Thursday, May 30, 2013

Here are the winners for“Groovystuff by Design:Connecting Education with Industry Challenge”

The four winners of “Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge” at the High Point Market were Ian O’Hare  of Appalachian State University, Ami Seuki of North Carolina State University, Malachi Payne of University of Idaho and Bethany DeLine of University of Minnesota. The four students were placed first from their individual schools in the “Popular Vote at Market” for their eco-friendly product designs and innovative contributions to the home furnishings industry.

The products reflected the Dick Idol Legends brand and can be produced using sustainable furniture manufacturing practices. Students produced miniature models and product display boards for market attendees to vote on during the High Point Market. The four student designs were voted “Most marketable” and “Most likely to show a profit” by retailers, interior designers and trade professionals attending market.
Each student received a $250 cash prize along with permanent royalties for life.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Coleman Furniture Sets Customer Satisfaction standard

More and more consumers are shopping for furniture online nowadays. Since its initiation in 1999, Coleman Furniture has devoted itself to service and customer care. The service sales and customer service teams work around the clock to ensure that ordering furniture on their website is a flawless and educational experience. From before the order is placed, until the order is ready to be placed Coleman’s staff is dedicated to assisting and ensuring complete satisfaction.
Their commitment to customer service is not just a slogan to advocate, it is a proven reality. Recently,, the foremost online retailer review site, rated Coleman Furniture highest in customer satisfaction. “Our service to you, our customer, does not simply end when your order is placed,” says Bruce Krinsky, the company’s CEO. “It continues until your satisfaction is absolute.” The perfect customer satisfaction rating is not a reason for Coleman Furniture to sit back and smile at their success, feels Mr. Krinsky, “It is motivation for us to maintain our high standards of customer care, and inspiration for us continue improving our customer’s online shopping experience.”

Friday, May 24, 2013

ARF Thrift Shop becomes Designer Showhouse

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons Thrift & Treasure Shop in Sagaponack is to be transformed into a designer showhouse, with rooms arranged by top interior decorators using items that have been donated to the store and pieces from the designers' own collections. The furniture and home goods are meant for sale and a preview cocktail party with the designers with adoptable dogs and cats to be adopted. “The idea that there are endless new opportunities for things which once seemed old is an important theme for this evening, the thrift shop is an amazing space and we’re hoping our designs help showcase how thrift store pieces can be used creatively in any home." said interior designer Sandra McConnell. The proceeds of the party and the show house is to benefit ARF in Wainscott and the nonprofit's animal rescue efforts. Seven designers grace the event, Elizabeth Dow, James Huniford, Ann Madonia and Susan Madonia, Annie M. Napoliello, Barbara Ostrom and Preston Phillips.  "We salute the designers who have brought such creativity to their assignment, and look forward to seeing everyone,"  said ARF Executive Director Sara Davison. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Saskatoon entrepreneur gives vintage furniture new life

Ricki Skoretz fixes then reupholsters couches, chairs and footstools at Hiddenstitch, a store she has opened Saskatoon.
Skoretz, with some help from a friend learned how to remake old furniture about two years ago.
"I begged her for years and she finally taught me how to do it," said Skoretz, who says she's collected vintage pieces for years. "My parents took me to auctions when I was young. So I've kind of been collecting my whole life."
She's rescued the furniture in her store from thrift stores, back alleys and the landfill. Some are also donated.
"It forces you to be a little more creative when you only have certain resources. You have to patch fabric together or mix and match because you only have a meter or two of each kind. So it just kind of helps you force your mind to work a little differently. Some are really quick and some take a really long time. I just did a chair for a client that had a metal frame and I had to hand sew every piece on, so that took probably about 15 hours, at least." said Skoretz.


Art Van Furniture to aid Oklahoma victims

Art Van Furniture plans on teaming up with WDIV-TV's Ruth to the Rescue and Forgotten Harvest to aid victims of the May 20 tornado in Oklahoma.

The retailer will be collecting donations of food items with long shelf life and personal hygiene items at the metro Detroit stores. "Art Van Furniture is always eager to help those close to home as well as those touched by disaster outside of our community, when we heard about the tragedy in Oklahoma, our hearts went out to the victims and we teamed up with WDIV-TV and Forgotten Harvest to replenish some basic needs to those affected." said Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of the Top 100 company.

Forgotten Harvest, a food rescue organization, will also be accepting cash donations. All items and cash collected will then go to provide food and relief items for victims, officials said.

"Art Van Furniture knows how giving the city of Detroit is, let's show the Oklahoma victims how giving we can be, whether it's one can of food or a cash donation, every little bit will be appreciated by those who have lost their homes and possessions." stated Van Elslander



Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Say hello to Eco- office furniture

In the eco-friendly culture we are living in, many businesses are looking forward in helping out in this regard. Installing furniture made out of sustainable materials is an easy way of going green. Home offices can be made eco-friendly as well, with stylish and contemporary designs on offer. Here are just 5 pieces of office furniture designed to help the environment.

Legaré Bamboo Desk-Beautifully designed bamboo desk from Legaré Sustainable is made from renewable andsustainable bamboowith arich golden colour that it acquiresfrom the nontoxic kiln finishing process. The tab and slot design conceptusedmakes this simple to assemblewith no need for tools. This desk stylishand will compliment any office. There aretables, bookcases, media centres and other pieces in their eco-friendly collection.

Knoll Life Chair-Knoll usesFSC Certified wood and natural fibers. TheirKnollTextiles fabrics are made from 100percent recycled material. Their Life Chair whichwon numerous green and design awards, its features consisting of 55percentrecycled content. It’s designed to be readily recyclable, and is made in the their LEED Gold and ISO 14001 certified Lubin Building, where energy use is generated by wind power.

Knu Desk-Made from gorgeous FSC Certified wood, this desk from Knu is functional yet minimalist. The legs are powder-coated steel and the finish is non-toxic.

Stylus Mesh Visitor Chair-This economical and contemporary mesh-back ergonomic chair consists of loop arms, a chrome frame and mesh back. It is available in black, blue and green with a black Faux-Leather seat, making it stylishlyperfect

Ship Shape Desk Caddy-The Ship Shape Furniture range can be purchasedflat packed or fully assembled. This desk caddy has been designed with a strong construction system for easy assembly. It’s designed to provide extra storage space. Being eco-friendly doesnot mean dull, most of the eco products are designed with style in mind.

 Say hello to stylish furniture, while reducing your carbon footprint.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Wendell Castle’s furniture art

Artist Wendell Castle, often called the father of the art furniture movement will be give his work to Kansas University's Spencer Museum of Art.Castle announced he will be giving "Nirvana" to the museum. The vivid blue polychromed fiberglass sculpture is expected at the museum within the year.
“We are delighted by the gift of this beautiful work by Wendell Castle, an American Master," museum director Saralyn Reece Hardy said in a news release. "The choice of 'Nirvana' represents his astonishing recent work and demonstrates his ever-expanding creative imagination and skill. Castle is one of KU's most respected alumni. We are grateful and so eager to share the work with students and the public.”
Four pieces from the museum's existing collection went on display and are expected to stay on view through July 28. They are “Hanging in the Balance” (2002), “Nefertiti” (2002), “Monty” (1994) and “Octagonal-Based Table” (1981).
 The polychromed fiberglass sculpture, entitled "Nirvana," was created in 2007. It is the third in a series of eight "Nirvana" chairs. KU honored Castle, who holds bachelor's and master's degrees from KU, with an honorary doctorate degree in 2013.
Castle already has honorary doctorates from three other colleges: St. John Fisher College, the State University of New York and Maryland Institute of Art. But, he says, receiving the honor from KU is the most personally meaningful.
“I have an awful lot of respect for the University of Kansas because it set me on this track where I am now,” Castle says. “Turns out that industrial design and sculpture was the perfect combination.”

Friday, May 17, 2013

Giving in to reclaimed wood furniture for a greener future

The credit of using reclaimed wood as opposed to conventional wood to furnish houses, offices and summerhouses has escalated in recent times. The current frequency at making reclaimed wood part of homes stress on the fact that reclaimed timber has a unique, quirky and exquisite look, but also is an added environmental benefit that salvaged wood generates.

The environmental benefit of using reclaimed wood as opposed to non-recycled materials is that it eliminates pointless waste. The exposure of other types of waste often prevents the wood from completely decomposing and instead the wood partially breaks down, which generates the release of methane gas which causes a vicious cycle in global warming, creating ground-level ozone, which is bad for both the environment and for human health.

The Global Tree campaign, a joint venture between Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) is an international campaign that concentrates to saving trees that are threatened with extinction across the world. According to the campaign, more than 8000 tree species are threatened with extinction.

When buying furniture, such as settees, beds, coffee tables and dining room tables and chairs that have been made out of reclaimed wood, it saves trees from being cut down. The Global Trees Campaign also estimates that less than 10 percent of wood waste is actually recycled.

Reclaimed wood not only adds a unique, rustic and hand-crafted look with a stylish and tasteful edge, but goes a long way in the quest to minimise the carbon footprints.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Las Vegas Winter 2014 dates announced

Las Vegas Market is an international furnishings platform that brings together style, inspiration and productivity in an unmatched, world-class destination. Situated on World Market Center Las Vegas’ state-of-the-art campus, Las Vegas Market highlights a complete array of new product from thousands of leading manufacturers and lines in furniture, mattress, lighting, gift, decorative accessories, floor coverings, home textiles and a lot more. With two markets annually, Las Vegas Market is a major home furnishings market in the western U.S. providing unique cross-section of suppliers and buyers spanning the home furnishings, décor and gift industries.

Officials with International Market Centers declared the adjustment of the Winter 2014 Las Vegas Market dates to take place Sunday, January 26to 30.

“After careful consideration of the feedback we received from buyers and exhibitors as to the best way to deliver a truly exceptional Las Vegas Market experience, we are adjusting the Market dates to comprise a weekend day while ending on a Thursday to accommodate optimal Friday return travel,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Maricich.