and the left side is a storage cabinet.
Need to feel more productive? Hardwood Music Co. hit the right note with its Guatemalan rosewood and Afghan gray onyx coffee table. It doesn't just sit there harmonizing with your decor; aspiring drummers or lovers of melody can play it.
"The table has a truly cathedral-like sound that must be heard to believe," says Joah Thiele, who designed the table and drums with his father, Michael.
Instead of making music with reclaimed steel drums, Groovystuff turned them into side tables with glass tops and oversized peace-sign wall art. The Moonshine collection also features chairs and bar tables using old steel containers. "This collection is the next trend in sustainable home furnishings," says designer Chris Bruning.
Another eco-conscious manufacturer, Brownstone Furniture, aims for a less-discarded look. Its Regency cabinet is made of solid reclaimed elm and trimmed in silver leaf. It is stunningly simple yet elegant. Inside are five shelves and two drawers.
Design Legacy's Goods Made Good program continues to inspire and influence those who love to see things repurposed. The company partnered with a Wisconsin Goodwill to salvage material from clothing that was no longer fit to wear. The result is patchwork drapes and pillows made from men's suiting fabrics, corduroy and cottons.