Thursday, January 20, 2011

America's Mart International Home Furnishing Market -Part I - Bobo Intriguing Objects

What a fabulous time I had in Atlanta this past weekend. I traveled with my BFF, Diane who is a Designer in Virginia Beach. We just had so much fun!! "Di"and I also met up with Millie, my Designer friend from New Orleans, who is now the exclusive Designer for Tara Shaw, but more about that later in the week. (You can read all about my previous trip to New Orleans to shop with Millie HERE). We spent three LONG days visiting showroom after showroom and seeing the most recent products and trends for 2011.Over the next week I will profile several of my favorite stops. Today lets have a look at the amazing items from BoBo Intriguing Objects. You might remember that BoBo is the brain child of Mark Sage and Rudi Nijssen, the celebrated designers/manufacturers that have recently partnered up with Restoration Hardware. You can read a great interview with Mark Sage by Brooke at Velvet and Linen HERE. Mark also owns Love Train Antiques, but unfortunately I did not have time to go there this trip. Let's have a look at the Bobo Showroom. I was so charmed by these wine jug sphere pendent lamps. I loved the installation of several sizes hung together. Also notice the ceiling mounts, they were beautiful and a perfect compliment to the fixture. This is where Bobo always sets themselves apart; they do not skimp and have a wonderful attention to detail.
Mark is a master of "the collections", and these domes really caught my eye.
Also these wonderful copper pails - You can do so much with these - I envision them with plants and food, and silverware. Beautiful catch-alls in a boy's room or mud room - How about a set on bench filled with mittens and hats??? The table was also a find. I adored the metal detail that wrapped around the edges.
Another collection that really caught my eye was the mercury glass cake stands. Again these lend themselves to so many different uses. The wood carved angel wings really make a statement as well. Can't wait to find the right client's entry or console table to display these beauties.
I love all things with a Swedish flair and the Halo crowns remounted on metal stands really resonated with me.
Of course it wasn't all Home Decor for us - Di and I met a few celebrities as well! Here we are with Cat Cora from Iron Chef, who just launched a new line of cookware! She is a such a tiny little thing in person (remember I am only 5' 2"). Cat is on the right and that's Di on the left.
We also got a chance to finally meet and have lunch with Holly of Things that Inspire. Holly and I have been blog friends for years and it was such a treat to finally meet her in person. Her blog is one my favorites, you can read it HERE.

I have several other great finds to share with you, as well as some trends and other exciting things from Market, so keep checking back!


  1. Hi there! This was great fun to read and I'll enjoy following along as you post more about your trip. (I adore those blown bottle pendent lights! Did they come in a variety of sizes?)

    My best,

  2. Wow such a stunning post and Im madly in love with those lamps...Beautiful!
    Have a fantastic day

    Ps: I am hosting a natural cosmetics GIVEAWAY today! Hope you’ll join in :)

  3. Oh my-I am so jealous-what a fun trip that must have been-your head must be spinning with all the new things you saw-wow-lovely blog by the way, I'm your newest follower-stop by and visit-Claire

  4. Hi Tricia,
    Yes, the pendants came in several sizes - because they are hand blown even the shapes were all a little different! They were beautiful!

  5. I LOVE everything Bobo offers, can't wait to visit their booth in NY!

  6. Looks like so much fun! You have a great blog, so glad I discovered it. Keep up the great work!


  7. I went back to the Mart again today - was like a ghost town! All of the action was this weekend.

    It was so great to meet you! That picture of us is funny - looks like it was taken at midnight.

    PS- Saw the Bobo zinc architectural forms today at a store in Atlanta. I love those things!

  8. I am crazy about Bobo's things and have been for quite some time. It is fun to see images from their show room, and you, your friend, Di, and Holly. What fun for all of you!!

  9. Great pictures and review. Thanks for sharing!

  10. You must have had a wonderful time there! So nice that you have met Holy!!
    Love the pictures from Bobo and especially of you and Holy!!

  11. What a fantastic girl's weekend! Looks like it was a blast! I love those wine jug pendant lamps. What a fun shape! Thanks for sharing your weekend.

  12. Those are some really fantastic things! Love those lamps!

  13. Gina, looks like you had a fabulous time! Tons of design inspiration and tons of social fun!

    Holly is wonderful and how fun to meet an iron chef. My husband loves that show - and if I could mix design with meeting a top chef - even he would come along on a trip!

    Warm hugs,


  14. I'm so glad you are sharing your trip to Atlanta with us! I really wanted to be there, but this is the next best thing! Love the picture of you and Holly, two of my favorite bloggers :)


  15. Sounds like a great time, design heaven enjoyed with a BFF....does it get any better than that? :) And to top it off lunch with lucky girl!

    Totally loving those pendants too! Actually, honestly, pretty much anything Bobo rocks :)

    Tell Di if she is interested, to get in touch for I would love to connect with some local designers here at the beach for networking (in Northern Virginia and DC they have so many programs/functions) but feel it is lacking here. Love to get the design community a little more excited around here. :)


  16. I just discovered your great blog & loved it. I'm just new into blogging & have just finished off my own blog on fashion & interior design.
    I had a lot of fun putting it together. I would love your feedback on it if you've got a spare minute.

  17. your trip looks like so much fun..thanks for sharing it with us!


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