Friday, June 29, 2012

PRESIDENT AND DIRECTORS ELECTED AT BIFMA

BIFMA, the not-for-profit trade association for business and institutional furniture manufacturers, elected Chuck Saylor, Founder and CEO of izzy+ as the new BIFMA president. Chuck will succeed Stan Askren for the position. The decision was taken during the annual membership meeting of the association on June 13.

BIFMA also announced the election of three new Directors; Bret Ackerman of Indiana Furniture, Michael Keilhauer of Keilhauer, and Greg Moore, MooreCo.  These new directors were elected to replace retiring directors Anne Bernahardt, Bernhardt Design, Shaun Mannix, Transwall and Mr. Saylor (who will continue on the Board as President although his term as a Director is complete).

Bret Ackerman is President and CEO of Indiana Furniture based in Jasper, IN.  Bret joined the company in 1997 and was named president in January 2010.  He had most recently held the position of CFO prior to his promotion.

Mike Keilhauer is President of Keilhauer, a Toronto, ON based manufacturer of seating products.  As one of the founding partners, Mike led the company from a start up operation in 1981.

Greg Moore is President and CEO of MooreCo based in Temple, TX.  Greg began working in the family business in 1991, became President in 2000 and has held the position of President and CEO since 2007.
 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

HIGH POINT MARKET COLLABORATES WITH TODL.COM

The High Point Market has partnered with Trade Only Design Library (TODL) to create the High Point Market Residential Library, a unique online database with interactive and branding capabilities to connect home furnishings industry insiders. All exhibitors at the fall High Point Market – held Oct. 13-18 – will be included in the High Point Residential Library, found exclusively on TODL.com.

The trade-only home resource will be accessible to all High Point Market registrants, exhibitors, and media, providing access to the industry’s only product-level specification database.

“The new partnership with TODL is yet another way that the High Point Market connects exhibitors with buyers and interior designers,” says Cheminne Taylor-Smith, vice president of marketing for the High Point Market Authority. “We are very excited to work with TODL to provide opportunities for Market exhibitors to create new relationships, maintain existing clients, and to grow their brands.”

TODL is the design industry’s largest product research and specification library online or in print, and is accessible only by trade professionals. As a source of detailed trade information, TODL requires fewer calls and clicks to get the specification information interior designers and retail purchasers need to make decisions quickly.

All High Point Market exhibitors will receive a free Interactive Brochure in the Library specifically designed to facilitate 24/7 interaction and commerce with existing TODL members and High Point Market registrants. The brochures include company description, logo, website, showroom location, product and installation images, and will be branded with a High Point Market badge to distinguish them in relevant searches.

In addition to providing exhibitors with enhanced visibility within the High Point Residential Library, the site can also be used to create interactive product brochures and to connect with TODL’s 65,000-plus design trade members.

A High Point Market branded section will showcase every exhibitor and their showroom location, and every member’s “Your Studio” login landing page will feature the Market’s tab leading members directly to the section. Display ads that promote High Point Market will directly link to the branded section and to Market’s online registration.

“Joining forces with High Point Market allows us to create an all-encompassing experience both during the show and after,” says Stacey Tiveron, TODL founder. “Attendees can take their in-person experience one step further by utilizing TODL’s ability to provide resources for any stage of the design process—planning, execution, and beyond. The relationship between manufacturer and designer grows exponentially, while at the same time becoming increasingly simple and convenient.”
 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

GLIDEAWAY HAS A NEW VP OF SALES

Dan Baker the newly appointed vice president of sales for the Glideaway Sleep Products. The new VP of Sales will be responsible for the company’s sales and will be one of the think tank behind the company’s marketing and merchandising products line.

Glideaway is a full-service bedding supplier to full-line furniture retailers, specialty sleep shops, and web-based e-tailors.
 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

HIGH POINT MARKET LAUNCHES COUNTDOWN CAMPAIGN FOR FALL SHOW


High Point Market is counting down the days to the fall show with a new Countdown campaign. Featuring exclusive information, new content, tips and tools, the campaign is designed to build excitement for the Oct. 13-18 Market, and to mark the days until registration opens on July 10.

The campaign’s microsite features new content each day, including the best tips for navigating Market, the top apps and tools for the show, the latest trends in fashion and home, and even special announcements like the roster of new Style Spotters and other exciting plans for the launch of the new season and the Fall Market.

Visitors to the site can see the current day’s content, as well as articles and photos from previous days, and they can also preview topics that will appear on future dates.
“The Countdown campaign is an engaging way to showcase the excitement that surrounds the High Point Market, which is our industry’s version of Fashion Week,” says Cheminne Taylor-Smith, vice president of marketing for the High Point Market Authority. “It also allows us to provide even more content and information, not only about Market, but also about social media, trends, and new ideas for the industry.”

HIGH POINT MARKET LAUNCHES COUNTDOWN CAMPAIGN FOR FALL SHOW

Monday, June 25, 2012

LAS VEGAS SUMMER MARKET DEBUTS NEW DESTINATION

Delivering a fashion-forward collection of home décor resources for its growing retail and designer attendee base, World Market Center Las Vegas will launch a newly merchandised and expanded presentation at the 2012 Summer Las Vegas Market. The new destination at World Market Center, located in Building B on the third floor, will be a combination of new lines to Las Vegas and hand-picked showrooms relocated from other buildings.


B-3—now 100 percent leased—will be a vibrant, must visit location for buyers across all industry sectors from interior designers to furniture retailers to gift stores. Several educational and networking events will also be held throughout the week in B-3 showrooms.


“Bringing together this caliber of resources in one easy-to-navigate area of the Las Vegas Market truly elevates the experience and offerings for design-centric buyers,” said Lee Hershberg, Vice President of Home Décor for International Market Centers, parent company of World Market Center Las Vegas. “We have a growing collection of better merchandise in Las Vegas—and concentrating these resources together on one floor will give buyers looking for the most up-to-date, on-trend presentation a fantastic experience. We believe this vibrant destination will attract additional trend-setters across all categories to Las Vegas and will be an immediate catalyst for growth.” 


 B-3 showrooms new to the market include: Wendover Art, a maker of unique and high-quality wall décor; Daniel Stuart Studio, a purveyor of fine furnishings for the home with a specialization in high-end upholstery, bedding and decorative pillows; Best Slip Cover, a family owned company with more than 50 years experience in the furniture and slipcover industry; Pacific Green Furniture, the world’s leading pioneer in Palmwood® technology; Made Goods, a leading provider of fine furnishings, lighting and accessories, with a specialization in mirrors; Furniture Classics, a maker of solid wood, antique reproduction furniture; LuLu & Co., a wholesale distributor of the fine French products including linens, furniture, accessories, glassware and ceramics; and Blue Ocean Traders, a wholesale importer of unique items and furnishings from all over the world.

 
“Las Vegas has always been a good market for us and we are thrilled to be a part of this new initiative. The community of high design that is being created on B-3 will benefit both vendor and visitor and we believe, will make a good market, great,” said Daniel Penciner, CEO of Daniel Stuart Studio.


Tenants relocating to B-3 from other areas of Las Vegas Market include: Lazy Susan, an innovative home accessories company focusing on clean and simple design aesthetic; Noir, a manufacturer of home furnishings that emphasize natural, simple and classic designs; GO Home, a maker of vintage inspired home furnishings, giftware and accessories; Bougainvillea, a luxury wholesale distributor of preserved botanicals, fragrant candles, ladies apparel accessories, home accessories and jewelry; D.B. Imports, Ltd., which bills itself as the source for store fixtures and home accents for the wholesale and retail trade markets; Artisan House, which designs and creates unique, high-quality metal sculptures for wall, floor and tabletop; Arteriors Home, a manufacturer of accessories, furniture and lighting designed to have timeless appeal with a nod to the latest trends and Brownstone Furniture, a manufacturer of high-end furniture with innovative and timeless design.


Existing showrooms already located in B-3 and will be integral to this new collection of vendors include Chandra, a maker of high-design rugs; Paragon, an award-winning wholesale supplier of wall décor and its sister company, Propac, featuring a vast wall collection including matted framed and textured art, canvas transfers, metal collections and mirrors; and Surya, a high-end manufacturer of wool rugs and complementary accessories.


The full listing of B3 participants includes:


Arteriors B360 relocation

Artisan House B354 relocation

Best Slip Cover B324 NEW

Blue Ocean Traders B355 NEW

Bougainvillea B335 relocation

Brownstone B362 relocation

Chandra Rugs B300 as-is

Daniel Stuart Studio B316 NEW

DB Imports B350 relocation

Furniture Classics B346 NEW

Go Home B326 relocation

Lazy Susan B320 relocation

LuLu B365 NEW

Made Goods B349 NEW

Noir B305 relocation

Pacific Green B328 NEW

Paragon B301 as-is

Propac B301 as-is

Surya B370 as-is

Wendover Art Group B306 NEW

Friday, June 22, 2012

RHODE ISLAND DOESN'T ADOPT MATTRESS RECYCLING BILL, A VICTORY FOR ISPA


The International Sleep Products Association sent the following Advocacy Connection Alert to its members on June 13. ISPA opposes state-by-state solutions to the problem of used mattress disposal and favors a national solution. ISPA has proposed federal legislation, the Used Mattress Recycling Act, to help create a national program for recycling used mattress materials that would be an efficient, industry-led solution to mattress disposal. For more information on ISPA’s advocacy efforts on recycling, check www.sleepproducts.org.)

The International Sleep Products Association has defeated several bills in Rhode Island that would have required the mattress industry to develop and operate an extended producer responsibility program for discarded mattresses. An EPR program requires manufacturers to fund and operate a system for collecting and disposing of their products at the end of their useful lives. The Rhode Island legislation would have required the mattress industry to establish such a system specifically for mattresses discarded in Rhode Island and to shoulder all associated costs.

ISPA testified in opposition to the various used mattress EPR bills in Rhode Island and worked with manufacturing and retail groups in the state to lobby against the legislation. ISPA supports the responsible recycling of used mattress materials, but the state-level approach taken in the Rhode Island bills would have imposed unreasonable costs and logistical burdens on the industry. The state’s legislature adjourned June 13 without voting on any of these bills.

Source: Bed Times

Thursday, June 21, 2012

HIGH POINT MARKET WINS SOCIAL MEDIA EXCITE AWARD FOR STYLE SPOTTERS PROGRAM

The High Point Market and its Style Spotters program won the EXCITE Award for Best Use of Social Media at Expo Magazine’s Next Conference in Baltimore today. The EXCITE Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in trade shows and events, and the winners will be profiled in the July issue of Expo Magazine. All winners and finalist can be found at the Awards website www.exciteawards.com. “We are thrilled to receive this recognition for the High Point Market and for the Style Spotters,”...

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

AHEAD OF THE CURVE LIVE BROADCAST IS BACK AT SUMMER LAS VEAGS MARKET

Once again offering Las Vegas Market attendees an exclusive preview of the hottest new home design trends, World Market Center Las Vegas’ signatureAhead of the Curvewill be back as a live broadcast for its fifth installment at the Summer Las Vegas Market and Gift+Home. This year’s cast of top U.S. designers includes Betsy Burnham, principal designer and founder of Burnham Design; Philip Gorrivan, founder of Philip Gorrivan Design and Darren Henault, founder of Darren Henault Interiors....

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR 2012

Entries have began for the 2012 Sage Award. Now in its fifth year, the Sage Award program was designed to recognize environmental leadership at home furnishings and bedding companies. Entries are sought from companies that have not only reduced the environmental impact of their operations, but are also on a pathway of continual environmental improvement. The 2012 winner and up to two finalists will be announced during the October 13-18 High Point Market in High Point, N.C. The winner be featured...

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KINCAID CONTRIBUTES PORTION JUNE SALES TO HABITAT

Kincaid Furniture is contributing 1% of the wholesale price of every piece ordered during June from the company’s entire line of solid wood case goods and custom upholstery to Habitat for Humanity. Kincaid is a corporate partner for the international charity.

With the promotion, dubbed the Better Home Event, each order that Kincaid receives generates an automatic donation to Habitat, a not-for-profit organization that has built over 500,000 affordable homes and served more than 2.5 million people worldwide.

The company originally designated their groundbreaking Homecoming collections crafted from solid pine, maple, walnut, and oak as the generators of the ongoing multi-year program with Habitat.

“Many of our retailers have had tremendous success working with their local Habitat organizations over the last 18 months, providing grassroots support and significant contributions in their communities. With the Better Home Event, all Kincaid retailers, regardless of what collections they order, are now supporting this exceptional cause through their purchases,” said Dyer.

Kincaid has made a significant investment in promoting and supporting retailers whose efforts benefit Habitat, including the creation of a new dedicated website, development of advertising materials and promotional support, direct access to Habitat staff to help guide retailers in their efforts, and more.

“Everyone deserves decent, affordable housing,” said Dyer. “In collaboration with our dealers we can help make that goal a reality.”

Source: High Point Market
 

KINCAID CONTRIBUTES PORTION JUNE SALES TO HABITAT

Kincaid Furniture is contributing 1% of the wholesale price of every piece ordered during June from the company’s entire line of solid wood case goods and custom upholstery to Habitat for Humanity. Kincaid is a corporate partner for the international charity. With the promotion, dubbed the Better Home Event, each order that Kincaid receives generates an automatic donation to Habitat, a not-for-profit organization that has built over 500,000 affordable homes and served more than 2.5 million...

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

LELAND INTERNATIONAL GRABS BEST OF NEOCON GOLD AND INNOVATION AWARDS

Leland International received two 2012 Best of NeoCon Awards today. The Quarry Bench was awarded the Seating: Benches Gold Award and The Fast Table received an Innovation Award. “Every year we work extremely hard to introduce products worthy of this competition,” said Shanna Anderson, vice president of sales for Leland International. “To see our hard work pay off and be recognized with not one but two awards this year, we’re absolutely thrilled and so proud of our designers and product-development team. Receiving these awards is truly an honor for all of us at Leland.”

Quarry

Quarry, awarded the Seating: Benches Gold Award, was inspired by designer Bruce Sienkowski’s desire to create a collaborative workspace that was also light and flexible. Sienkowski wanted to take a form from nature and simplify it, and a rock quarry fit his vision perfectly. The symmetrical shapes work well for seating, and by configuring the pieces, one can create spaces with very organic, natural feels. A distinct and intentional stitch line mimicking a rock fissure helps to further define the shape.

Fast

The Fast Table, winner of an Innovation Award, is a universal table with a cross-shaped foldable structure designed by Carlos Tíscar. A number of top shapes complement just two base sizes, which lets people generate many table configurations with low inventory. The pivoting, x-shaped base with flag indicators makes it easy to select the right base position, depending on the top size. The base-to-table connectors are intuitively designed to clearly indicate the correct attachment alignment. These features make it simple for everyday users to quickly and clearly reconfigure the product.

Friday, June 15, 2012

FURNITURE RETAILERS GET BOOST FROM PIER 1 REPORT

A number of furniture retailers are sitting pretty Thursday after their stocks surged on a strong quarterly report and a raised 2013 forecast from Pier 1 Imports Inc.

Pier 1 said its first-quarter profit rose 26 percent with shoppers more willing to pay full price for its home furnishings. The results beat market expectations.

The results bode well for other furniture sellers, which have spent the past few years marking down a lot of their big-ticket items to draw cost-conscious consumers in tough economic times.

Pier 1 said its revenue from stores open at least a year increased 7.2 percent. This is a closely watched indicator of a retailer's financial health because it excludes stores that recently opened or closed. That gives investors some assurance the earnings increase is more than an anomaly tied to new stores opening.

Jefferies & Co. analyst John Marrin said he believes the company's stronger guidance may be based on share repurchases that weren't reflected in its earlier forecast, but he still sees the company's earnings report as positive.

Here's how selected furniture sellers' shares were doing by mid-afternoon:

— Pier 1, up 27 cents, at $15.81.
— Kirkland's Inc., up 75 cents, 6.8 percent, trading at $11.83.
— Haverty Furniture Companies Inc., up 16 cents, at $10.73.
— Ethan Allen Interiors Inc., up 41 cents, at $21.76.

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek
 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

CARDI FURNITURE LAUNCHES THE DR. BREUS BED

Cardi's, the legendary Rhode Island and Massachusetts furniture and mattress provider, is proud to announce the addition of the unique and innovative Dr. Breus Bed to its line of top-quality furniture and bedding.

Developed by sleep specialist Dr. Michael Breus, The Dr. Breus Bed™ has been specially designed to give you a perfect night of sleep, every time. The Dr. Breus Bed™ utilizes an exclusive proprietary layering system to achieve unbeatable comfort that leads to an ideal night of sleep. Up to 13 separate layers of pure Talalay latex and luxurious polyfoams are installed by hand into the beds by expert artisans during the sophisticated manufacturing process.

These exceptional beds are now available at all Cardi's Mattresses and Cardi's Furniture locations.

The unique system designed by Dr. Breus relies on his ingenious "Sleep Assessment" feature, which is based on his four tenets of better sleep: thermo-neutrality, a feeling of zero gravity that comes from superior pressure relief, complete relaxation and tranquil sleep that results from reduced movement.

In addition to The Dr. Breus Bed™, prospective buyers can experiment with the SleepMatch™ sleep assessment system to help you find the perfect bed for your body type. Thousands of volunteers of various body types assisted in the creation of this special SleepMatch™ system.

Dr. Breus is a sleep expert, best-selling author, clinical psychologist, Diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Dr. Oz Show, the Today Show and many other national TV programs and publications. He is a widely recognized leader in the field of sleep study.

The premier furniture and mattress store in MA and RI, Cardi's traces the roots of its operation back to the year 1901 in the town of Itri, Italy, with the first Cardi's in America opening as a general store in 1928. After undergoing several stages of expansion through the years, Cardi's now has multiple furniture, mattress, clearance and design locations throughout RI and MA, including Cape Cod. With an emphasis on flawless customer service, the Cardi's family is proud to guarantee the best furniture and mattress shopping experience in the business.]

Source: PR WEB

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

OFFICEMAX PROMOTES GREEN WORKPLACE PRACTICES

 

OfficeMax Incorporated, a leader in office supplies, technology and services, today announced a new delivery program that reuses and recycles boxes it uses for deliveries to business customers. The new program – Boomerang Box by OfficeMax – is projected to reduce box consumption by 80 percent among participating businesses.

Boomerang Box by OfficeMax launches this month in Seattle, and will expand nationwide in the second half of 2012. Business participation in the program is free and voluntary for all customers nationwide that are served through OfficeMax's delivery fleet. The program is also designed for easy use to encourage widespread adoption.

"Every business wants to support more environmentally sustainable practices," said Sue Mills, director, environmental practices at OfficeMax. "With Boomerang Box we're giving customers an easy, no-cost way to help do that."

Bringing Delivery Full-Circle

Businesses that participate in the Boomerang Box program will have their office supplies delivered by OfficeMax in reusable, stackable delivery boxes that are made from a minimum of 50 percent post-consumer content. Customers need only to save and stack the boxes for OfficeMax's fleet to pickup with the next order delivery. The cycle continues until the boxes can no longer be reused. Then, OfficeMax will recover the boxes for recycling.

 

SmartWay Transport Partnership

The new reusable delivery box program is just one of many ways that OfficeMax acts to reduce its overall environmental footprint, and help its customers do the same. OfficeMax also recently received re-certification to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Transport Partnership for the fourth consecutive year. The SmartWay Transport Partnership certification recognizes OfficeMax's commitment to reducing its environmental impact by using clean operating vehicles and fuels that improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its delivery network.

"OfficeMax is committed to supplying our products and services in a manner that reduces our carbon footprint," said Larry Hartley, senior vice president, supply chain at OfficeMax. "Responsible environmental stewardship is a component of our success as a company."

Source: PR Newswire

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

E2E MATERIALS FORMS NEW E2E OFFICE

Ithaca, NY-based e2e Materials, an innovative clean technology spinoff of Cornell University that develops products made from its advanced biocomposite materials used for the furniture and cabinet industries, today announced the formation of e2e Office, a new company brand focused on serving a wide range of office furniture needs with new products that are safer, less expensive, stronger and lighter than conventional wood-based products. e2e Office is addressing increasing customer demand for more environmentally friendly office products that contribute significantly to LEED certification and provide a safer and more collaborative work environment. The first commercially available product from e2e Office is the award-winning TransFORM Workstation, a highly versatile work surface made from e2e Materials' proprietary biocomposites comprised of soy flour and flax fibers that "off-gasses" no formaldehyde and is free from hazardous ('red list') chemicals as defined by the Living Building Challenge.

"We are experiencing customer demand for office furniture products that meet aggressive environmental standards combined with exceptional durability, weight reduction and affordability factors," said Dave Ferrari, president of One Workplace, Northern California's largest commercial furniture dealership and e2e Office channel partner. "That's why we're partnering with e2e Office. Their innovative biocomposite-based office product line addresses each of these important criteria. It also gives our customers new opportunities for earning LEED points and improving employee satisfaction levels due to the significant environmental safety advantages offered by e2e Office products."

Aided by the design expertise of furniture industry legend Carl Gustav Magnusson, e2e Office has a pipeline of products currently under development--including mobile whiteboards, mobile acoustics, unique storage and group communication products--all specifically designed to meet today's open space and mobile workforce needs that emphasize greater collaboration for improved productivity and creativity. All products are being made with e2e Materials' proprietary biocomposites and far exceed the requirements of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM), offer LEED points across multiple categories, and rank higher than any other material when measured against the stringent Living Building Challenge and Pharos Project criteria.

As the first commercially available product in the e2e Office product line, the TransFORM Workstation is uniquely sustainable leveraging a highly versatile work surface and a series of privacy/communication panels both made from e2e's proprietary biocomposite material. Optional re-used and refurbished leg systems that contribute additional LEED points are readily configurable to meet today's design needs. e2e Office products have been fully tested and validated to meet the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) standards and use only 19 percent of the embodied energy of traditional wood composites. By using e2e biocomposites, the TransFORM Workstation utilizes annually renewable feedstocks, is 100 percent bio-based and completely fossil fuel free. Offering a full five-year warranty, the TransFORM work surface leverages e2e's patent-pending i-core open architecture construction providing customers with lighter and more durable office furniture.

The company's proprietary biocomposites--featuring 28 pending patents--are made from plentiful feedstocks including soy flour and natural grass fiber such as jute, flax and kenaf, which eliminates the off-gassing of formaldehyde or any toxic chemicals. Using these biocomposite materials enables e2e to manufacture lighter products that maintain the tensile strength and durability approaching some steel products and have been extensively tested and validated to multiple industry standards. In addition, the company employs a unique 3-D forming capability that eliminates costly manufacturing processing steps and associated waste.

"The formation of e2e Office is in direct response to accelerating demand from global customers for innovative products that are sustainable, free of toxins, more durable than conventional wood-based alternatives and highly affordable," said Pat Govang, CEO of e2e Materials. "We're responding to this multi-billion dollar global market with a series of in-demand products that will fulfill the needs of leading office furniture OEMs and channel partners."

Source: Market Wire
 

Monday, June 11, 2012

SITONIT INTRODUCED TORSA NOMINATED FOR A BEST OF NEOCON AWARD

Market leader SitOnIt Seating today introduces Torsa™, its newest ergonomic work chair. In addition to its exceptional comfort and affordability, Torsa is set apart by stunning design inspired by nature.

"Torsa balances a sculpted design with broad color options and advanced functionality," says Mark Mannon, Director of Product Marketing for Exemplis Corporation, makers of SitOnIt brand products. "We see this chair positioning well as both a high-performance work chair and as a more elegant conference solution."

Innovative Product for 2012
The Torsa work chair is one of the nominees for The Best of NeoCon® 2012 competition for contract furnishing products.  The chair was conceived and built by the SitOnIt Seating in-house design team headed by John Phillips, Vice President of Engineering. "The chair emulates comfortable, natural body posture, ease of motion and adjustability to yield a holistic integration of seating structure with the human form," says Phillips.

Suggested list pricing for the Torsa work chair, with adjustable seat-depth, lumbar and arms is $690. Options include granite and white frame and arm colors in addition to a broad selection of mesh colors.  Availability is slated for early September 2012.

Source: PR Newswire

Saturday, June 09, 2012

ETHAN ALLEN AWARDED ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Ethan Allen announces that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) Environmental Stewardship Initiative has awarded the company a Certificate of Environmental Stewardship "for its voluntary and proactive measures taken to go beyond compliance in an effort to improve the environment and ensure a sustainable future" in its Passaic manufacturing facility.

“We are very aware as a company that everything we do impacts our local environments, “said Ethan Allen Chairman, President and CEO, Farooq Kathwari. “We are pleased to have the state of New Jersey recognize the efforts we are making to ensure the safety and health of our employees and their communities.”

The NJDEP acknowledgment is based on Ethan Allen’s engagement in eight individual stewardship activities that include the development of an environmental policy, analysis of the facility's carbon footprint, implementation of green building materials and techniques, and reduction of material waste.

Stewardship reports for all participating sites in New Jersey are available on the NJDEP website. The NJDEP continuously updates reports on participant progress in ongoing stewardship initiatives.

Ethan Allen has also begun to implement the Enhancing Furniture's Environmental Culture (EFEC) program in all of its manufacturing facilities including its Passaic facility. Launched by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) in 1999, EFEC is an environmental management system that requires companies—on a facility-by-facility basis—to analyze and better understand the environmental impact of their processes, raw materials, and finished products.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

PINDLER & PINDLER ADDS LINEN FABRICS FROM THE RICHARD FRINIER COLLECTION

Pindler & Pindler has added an exclusive line of European-inspired fabrics from the Richard Frinier Collection for Sunbrella®. “Maison et Jardin” features Frinier’s interpretation of classic linen constructions and coordinating stripes and jacquards, resulting in elegant home décor that offers legendary Sunbrella performance.

“We have seen a huge demand in the marketplace for upper-end Sunbrella® performance fabrics that can be used both indoors and out,” said Curt Pindler, president of Pindler & Pindler. “Using subtle nuances of yarn shades and weave effects, Richard has created the look of natural linen that is very popular among the design trade; the timing of this collection is perfect.”

Frinier created the Maison et Jardin Collection to erase the boundaries between indoor and outdoor upholstery. Authentically designed linen constructions in two weights are complemented by a duo of sun-washed stripes and four vintage jacquard patterns. Each fabric is subtly distressed to create the luxurious appearance of gently-aged surface textures with a naturally soft hand.

“We have re-interpreted heirloom linen weaves and authentically styled jacquards for today’s professional interior designers and their clients,” said Frinier, who is an internationally recognized fabric, furniture and accessories designer. “These fabrics can be used to transform transitional and soft-modern living spaces to evoke the romantic essence of the countryside of Provençe or to create more sophisticated, contemporary living spaces with neutral and tonal textures.”

The Maison et Jardin Collection includes Classique, which is a lighter weight construction reminiscent of traditional linen textiles historically used for fine clothing and table linens. Vintage is a heavier weight construction epitomizing rich and textural characteristics sought after in antique linens.

La Mer and La Plage are two stripe patterns with vintage textural surfaces inspired by Frinier’s travels to Mediterranean seaside and coastal villages. The four correlating jacquard patterns are Fontainebleau (floral motif), Fleur-de-Lis (classically styled lily or iris), Volute (scroll-shaped forms) and Orleans (garden gate pattern.)

“Success in today’s marketplace requires collaboration among companies and individuals with common goals and aesthetics,” said Greg Rosendale, interior fabrics manager for Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, the makers of Sunbrella. “Pindler & Pindler, Richard Frinier and Sunbrella have long histories of bringing beautiful and durable fabrics to the marketplace; this latest addition by Pindler & Pindler furthers our partnerships for the benefit of professional interior designers.”
 

Monday, June 04, 2012

CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS MARKET RETURNS TO SANTA MONICA

 

The Contemporary Crafts Market will be returning as the West Coast’s premiere event for one-of-a-kind functional and decorative crafts June 8-10, 2012. The market will feature the distinctive works of over 250 of the nation’s finest artists and craftspeople, ranging from intricate jewelry, unique glassware and ceramics to hand-painted textiles, custom furniture, mixed-media creations and much more. All items on display and for sale have been jury-selected for their exceptional quality.

The Contemporary Crafts Market has been a showcase for burgeoning and established talent since its inception 27 years ago. The market brings together an eclectic mix of artisans, while also allowing visitors to meet the artists behind some of the nation’s finest crafts.

Roy Helms, Contemporary Crafts Market founder, has continually sought to raise awareness of fine crafts as a serious art form by highlighting talented artists who have created a name for themselves and whose works can be found in national and international museums or galleries.

“Each year, the Contemporary Crafts Market provides shoppers and collectors with some of the finest craft pieces from across the United States,” Helms explains. “This year will be no exception, as these artists have provided visitors with a truly extraordinary array of pieces that are perfect gifts for friends and family.”

This year’s market will feature a number of artists who take a novel approach to the art of craft:

Susan Eastman’s Ruby Lee line is a collection of handmade wearable art scarves and wraps. Eastman combines drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and photography into her pieces. A fine artist residing in Oakland, California, her work can also be found at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art store.

Marianne Bernsen creates one-of-a-kind canvas floor cloths. Bernsen’s “art for the floor” is the perfect combination of good art and utility. All cloths are hemmed and mitered, painted and polyed to last a lifetime.

Alison Antelman creates handmade jewelry in organic shapes with a kaleidoscope of color from unusual semiprecious and precious stones set in materials such as sterling silver and 18k and 22k gold. Hollow forms allow pieces to be light and comfortable to wear, yet substantial for making a statement.

The Contemporary Crafts Market is held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St. in Santa Monica. 

Saturday, June 02, 2012

UNIQUE FURNITURE DESIGN THE SCOTT TUCKER WAY

Scott Tucker is a New York based artist, sculptor and designer. His line of contemporary furniture design titled 'Ruanjiba' has been available for several years now and according to the home and lifestyle website HomeAndRecreation.org continues to go from strength to strength. Anyone who has ever designed anything will no doubt be aware that finding the balance between offering a new unique product and not alienating your potential market can be a difficult path to tread.

Scott Tucker's background in painting, sculpting and fabrication seems to have given him something of a headstart when it comes to furniture design. According to the the home and recreation blog site, the continued success of Tucker's furniture design is in part due to his ability to effortlessly blend traditional furniture materials like mahogany and teak with more modern contemporary materials like bamboo and mongoi.

The lifestyle website went on to add that Tucker seems to have developed a unique style of incorporating rectangular shapes into his designs that appeal to a broad range of customers. The blog also added that Tucker is able to craft his designs to suit individual client specifications. Tucker's artistic background and eye for detail looks set to ensure he will be a busy man for quite some time to come.

Source; PR Web

BOTTEMILLER AND MILES TO BE HONORED WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

The International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA) has named Don Bottemiller and John Miles recipients of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. The two men, both of whom are retired from Homecrest Outdoor Living, will be honored at the casual furnishings industry’s annual awards gala to be held September 22, at the Field Museum in Chicago, during the 2012 International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market. The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award is reserved for individuals who...

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