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Registration open for January's Canadian Home Furnishings Market

TORONTO — Registration for the 2013 edition of the Canadian Home Furnishings Market, Canada's only national trade event for the furniture and home furnishings industries, is open via its website at

The market will run Jan. 12-15 at the International Centre here. Owned and operated by the Quebec Furniture Manufacturers Assn., the event is expected to host some 300 manufacturers and distributors.

"The Real Deal, which is the theme we've embraced for TCHFM this year, reflects the market's reputation as the one and only place to discover the latest and very best in home furnishings up close," Jean-François Michaud, president and CEO of both the QFMA and TCHFM, said in a statement.

Information about hotel rates and reservations is also available on the website.

Now in its 13th year, the market's Quality Canadian Furniture Trends Display is taking a colorful new twist. Display designers Pierre d'Anjou and André Caron will bring the 2013 Pantone View Home + Interiors forecast to life by showcasing their interpretation of nine eye-catching color palettes while unveiling the latest in Canadian-made furniture.

For the second year, marketgoers also will find 12 pop-up vignettes designed by Janette Ewen in the halls of the International Centre. This time, her displays will pay tribute to some of Canada's most iconic neighborhoods including Vancouver's Gastown, Quebec's Old Montreal and Sherbrooke Street, Ontario's Muskoka, Nova Scotia's Laurencetown and Peggy's Cove, Ottawa's ByWard Market, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Banff, Victoria, Calgary and The Junction, Toronto.

"Canada has so much unique style. It really changes from city to city," said Ewen. "We really wanted to illustrate the variety of difference influences that make up Canadian style."

Each pop-up display also will integrate a trend for 2013. One style that stands out is a return to glamorous opulence, reflected in the use of gold, metallic and brass accents. At the other end of the spectrum is a pared-down rustic modern look that relies on pieces with an artisan feel.

"The furniture should always be the main focus, but props such as fashion and lifestyle elements truly bring a display to life and capture the imagination of the onlooker," Ewen said. "You want to create a sense of intimacy, a sense that you've just walked into a stylish person's home in that particular neighborhood and they have literally just walked off the set."

This year's educational conference, Future Color Trends: Fantasies and Realities with Leatrice Eiseman, will help attending retailers create new environments in their stores with a little color. It will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in the Orion B room at the International Centre and admission is free for all TCHFM attendees.

Eiseman, internationally recognized for her work as the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, has helped numerous companies choose colors for everything from product development and brand imaging to websites, point of purchase displays and interior or exterior designs - any application where color choice is critical to the success of a product or environment.

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