I made a quick trip down to Las Vegas Wednesday night to visit with some of my massage chair suppliers on Thursday (yesterday). I have heard a lot about the Furniture Market but this was my first time going. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but I’ll tell you what…that is the biggest building I’ve ever seen. Not the tallest but definitely the biggest. The only word that came to mind when I first saw it was “mammoth.”
It was a behemoth of a complex, filled to the brim with storefronts of wholesalers with products from around the world. I spent most of the day at the Inada store with InadaUSA President, Cliff Levin. I had dinner with the staff of Inada USA and Bodo.ca, the Canadian distributor of Inada products. It was a wonderful time to connect with like-minded massage chair nuts and the ribs at this hole-in-the-wall restaurant were fabulous (even though I was dreaming about buffets before I arrived!).
On Thursday I had the chance to go into the behemoth complex known as the World Market Center, which is the actual name of the complex wherein the Furniture Market is housed. I went to the Inada store and sat on a prototype, concept chair from Inada called the L1. It is the first chair I’ve ever sat on that had rollers going down into the buttocks and thigh. The roller track was one continuous track from the head down to the thighs. Pretty cool. Don’t get too excited though…it will not be introduced into the US market. It was just a fun novelty for folks to sit in. They were also selling some great pieces by Wellington’s Leather Furniture.
I also went to another building in the complex and visited with Kirk Jennings, National Sales Manager for Infinite Therapeutics. He was demo’ing the IT-8200 and IT-9800 to prospective retailers. It was good to see Kirk again…remember that he just dropped off those two chairs to my showroom last week.
I’ve included photos of my day in Vegas for your enjoyment. If you ever get a chance to go to that complex, do it! It is extraordinary. By the way, here is a little video I took with my cell phone of the protoype Inada L1 chair. Enjoy.
Inada L1 Prototype (oops, the image is sideways…good luck with that!)
Dr. Alan Weidner