Friday, November 22, 2013

Kensington Furniture Initiates A Sleep Council

Kensington Furniture of Northfield, NJ, has partnered with a local pediatrician, neurologist, pulmonologist, chiropractor, sleep specialist, and other medical experts to create a Sleep Council. Kensington Furniture contains the largest selection of family room reclining furniture, bedrooms, and dining rooms. The Sleep Council is focused on educating people about the importance of their pillows and how a poor pillow can contribute to insomnia or sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea occurs in approximately 25 percent of men and about 10 percent of women. Nearly 30 percent of these people experience sleep apnea due to their pillow or bedding. Sleep apnea causes fragmentation of a person’s sleep, which causes those affected by it to be tired or have loud snoring. Sleep apnea is generally treated with a machine called a CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure.

The Sleep Council has used their expertise to construct a questionnaire that will help customers know which type of bed they need to get a good night’s sleep. In addition to the questionnaire, the Sleep Council has created a Pillow Bar, which will feature various head, neck, back, stomach, and side pillows. After answering the questionnaire, customers will be able to understand what pillows and bedding will yield the greatest amount of rest when they sleep.

Kensington Furniture is committed to continued research with the Sleep Council and to helping people get the best bedding their bodies need for a good night’s sleep. They are changing the way bedding is sold – it’s not about the price point or “how it feels” – but about what will yield a sufficient amount of rest for each individual person.

Kensington Furniture offers a great selection of bedroom furniture and health-conscious mattresses at affordable prices. They have started a blog titled Sleep Matters to offer further education on the importance of getting a good night's sleep.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Akula Furniture Appoints New Preferred Contract Agents in the USA

Akula has been rapidly expanding its network of distributors and retailers around the world. As a result of increase sales and customer feedback they have recently appointed four new preferred contract agents around the USA to enhance their offering and levels of support in this vitally important market.

Akula have an international reputation as designers and manufacturers of exceptional quality outdoor furniture. 2013 has seen strong growth in sales and as a result they have a rapidly growing number of agents and distribution partners spread across the world.

Akula expect additional growth in 2014, and so are positioning themselves to capitalise upon the potential market conditions in the USA.

Their furniture ranges have been designed specifically to meet the needs of the most demanding clients in the USA and is installed at resort hotels, spas, bars, heavy use airport business lounges, cruise lines & restaurants.

Recently Akula has completed an extensive installation at the LAX Star Alliance Business Lounge, where their exceptional furniture provides the ideal, low maintenance, contemporary backdrop to this prestigious venue.

To support an increase in business in the USA they have appointed four new preferred contract agents in key locations;

Davis Design Materials Inc based in Las Vegas NV (Contact : Valerie Davis -valerie(at)ddmaterials(dot)com), ICFN in Atlanta GA (Contact : Alan Robbins -a5robb(at)aol(dot)com) Vincenzo Viva Sales LLC based at Hilton Head Island, SC (Contact : Vincenzo Viva - vincenzovivasalesllc(at)gmail(dot)com) and Roy Ingvar Mattson LLC based in Newport RI and Palm Beach, FLA (Contact : Roy Mattson rim(at)roymattson(dot)com or Claude Bouviercb(at)roymattson(dot)com)


Monday, November 18, 2013

ASFD Announces 2013 Pinnacle Award Winners

American Society of Furniture Designers held their annual Pinnacle Awards Banquet with the largest attendance in several years. The winners are listed below:

Occasional Tables
Kim Price, ASFD for KAVANTE, Inc.

Occasional Storage
Create A Curio        
DavideTonizzo for Buhler Furniture

Youth Furniture
Richard Schroeder, ASFD; Denis Kissane, ASFD for Stanley Furniture

Casual Dining
Mandy Shanahan, ASFD for Phillips Collection

Formal Dining
Cabinetmaker’s Cherry    
Robert Mulder for Harden Furniture

Motion Upholstery
Levice III    
Kelvin Ng, ASFD for Kelvin Giormani by Planum

Stationary Upholstery
Black Beauty    
Christopher Sandomenico for Caracole

Leather Upholstery
Miller Chair    
Jessica Green for American Leather

Home Lighting
David Kitts, ASFD; David Martin, ASFD; Zach Pyle, ASFD for Hubbardton Forge

Home Accessories
Zahra Collection        
SatyaTiwari for Surya

Home Office
Chic Coterie    
Taylor West for Hooker Furniture

Home Entertainment
Modern Mosaic    
Boyd Kezerian for Walker EdisonFurniture

Source Lounge Chair
Mathias Hoffmann for Gloster Furniture

Richard Schroeder, ASFD; Denis Kissane, ASFD; Gary Hokanson, ASFD for Stanley Furniture

Green Leaf Award
Pastiche Chest    
Timothy Ledford for David Francis Furniture

Major Collections
Chin Hua
Zagaroli& Company; David Vanderbloemen; Scott Goodson for Century Furniture

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Showroom Expansion at Ridge Home Furnishings

Ridge Home Furnishings expands showroom to better suit the needs of their customers, whether looking for the latest styles or forever pieces.

Ridge Home Furnishings is proud to announce their newly-expanded showroom. Many years ago the trend of buying furniture was more of a long-term investment than it tends to be today. Customers were mostly in search of high-end furniture that would last a family for years. Rewind to days long gone of rooms full of furniture covered with plastic. Furniture was a major family purchase and was meant to stay for a significant length of time.

Now it seems customers are seeking more mid-line quality furniture that can be easily replaced in a few years as the trends and styles of furniture continuously change. Lately, it seems people are leaning towards buying more budget-friendly pieces as opposed to the very high end product so that they can give their homes an instant makeover when they tire of the old.

The selection at Ridge Home Furnishings includes a variety of price points to suit any budget. If the customers’ needs can’t be met in the main showroom, they can venture up to the new loft and browse the selection of higher-end products that can be customized to taste in many styles and colors. The new larger showroom at Ridge Home Furnishings has expanded to now also carry children’s and teen furniture, in addition to the vast array of bedroom sets already available for purchase.

Whether searching for a top-of-the-line set or a more budget-friendly one to suit the kids heading off to college, Ridge Home furnishings has the largest variety of selections to choose from in Western NY. In search of a new dining room set? Customers can head on up to the newly-remodeled second floor portion of the expansion to browse hundreds of dining room sets. From large dining room tables, to Bistro styles with bar stools, if a customer can’t find a set to fit their tastes, there are plenty of catalogs to special order the perfect one for their home.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Maine Heritage Timber Named in the List of 100 Best New Home Products of 2013

Maine Heritage Timber, New England’s leading source for river-reclaimed timber was named a “2013 TOH Top 100 award winner” by This Old House. The third annual The TOH Top 100 features the 100 best new home products of the year. Maine Heritage Timber’s river-reclaimed wainscoting and trim was one of twelve listed in the 'Finishing Touches' category to receive the honor.

The editors spent months testing to find the most distinct, helpful, and coolest home products in seven categories: Kitchen, Bath, Tools, Building Products, Outdoor Living, Home Tech, and Finishing Touches. Each winning product is also labeled with icons such as Money-Saver, Easy Upgrade, Perfect Solution, Eco-Friendly, Splurge or Made in the USA. Each section includes picks for the most useful apps in each category.

“We are honored to be named to This Old House’s list of best new home products for 2013,” said Tom Shafer, co-founder and owner of Maine Heritage Timber. “As a smaller business that’s fairly new to the industry, we’re thrilled to see our unique products receive this type of recognition.”
“The 2013 TOH Top 100 is full of products that showcase ingenuity, demonstrate originality, wow us with their functionality, and of course, mark breakthroughs in their categories,” says This Old House Editor Scott Omelianuk.

The 2013 list marks the third annual “The TOH Top 100” and includes items for people who love houses new or old and are looking for the newest ways to fix them up.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Armstrong Flooring CEO to Retire

Frank Ready, CEO of Armstrong Flooring Products (Lancaster, Pa.), is retiring after a 30-year career. Thomas Mangas, who previously served as CFO of Armstrong, will succeed Ready, and David Schulz will take over as CFO. Schulz most recently served as vice president of Armstrong Building Products. All of these changes will take effect November 16.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Resource Furniture Transforms Modular “Pedia-Pod” Hospital Room at GreenBuild Expo 2013

Resource Furniture announce the sponsorship of Building Design+Construction's "Pedia-Pod" a prototype pediatric treatment module to be featured in the Green Zone at GreenBuild 2013.

The innovative, pre-fab module is a "kid-friendly" 14-foot by 42-foot unit that showcases a number of design principles, practices and products that could make it worthy of a LEED Gold application, including a hyper-functional 180-square foot “Family Zone” which functions as a waiting area, play space, and work area while also providing much-needed sleeping facilities for families of the young patients.

The main system in the Family Zone is the Circe – a freestanding, multi-functional, seven-foot sofa during the day, that seamlessly transforms into a comfortable queen wall bed at night. The Circe is designed and made in Italy by Clei. The Family Zone also features dual-height, flip-down tables; one height for young children and one height for adults. A hanging closet, storage, comfortable seating, a media storage unit and a work station complete the space.

By collaborating with Resource Furniture, named “the biggest retailer in the multi-functional space in the U.S.” by The Wall Street Journal, the Pedia-Pod is able to provide the functionality of a space much larger than its actual footprint.

“Multifunctional furniture solutions, like the systems we are installing in the Pedia-Pod can have a measurable impact on sustainability–residential or commercial.” said Ron Barth, co-founder of Resource Furniture. “Any time that you can force one square foot to perform the function of two – or three, you create real value: monetary value, in terms of construction and maintenance cost savings, as well as environmental value in terms of ongoing energy savings”.

GreenBuild 2013 will mark the first trade show opportunity for Resource Furniture to showcase an installation of transforming furniture in a healthcare environment.

Clei bed systems feature water-based lacquers, FSC-CoC certified and CARB (2) compliant materials, and biodegradeable, solvent-free mattresses, important features in sensitive healthcare environments. Resource Furniture also provides a lifetime warranty on all mechanisms.

The module also boasts a specialized bathroom, treatment/recovery area, medical staff workstation, and features high-performance windows, energy-efficient lighting and controls, and water-saving plumbing fixtures. Pedia-Pod is designed and constructed by NRB, Ephrata, Pa, and will be on display at NRB's offices after the show.

Greenbuild 2013 International Conference & Expo will take place November 20-22 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Contact Laura Anderson or Lisa Blecker at 212-753-2039 for information or to schedule an appointment.