Saturday, March 29, 2014

New Products Showcased at Spring High Point Market

"The industry descends on High Point every Spring and Fall knowing they will discover the most innovative new companies and fashion-forward products.  IMC, known as the heart of the High Point Market, boasts the largest presentation of must-see design venues, such as IHFC, Market Square, Suites at Market Square, InterHall, SALON and 200/320/330 North Hamilton Street buildings, along with a number of dynamic destinations that feature new companies, emerging artisans and fresh products," said Karen Olson, Vice President of Marketing for International Market Centers.   "With so much ground to cover, we are pleased to introduce a number of exciting programs that zero in on those products and trends-as they unfold-to elevate the market experience for designers and retailers looking for what's new and hot."

In doing so, IMC has forged partnerships with top tastemakers who will infuse their unique and valued perspective online and onsite-scouting the top design trends and sharing them with industry market-goers. A round up of new, designer-related happenings on tap for Spring High Point Market include:

IMC recently launched its social media profile, @DesignOnHPMKT on Instagram, soon-to-be rolled out across IMC's other social sharing platforms. Attendees of High Point Market can connect with top designers and bloggers who will be sharing their inspirations each day, including their favorite showrooms, products, social events and much more. Friday's @DesignOnHPMKT Instagram take-over starts with guest posts from Gretchen Aubuchon (Fashion + Décor) and Matthew Frederick (M. Frederick Interiors). Saturday's @DesignOnHPMKT feed will feature Corey Damen Jenkins (DWV Design with Vision), Christian May (Maison 21) and Dwayne Clark (Century Furniture). On Sunday, the lenses of Crystal Palecek (Rue Magazine), Tobi Fairley (Toby Fairley Design) and Julia Buckingham Edelmann (Buckingham Interiors) will be front and center. Lisa Mende (Mende Design) and Marisa Marcantonio (StyleBeat) will dominate @DesignOnHPMKT on Monday. Kristin Drohan (Kristin Drohan Collection) and Jonathan Legate (Jonathan Legate Interiors) will be IMC's guest bloggers on Tuesday. Finally, Lisa Kahn Allen (Kahn Design Group) along with the duo Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke (Madcap Cottage) will takeover on Wednesday. Join the conversation @DesignOnHPMKT for fun, candid moments during market by these trendsetters, and don't miss the "selfie" videos posted by the designers sharing the myriad reasons they love attending High Point Market.

Surya to Debut Bedding Line At High Point Market

Surya, rug and home accessories manufacturer, will unveil a new bedding line at the company’s flagship showroom, Showplace 4100, during the Spring 2014 High Point Market. The new line has been designed to coordinate seamlessly with Surya’s rugs, pillows and other accessories, making it easy to create a complete look that flows seamlessly throughout the home environment.

Building upon the success of the Florence Broadhurst line of rugs and pillows, the initial bedding collection will feature several of the iconic designer’s well-loved patterns, including Japanese-inspired floral, Kabuki fan and crane motifs. Each design will be offered in two colorway combinations and will be available as a duvet set with two standard pillow shams in twin, double, queen and king sizes.

“We have been hearing from our customers for a while now that our products are being used within the bedroom setting,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “At the same time, it’s clear that consumers are no longer looking just to decorate one or two rooms within their homes, but instead want to connect multiple rooms to create a harmonious feeling throughout. Our movement into the bedding category will enable retailers and designers to go beyond the living room conversation and engage customers in discussions about their bedroom decor needs, helping to streamline the shopping process while also providing additional sales opportunities.”

Constructed of luxe 330-thread count cotton sateen, the line will also include matching Euro shams and 18-inch pillows, which can be purchased separately. Further completing the look, Surya is launching a complementary collection of Florence Broadhurst rugs. Available in multiple colorways, the rugs include hand tufted constructions crafted of wool with viscose accents, and plush, hand loomed designs featuring high/low pile for an all-over dimensional effect.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

IKEA Announces Latest PS collection, themed "On the Move"

IKEA has recently announced the launch of its latest IKEA PS collection, themed "On the Move," created specifically for the young, urban crowd living in smaller spaces. Now in its eighth iteration, the new PS collection offers a range of pieces for every room in the home, with lightweight materials, bright colors and multifunctional design woven throughout. Pieces of the collection ? which range from seating to dishes, lighting to plant stands, and tables to storage units , are designed for flexibility and movability in order to adapt to the evolving needs of urban dwellers looking to live more simply and do more in the space they have.

The collection was inspired by homes and homeowners  that are in constant motion. According to a global survey, nearly 60 percent of American city dwellers, aged 18-29, desire to move within the next two years.

The IKEA PS 2014 collection focuses on the young urban residents that have ever-fluctuating living situations, whether it's where they live or with whom they share a space," said Janice Simonsen, Design Spokesperson, IKEA U.S. This line brings flexibility to everyone by combining form, function, quality, sustainability and an accessible price point."

IKEA worked with young-minded designers from all over the world to bring the beautiful and functional collection to life. Some examples of how the creators of the IKEA PS 2014 collection used smart design to create smart solutions.

"Globally, we found that young people are looking to use every inch of their home effectively," says Peter Klinkert, Head of Special Collections for IKEA of Sweden. "With IKEA PS 2014, we worked to create pieces that keep multifunction and small space living at the core."

IKEA PS (meaning Post Scriptum) is the design statement, first launched in 1995, which puts focus on cutting edge modern Scandinavian furniture design without losing sight of what makes IKEA unique,  affordable, quality design for the many people. IKEA launches a new PS line approximately every three years.

The PS 2014 collection will be available starting in April at IKEA stores nationwide.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Surya Extends Support to Veteran Pain Program

Surya supports the Veteran Pain Program, an initiative of Minnesota-based BFW Charities that provides medical grants to military veterans to help them access the treatment necessary to relieve chronic pain and move on to lead productive lives. Through a generous financial contribution to the program’s “Helping 100 Veterans in 100 Days” initiative, Surya will enable three veterans to receive therapeutic treatment for three months.

“Our goal is to help veterans return to their daily routines as quickly and healthy as possible, using the latest medical technologies and best practices,” said Doug Huseby, founder of BFW Charities and owner of Becker Furniture World. “In many cases, we’ve seen veterans who had resigned themselves to a life of discomfort emerge from treatment with significantly reduced pain and renewed hope for the future. We are grateful to Surya for its commitment to help those who have dutifully served our nation live the best lives possible.”

Veterans who meet the program’s requirements are awarded a grant that can be used for treatment at The Ultimate Wellness Center locations in Becker or Minnetonka, Minn. A mobile unit has recently been added, giving veterans without transportation the opportunity to take advantage of the program. To date, the Veteran Pain Program has provided treatment to more than 250 Minnesota veterans with service-related disabilities, and Huseby hopes to expand the initiative nationwide.

The International Sleep Products Association Helps Needy Children

The International Sleep Products Association’s March EXPO in New Orleans promises to be a pajama party.  To thank its host city, the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) and its members are collecting new pajamas and books to donate to the New Orleans Pajama Program.

Ryan Trainer, ISPA president stated, “During EXPO held on March 26-29, 2014, ISPA encourages attendees to contribute new books, pajamas [all sizes infant to 18 years old] or cash to help needy children get a good night’s sleep. Donation bins will be located on-site. All donations and proceeds will benefit the New Orleans Chapter of the Pajama Program.”

The non-profit Pajama Program provides new pajamas and books to children, many of whom are waiting to be adopted. These children live in various situations, including group homes, shelters and temporary housing facilities. Most have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a mother or father tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story.

Genevieve Piturro, founder, Pajama Program has stated, “At Pajama Program we believe that a loving and comforting bedtime routine makes a huge difference for any child, but for some children this is not always possible, which is why we are committed to providing children in need with new comfy pajamas and a new book of their very own.  We are grateful to ISPA’s support of Pajama Program and its help in helping to make sure that all children have a good night’s sleep.”

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Steelcase Invests Renewable Energy

Steelcase Inc. will be investing renewable energy to 100% of its global electricity consumption. After this investment Steelcase has become the 15th largest 100% renewable energy purchaser in the United States according to the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership. It reflects the company’s larger energy strategy which has, to date, resulted in a 60% reduction in energy use since the company began tracking its consumption in 2001.

Steelcase has chosen to purchase its renewable energy credits (RECs) from a portfolio that includes newer projects and non-emitting sources like wind and hydroelectric energy in North America and Europe. Steelcase is the first major company in its industry to purchase non-emitting renewable energy equivalent to 100 percent of its global electricity consumption.

President and CEO of Steelcase Inc, Jim Keane commented, “Our commitment to renewable energy is reflective of our passion for innovation and the environment. We’re helping grow an industry that will ultimately benefit the entire world. But as a reflection of our company values, we maintain a sense of urgency in limiting our use of fossil fuels. Steelcase remains focused on identifying innovative ways to build the energy efficiency of our operations, to reduce the embodied energy of our products, and to help our customers optimize their own real estate and energy use.”

In an effort to expand positive impact, Steelcase has created a one-of-a-kind program that will encourage the company’s suppliers to purchase clean RECs from new wind energy facilities that came online in 2011 or later. Those partners choosing to participate will benefit from Steelcase’s volume discount pricing.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

EZMOD is Launching a New Promotion This Month for Shoppers

EZMOD is launching a new promotion entitled “Deals of the Week,” as a special thank you to fans and customers for five years of faithful loyal support.

Every Monday shoppers can find what products EZMOD has chosen to slash prices off that week. Each “Deal” will contain its own individual percentage discount. Percentages will range on a weekly basis. Once EZMOD has removed the red discount icon from the top right hand corner of the product image, then that product is no longer a “Deal of the Week”
The new special is the latest addition to the list of methods EZMOD offers shoppers to save. The “Deals of the Week” special is compatible with their “EZ” coupons.

The “EZ” coupons codes can be found under the “discount” tab of their homepage.
The code allows shoppers to save an additional $50 on any purchase totaling $600 or more, and $100 on purchases of $1,000.
EZMOD’s physical location will be relocated in April to a new location that will give contemporary furniture store enthusiasts a chance to visit their showroom and view certain items.

The new location will be in the City of Industry. The expansion gives EZMOD the capability to hold a larger inventory and fill high quantity orders.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

UBS Global Consumer Conference To Witness Presence of Bassett

Bassett Furniture Industries Inc. announced that Robert H. Spilman, Jr, President and Chief and Executive Officer, and J. Michael Daniel, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will present at the UBS Global Consumer Conference on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 9:40 a.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston. They will also be meeting with investors throughout the day.  

Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high quality, mid-priced home furnishings. With 93 company- and licensee-owned stores, Bassett has leveraged its strong brand name in furniture into a network of corporate and licensed stores that focus on providing consumers with a friendly environment for buying furniture and accessories. The most significant growth opportunity for Bassett continues to be the Company's dedicated retail store program. Bassett's retail strategy includes affordable custom-built furniture that is ready for delivery in the home within 30 days. The stores also feature the latest on-trend furniture styles, more than 1,000 upholstery fabrics, free in-home design visits, and coordinated decorating accessories. Bassett is also growing its traditional wholesale business with more than 500 accounts on the open market, across the United States and internationally.

NAHFA Announces 2014 High Point Market Seminars

The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) has announced its schedule for the 2014 High Point Market Seminars, April 5-8, 2014. The NAHFA educational seminars, which are free to market-attendees, are held in the Retailer Resource Center (RRC), 1st Floor of Plaza Suites, 222 South Main St.

“This Market we’ve added two government relations focused seminars,” said Sharron Bradley, NAHFA’s CEO. “The Association’s lobbyist will discuss the issues that we’re monitoring for our members and the industry, and we will have an informative seminar on the Affordable Care Act that will provide critical information on the Act’s impact on both large and small businesses.”

The NAHFA hosts seminars during both Las Vegas and High Point Markets in the RRC—a place designed to give retailers access to information, vendors, workshops, and speakers that can help improve and grow their businesses. Sessions topics include everything from sales and sales management to social media, operations, government relations, promotions, technology, and more.

Seminars are offered Saturday, April 5 through Tuesday, April 8 during the High Point Market.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Restaurant Furniture Canada Helps Country Boyz Restaurant Upgrade Its Seating

Restaurant Furniture Canada has recently helped Country Boyz Restaurant upgrade its interior décor with new chairs, bar stools, solid wood table tops and bases.

"The owner contacted Restaurant Furniture Canada for new chairs and table tops because of their reputation for high quality at competitive prices," salesperson Chris explained. "He decided to go with Restaurant Furniture Canada's Leonardo Wood Chair and matching Bar Stool in walnut finish and padded fabric seats. Customers can choose between a solid wood seat or an American made padded seat upholstered in vinyl or fabric. The seats can be custom upholstered in any material for an additional cost."

Restaurant Furniture Canada's Leonardo Wood Chair is currently on sale for $74 and the matching bar stool sells for $95. Customers can choose from 6 different finishes or have a custom finish made for an additional charge. Like many of Restaurant Furniture Canada's wood furniture, the Ladder Back Wood Chairs and bar stools are made in the USA from wood responsibly harvested in the Midwest.

"The Leonardo Wood Chairs and Bar Stools were just what the owner of Country Boyz was looking for," Chris said. "The Leonardo Wood Chairs and Bar Stools are very popular chairs with restaurant owners throughout North America.They are comfortable and functional, with the long-lasting durability and are reputed for their fine craftsmanship."

The owner of Country Boyz also purchased solid wood table tops in a matching walnut finish with an eased edge. The table tops, which also come in 2 inch thickness are made in the USA. "Having the finish of the table match the chairs and bar stools was very important for the owner," remarked Chris. Prices for solid wood table tops start at just $101.