Wednesday, February 29, 2012

NEW EVENTS AT HIGH POINT

The High Point Market and the collaborative online community Decor Mentor are co-hosting two upcoming events for interior designers and retailers.

The first will be a global Twitter chat on Wednesday, March 14, at 6pm. Using the hashtag #hpmkt, the chat will feature Decor Mentor ambassador design professionals who will showcase and discuss new products, trends, and events for the upcoming High Point Market, April 21-26. 

Exhibitors who want to share their new product introductions or events are invited to send information and photos to marketing@highpointmarket.org before Monday, March 12. 

“The Twitter chat will be a fun way to preview the incredible products and collections that will debut in April,” says High Point Market Authority Vice President Cheminne Taylor-Smith. “Anyone interested in getting inside information and seeing early product shots is welcome to join in the chat.”

During the High Point Market, an interactive and educational installation titled ELEVATE will be located in the 3rd floor lobby of 220 Elm. Designed by Decor Mentor founder Lisa Ferguson, ELEVATE is an interactive installation that will allow design pros to post their business cards and take cards left by others in an exchange of expertise, encouragement, and inspiration. 

The ELEVATE wall will be launched on Saturday, April 21, with a cocktail event that begins at 4pm in 220 Elm, a co-host for the event, and the wall will be up through all six days of Market.

“We are so excited to offer a way for design pros to take their businesses to new heights,” says Lisa Ferguson. “Look for our mentors in their Tangerine Tango as they show you how to use the ELEVATE wall to find business contacts and to share information.”

Friday, February 24, 2012

CORT EVENT FURNISHINGS AND RICHARD CARBOTTI JOIN FORCES

CORT Event Furnishings, a leading event furniture, lighting and accessories rental company, announced collaborating with renowned event designer Richard Carbotti. CORT and Carbotti will celebrate the partnership with a Richard Carbotti-designed event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. on March 6.

“CORT furnishings have given life to my event designs for years and I was thrilled for the opportunity to officially partner with them,” said Richard Carbotti, event designer of Perfect Surroundings. “This event will celebrate the partnership and set a stylistic tone for the year by unveiling CORT’s new products that strategically align with my event trend predictions for 2012.”

Richard Carbotti and his sons Jordan and Evan bring more than 25 years of experience in the industry, along with experience from their design firm Perfect Surroundings, to this partnership.

 Guests at the event will experience CORT’s new Lounge22 product offerings which focus on trend setting designs such as the Odyssey barstool in black and white python and filigree patterns, along with the new Crescent cocktail table in gold alligator and python patterns offerings. Lounge22 Powered by CORT products are available nationwide.

In addition to the products revealed at this event, CORT recently introduced the versatile Blofield by CORT; a European designed air-filled seating collection available for rental in the U.S. exclusively from CORT.

 Other sponsoring event companies for the party include the Four Seasons Hotel, Swank Audio Visuals, Entertainment Exchange, Chuck Fazio Media, Capital Décor and Event, bbj art performance, U Take The Cake! and Impact Marketing & Events.
 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

AARON'S ELECTS ALLEN AS PRESIDENT AND CEO

Aaron's, Inc., a sales and lease ownership firm with specialty retailing of residential furniture, announced that the Board of Directors has elected interim CEO Ronald W. Allen as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. R. Charles Loudermilk, Sr., Chairman of the Board said, “Ron has been an active and vital member of our Board of Directors for 15 years. We are quite pleased with his commitment to daily involvement at Aaron's while offering his guidance and leadership...

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NHFA ALIGNS WITH WEB4RETAIL FOR INTERNET MARKETING SOLUTIONS

The National Home Furnishings Association (NHFA) is forming an alliance with Web4Retail to provide complete Internet Marketing Services to NHFA members. The services include website development, search engine optimization, social media marketing, reputation management and email marketing. Members will select from a complete packaged offering or individual services. “Our membership has requested that we develop a program in conjunction with a provider to handle all aspects of internet marketing...

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WINTER LAS VEGAS MARKET PROVING ITSELF AS A GALA EVENT

According to Robert Maricich, CEO of International Market Centers, the Winter Las Vegas Market of 2012 was the strongest in three years. Las Vegas Market officials reported significant increases in attendance by retailers, interior designers, and international buyers - especially those from Canada, Latin America and the Middle East. Compared to the winter market a year ago, 14% more companies were in attendance, and more than 4,000 buyers attended the Las Vegas Market for the first time. Compared...

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

6TH ANNUAL MIDWEST FURNITURE SHOW FROM SEPTEMBER 6-7, 2012

The Midwest Furniture Show will again return to the Schaumburg Convention Center on September 6th and 7th. Ashley Furniture, Simply Amish, Corsicana Bedding, John Thomas Furniture and Brady Furniture are among the manufacturers and distributors that have already signed up for the show. The Club is currently taking deposits for the 2012 show and is beginning to work on the floor plan. “We are getting inquiries and requests from several manufacturers to begin the show sign-ups earlier this...

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

NEOCON 2012 GETS INCREDIBLE WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

For this year’s Neocon, which is to be held from June 11 to June 13 at Chicago’s famed Merchandise Mart, show organizers have lined up four incredible and informative keynote speakers including Richard M. Daley, former Mayor of the City of Chicago, Primo Orpilla, Principal of Studio O+A, Gary Lee, Principal of Gary Lee Partners, and Ian Schrager of Ian Schrager Company. Keynote programs are free to attend, open to trade professionals only, and merit 0.1 CEU credit. Richard M. Daley...

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Friday, February 17, 2012

HIGH POINT MARKET IS ALL SET TO EXHIBIT ITS NEW TRENDS

The world of design is constantly evolving, and retailers are eager to discover that next big thing. This year High Point Market brings new twists on old ideas and motifs, updated according to new inspiration. For 2012, ethnic embellishments abound, oversized botanicals are in bloom, metallics make their mark on all things home decor and bold graphic patterns make furnishings come alive. Specifically, four trends will be there at the High Point Market 2012 to dazzle the visitors with contemporary...

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ROCKING KBIS 2012

KBIS 2012 is going to be the ultimate Kitchen & Bath destination, 300,000+ net square feet of easy-to-navigate exhibits that are literally sparkling with the freshest designs, products and technology from 500 leading manufacturers and suppliers. Keynote Speaker Candice Olson and many more exciting conference sessions, including David Lupberger on Effective Communication as a Remodeler, Karl Champley on Transforming Wasted Spaces, and Sally Hogshead will present Fascinate/Influence/Engage...

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

GMFA CHOSE JEFF HOROWITZ

Innovative direct marketing executive, Jeff Horowitz, has been named to the furniture industry board, known as the Greater Metropolitan Furnishings Association (GMFA). Jeff Horowitz, president and CEO of LS Direct Marketing, will be part of the GMFA's newly created Board of Directors. Jeff will serve the board as part of their membership committee. Jeff Horowitz brings both retail experience and marketing expertise to the board. He served ten (10) years as the Vice President of Suffern Fine...

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GLOBAL FURNITURE AND FIXTURES INDUSTRY IS EXPECTED TO REACH TO REACH US$436.5 BILLION BY 2015

The furniture market operates in close call with the housing industry which was severely affected by the economic downturn. Despite the recovery, growth remains unstable as customer confidence continues to waver in view of the volatile economic environment in Europe, soaring gasoline costs and subdued employment rates. With no significant increase in personal incomes or in sale of homes, the furniture market is yet to pick up pace. Faced with declining margins and intensely competitive conditions,...

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

WOOD DECORS SWISS ELM AND LANCELOT C WERE EXHIBITED AT THE ZOW 2012

The wood decors, Swiss Elm and Lancelot C were exhibited at the ZOW 2012 to represent the RENOLIT exhibition motto Let's move!. They not only graced the front and tops of two chests of drawers but also the walls behind them. Furniture and walls thus blended into one another and demonstrated the quality and application opportunities of high-quality, decorative surfaces. One of this year’s innovations included the deep-pore embossing effect “Okasha” which allows the viewer...

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Monday, February 13, 2012

VILLA TUGENDHAT TO OPEN AGAIN ON MARCH 6, 2012

Villa Tugendhat, the Modernist masterpiece by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the Czech Republic, will reopen to the public on March 6, 2012 after a two-year restoration. Villa Tugendhat in Brno, Czech Republic opens to the public March 6, 2012 and is located at Černopolní 237/45 613 00 Brno-Černá Pole, Česká republika. Brno has an international airport and is also accessible by train, bus or car from Prague, about 200 miles away. In 2001, the United Nations...

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

KNOLL AGREED TO ACQUIRE RICHARD SCHULTZ DESIGN

Knoll has agreed to acquire Richard Schultz Design, Inc., the designer and manufacturer of outdoor furniture for the residential, hospitality and contract office furniture markets. The acquisition is expected to close on or about March 1. Andrew B. Cogan, Knoll CEO, said, The acquisition of Richard Schultz reflects our ongoing interest in remixing our business with high design, high margin specialty offerings which appeal to both commercial buyers and consumers worldwide. The Company, which...

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BELFORT FURNITURE AND LAWRENCE FURNITURE AS NHFA’S RETAILERS OF THE YEAR

Belfort Furniture in Dulles, Virginia, led by Mike Huber, and Lawrance Furniture in San Diego, California, led by Howard Haimsohn, are National Home Furnishings Association’s Retailers of the Year for 2012. NHFA’s prestigious Retailer of the Year Awards are presented annually at the Spring High Point Market Furniture Industry Awards Gala. This year’s Gala will be held on Monday, April 23, at 6:00 p.m. in the IHFC Ballroom, 11th Floor, Green Wing. Mike was elected to the...

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Friday, February 10, 2012

INDEPENDENT STUDY REGARDING THE VALUE OF SPECIALIZED CARRIERS

About three out of four home furnishings companies that use outside carriers for product handling and delivery have chosen a specialized furniture carrier rather than a general commodities carrier, according to an independent study conducted by North Carolina State University. Companies using specialized furniture carriers said they value these companies' services for their furniture handling expertise, personalized service and support for the furniture industry, according to the study....

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Janette Ewen on Canadian Furniture Industry

Janette Ewen the celebrity décor and lifestyle expert, born in Oakville, Ontario now lives in Toronto, Ont., Canada. After working in a number of magazines Ewen moved to television. Currently working as a co-host with Ty Pennington on Inside the Box, Ewen can rightly be described as the spokesperson for Canadian furniture industry.

FAW: You have worked on almost all the modes of media, which one for you is the most comfortable and according to you apt for the furniture and design industry?

Janette Ewen:I love working on TV, I feel like I can really connect to my viewer and bring my spaces to life. I like to bring a personal style to my designs and being able to talk “real time” about those designs and the furniture and manufactures I work with, just feels so natural and honest.

FAW: ‘Celebrity designer’ – how does it work for the industry?

JE:Ha! I’m still a little uncomfortable with that title or term. I think it applies to any of us who have translated our designs to TV and really reached a larger audience. I think it’s good for the industry on a whole as it draws awareness to the world of design and the importance of things we value, in my case that includes Quality Canadian Furniture.

FAW: Your take on the Canadian furniture.

JE: I love Canadian furniture, the designers and manufacturers. I work a lot with them and there is such a level of quality, care and sincere craftsmanship, it’s so rare to find that. I love the originality of the designs; it’s a beautiful blend of North American design and European style.

FAW: How do you think the Canadian designers and manufacturers can keep up with the rapidly changing international design parameters?

JE:I think they can keep up and raise the bar through their quality, eye for detail and use of unique materials. I think that Canadian manufacturers are so committed to creating a quality product with strong design lines that their work really speaks for itself, it doesn’t need to compete, it just quietly stands above.

FAW: You’ve mentioned in your blog that your design Muse is your perspective of the world. What have attracted you recently?

JE: Lately I am so inspired by landscapes, especially on the west coast and in rural California. This past summer, I was lucky enough to have a friend take me to so many amazing places throughout California (Big Sur, Yosemite, San Luis Obispo) my friend was like a personal tour guide, showing me amazing rugged landscapes, breathtaking vistas... It refreshed my love of nature, the outdoors and the importance it plays in design (as a reference and inspiration). As I get older I realize more and more that people, their experiences and their wiliness to share their passions with me are what inspire me and fuel my creativity. I think dynamic people are becoming my muses…

FAWShare your trend predictions for the season.

JE: My top trend for the season, rural-rustic cowboy style, byzantine glamour (super over the top), Sahara-desert inspired color schemes, 1920’s lounge (think of a prohibition era speakeasies), an overall Hitchcock-mood in living spaces, geometric patterns (very pop, 1960’s).

COLOR OF THE SEASON "RED"

Ashley Furniture Home Store has updated on tricks that would help use the fiery color, red in an interior that does not make it look overboard. Kris Woodcock, VP of merchandising explained that when red is used in the right way, it summons people into a room rather than overwhelming them. He suggests pairing this color with other colors that can help create an array of different looks, from sophisticated and chic, to earthy to playful. Ashley Furniture HomeStore has created four red-hot color...

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Saturday, February 04, 2012

QR CODE: NEXTGEN MARKETING TOOL!

A QR code or Quick Response code is a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) first designed for the automotive industry. Recently, the system has become more popular than ever. It has almost become obvious in all the brochures and advertisement materials (print/digital) even in our industry. The technology has become widely popular in Asia and gaining momentum in USA and European countries as well. QR codes are now used over a much wider range of applications, including commercial tracking, entertainment and transport ticketing, product marketing and in-store product labeling. 
Created by Toyota subsidiary Denso Wave in 1994 to track vehicles during the manufacturing process, the QR code is one of the most popular types of two-dimensional barcodes. It was designed to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed. 
The information encoded can be made up of four standardized kinds of data (numeric, alphanumeric, byte/binary, Kanji), or by supported extensions virtually any kind of data.

Read the latest issue of Furniture & Accessories USA to know more about QR code and its ramifications in the furniture industry

Thursday, February 02, 2012

FURNITURE INDUSTRY IN BRAZIL

Brazil holds an important podium in the furniture industry today. It is the main producer and exporter in the Latin America region and contributes to 2% of overall global production. Movelsul Brazil 2010, the largest trade fair in Latin America announced a record breaking pending sales of US$300 million. The fair, held in Bento Goncalves, a city in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, had attracted 34,100 visitors from over 60 countries from all the corners of the world. Production in the Brazilian...

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

CHARLES AND RAY EAMES: DESIGNED THEIR WAY THROUGH HISTORY

Charles and Ray Eames have their names glorified in the history of architecture and furniture design industry for their timeless and revolutionary contribution to the field. Charles, an architect and Ray, a painter are the creators of some of the most iconic furniture designs in the world and also hold recognition for their remarkable work in graphic designing, industrial designing and films. Even decades after their death and significant industrial and technological development their works continue...

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