Issue Date: 2017 APRIL, Posted On: 4/11/2017

04112017 Nate Berkus to Open 'AmericasMart Live' Keynote Series


ATLANTA -- AmericasMart LIVE premieres July 11, 2017 in Atlanta with a cast of globally celebrated thought leaders in a new multimedia Market experience connecting today's cultural icons and lifestyle experts with AmericasMart's international community of buyers and sellers.

Celebrity interior designer Nate Berkus kicks off a series of must-see keynote events that are the highlight of the July 2017 Market programming. Together with digital media visionary Erik Qualman, Berkus will help make AmericasMart LIVE the source for up-to-the-minute access to new-and-next ideas in a time of unprecedented retail disruption. Additional keynotes and speakers will be announced closer to the Market.

Programming includes:

Berkus in "Nate Berkus By Design, A Conversation about Finding Your Signature Style, and Thriving in Today's Design World" on Thursday, July 13.

Having started his eponymous design firm, Nate Berkus Associates, at the age of 24, Berkus' design philosophy remains the same as it was 20 years ago: your home should tell your story, what you love collected and assembled in one place. This philosophy continues to shape every design project, product collection and television makeover, from the "Oprah Winfrey Show" to his new his new show on TLC, "Nate and Jeremiah By Design." In a rapidly changing design landscape, where does evolution and innovation need to take place, and what stays the same? In this keynote, Berkus will discuss the philosophy that catapulted his success, how to find your signature style, and why we can and should disrupt conventional design in order to flourish.

Qualman in "Disruptive Innovation" on Friday, July 14.

What technologies are emerging? Merging? How do I harness the power of Socialnomics? Qualman explores which innovative trends are cutting edge and which are bleeding edge to ensure your organization is not only on the correct path, but ahead of the curve. Most importantly, he explores how to infuse more disruption and innovation into your business.

The keynotes are part of comprehensive AmericasMart LIVE programming that informs and educates retailers and designers about the trends and innovations they need to grow their businesses. Experts from across the design universe - Brian Patrick Flynn, Carley Knobloch, Jenny Heinzen York and Patti Carpenter - present live show reports and interviews with tastemakers airing between demos, thought leader presentations, and spotlight videos featuring product, retailers, showrooms and trends broadcast throughout the AmericasMart campus and on its digital and social networks.

The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market runs Tuesday, July 11 -Tuesday, July 18, 2017 (Temporaries Thursday, July 13 - Monday, July 17) with The Atlanta International Area Rug Market is Wednesday, July 12 - Sunday, July 16, 2017. For more information, visit www.AmericasMart.com/July.

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