Saturday, September 28, 2013

Small Office/Home Office Products Standard Meets the Test

The 2008 version of the ANSI Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) - Tests Standard has been reaffirmed and approved by ANSI.

The ANSI/SOHO S6.5 2008 (R2013) standard defines specific tests, laboratory equipment, conditions of test, and recommended minimum levels to be used in the test and evaluation of the performance, durability, and structural adequacy of storage and desk-type furniture intended for use in the small office and/or home office.

The BIFMA Engineering Committee and its subcommittee on SOHO products completed the original work on the standard in 2000. The subcommittee conducts routine reviews of the standard to ensure that the tests accurately describe the proper means of evaluating the safety, durability, and structural adequacy of storage and desk-type furniture products intended for use in the small office and/or home office. The BIFMA Engineering Committee recommended the 2008 edition be reaffirmed with no substantive changes and it was approved by ANSI in September 2013.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Calligaris to Hold Bedroom Furniture Sale in Its Washington, DC Store

Modern Italian furniture maker Calligaris will be offering discounts of up to 30-percent off MSRP on bedroom furniture in its Washington, DC store during its Bedroom Sale.

The Calligaris Bedroom Sale which begins on September 27th will feature discounts of up to 30-percent off MSRP on beds, dressers, night stands, accessories, and more. The sale ends on Monday, October 14th and applies to items in the Calligaris quick ship program, as well as special orders.

FIRA Comments on Current Status Of Wood Waste Appliances

The British Furniture Confederation (BFC) met DEFRA and negotiated a two year postponement of changes to emissions limits for existing plant subject to the production of an industry report on the current status of wood waste appliances within the furniture sector.

The Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA), with input from the British Furniture Manufacturers Association (BFM) and burner manufacturers, has now produced a report and is seeking industry comment prior to its submission to DEFRA.

In terms of particulate emissions, the most recent version of PG 1/12 states that new plant must not exceed 60 mg/m3. However, the report makes it clear that if this limit were applied to existing plant (current limits are 200 mg/m3) then most appliances would be incapable of complying, without significant investment in new filtration systems.

It is inevitable that Government will seek to reduce particulate, CO2 and oxides of nitrogen emissions as it has internationally agreed commitments in relation to certain pollutants. However, it is important that these changes are proportionate and don't have a massive negative impact on the competitiveness of UK manufacturers.

The report aims to provide an objective summary of the current status of, and issues relating to, wood waste boilers in the furniture sector, and any comments received should seek to address any inaccuracies. Additional comments, along with evidence, on the impact of the tightening of limits on the competitiveness of your business, will also be useful as they will help to inform any future discussions with DEFRA.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

USFloors Receives Patent for Corboo Flooring

USFloors Inc. has received a patent for its Corboo line of cork-infused, strandwoven bamboo flooring (patent no. 8,541,085). The solid planks are 5¼ inches wide by 72 inches long by ½ inch thick with drop/lock glueless construction.

“We are excited to receive the patent on our Corboo floors,” said USFloors President and CEO Piet Dossche in a statement. “Corboo represents a signature achievement for USFloors that affirms our commitment to bring unique and sustainable floors to the floor covering market.”

Six Corboo floors are being launched into the specialty retail market this fall as an expansion of the company’s flagship Natural Bamboo Expressions, collection of solid locking strandwoven bamboo floors.


Source: Hardwood Floors

Monday, September 09, 2013

Paul Toms gets a Promotion at Joss & Main

Joss & Main, one of the leading private-sale sites for, has made an official announcement of making Paul Toms, their new General Manager. The private-sale site for the home goods is regarded as one of the most highly trafficked web portal and it operates at $200 million run rate with more than 5 million members.

The new role will allow Toms to lead the operations and drive the growth strategy for this site, in this constantly evolving flash sale market. Before getting this promotion, Toms served as a senior director of marketing for Joss & Main and he focused on the aspects related to member acquisition & engagement along with product development.

Before joining Joss & Main, Toms spent five years at as a developer of core business units in analytics, digital advertising and customer segmentation. Last year he was chosen as a member of the MITX Feature Leaders Group, thereby justifying Joss & Main’s decision of making him their new leader.