DALLAS – October 14, 2019 – Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network, announce that design experts and lifestyle tastemakers Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia will serve as hosts for the 31st annual ARTS Awards.
The ARTS Awards, presented each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, is the premier awards program in the U.S. honoring top manufacturers, retailers, designers, and sales representatives in the home industry. The 31st annual ARTS Awards winners will be revealed during a gala event at the Hilton Anatole Hotel on Friday, January 10, 2020. In addition to category winners the Academy of Achievement honor will be awareded to Michael Amini, founder, chairman, and CEO of Amini Innovation Corporation (AICO).
Carson Kressley is an Emmy-Award winning TV personality, fashion designer, style expert and New York Times best-selling author of four books. Kressley became a breakout star on Bravo’s 2003 Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which won a primetime Emmy, and has appeared and hosted various TV shows since. He can be seen as a judge on the Emmy-Award winning show RuPaul’s Drag Race, and his newest endeavor is a design show on Bravo, with ARTS Awards co-host Thom Filicia, called Get A Room with Carson & Thom. Kressley is also a strong supporter of many philanthropic causes including The Trevor Project, The Human Rights Campaign and Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation.
Thom Filicia Inc. has emerged as one of today’s most influential and respected interior and product designers. His projects range from residential, hospitality and commercial interiors all over the world. Gaining fame on the Emmy-winning “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, Style Network, HGTV, and most recently Bravo’s Get A Room with Carson & Thom, he is a best-selling author and has been praised as a top designer and international tastemaker. He is also the driving force behind the Thom Filicia Home Collection, which includes furniture, artwork, bedding, textiles, wallcovering and more, and has a flagship showroom, called Sedgwick & Brattle, at The New York Design Center. For more information, visit www.thomfilicia.com and sedgwickandbrattle.com
Reservations for the ARTS Awards are available online: http://dallasmarketcenter.com/ArtsAwards/reservations/. Tickets are $145 for ART members and $170 for non-members.
About the ARTS Awards
The ARTS Awards is the premier international awards program dedicated to the home industry. Up to 28 categories exist under the headings Manufacturer, Retailer, Product Designer, Interior Designer, Sales Representative, Green Award, and other specialty honors. Anyone in the industry can nominate including manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, designers, suppliers, consultants, and other industry officials. Companies that have won an ARTS Award five times are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Current Hall of Fame members are: Arteriors Home, Beatriz Ball, Bella Casa, BJ’s Home Accents, C.S. Wo & Sons, Distinctive Designs International Inc., Elements at Home, Feizy Rugs, Fine Art Lamps, Global Views, HW Home, Loloi Rugs, Montaage, Natural Decorations Inc., Palecek, Paragon, Phillips Collection, Robb & Stucky, Schonbek Worldwide Lighting, Seasonal Living, and Vietri.
ART is the creative home furnishings network representing manufacturers, retailers, representatives and other individuals and companies interested in promoting and enhancing the market position of the home furnishings industry. Each year ART sponsors programs such as the ART conference, regional educational seminars, the ART card, and the ARTS Awards. The ART website is available at www.accessoriesresourceteam.org.
About Dallas Market Center
Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in western apparel and accessories, home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion for women, men, and children. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus near downtown Dallas, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products via open-daily showrooms and from exhibitors participating in trade events held throughout the year. The Dallas Market Center website is available at dallasmarketcenter.com.