Thursday, October 25, 2012

Edward Ottoman from Gabby

Gabby has launched a host of new products for the new collection. New products also include darker finishes as well as gilded, metallic, antiqued, gold and silver and finish that contrast well with their current product offering. Edward Ottoman is one of its recent additions. It is a classic quatrefoil shaped ottoman featuring a tufted linen top supported by an iron base with a matching metal quatrefoil design in the center of its stretcher.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

2012 Sage Award for Environmental Excellence Went to Gat Creek

The Sage Awards were launched in 2008 by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) to seek out and spotlight environmental innovators from whom others in the home furnishings and bedding industries can learn. The Sage Awards Breakfast was held Sunday, October 14, at the High Point Furniture Market in High Point, N.C. Gat Creek, a West Virginia-based producer of hand-crafted, solid wood furniture, received the 2012 Sage Award for environmental excellence. President Gat Caperton actively promotes...

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Monday, October 15, 2012

IMC Announced Successful Leasing Cycle Leading Up to Fall High Point Market

International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC), operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries with properties on both coasts, announced its most successful leasing cycle on record as it prepares for the highly anticipated Fall High Point Market, October 13-18 2012.  IMC has also approved a multi-million dollar capital plan for building improvements and infrastructure to enhance the market experience, including extensive WiFi upgrades in all IMC buildings in High Point.

Across the 5.1 million square feet of showrooms IMC owns and operates, company officials tout an impressive 92 percent occupancy rate for its High Point buildings this fall, which includes 34 new permanent tenants and 15 showroom expansions. New in IHFC are A-America, Durham Furniture and European brand Siedo Solutions showing for the first time with Eurostyle—to name a few. Rowe and Chandra will open spectacular new showrooms in Showplace, while Highland House along with high-end rug resources Art Resources and Bokara will introduce new permanent showrooms in Market Square.

Sought-after and sold-out destinations at High Point Market— including InterHall, SALON, Pavilions on Main 3 and Showplace First Floor Temporaries—are 100 percent occupied. In the Suites at Market Square, 90 of the 300 exhibitors are showing for the first time, meaning nearly one-third of the Suites will feature brand new resources. SALON has expanded onto the Mezzanine Floor, directly above the original SALON area on the Ground Floor and will feature 17 new exhibitors. In addition, buyers will see 11 new exhibitors in the Pavilions on Main 3, seven in InterHall and seven new exhibitors on the first floor of Showplace.

IMC has also approved a multi-million dollar capital plan for building improvements and infrastructure to enhance the market experience. Among the investments is a $1 million investment in enhanced WiFi service in IMC lobbies and exhibit areas for this market. Complementing IMC’s WiFi investment, the City of High Point has also invested in improving wireless service in the public areas around the Market district in High Point.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

SURFACES and Las Vegas Market To Co-locate for 2013 and 2014

SURFACES and Las Vegas Market are excited to announce they are forming an extended strategic partnership to co-locate their events for 2013 and 2014 in order to provide their attendees an enhanced product sourcing, educational and networking experience.

SURFACES 2013, being held at Mandalay Bay Convention Center January 28 – 31, serves as the industry’s introduction of the newest product styles and selections that consumers will be demanding for the coming year. Every floor covering product, tool and technology will be featured on the show floor with daily complementary installation demonstrations where attendees can see these products in action.

Las Vegas Market, being held January 28 – February 1 at World Market Center Las Vegas campus, is an international home furnishings showcase that combines style, inspiration and productivity like no other market. Retailers and designers can shop product offerings from trend-setters in all home furnishings categories—from furniture and mattress to home décor and gift. A ‘total marketplace’ for today’s home furnishings professionals, Las Vegas Market features 1,000 world-class manufacturers and fresh new resources as well as educational, networking and hospitality events all week long.

Due to scheduling conflicts in 2012 our dates were one week apart and we were met with disappointment from our attendees; therefore both parties agreed that it was in the best interest of our events to hold our dates concurrently and give our customers a convenient, one-stop-shopping opportunity, saving them both time and money.

As part of on-going efforts to attract interior designers and due to the popularity of the program in 2012, SURFACES has expanded the Designer Day program to two days. The two days, January 29 and January 30, will be filled with innovative products, tours and education. This all-day educational event is a must-attend for interior designers looking to get the latest trends and the newest products available for their clients.

The official sponsor of SURFACES is the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), the floor covering industry's largest advocacy organization representing floor covering retailers, contractors and allied service providers throughout North America.

The WFCA is a recognized leader in marketing research, industry certification programs, and operates the premier consumer flooring web site,, providing unbiased information about every type of floor covering and connecting customers to members’ retail stores. The WFCA also influences public policy affecting the floor covering industry and consumers.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Three Awards For Brown Jordan At ICFA

Brown Jordan received three prestigious design excellence awards from the International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA) at this year’s International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market, including the Lillian B. Winchester Best of Show award for the Flight Woven Adjustable Chaise. Brown Jordan’s Kantan II Lounge Chair won the ICFA Design Excellence award in the Tubular Materials category.

Chris Carmicle, President of Brown Jordan comments, “The International Casual Furniture Market is a premier event in the casual furnishings industry and we are truly humbled by these honors. These awards are a testament to our commitment to the Brown Jordan legacy of innovation in design and materials. We take pride in continuing to offer the best in timeless design as we expand our portfolio to attract new consumers and meet new markets worldwide.”

This is the seventh time Brown Jordan has received the Lillian B. Winchester Best of Show award, which is selected from among the eleven category winners.

The competition, sponsored by the International Casual Furnishings Association, recognizes products for quality of design as well as marketability, innovation, color, and imaginative use of materials. Selected to win the top award in the “Woven” category and ultimately the “Best of Show” award from over 100 product entries, the Flight Woven Adjustable Chaise features a striking mix of materials with a streamlined frame constructed of cast and extruded aluminum, and a seating element handwoven in Brown Jordan’s all-weather Resinweave®. Designed by John Caldwell, Flight is characterized by its simplicity and sophistication, offering a crisp and tailored look that speaks to today’s tastes.

Receiving the top award in the “Tubular Materials” category, Kantan II re-interprets a design originally created in 1956 by Tadao Inouye exclusively for Brown Jordan. Executed with a naturally lustrous brass frame and Brown Jordan’s proprietary Suncloth straps, the Kantan II Lounge Chair represents the enduring appeal of mid-century modern design concepts and Brown Jordan’s history of bringing new materials to market.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Arab American and Chaldean Council Honor Art Van Founder

Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman Art Van received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arab American and Chaldean Council. It was to honour him for his outstanding work as a longtime businessman, philanthropist, and community leader.

On Saturday, September 29, the Arab American and Chaldean Council (ACC) hosted its 33rd Annual Civic and Humanitarian Awards Gala: Celebrating Michigan. Every year, the ACC honors extraordinary individuals who are visionaries in their respective areas of work. This year, the ACC honored Art Van Elslander with its Lifetime Achievement Award for his committed effort to  support those with disabilities and education for underprivileged youth, the homeless and countless others in need.

“The ACC is proud to recognize someone who has a history of over five decades of commitment to the State of Michigan economically and philanthropically.” said Dr. Haifa Fakhouri, ACC President and CEO. “Mr. Van Elslander has made it clear that giving back is a priority and we thank him for his continued unwavering support to the overall well-being of the community.”

“I am deeply humbled,” said Art Van Furniture founder and chairman, Art Van Elslander, “I love Michigan and its people, and I am honored to receive this award from the ACC- a group that does so much to help people build a life in this great state.”

750 attendees were on hand as Van Elslander and seven others were honored, including Susan Goodell, President and CEO, Forgotten Harvest, an Art Van Million Dollar Challenge partner. Previous Achievement Awardees include: U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida, and Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

NSF International and BIFMA Join Forces to Develop PCR

NSF International in collaboration with the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) to develop a Product Category Rule (PCR) for office storage products. This PCR will provide a science-based and internationally recognized method for reporting the environmental impact of office storage products including casegoods, files, cabinets, and other related products throughout their entire life cycle. Product Category Rules define how to conduct a life cycle assessment (LCA) for a particular product group and what to include in the resulting report, called an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).

NSF International's Sustainability division provides EPD verification by confirming that the data was collected in accordance with the applicable PCR and meets all ISO requirements. The office storage PCR will be established in accordance with international environmental management guidelines (ISO 14025) through the NSF National Center for Sustainability Standards (NCSS). The NCSS will utilize an open consultative process to develop the PCR with participation from an expert panel of storage product manufacturers, suppliers, regulatory agencies, environmental organizations, and end users. The NCSS has developed PCRs and American National sustainability standards for a wide range of product categories, including chemicals, commercial furnishings (e.g. seating), flooring, building products and materials, and water treatment and distribution systems.

“We are pleased to partner with NSF International on another Product Category Rule for office storage products. In addition to the recently developed commercial seating PCR, the PCR for office storage products will continue the work of both NSF International and BIFMA to create rigorous and science-based PCRs that will help the commercial furniture industry move toward a more sustainable future,” said Thomas Reardon, Executive Director of BIFMA. “The office storage product PCR will enable office furniture manufacturers to conduct LCAs and publish EPDs that can help their buyers identify the products with preferred environmental profiles. This information is crucial in helping businesses and government agencies meet their greener purchasing goals,” said Tom Bruursema, General Manager of NSF International’s Sustainability division.