Saturday, September 20, 2014

America's Backyards & Outdoor Living Commits to Las Vegas Market

Outdoor furniture producer America’s Backyards & Outdoor Living, Inc. has signed a major lease for more than 6,500 square feet of permanent showroom space at the Las Vegas Market starting in August 2015.

As part of the Casual Furnishings category launch taking place at the Summer 2015 Market in Las Vegas,  America’ Backyards joins leading casual manufacturers Agio, Hanamint, Tommy Bahama and OW Lee, who have already committed to the market with long-term leases. These new companies join the casual/outdoor manufacturers already showing at Las Vegas Market including Emerald Home Furnishings, Emerald Outdoor, Kannoa, King’s Rattan, Original Charleston Bedwing, Patio Logic, Panama Jack, Pelican Reef, Ratana Home & Floral, Skyline Design, Somers, Sunny Designs, Inc., Sunset West USA, Veneman Collections and Zuo Modern, Inc.

Summer Las Vegas Market, which runs from August 2-6, 2015, will debut 250,000 square feet  of fully built-out permanent showroom and temporary exhibit space on the 12th and 13th floors in Building C devoted to the casual/outdoor category.

“Interest in the Las Vegas casual/outdoor launch continues to gain momentum, with more and more manufacturers signing leases,” said Craig Staack, vice president of home furnishings leasing for International Market Centers. “Bringing the outdoor category to a dedicated space at Market provides excellent synergies for furniture buyers looking for additional offerings to complement their product mix.  It’s a convenient shopping experience for buyers as well; and the timing is ideal to acquire inventory for the summer selling cycle.”

InterHall Features New Exhibitors at High Point Market

Spanning 80,000 square feet on the first floor of the IHFC building, InterHall gives the freshest new ideas in design center stage.  Countless up-and-coming furniture and accessory exhibitors earned their places here after a rigorous juried selection process. More and more resources are selected each Market.

At Fall Market, more than seventy companies will be showcasing their cutting-edge designs throughout InterHall.
New InterHall Exhibitors:
•    Canvas Home (IH603)
•    Caracole (IH106)
•    EcoSmart Fire/Brown Jordan Fires (IH112)
•    Erinn V. HOME (IH200)
•    Framburg (IH114)
•    Jaxon Home (IH305)
•    Lowcountry Originals (IH410)
•    Patagonia Home (IH601)
•    PIANCA USA (IH607)
•    PTMD by MAKA (IH310)
•    Rustbelt Reclamation (IH307)
•    Square Roots (IH212)
•    Temahome (IH501)
•    Tempaper (IH311)
•    Zoe Bios Creative (IH406)

In addition to eyeing scores of exhibitors, please make sure to check out the InterHall Martini Parties. Specialty martinis can be found at four different locations throughout InterHall from 4-6 PM Saturday, Monday and Wednesday during October Market.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Luxury Beds by Phyllis Morris Among World's Largest

Six decades of creating luxury furniture in the heart of the West Hollywood Design District has earned Phyllis Morris a special place in the world of bespoke furnishings. The newest edition of Middle East based publication Luxury has cast a spotlight on the company's completely handcrafted beds that are larger than life not only in their size, but also in their luxe appointments such as draperies, swags, gold or silver leaf finishes and such amenities as lighted canopy interiors and plasma TV lifts in their foot boards.

Since the company's launch in 1953, the clientele of Hollywood A-list celebrities began to grow to eventually include royalty, international industrialists, billionaires and people of intrigue and mystery who have sought out custom-made furniture to suit their lifestyles and unique tastes. Ms. Phyllis Morris founded the company with the philosophy of making every piece by hand, one at a time and today that philosophy is carried on by Morris' daughter Jamie Adler who heads the company as its president and brand director.

"There is no request too outrageous or too unusual," says Adler from her N. Robertson Boulevard office at the company's one and only showroom in West Hollywood, "which is why so many people fly in from around the globe to request that we make their furniture." Recently, a Middle Eastern princess visited the company's showroom to check in on her Hollywood-inspired furniture destined for her palatial desert abode. Typical of the lifestyles of the rich and famous is the size of their homes, with some up to 25,000 square feet which have been filled with gold-leafed and silk-swathed furnishings from Phyllis Morris.

Clients come to the West Hollywood showroom from such countries as India, Russia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Australia and more, mainly because there is "a demand for handcrafted and handmade luxury furnishings, especially from California," notes Adler. "The allure of Los Angeles and Hollywood is as strong as it ever was," she goes on to say. "We are at the center of creative fantasies that are reflected in films, television shows, street fashion and the free and uninhibited lifestyles that people from abroad associate with life in California."

And the price of those fantasies -- be it a Rolls Royce, a diamond-encrusted watch, a yacht, a polo pony or a $100,000 bed -- comes with the territory of living a larger-than-life lifestyle. "Our clients know exactly what they want and we can create it for them," says Adler, "which explains why we have been a global source for so many decades. With so many U.S. furniture companies outsourcing their goods, we can proudly say that our furniture is made by hand here in Los Angeles. Some of our craftspeople are second generation with our company, which makes it all the more special."

The recent article in Luxury magazine (based in Jordan) points out that creating such furniture as the $100,000 De Medici Canopy Bed takes time -- even in today's world of instant gratification. The master carvers at Phyllis Morris are constantly busy, as there is never a "slow" season for luxury furniture as Adler is quick to point out. "Our typical lead time is about 12 weeks -- but then, that is about the same lead time when ordering a custom Rolls Royce. And we often share the same clientele."

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dwell on Design to Hold Design Conference

This year, Architecture for Humanity's annual design conference, Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! will be taking place at Dwell on Design NY.

Making its return to New York, the 5th annual event will bring together innovators, designers and experts to explore issues surrounding designing for a more resilient world.

Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! will highlight how design can and does make a lasting impact on society - improving the health, environment, economy and overall well-being of communities now and into the future.  Inspiring presentations and engaging discussions will be held during the conference, further pushing humanitarian design into the mainstream.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

New Exhibitors Added to Pavilions on Main 3 in IHFC

Buyers in search of unique and unexpected finds need look no further than the dynamic temporary exhibits known as Pavilions on Main 3. With nearly twenty sights to see, and more being added nearly every day, Fall High Point Market is poised to be full of surprises.  

Encompassing the entire third floor of the Main wing of the International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC), Pavilions on Main 3 features 50 companies showcasing a unique and eclectic mix of products across various furniture and home accent categories.  Products include everything from traditional and casual furniture to accessories to wall art to rugs, and much more.

Fall Market, which runs from October 18-23, will see the debut of many new product lines as well as new companies, many of whom are displaying their wares publicly for the first time.  

New to market:
•    Betsy Drake – accent chairs and benches with solid mahogany frames, lacquered finishes and outdoor fabrics can be placed in covered patios as well as indoor settings.
•    BLW Manufacture Int. Co., Ltd. – environmentally friendly and sustainable micro, faux and bonded leather for furniture, shoes, bags, packing and more. Products can be designed to meet environmental requirements according to customer needs.
•    Boga Oriental Rugs – hand-woven rugs custom-made to fit design requirements based on size, color, pattern, texture and style, from traditional to modern.
•    Carolina Forge – hand-forged dining furniture, accent tables and bar furniture made from iron and wood.
•    China Shenyang Yinling Furniture Co., Ltd. – a variety of furniture options and styles at affordable price points.
•    Consilio Décor – One-of-a-kind 7 color jade vases, each carved by hand using natural stone and  real jade.
•    Desum Industrial Co., Ltd. – home and commercial furniture.
•    Ergo Pedic Sleep Systems and MB&G Marketing/Ergo Pedic Sleep Systems – mattresses and toppers.
•    Foshan Aerosoft Furniture Co. – pocket spring memory foam mattresses.
•    Huaian Yuancheng Import & Export Co., Ltd. – kitchen and bath cabinetry in a choice of wood grains and designs.
•    Northland Art Company – beautifully framed art, both open and limited edition, based on style of both historical and living painters.
•    Oasis Concepts – innovative folding carts for indoor or outdoor.
•    Rajdhani Crafts – manufacturers and exporters of artistic wooden furniture and handicraft items.
•    Rayson Global Co,. Ltd. – pillowtop pocket spring mattresses using high-density foam.
•    Rizhao Golden Star Furniture Company – wooden furniture and accessories, from traditional to contemporary, domestic to outdoor, with various styles for the dining room or living room.
•    Vietnam Pavilion – includes many different companies with home décor and furniture offerings.
•    The Outdoor Greatroom Company LLP – design and manufacture pergolas, outdoor kitchens, grills, luxury outdoor furniture, fireplaces, fire pits, lighting and heating products.
•    Yogibo – producer of contemporary beanbags, for indoor or outdoor use, in a variety of sizes and colors.
•    Yongjun Industrial Development Co., Ltd. – outdoor furniture made of powder-coated aluminum and stainless steel.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

IHFC Accessory Floors Re-merchandized for Fall Market

Buyers at High Point Market this October will find shopping for home accessories at IHFC even easier and more convenient, as the roll out phase two of a comprehensive remerchandising strategy for IHFC’s Accessory floors comes to fruition. Fall 2014 High Point Market, which runs October 19-24, features a refresh of the space as well as notable expansions, relocations and new resources joining the mix.

The conveniently located IHFC Accessory floors 2, 3 and 4 are devoted solely to the accessory category, including accent furniture, rugs, lighting, wall art, decorative accessories and more. The newly configured space groups similar styles and price-points together, making for a more compelling and user-friendly buyer experience.

Herman Miller Partners With Unbranded Designs

Herman Miller, a global leader in design, is partnering with Unbranded Designs to discover new design talent and identify commercially viable designs.

“At Herman Miller we believe that there are talented designers all over the world capable of delivering inspiring solutions to challenging problems. With Unbranded Designs’ platform, we have an exciting and new way to connect with this talent and share our core values around design,” said Gary Smith, Vice President, Product Design and Exploration at Herman Miller.

Using Unbranded Designs' online platform and process, Herman Miller will issue an open design challenge to Unbranded’s global design community in mid-September. Submissions will go through a review process including open feedback from the broader design community as well as a juried panel of design experts. Designers will have an opportunity to make revisions based on the feedback, and then the panel will select the winner. Development at Herman Miller will begin shortly thereafter.

“What sets this partnership apart from typical design competitions is that Herman Miller is focused on finding the next great commercially viable product design. This is not a 'fun competition' for ideas; it is a process and opportunity that focuses on the commercial potential of the best ideas, which in turn leads to fantastic opportunities for designers and innovative products for Herman Miller,” said Sameer Dohadwala, co-founder, Unbranded Designs.

Winning designers will receive cash, royalties, and their name publicly displayed in marketing and collateral, in association with any commercialized products based on their designs. Non-winning finalists will receive prizes, recognition throughout the process, and feedback from a world-class juried panel of design experts, to ensure that they still find value in the opportunity. Designers retain 100 percent ownership of their designs if Herman Miller chooses not to move forward with formal development of their work.

The challenge will be launched in mid-September on the Unbranded Designs website. At that time, further details will be released on the problem statement, legal terms and conditions, and other pertinent information.

Monday, September 08, 2014

North American furniture industry Anticipates Growing Investments

Investment activity has become much brisker in the North American furniture industry over the past few months after a lull lasting several years. Upholstered furniture producers had launched the first major projects last year. Manufacturers of cabinets, living room and bedroom furniture, wardrobes and ready-to-assemble furniture are now also investing more in new machinery and plants.

This upturn in investment interest also encouraged a much larger number of people to attend the International Woodworking Fair (IWF), which took place in Atlanta, Georgia from 20 to 23 August 2014. European woodworking machinery producers setting up stands at the fair had experienced rising order intake from the North American furniture industry over the past few months. This trend looks set to intensify in the remainder of this year.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Glunz & Jensen introduces UV LED lamp technology with 60 % energy power savings

In May 2013, Glunz & Jensen A/S acquired an initial 16.8 % stake in Othonia Curing Technology A/S (Othonia). Othonia develops an innovative computer-controlled UV LED concept for curing surfaces which is replacing the original mercury lamp technology.

UV LED lamp offers instant on/off technology, removing the need for warm-up time. The lamp also offers an extreme accurate and flexible wave-length operation.

The biggest advantage of using UV LED lamp technology is the 60% energy power savings along with complete removal of mercury disposal, ozone and heat emission – a very environmentally friendly solution.

LED technology provides many opportunities for the use of UV LED in different industries. Glunz & Jensen has chosen to exploit the following three areas:

•    Glunz & Jensen will incorporate the UV LED technology in their current exposure products for the flexo prepress industry, where it can benefit the production of flexographic plates, making it more environmentally friendly and cost effective. Glunz & Jensen brings to the market a generic product that can be tailor made for OEM partners.

The initial field tests show very promising results and Glunz & Jensen plan to launch the first commercial product in the first quarter of 2015.

•    UV LED technology can be used in connection with the drying modules of printing units for offset, flexo, as well as digital printing machines. With the exact wave-length of the UV LED, it perfectly dries with significantly reduced energy consumption in the printing press. The LED light source exposes the material with a very little amount of heat, which makes it ideal for curing thermal sensitive substrates as foil, paper cardboard and aluminium.

Glunz & Jensen is in close dialogue with printing press manufacturers and has performed an initial concept evaluation, showing very promising results.

•    The new UV LED technology will also be used for curing surfaces in other applications, such as paint and lacquer in the furniture industry. The LED and the UVC lamp units expose the material with a very little amount of heat, which makes it ideal for curing thermal sensitive substrates as wood and electronics.

Initial testing during the last quarter proves a strong concept and Glunz & Jensen is currently designing a field test module for the evaluation in a real production environment. The first field test unit is expected to be installed at a Danish customer site in October 2014.

Moving forward, Glunz & Jensen and Othonia will cooperate on the development and commercialisation of the technology. Othonia’s products will be marketed by Glunz & Jensen.

Hansgrohe Kicks Off Summer With #Waterselfies Instagram Campaign

This summer, Hansgrohe continues to celebrate the power of the shower with its #SelectHansgrohe social media campaign. This time it’s engaging the Instagram® community in a fun mini campaign: #WaterSelfies. From July 1-July 31, Instagram followers of @HansgroheUSA are invited to tag water-related “selfie” images with #WaterSelfies. Whether it’s at a pool party or during a family day at the beach, participants should “just add water” to their selfies for a chance to win. Ten entrants will each receive the coveted GoPro camera with case. More information can be found at #WaterSelfies campaign headquarters: www.tinyurl.com/WaterSelfies.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

YLiving Announces Saarinen Womb Chair Giveaway

YLiving is giving away a Saarinen Large Womb Chair from Knoll, valued at over $3,500. Participants will have a chance to win the iconic 1948 design created by Eero Saarinen when Florence Knoll challenged him to make a chair of supreme comfort. The sculptural lounger features classic boucle upholstery that’s plush, yet durable and a steel-rod base offered in several finishes. The winner may choose from the following colors: Crimson, Cayenne, Chartreuse, Black Iris, Aegean, and Pearl. The Womb Chair is considered one of the most recognizable designs of midcentury modernism.

Participants must enter by 11:59 PST, September 25, 2014. The winner will be announced September 26 and contacted by email. No purchase is necessary and one entry per person.

The Womb Chair giveaway will kick off the Knoll Annual Sale that runs from September 19-30. All Knoll styles, including favorites such Barcelona and Bertoia chairs and Platner and Saarinen tables, will be 15% off with free shipping.