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:

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.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Surya Added to Inc. 500 | 5000 List For Fourth Year

Surya has been named for the fourth consecutive year to the Inc. 500|5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest growing privately-held companies. The home accessories provider is ranked 2,818 on the 2014 Inc. 500|5000 list, moving up from a ranking of 2,884 last year.

Focused on providing the widest selection of coordinating home accessories across a range of styles and price points, Surya has grown from $2.7 million in sales in 2004 to $82.3 million in 2013 while realizing consistent double-digit year over year revenue increases since 2004. Amidst a challenging economic climate, the company has continued to expand into additional home accents categories to help simplify the shopping experience for its designer and retailer customers. Surya currently offers more than 30,000 products across categories that include rugs, pillows, throws, wall decor, lighting, accent furniture, bedding and decorative accents, with 75 percent of large furniture retailers currently selling Surya products to their customer base.

“We are always looking for ways to better serve our customers while at the same time pushing the envelope to drive innovation within the industry,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “Being named to this prestigious list for the fourth year in a row is a testament to our commitment to deliver exceptional products and merchandising solutions that help our customers to grow their home accessories business. We are honored to be in the company of so many similarly-minded organizations and look forward to what the future will bring as we execute on our goal to become a $1 billion company within the next ten years.”

Earlier this month, Surya broke ground on a new $33 million corporate office and distribution facility located in Cartersville, Ga., which will measure one million sq. ft. when completed in late 2015. The expansion will not only enable the company to consolidate shipping and distribution for more efficient logistics and operations but will also accommodate the addition of more than 200 jobs within the next few years.

Inc. Magazine publishes the Inc. 500|5000 list each year to celebrate the most dynamic private companies in the United States. Surya will be recognized at the 33rd Annual Inc. 500|5000 Awards Ceremony to be held on Friday, Oct. 17 in Phoenix, Ariz.

AHFA Supplier Members to Be Named 'Solution Partners'

Supplier members of the American Home Furnishings Alliance will now be known as "Solution Partners." The new name is part of a rebranding and revitalization of the group, which has been an integral component of AHFA for 50 years.

AHFA's Suppliers Division was organized in 1964 to incorporate suppliers of products and services into the mission of the association. Over the years, the diverse membership of this division has played an essential role in providing needed information and expertise to the manufacturer members of the AHFA.
Original division members were manufacturers of equipment and machinery; suppliers of component parts, materials and supplies; packaging, transportation and warehousing products, services and support; and domestic and international logistics companies. These members continue to be an integral part of the division.

In recent years, membership has expanded as the industry has changed. Now the membership base also includes financial institutions, technology companies, marketing and public relations agencies, insurance brokers and underwriters, law firms, social and digital media advisors, internet sales support, and waste disposal and environmental services.

In 2000, the division began a Scholarship Golf Tournament, which now funds six annual scholarships of $2,000 each awarded to the children of regular, full-time employees of AHFA member companies. The one-year scholarships are presented based on financial need and academic merit of the student. The program is open to both manufacturer and supplier members of the Alliance, and it has presented 46 scholarships since its inception in 2000.

"Supplier members have long been 'partners' to the AHFA membership in addressing industry challenges and working toward creative and effective solutions," explains Solution Partners chairman Jack Hicks of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice, Greensboro, N.C. "Our new name, Solution Partners, captures the essence of our active role in the Alliance and is a fitting description of our strategic direction for the future."?

The mission of the Solution Partners is to improve the effectiveness of companies serving the home furnishings industry by:

•    addressing industry issues and trends;
•    increasing understanding and communication between solution providers and manufacturers;
•    sponsoring programs that provide knowledge, solutions and tools to build and strengthen the home furnishings industry; and,
•    promoting individual professional development of its members.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Surya to Build One Million Square Foot Facility

Surya broke ground on its new one million square foot warehouse and office headquarters in Cartersville, Ga. Attendees at the groundbreaking ceremony included Surya Founder Surya Tiwari, Surya President Satya Tiwari, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor and Consul General of India Ajit Kumar, along with Surya employees and members of the Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development. Work at the building site was scheduled to start today, and the facility is expected to be completed by August 2015 with a target move in date of late 2015.

“To optimally serve our customers, we need to not only have the best infrastructure possible for our warehousing operations and logistics but also a central location where our sales and marketing, design, creative, customer service and other teams can easily collaborate,” said Satya Tiwari, president. “Our location is ideal because we are able to support economic development in the community by bringing new jobs to the area while making our company more attractive to Atlanta talent due to the shorter commute time. This expansion is beneficial on many levels and we look forward to what the future will bring as we execute on our goal to become a $1 billion company within the next ten years.”

The new facility is located 15 minutes south of Surya’s current U.S. headquarters in Calhoun, Ga., which will continue to be used for warehousing some of the company’s more than 30,000 products.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

LUX Lights Wins ADEX Awards

Mighty Bright announced that three LUX LED Lights have been awarded Awards for Design Excellence (ADEX). The LUX Dome LED Task Light received the Platinum ADEX Award, and the LUX Dome LED Floor Light and LUX Spotlight each received a Silver ADEX Award.

The LUX Line of LED Lights is the contemporary solution for LED lighting. The LUX Dome Floor, LUX Dome Task, and Spotlight all are a part of the Loft collection, a line that marries cutting edge technology with masterful design in clean, polished lights. All three lights use energy-efficient LED technology to cast bright white, long lasting beams of light precisely where needed.

The 2014 ADEX Awards received a record-breaking 2,850 product entries from over 500 different companies. Sponsored by Design Journal magazine, ADEX is the leading awards competition for product design of furnishings marketed to the design industry. ADEX awards are judged by a panel of A&D industry professionals.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Agio-USA Unveils Kolea All-Weather Wicker Seating Arrangement At Premarket

Agio announced the hottest thing at Premarket 2014: the Kolea All-Weather Wicker seating arrangement. "Agio has never pursued a lot of attention for our wicker offerings," said Agio President, Bob Gaylord. "But we are striving to change that, and the Kolea arrangement is the perfect set to get everyone's attention".

This sectional sofa and bar unit, which has a coordinating outdoor gas fire pit will be unveiled at Pre-Market.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Innovant Completes 25 Years of Business

Innovant proudly celebrates its 25-year milestone as one of the fastest growing office furniture manufacturers over the last five years. This growth is attributable to the success and expansion of Innovant’s open plan workstation product, FORm_office.

After opening an office in London in 2008, Innovant recognized that the open plan office strategy would soon take root in the US. This led the company to launch FORm_office, which quickly became the top selling benching product in New York City, particularly for prestigious clients with complex technology requirements. Since its inception, FORm_office has been selected over competing products from major manufacturers because of its superior engineering, pleasing aesthetic, and Innovant’s proven history, intelligently integrating technology and cabling within its furniture.
In 2012, Innovant launched FORm_office Adjustable Height as an extension to the series and was immediately awarded Gold for Best in Benching at the prestigious NeoCon furniture tradeshow. Since then, Innovant has rapidly expanded its product offerings with the introduction of FORm_office Standing Height and the launch of both a private office line and a conference collection; this includes the FORm_AV video conferencing product on display at NeoCon 2014.

Innovant continues to win major benching projects for its high quality products and unparalleled tailoring capability. The company has also set itself apart by offering clients “The Innovant Experience,” a uniquely collaborative design and development process. To learn more about this collaborative experience and some of Innovant’s success stories, view the company's case studies online.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Las Vegas Market Reports Enthusiastic Response

Summer Las Vegas Market which runs through July 31, 2014 – welcomed a growing number of buyers from an increasingly diverse range of U.S. regions and countries, drawn by the Market’s dramatically expanding and enriched furniture, gift and home décor resources.

“Las Vegas Market is bigger and better than it has ever been before,” said Robert Maricich, chief executive officer of International Market Centers. “Our accelerated resource growth, coupled with a striking increase in better goods across all categories of merchandise, has positioned Las Vegas as the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States.”

 “Opening day was a good day and it felt good to open our doors.  We were ready and we have huge expectations for Las Vegas,” said Adriana Mello of Keena, a new showroom tenant within C10’s growing Lifestyle Collection.  “It feels like a national market.  It is a nice expansion for our buyer base and is a larger platform for our vendors.  We are excited to be part of this market and are very committed to it.”

In synch with resource growth, Las Vegas Market also has increased the overall quality of offerings – from furniture and home decor to gift and lifestyle – presented at Market.  With scores of new leading brands and hundreds of new upper-end lines presented across all categories, Las Vegas Market has created a more vibrant and synergistic cross-category shopping experience for retailers and interior designers alike.

Retailer Keith Koenig of South Florida-based City Furniture, enthused, “This is the best Las Vegas Market we have ever attended.  There are a lot of new Market introductions and we are shopping for furniture and other categories like accessories, rugs, wall décor and outdoor.  Seeing every category under one roof makes the most use of our time.”

Overall Market pre-registrations were running 7% ahead of Winter 2014 and 32% ahead of Summer 2013.The ongoing expansion of better resources in permanent showrooms and temporary exhibits also has fueled record growth in designer pre-registrations, which surpassed last summer by 133%.  Additionally, overall pre-registration growth in key target regions – with 33% gains from the TOLA region (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas), 20% gains from the Midwest and 18% gains from the West – foretells expected overall increases in market attendance from these areas.

Maricich summed up the positive opening day atmosphere, saying, “We’re creating a compelling environment to make buyers come.  We’ve increased the quantity of resources and we’ve enriched the quality of resources, and the industry has responded.”

Phase Three of Strategic Growth Plan of Las Vegas Market Unveiled

Las Vegas Market announced that phase three of its strategic growth plan to position itself as the leading buying platform for furniture, home decor and gift in the western United States will be implemented at the Summer 2015 Market, scheduled for Sunday, August 2, to Thursday, August 6, 2015. Highlights of the phase three transformation include the launch of two new showroom floors in Building C—C5 for boutique home décor, textiles and accessories, and C11, for gourmet housewares, tabletop and gift—and the relocation of temporary exhibits from those floors to a dedicated, free-standing venue on the Market campus.

“The strategic enhancements planned for Summer 2015 represent the culmination of a three-year realignment and re-imagining of Las Vegas Market to offer an unparalleled presentation of furniture, gift and home décor in the western United States,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers. “By offering an enriched presentation of better goods, remerchandising existing resources and launching new categories, Las Vegas Market has created a compelling, multi-dimensional platform designed to appeal to today’s cross-category buyers and suppliers.”

New permanent showrooms on C5 will feature some 90 high-end home décor, home textiles, and accessories showrooms. “The revamped C5 will offer a concentration of high-end home textiles at Las Vegas Market, and the custom showroom spaces will allow specialty suppliers to transition from temporary presentations to permanent showrooms and maximize their return,” Belshaw noted. “The focus will be on resources that are innovative, design-driven and artisanal with special attention to form and function, process and provenance.”

In line with these new introductions, temporary exhibits previously housed on C5 and C11 will be relocated and expanded into the Pavilions, existing permanent tent structures on the Las Vegas Market campus. As part of this relocation, the temporary exhibits will be divided into two categories: approximately 70,000 square feet of space will be devoted to order-writing resources; the other location will feature “cash-and-carry” products designed for immediate delivery, including an expanded presentation of the existing VINTAGE, CARRY and GLOBAL categories, and the addition of a new offering of antique and one-of-a-kind merchandise.

The 2015 Summer Market is expected to expand to feature some 100,000 net square feet of gift and home décor temporary exhibits, in addition to 34,500 square feet of temporary furniture exhibits which will continue to be presented on B2.

These changes, planned for July 2015, represent the final phase of the Las Vegas Market’s strategic evolution into the most comprehensive buying platform for buyers in the western United States. The three-phase plan, which began in 2013, includes the introduction of new product categories such as specialty tabletop, home textiles and lifestyle collections, fashion accessories and artisanal crafts, as well as growth of existing categories and re-merchandised presentations.  Since 2013, Las Vegas Market has experienced dramatic growth in the furniture, home décor and gift product categories, with 850,000 square feet of new and expanded showrooms and more than 2,200 new lines. Overall registration for Summer 2014 Las Vegas Market is tracking 32% ahead of Summer 2013.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Ezmod Features New Summer Arrivals

This summer Ezmod Furniture is adding several new modern furniture pieces to its current product line. Always staying “in mod” with today’s furniture trends Ezmod has once again expanded its product line by introducing The Miyo Bed, The Net Chair and The Rio Bar Stool. Kristin Medeiros, sales associate at Ezmod Furniture said, “summer is a time to get outside and many of our Ezmod products are suitable for indoor and outdoor applications.”

The Miyo Bed features a button-tufted leatherette headboard with matching leatherette bedrails. This bed is available in white leatherette or black leatherette with chrome feet. The sizes currently available are king or queen size.

The Net Chair is an addition to Ezmod Furniture’s versatile accent chair line. The Net Chair is made from durable plastic, has chrome legs and can be used inside or outside. It can also be stacked for easy set up and space saving storage. This chair is sold in a set of two and comes in either black or white. The simple frame of the chair features an abstract pattern carved into the seat which helps create this chair’s unique look. It can pair with a dining table or end table in any room in your home as well as outside on the patio or poolside.

The Rio Bar Stool has a scoop shaped acrylic seat and an adjustable seat height from 24"-32.5”. The wide circular chrome base adds stability without bulk. The Rio Bar Stool also features a 360 degree swivel with chrome footrest. This highly versatile bar stool can also be used inside and out and is available in three colors; black, white and red.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bassett Increases Quarterly Dividend

Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has declared a dividend of $.08 per share of outstanding common stock payable on August 29, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business August 15, 2014.

"We are pleased to announce a 33% increase in our regular quarterly dividend", said Robert H. Spilman, Jr. President and Chief Executive Officer. "As our balance sheet remains solid and cash flows have become more predictable, we believe such an increase is appropriate. We will continue to evaluate the Company's allocation of capital for growth, dividends and repurchase of stock to further enhance shareholder value."

Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high quality, mid-priced home furnishings. With 95 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.

Las Vegas Market Announces its C-ONE Space Sell Out

Las Vegas Market announced first ever sellout of temporary presentation space in the directional C-ONE cross category showcase for the upcoming Summer Market, July 27 to July 31, 2014.  This summer, Las Vegas Market will present the largest number of temporary exhibitors in its history, showcasing nearly 500 vendors in 16 temporary collections located on five floors in two buildings, including the sold out C-ONE presentation.

“We have experienced 41% growth in temporary exhibits since launching our gift and home strategic plan in July 2012, said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers. “This record growth demonstrates the industry’s support and enthusiasm for our strategy to position Las Vegas Market as the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States.”

11 first-time exhibitors on C-ONE include Catstudio, Chehoma, Chive, Couleur Nature, Emporium Home, Flow Décor, Kristine Daniels, Mirror Image Home, Pekota Design Corporation, SABRE, and SIA Home Fashion. The newcomers join returning suppliers in temporary presentations: Ann Gish, Gold Leaf Design Group, IONdesign, Phylum Design, Public Lights, Roberta Schilling, SkLO, The Elizabeth Lucas Company, Tronk Design and Trowbridge Gallery.

Temporary exhibits in Building C continue to expand through more home décor suppliers on C5, gift resources on C11, and a sold-out collection of lifestyle micro-showrooms on C10.  Recently confirmed newcomers to C11 include: Anika Dali, Breeke and Company LLC, Broke Jewels, Chevalier Collection, Daisy Baby, EnV Bags, Forest Creations, Le Muse, Legend Design, LuLu KD Lifestyle, LuRay Collection, Mama’s Little Babies, Pamela Cassidy Designs, Patra’s Collection, RG Style, String Theory Jewelry, Twigs Jewels and Until There’s a Cure Foundation.  Most recent additions to temporary exhibitors on C5 include: AFT Glassware, Décor Fifty Five, Indigo Imports, Mastour Rugs, Nyaara, Petal and Plume, ToiletChic and Well Woven.

In Building B, an additional 80 temporary exhibitors on B2 will offer a wide selection of home furnishings, including furniture, upholstery, motion, bedding, juvenile, accessories and décor. New exhibitors debuting at the summer market include Archbold Furniture Company, Becker Designs, Cabinetbed Inc., Dogberry Collections, DownEast Home Collection, Flash Furniture, Maaya Home, Oasis Concepts, Pin Dynasty and Regis Patrick Collection.

To support and recognize the growth in temporary exhibits, Las Vegas Market will recognize exceptional design, creative merchandising, cohesive brand messaging and inspired visual merchandising with “Best Booth” awards. Exhibits will be judged by a panel of industry editors, including Crystal Palecek, founder and editor-in-chief of Rue Magazine; Dallas Shaw, style expert and blogger; and Becky Tyre, trends editor of GIFT SHOP Magazine.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Outdoor Furniture Manufacturing in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld

The Outdoor Furniture Manufacturing industry has suffered over the past five years due to lackluster recovery and high import competition, and smaller enterprises in the United States will struggle over the next five years, as they lack the economy of scale to reduce per-unit costs to a range that can compete with cheaper imports. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Outdoor Furniture Manufacturing industry to its growing industry report collection.

Two key features characterize the Outdoor Furniture Manufacturing industry: a high level of import penetration and low market share concentration. In 2014, imports are expected to account for 55.2% of domestic demand. Overseas manufacturers, particularly in Asian countries like China and Vietnam, can achieve operational efficiencies that US manufacturers find difficult to match. These efficiencies stem from lower wage costs and looser regulations in these countries. The savings realized through overseas production enable foreign producers to sell their goods at a lower cost relative to US outdoor furniture prices, making it hard for domestic manufacturers to compete. These trends have caused the number of industry participants to decline over the past 10 years. Despite post-recessionary economic recovery, this has not been enough to entice new entrants into the industry.

According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst, Daniel Carusotto, “Operators that continue to manufacture outdoor furniture in the United States are small enterprises that serve regional markets, with the average establishment employing 25 workers.” Establishments that have been able to survive have done so by serving niche markets; for example, industry player Poly-Wood Inc. manufactures outdoor furniture from recycled plastic, appealing to the eco-friendly consumer. However, on a broader scale, consumers seek the most affordable products; as a result, domestic manufacturers have found it hard to compete. Due to intense competition from imports, this industry has experienced rough times in the five years to 2014, with revenue falling an annualized 1.3% to $897.8 million, including a 0.8% decline in 2014.

“During the five years to 2019, prospects for industry growth remain bleak,” says Carusotto. While the industry does not suffer from a shortage in demand, challenges lie in the manufacturing of a quality product at a competitive price point. However, because the United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, expensive labor and extensive regulations, creating products domestically has become increasingly difficult. While the wage gap between US workers and Chinese workers has been shrinking, leading some reshoring advocates to claim US manufacturing will rise again, the evidence for this phenomenon remains largely anecdotal. The trend in trade data still favors foreign production.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore Hosts Community Event for Convoy of Hope

Ashley Furniture HomeStore partners with Convoy of Hope each year and hosts a community event to raise money and awareness for the international humanitarian-relief organization’s work.

On July 11-13, customers who donate $20 to Convoy of Hope will receive 20 percent off of their purchase at Ashley Furniture HomeStore locations in Springfield, Mo., Joplin, Mo., Springdale, Ark. and Rogers, Ark. Ashley Furniture HomeStore will match those donations and employees will participate in a giving campaign for Convoy of Hope’s feedONE initiative, a program feeding more than 146,000 children in 11 nations.

“We’re blessed to work with Convoy of Hope each year,” says Andrew Covington, president and owner of Ashley Furniture HomeStore. “I am also grateful for employees who choose to give part of their wages to help those in need.”

Convoy of Hope representatives will be on-site to serve hot dogs to customers, answer questions and accept donations.

“Partnering with Ashley Furniture HomeStore is crucial to what we do,” says Hal Donaldson, president and co-founder of Convoy of Hope. “We are grateful for the generosity of their owner and employees. They are making a difference in the lives of many throughout the world.”

Surya Employees Help Local Community during Habitat for Humanity "Build Day"

Twenty Surya employees and their family members recently participated in a Habitat for Humanity home build in the Calhoun, Georgia area. The Surya team rolled up their sleeves, volunteering their time and energy on a Saturday to help landscape the new home, which is scheduled to be completed by early fall. The project is part of an initiative by Habitat for Humanity of Gordon County, Georgia.

“At Surya, we are unified in our commitment to serving the communities in which we live, work and serve each day,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “Participating in the Habitat for Humanity project not only provides us with the opportunity to support our neighbors in Calhoun but also builds our team spirit through a shared undertaking that will make a lasting difference.”

Tiwari, who grew up in a small village in Northeastern India understands the importance of helping local communities. Each year, Surya sponsors a number of initiatives in the villages where its weavers reside, including providing 7,300 schoolchildren in rural India with nutritious lunches via Akshaya Patra and donating high school scholarships for 200 Indian girls through East Meets West. The company also sponsors educational and vocational training for 160 students through Project Mala.

Surya looks forward to participating in a local Habitat for Humanity project again in the near future, with plans to volunteer on an ongoing basis.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Hanamint Signs New Showroom at Las Vegas Market

Hanamint Corp., a leading producer of cast aluminum outdoor furniture and accessories, has signed a lease for a permanent showroom at the Las Vegas Market starting in August 2015.

Hanamint USA and sister company Alu-Mont will exhibit in a new 12,000-square-foot showroom in Space C-1305 as part of the Casual Furnishings category launch taking place at the summer 2015 market in Las Vegas. This will be both companies’ first showing in Las Vegas.

“The Las Vegas Market’s new focus on the outdoor category provides a great opportunity for us to access some dealer segments that we don’t currently reach with our existing showroom in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart,” said Russell Sorenson, president of Hanamint. “Where our distribution efforts up until now have focused mostly on specialty patio stores, the Las Vegas Market also draws three other key groups — conventional full-line furniture stores, home décor specialists and gift shops — that hold a lot of potential for growth for us. Having a showroom in Las Vegas will enable us to expand our distribution with these and other types of stores.”

On Aug. 2 to 6, 2015, the Las Vegas Market 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.

“Exhibitor interest in this new product showcase is growing rapidly,” said Craig Staack, vice president of home furnishings leasing for International Market Centers. “In addition to Hanamint, Agio — another category leader — announced in mid-June that it would be the anchor tenant for the 12th floor of Building C, and more announcements will be coming soon.”

According to Staack, the timing of the casual area’s launch lines up perfectly with the sale cycle of this growing product segment. “We wanted to set our partners up for suc-cess and launch these new floors when they would have the most positive impact,” he said. “More and more traditional furniture retailers are recognizing the benefit of adding outdoor collections to their product mix, and this new venue will allow those buyers to fulfill their needs at one market rather than adding another trip to their schedule.”

In its new Las Vegas showroom, Hanamint USA will feature its complete line of cast aluminum casual products, including dining and bar furniture, tables and deep seating in both traditional and transitional styling. In addition, it will show its growing line of home accents, which range from storage boxes and wine bottle holders to baker’s racks.

Based in Greensboro, N.C., where it has a distribution facility, Hanamint Corp. produces the Hanamint USA line at a company-owned and operated plant in Jiaxing, China. The company offers direct-container service from that plant as well as smaller-quantity shipments from Greensboro and a second warehouse in Irwindale, Calif.

“One of our core strengths is our on-time shipping from overseas,” said Sorenson. “Since we control our own manufacturing, we are able to keep a very close eye on pro-duction and shipping schedules so that our customers get the quality products they ex-pect on time, every time.”

Also showing in Hanamint’s Las Vegas showroom will be Alu-Mont, which offers a complete line of casual furniture in extruded aluminum with cast accents. Alu-Mont produces its line at a 110,000-square-foot facility in Irwindale.

Hanamint acquired Alu-Mont in 2007. Alu-Mont sells its line to both the retail trade as well as the hospitality segment.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Affordable Seating Helps Backwoods Bistro Update Their Seating

Retailers and interior designers looking to get “Ahead of the Curve” will once again see an exclusive preview of the hottest new trends and designs in home furnishings and décor through the lens of today’s top tastemakers at the Summer 2014 Las Vegas Market. In an intimate and inspired panel discussion, sponsored by IMC, Las Vegas Market’s signature Ahead of the Curve live show will boast another extraordinary line-up of some of the most celebrated U.S. designers, including Thom Filicia, Michelle Nussbaumer, and Timothy Corrigan.

Moderated by TODAY Show contributor, design author and tastemaker Susanna Salk, the presentation will take place on Tuesday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. in Building B’s WorldView Ballroom, and offers CEU-accreditation to interior designers. Immediately following this panel discussion, a meet-and-greet and book signing with the panelists, along with lunch, will be held in the Safavieh showroom (A-101) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

These top design authorities will scour the five million square-feet of showrooms at Las Vegas Market, and share their top picks during a live panel discussion and via social media channels, which will include a question and answer segment. The best-of-the-best product will be “on set” during the live panel discussion allowing these tastemakers to share more intimately with the audience what’s hot from market, plus their insights on incorporating these fashion-forward styles into current design projects.

The star-studded design cast features celebrated interior designer Thom Filicia, founder and chief creative officer of New York City-based design firm, Thom Filicia, Inc. Filicia's New-American Style has earned him widespread acclaim and notable clients, including Tina Fey, Delta Air Lines, Jennifer Lopez, Peter Jennings, and others in the worlds of finance, sports, media, fashion and hospitality. Filicia is universally known for his ability to create stunning modern, yet classic interiors that retain an inviting aesthetic, which reflects the individuality of his clients.

Filicia’s unmistakable design sensibility has earned him countless accolades from the design world, including being named by House Beautiful as one of their “Top 100 Designers,” House & Garden dubbed him an “International Taste Maker” and Elle Décor regaled him as an “A-List Designer.” Filicia's recognition expanded beyond the design world when he was cast as the interior design expert in the ratings juggernaut and Emmy-Award winning hit show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, not to mention, featured in numerous magazine and TV shows. He is an author of three stunning design books including his most recent title, “American Beauty: Renovating & Decorating a Beloved Retreat.”

Also the driving force behind the Thom Filicia Home Collection—which includes furniture, rugs, textiles, artwork, curtain hardware, lighting, wallcovering, bedding, pillows and broadloom for the retail and trade markets—Felicia enjoys partnerships with some of the world's leading home brands. Filicia’s latest project has been the opening of his first to-the-trade showroom at the New York Design Center.

Now in its seventh year, past designer participants in Ahead of the Curve have included design luminaries year after year including Anthony Baratta, Betsy Burnham, Barclay Butera, Darryl Carter, Philip Gorrivan, Alexa Hampton, Darren Henault, Laura Kirar, Amy Lau, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Mary McDonald, Joe Nye, Kishani Perera, Windsor Smith, Nathan Turner, Ron Woodson, and Vicente Wolf.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Heritage Home Group Making Relocates Its Showrooms in New High Point

International Market Centers announced that Heritage Home Group is investing to relocate each of its designer brands to all-new, distinct showrooms that occupy the third and fourth floors of Market Square.  Concurrently, the company is also re-configuring its previously occupied space in the IHFC in order to achieve a more impactful footprint for its iconic Thomasville, Broyhill, and Lane brands. The new showrooms will be open for the upcoming High Point Market, October 18-23, 2014.

“Our strategy is to compete as one company with 10 highly differentiated brands – this move shows our commitment to fostering each individual brand identity, while making it easier to do business with us as a single entity,” said Ira Glazer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Home Group.  

Market Square will be home to all of the Heritage Home Group designer brands, with the third floor featuring new individual showrooms for Hickory Chair, Henredon, Pearson, Maitland Smith, and Lane Venture®. The fourth floor will be occupied by Drexel Heritage, La Barge, and the Barbara Barry collection of Henredon.  Hickory Chair and Pearson are relocating from their previous locations at 330 and 200 N. Hamilton Street. Henredon, Maitland Smith, Drexel Heritage, La Barge and Barbara Barry are relocating from their previous locations on Eastchester Drive, and Lane Venture is moving from the IHFC. In total Heritage Home will occupy more than 121,000 square feet in Market Square.

“We have been working on bringing these leading design brands to Market Square for quite some time now, and are thrilled to have finally found the right space for them,” said Julie Messner vice president of leasing for International Market Centers, owners of Market Square and IHFC. “This completely changes the landscape of this iconic property, further cementing it as a destination for designers and higher-end retailers.”

The Thomasville showroom will relocate from the eighth floor of IHFC to the sixth floor of IHFC to occupy contiguous space with Broyhill and Lane Furniture for a total of 85,000 square feet.

“Having all of our designer brands together in a prime downtown location is ideal for supporting our future growth plans” said Roxanne Bernstein, Chief Marketing Officer of Heritage Home Group.  “This move is a significant investment and reflects our commitment to building the unique identity of each of the brands in our portfolio.”  

High Point Fall Market will run October 18-23, 2014.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Surya to Showcase New Looks At Atlanta & Las Vegas Markets

Surya will debut a number of inspired new home accessory collections at the upcoming summer markets. Reflecting a wide spectrum of innovative constructions, material combinations, colors palettes and styles, the latest designs will be artfully displayed in Surya’s showroom at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market (AmericasMart 11-A-1) and Las Vegas Market (WMC C-400).

Among the new introductions are several Asian-inspired collections, including colorful, screen-printed silk pillows with Japanese-themed designs and a range of hand-hooked rugs showcasing overscaled bamboo, lattice and floral motifs. Also new are indoor/outdoor rugs featuring graceful koi and abstract designs that resemble Zen sand paintings.

Scandinavian-inspired designs with bright primary hues and simple geometric combinations will be featured alongside several rug collections in the Modern Craft trend, including designs in soft pastels with crochet trims for a feminine take on the trend and geometric designs woven with natural yarns and neon highlights. Textural wall hangings in the Modern Craft style will also make their debut.

In addition, visitors to the Surya showroom can expect to see a number of flatweave rugs constructed of natural fibers combined with touches of viscose and other materials to provide interesting texture and luster. Coordinating jacquard rugs and pillows with global themes, and Art Deco-inspired pillows with simple, satin-stitched embroidered designs will be spotlighted as well.

Rounding out the introductions is Surya’s expanded bedding collection – featuring popular designs by Australian style icon Florence Broadhurst presented in sophisticated, eye-catching colorways.

“Our product development team has worked diligently to create an inviting new range of fashion-forward collections that not only capture the essence of the latest trends but also incorporate novel constructions and techniques not found elsewhere,” said Lynne Meredith, vice president of Product Development, Surya. “We look forward to sharing these innovations with our designer and retailer customers as we continue to add depth and breadth to our product offerings.”

Thursday, July 03, 2014

New Award-Winning Shower System From GRAFF

GRAFF, the premier manufacturer of precision-engineered contemporary products for the bath and kitchen, announces today that its Ametis Shower System has won the 2013-2014 Golden A’Design Award for Bathroom Furniture and Sanitary Ware Design. The A'Design Award and Competition targets designers, innovators and companies, and aims to highlight the excellent qualifications of best designs, design concepts and design-oriented products worldwide. The Ametis symbolizes the fusion between the universe above and the oceans below, which is a futuristic “ode” to high design in the bathroom.

The Ametis Shower System contains many high-tech engineering features and integrates a chromotherapy system using LED lighting. The LED lighting is positioned within the shower ring to add new dimension to the column, thanks to the indirect lighting - still a seldom used concept in bathroom design. This creates a soothing halo effect for the desired ambiance. With LED lights reflecting off the ceiling, the Ametis includes a 6-color LED controller, which allows the user to choose their mood or “chroma.” The color green induces healing, yellow for hope and optimism, blue for serenity, and red for joy.
“We are delighted to receive such a prestigious award and it is a testament that the Ametis Shower System is the future of contemporary faucet and shower design,” said Ziggy Kulig, president and CEO of GRAFF. “Consumers’ bathrooms are their private ‘sanctuary’ and, therefore, they are looking for design elements that help them relax and revitalize. The Ametis Shower System is created using superior design techniques and innovative technology to support the theory that chromotherapy can lead to a good night’s sleep, a more positive outlook on life and a complete feeling of tranquility.”

Made with brass and stainless steel, Ametis is available in chrome, architectural black and architectural white finishes, offering designers a variety of choices for the bath space. The highly resistant coating of the finishes defines the shapes and curves of Ametis.

The A’Design Award winners were announced to the international public via a gala and exhibition in Italy. The A' Design award jury is composed of academics, professionals and consumer focus group members who follow strict guidelines to provide a fair and ethical evaluation.

High Point Market Wins Social Media Award at Expo E.X.C.I.T.E. Awards

The High Point Market Authority has won the “Use of a Social Media Network Award” at the annual Expo E.X.C.I.T.E. Awards luncheon, beating out the New York International Auto Show, Cisco Live and other notable trade shows. The award recognized High Point Market’s wildly popular Style Spotters program. The E.X.C.I.T.E. Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in trade shows and events and are presented by Expo, the multichannel brand serving the trade show industry, providing insight, information and inspiration for show organizers.

High Point Market, including the Inspiration Campaign and Style Spotters Program, was also a finalist for Best Show (Overall), Use of a Marketing Campaign and Use of Marketing Collateral competing against brands and shows such as GameStop, American Dental Association, and LIGHTFAIR. In 2013, the High Point Market won the E.X.C.I.T.E. Award for Best Marketing Collateral.

“We are honored to be recognized and excited to have won for our understanding and use of social media,” said Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. “Our social media buzz and focused marketing efforts have provided great exposure for High Point Market. We are thrilled to share this honor with our talented marketing agency Emisare.”

Campaigns developed by Emisare in collaboration with the High Point Market have a great track record. The 2013 Inspiration ad campaign focused on delivering a clear message and making a meaningful statement about High Point Market. It presented the High Point Market as the center of inspiration in the home furnishings industry, where manufacturers, retailers and designers alike can come to collaborate. The campaign has already won several awards, including taking home Best in Show, Best of North Carolina, two Gold awards (best in category- complete campaign and print ads), one Silver (press invitation direct mail piece) and one Bronze award (new logo design) at the 2013 ProAds Awards competition.

Award recipients and honorable mentions were revealed on June 25, 2014, at the E.X.C.I.T.E. Awards Luncheon in Baltimore, MD. This celebratory event kicked off the ExpoNext Conference, which is dedicated to helping senior-level trade show executives and their teams grow their shows and communities through cutting-edge strategies in marketing, sales and operations.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

New Study by Design Research Shows How Color is Changing in the American Kitchen

Color preferences are changing in the American kitchen, according to a new release of the on-going The American Living Survey (TALS). While neutral whites and beiges continue to be dominant, yellow is growing fastest as a primary kitchen color, up 57% nationally versus 2013. Yellow’s uptick is coming at the expense of green which has enjoyed a five year run but is now trending down, according to the survey of 600 American households.

The survey also looks at market segments. Generation Y consumers are demonstrating very specific preferences with nearly 44% of those surveyed identifying white as the color they prefer. Generation Y is also the group that most prefers black as an accent color because it is the strongest compliment to their preferred white. Black accents are also more preferred by men than women, urban versus suburban or rural households and southern households.

The American Living Survey™ is a unique tool that enables product development and marketing executives to look to the future with more certainty. TALS delivers a profile of how Americans are living today, how taste and styles are changing, and what consumers are seeking in the future. It can guide not only design direction, but influence everything from specific products to marketing. Wave three of The American Living Survey focused on Kitchen Purchasing habits.

The strength of the data and the analysis of the information is the key resource of the study. “Lots of color resources will name the color of the year or prepare predictions as to what next year’s colors will be,” says Richard Babick, President of Design Research. “That’s great to a point. Those resources don’t tell you what percentage of the market those colors represent and they don’t tell you which consumer segments like which colors. The American Living Survey does just that.”

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Surya To Invest in New Corporate Office

Surya has announced plans to invest $33M to build a new corporate office and distribution facility in Cartersville, Ga. Expected to add more than 200 new jobs in the north Georgia area, the expansion will allow the rug and home accessories manufacturer to consolidate shipping and distribution for its multi-category product offerings, creating a highly efficient logistics base and increased operational flexibility.

“During the past several years, we have launched a number of new categories, resulting in significant revenue growth along with a corresponding increase in our employee base and warehouse capacity,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “At our core, we are focused on providing the best service possible to our designer and retailer customers, and this new facility will not only enable us to optimally serve our growing customer base, but will also offer an inspiring and creative workspace for our employees. The commute for employees residing in the Atlanta area will also be notably reduced, making Surya an even more attractive company for which to work.”

Surya has grown from $2.7M in sales in 2004 to $80M this year and has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s fastest growing privately held companies in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The company has one of the fastest fulfillment rates in the industry, with 90 percent of running line products being shipped within 24 hours from order processing.

The new, state-of-the-art, 1,000,000-square-foot facility will include 50,000 square feet of office space and serve as U.S. headquarters for the company’s executive administration, supply chain management, customer support, sales and creative development functions. Surya is expected to break ground on the new building in August 2014.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Bertolini Sanctuary Seating Introduces the High Density Stacker

Bertolini Sanctuary Seating is please to introduce a new addition to their multi-purpose seating collection, The High Density Stacker. "At Bertolini Sanctuary Seating we continuously strive to expand our line of products in order to provide our clients with the best possible seating solutions for their facilities," says Chuck Horn, President of Bertolini Inc.

In response to mobile needs in the church seating market, Bertolini Sanctuary Seating has expanded its offerings to include this low-cost yet durable option in high density seating. This High Density Stacker is perfect for mobile churches and churches with robust facility utilization requiring frequent setup and storage. It is also ideal for church organizations, corporate, educational and healthcare environments. The High-Density stacking chairs are lightweight and feature diamond perforated seats & backs for exceptional comfort. The cleanable polymer shells are molded to fit the body and diamond perforated to provide air flow to keep you cool and comfortable. The High Density stacker stacks 25 chairs high on the Heavy Duty High Density Cart and rolls smoothly and fits easily through doorways. Bertolini Sanctuary Seating provides a 1 year limited warranty for normal wear and tear.

The High Density Stacker is now available for purchase on Bertolini Sanctuary Seating's e-commerce church chair store. It provides the customer with a product description, specifications, lead time, and warranty information. A short video is also available to view the demonstration of how effortless it is to stack the High Density Stacker.

Bertolini Sanctuary Seating is a design leader in the use of ergonomically correct chair design and its Flex fit seat design technology for churches. Their chairs are light and strong. Their expertise in the manufacture of quality stackable seating and commitment to superior customer service wins the appreciation of congregations worldwide.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Brown and Schlesinger Given Lifetime Achievement Awards

The International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA) has named William S. Brown Sr. and Fred Schlesinger the 2014 recipients of the casual industry's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

Brown was a leader in the casual furniture industry for 20 years. "He was a man who reinvented our industry and brought it a level of performance and excellence that we find very difficult to emulate," says Henry Vanderminden IV, president of Telescope Casual Furniture.

After some 15 years in the steel industry, Brown shifted his attention to furniture manufacturing, working for Delwood Furniture Company and then Burris Inds., a North Carolina-based upholstery manufacturer.

In 1980 he was named president of Marathon Corporation, a privately-owned Birmingham, Ala., conglomerate that included Winston Furniture, an aluminum patio furniture manufacturer. In early 1986, Brown and a group of investors acquired Winston from Marathon, and in 1987 they acquired Lyon-Shaw, a North Carolina wrought iron furniture manufacturer. They took the company public on the American Stock Exchange shortly thereafter.

Throughout his casual industry career, Brown was active in the Summer and Casual Furniture Manufacturers Association (SCFMA) – which preceded the ICFA – and served as chairman, president and director for over 10 years. He also served as a director on the American Furniture Manufacturers Association board for six years.

He was a civic-minded executive, serving the Birmingham Rotary Club, The Country Club of Birmingham and the Independent Presbyterian Church. In the mid-70s, he was elected to the Mountain Brook City Council.
Brown was married to Jere Louise Moore Brown for 37 years and had five children. He died in 1998 after a brief illness. He was 62.

Schlesinger was one of the founding members of the SCFMA in 1959 and he served on the board of directors for 15 years. His McAurther Collection received the first Lillian B. Winchester "best of show" award. He is also said to have hired the industry's first female sales representative.

Las Vegas Market to Hosting 4th Annual Gift for Life Benefit

Las Vegas Market will be hosting its 4th annual gala charity event benefiting Gift For Life, the sole charitable organization for the gift, stationery and home décor industries, on Monday, July 28, during the Summer 2014 Las Vegas Market, Sunday, July 27, to Thursday, July 31, 2014.  Beginning this summer, the “Up on 10” fundraiser will be held on the 10th floor of Building C, space 1052,  making it more accessible the growing numbers of gift, home décor and lifestyle resources concentrated in Building C.

“Las Vegas Market’s ‘Up on 10’ reception puts the “fun” in fundraising, with 100% of proceeds from this special event benefitting Gift For Life,” stated Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers. “As the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States, Las Vegas Market takes its commitment to the industry very seriously, and we hope and expect that this year’s benefit will exceed the nearly $15,000 raised through last year’s event.”

This year’s “Las Vegas experience” silent auction will feature a variety of Vegas-themed items the can be redeemed during the Winter 2015 Market. Items will include hotel stays; restaurant vouchers; VIP services at top nightclubs; a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon; tickets on the High Roller, the new Las Vegas observation wheel; horseback riding or rock climbing lessons in Red Rock Canyon; spa packages and many more. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Surya Launches Inaugral Semi-Annual Sales Event

Surya has launched its first ever semi-annual sales event. To help customers boost store traffic and drive accessories sales during the slower summer months, the rug and home accessories brand is offering a rebate for Surya sales orders written from Aug. 1 through Labor Day.

This special promotion applies to all Surya categories, including rugs/rug pads, pillows, throws, wall decor, accent furniture, lighting, decorative accents and bedding, as well as clearance items. To spotlight Surya products and promote end consumer engagement, the brand has created a multi-faceted POP program, which includes window clings, posters, banners, table tents and other eye-catching promotional pieces. Surya is also launching an integrated national marketing campaign across multiple channels to generate both industry and consumer awareness of the sales event.

“We understand that the summer season can be challenging for our customers and wanted to do something special to show our appreciation for their loyalty,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “This event is a great way for our customers to offer extremely attractive pricing on thousands of fashion-forward rugs and accessories while increasing sales revenue and attracting new business. We look forward to working with each of our customers to optimize this exceptional sales opportunity.”

To take part in the promotion, customers must register at www.surya/semiannualsale by Friday, July 18. There is minimal to no cost to participate and Surya will provide store sales associates with either online or in-store product training prior to the kick-off of the event.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Agio Signed Lease with Las Vegas

Leading outdoor furniture manufacturer Agio International has signed a lease with, and will be a part of, the Las Vegas Market starting in July 2015. This long-term lease will find Agio International anchoring the 12th floor of Building C in a new 22,000 square foot showroom as part of the Casual Furnishings category launch.

Agio will begin build-out and make substantial upgrades in the physical space, including reconfiguring walls to improve the sightlines and make a prominent statement to visitors arriving on the 12th Floor. The display space will feature the same assortment of collections in Agio’s current 19,000-sq. ft. gallery in Chicago.

“This new showroom will help us reach an incremental retailer base that does not attend category specific shows,” said Bob Gaylord, President of Agio-USA. “Las Vegas Market attracts the traditional furniture and lifestyle stores, big box, catalog, and internet retailers, which aligns with our future growth plans. We currently show in High Point and Chicago’s Merchandise Mart to target these channels, but the Las Vegas Market will allow us to grow our business even further.”

Agio-USA is celebrating its twenty-fifth year in business in 2014.  As the largest outdoor furniture supplier in the United States, Agio offers unmatched selections of  dining, deep-seating and chat group collections made from extruded and cast aluminum along with all-weather wicker sets. Agio continues to lead the way with outdoor fire, a category it ignited years ago with its legendary portable gas fire pits.

“Having an industry leader like Agio at the Las Vegas Market reinforces our strategy of growing the Casual furniture offering here and reassures us that the timing is perfect for the industry’s needs,” said Craig Staack, vice president of home furnishings leasing for International Market Centers. “More and more traditional furniture retailers are recognizing the benefit of adding outdoor collections to their product mix, and this will allow those buyers to fulfill their buying needs at one market rather than adding another buying trip to their schedule.”

In July 2015, Las Vegas Market will launch 250,000 square feet of fully built-out permanent showroom and temporary exhibit space on the 12th and 13th floors in Building C devoted solely to the casual/outdoor category. “With the timing of our summer market lining up perfectly with the sales cycle of this growing segment, we wanted to set our partners up for success and launch these new floors when we were able to make the most positive impact. We’re committed both organizationally and financially to the success of our partners and want to give them a platform for future growth,” said Staack.

Hansgrohe/Axor Marks its Presence at Dwell on Design

From June 20- 22, Axor and Hansgrohe will be moving to Tinseltown for Dwell on Design (DODat the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC). At the show (Booth 1016), the company will introduce the West Coast to Axor WaterDream by Nendo. The avant-garde installation will serve as a preview of the much-anticipated Axor ShowerProducts by Nendo, which will be released in 2015. Also playing a starring role in the booth will be Hansgrohe’s new kitchen offerings: the inventive, ergonomic and high-design Metris and Focus collections.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Harry M. Cornell Jr. Nominated for American Furniture Hall of Fame

The American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation Inc. has announced that Harry M. Cornell Jr., chairman emeritus of Leggett & Platt Inc., is one of six candidates nominated for induction into the American Furniture Hall of Fame. Mr..Cornell transformed the company from five plants and $7 million in annual sales into a $4 billion company with 130 plants in 18 countries.

His many milestones include the initial public offering of Leggett & Platt common stock in 1967 and the 1979 listing on the New York Stock Exchange. As a supplier that manufactured component parts, created the machinery to make them and produced the raw materials, Cornell expanded Leggett & Platt into eight industries. Cornell received ISPA’s Exceptional Service Award in 1983. New members of the American Furniture Hall of Fame will be announced and officially inducted at the annual banquet celebration on Oct. 19 at the High Point Market.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Primo Orpilla to Speak at 7th annual CET Designer User Conference

Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announced on June 9, that Primo Orpilla will keynote its 7th annual CET Designer User Conference. Orpilla is a cofounder and principal of Studio O+A, a San Francisco-based interior design firm known for technology clients eBay, Facebook, PayPal and Yelp.

Configura Support and Training Manager Tracy Lanning said. Orpilla will talk about how technology and demographics in the last decade have converged to change the way people work and live. He will address that change in his wide-ranging review of the workplace typologies, the varieties of space types and architectural motifs that contribute to a successful work environment.

In 2011, Contract magazine named Studio O+A Designers of the Year. Orpilla is a leader in “democratic design,” with an emphasis on each client’s workplace culture. “I think a good designer is a storyteller, ideally a ‘ghostwriter,’” Orpilla said. “In many ways, clients want to weave the fabric of their story into their space. A designer should have many voices and points of view.”

Configura made the announcement during the annual NeoCon World’s Trade Fair in Chicago. Orpilla, at NeoCon to present at the show, stopped by Configura’s space at NeoCon to meet with company leaders and showroom visitors.

CET Designer users at NeoCon can stop by Configura’s space, 8-3062, to enter to win a free trip to the user conference.

The 7th annual CET Designer User Conference will be held Oct 22-23 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. This is the second year in a row that the conference will be held in West Michigan, which is home to the world’s largest office furniture manufacturers, including Steelcase and Haworth.

Additional conference highlights include a state of the industry presentation and breakout sessions for designers, IT and dealer management. CET Designer “power-user” instructors will share their techniques and best practices in implementing and using the software.


Madona Cumar Named Winner of Interior Design Competition By Resource Furniture

Georgia Tech, Architecture for Humanity, and Resource Furniture to present Zero Energy Housing Design studio work at Dwell on Design, Los Angeles. Resource Furniture and Clei will be exhibiting at Dwell on Design, Booth #935. Dwell on Design takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, June 20-22.

Spring semester students in Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture Zero Energy Design Housing Studio (ZED-H) participated in a juried design competition hosted by Resource Furniture.

Twelve students researched demographics, selected a household typology, and submitted a detailed occupant narrative and comprehensive interior layouts and designs. The competition was judged by an experienced group of industry professionals ranking each submission in eight categories: Design Inspiration, Holistic Design, Space Planning, Interior & Architectural Design, Energy, Marketability, Documentation and Community Integration.

The winning student, Madona Cumar, Master of Architecture (M.Arch), College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, designed a fluid home she called Empty Nesters: A New Housing Option. Ms. Cumar’s design was a well-thought-out exploration of a household that would experience shifting needs over time. Her solution allows for efficient accommodation of the household as it grows, shrinks or changes, providing for community amenities, energy efficiency, and highly flexible spaces throughout the home.

Stephen Taul, Architectural Designer & Studio Advisor, Alix Ogilvie, Program Manager, Architecture for Humanity, and Lisa Blecker, Resource Furniture, will discuss this innovative program and present the students’ work on the GE Monogram Innovation Stage on Saturday, June 21 at 12:30 p.m.

This past academic year, ZED-H students explored the development of well-designed, ultra-low energy, cost effective urban housing by researching energy and design, material and spatial innovation, interior design/function and community design, thanks to a gift from Resource Furniture and funding by Alcoa Foundation and Architecture for Humanity.

The competition jury was comprised of Amanda Dameron, Editor-in-Chief, Dwell; Paul Makovsky, Editorial Director, Metropolis; Graham Hill, Founder, LifeEdited; Pierluigi Colombo, Architect, Lead Designer for Clei, Eric Bunge, Principal, nArchitects, Mark Ginsberg, Principal, Curtis + Ginsberg; Diana Budd, Editor, Dwell; Seth Weissman, Managing Partner, Weissman Equities; Matthew Weissman, Managing Partner, Weissman Equities; Gary Paul, Principal, GP Incorporated Design Consulting; Lara Appleton, Senior Designer, Peter Marino, Inc.; Pepin Gelardi, Co-Founder, Tomorrow Lab; Theodore Ullrich, Co-Founder, Tomorrow Lab; Laura Bohn, Laura Bohn Interior Design; Christopher Bledsoe, Founding Partner, Stage 3 Properties; Andrew Bledsoe, Founding Partner, Stage 3 Properties.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

molo Showcases Its New Design at NeoCon 2014

NeoCon opened on June 9, 2014 and molo has showcased a new installation by founders/designers Stephanie Forsythe + Todd MacAllen. It is built entirely from molo’s flexible textile and paper partitions (softwall + softblock), expandable paper seating (softseating), and molo’s new paper benchwall + thinwall modular system. All of the products are based upon a flexible and expandable honeycomb structure, and belong to molo’s soft collection.

 molo’s products used to create the space come in a compressed form, making the installation very compact to begin with (and reducing the carbon footprint of transport). From only a few inches thick, the products expand up to 100 times their length.

There is a well-conceived flow to the space molo has created at NeoCon. Rounded walls made with benchwall + thinwall create movement from one space to the next. With multiple ways to enter and move through the space, the sightlines into the booth are an important consideration in its design, which only begins to fully show its structure as you enter the space.

As NeoCon is an exhibition dedicated to the contract market, the installation further shows the achievements and technical benefits that have made the soft collection such a success in office, retail, and other commercial interiors. In addition to flexibility and adaptability, the natural sound absorption of the products can be heard when walking through the installation lined with softwalls, benchwalls, and thinwalls. All of the paper furniture in molo’s installation is also treated with an environmentally friendly salt-based fire retardant – standard for all of molos’ paper products – which makes the designs suitable and safe for any sort of public or private installation.

Friday, June 06, 2014

ICFA Executive to Step Down

Joseph P. Logan, executive director of the International Casual Furnishings Association since its inception in 2008, and executive director of its predecessor organization, the Summer and Casual Furniture Manufacturers Association from 1999 to 2008, has announced he will step down from his post July 25.

Logan said he plans "a new program of study, increased philanthropic and board activities and service in my hometown of Winston-Salem and in North Carolina, and involvement in our state's growing wine industry."

"I have enjoyed my association with ICFA, its board of directors and members, and with the entire outdoor furnishings industry," Logan remarked. "We are planning a smooth leadership transition, and I look forward to seeing the ICFA continue to grow and flourish in the years to come."

ICFA is a division of the American Home Furnishings Alliance, and, prior to his appointment as executive director of ICFA and SCFMA, Logan served as vice president of financial services for AHFA.

"Joe has been a valued member of the AHFA team for more than two decades. Under his management, the ICFA thrived, expanding to become a more inclusive organization that serves every segment of the casual furnishings industry" said Andy Counts, AHFA's CEO. "Joe is the consummate association executive, and we will miss his leadership. We wish him much success in his future endeavors."

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Surya Launches Instagram Contest

From now through June 20, 2014, rug and home accessories brand Surya Invites designers and retailers to Instagram a photo of themselves with a Surya tote bag in an interesting or unusual location for a chance to win free Surya products. Surya hands out thousands of colorful jute tote bags at various markets and events each year and wants to see all of the fun places that people take its bags.

The following prizes will be awarded to the three most creative and original entries:
       1st Prize: $1,000 worth of Surya products
       2nd Prize: $500 worth of Surya products
       3rd Prize: $250 worth of Surya products

To take part in the contest, entrants must:
       1. Follow @suryasocial on Instagram
       2. Post a photo of themselves with a Surya tote bag in a novel or original location
       3. Mention @suryasocial and tag #SpottedwithSurya

“At Surya, we recognize the importance of using sustainable materials whenever possible,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “With this in mind, we have designed our reusable tote bags to be both eye-catching and eco-friendly, providing a smart and stylish alternative to plastic shopping bags. We look forward to viewing the entries on Instagram and discovering the many places people are carrying Surya tote bags.”

Each photo counts as one entry, with a limit of two entries per Instagram account. Instagram users who submit a valid entry agree to allow Surya to use the photo as it pertains to the #SpottedwithSurya contest. Prizes shown reflect retail value of merchandise. The contest will close at midnight EST on June 20, 2014, and winners will be contacted via Instagram.

Launched in 2013, Surya’s Instagram page has more than 3,600 followers.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Great Predictions for ORGATEC 2014

New: "ORGATEC Space" and "ORGATEC Mobile" Competence Centres Six months ahead of the event, the forecast for ORGATEC 2014, which opens its doors at the Koelnmesse exhibition centre from 21 to 25 October, is outstanding. In the autumn, around 600 companies from almost 40 countries will present their novelties on exhibition space covering 105,000 gross square metres. According to the status in May, over 95 percent of the available stand space has already been booked and more than 500 companies have already confirmed their participation at the ORGATEC.

As such, the current booking rate is slightly higher than it was for the same period of the previous event. Moreover, many of the exhibitors have opted for bigger stands for their trade fair appearance compared to the ORGATEC 2012. Numerous national and international market leaders and industry players have already registered to exhibit including Actiu, Bene, Dauphin, Durable, Giroflex, Haworth, Interface, Interstuhl, Kokuyo, Komtech, König + Neurath, Nowy Styl, Nurus, Palmberg, Sedus, Tobias Grau, Unifor, Vitra and Wilkhahn.

Almost two thirds of the exhibiting companies come from abroad. There will be a particularly strong presence from companies from Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Turkey and France. "As such, the ORGATEC 2014 will be doing its role as the leading international trade fair for office & facility justice in all sectors," emphasised Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse. "However, the ORGATEC not only offers solutions for the
classic office. The public spaces in the "Contract" sector are also under focus."

With its four exhibition zones "ORGATEC Office", "OGRATEC Contract", "ORGATEC Space" and "ORGATEC Mobile", the ORGATEC 2014 presents integrated solutions and overall concepts for everything connected with the office as a working and living space office. In Halls 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.2 and 11.2, leading national and international manufacturers from the furnishing, flooring, acoustic, light, media and conference technology sectors will present their ORGATEC 2014

Executive Board: Gerald Böse (President and Chief Executive Officer) Katharina C. Hamma Herbert Marner Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Mayor of the City of Cologne Jürgen Roters Place of business and (legal) domicile: place of jurisdiction: Cologne District Court Cologne, HRB 952 novelties to industry players from all over the world. The spectrum of trade visitors ranges from founders of start - ups, to dealers and decision-makers from medium sized companies, through to executives from the purchasing and personnel departments of major corporations. With almost 50 percent of the trade visitors coming from abroad, the ORGATEC also underscores its international significance.

Environment Furniture to Sponsor GM Architects

Environment Furniture will be sponsoring GM Architects at the 2014 Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition presenting its “Museum of Civilizations” project at the “Time Space Existence” Exhibition at the Venice’s San Marco district between June 7 and November 23, 2014.

GM Architects is a Lebanese architect and design firm specializing in high-end hotels and resorts as well as residential. Our paths crossed in 2013 when Environment worked closely with Galal Mahmoud on a large residential project in Greece on the island of Mykonos.

As Environment is deeply attached to the cause of preserving our natural heritage and contributing to make the design world more conscious of sustainable practices, the support of GM Architects’ participation at the Venice Biennale is a natural and perfect fit.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

ICFA Retail Benchmarking Survey Results Unveiled

Results of a new benchmarking survey conducted earlier this year among U.S.-based retailers of outdoor home furnishings and accessories are now available from the International Casual Furnishing Association.

The survey was designed to confidentially measure retail operating ratios and other performance measures. All participating ICFA members received both the full, industry-wide report and an individual, confidential "Company Performance Report" benchmarking their company with others of similar size, revenue and other relevant data breaks.

"The survey was developed by a retailer committee and approved by the ICFA Retail Council to ensure its relevance to the industry," notes Bruce Erickson of Williams All Seasons, Highland Park, Ill. Erickson is a member and past chairman of the ICFA Retail Council and also served on the committee that developed the benchmarking survey.

"The industry-wide report is a useful tool to help retailers evaluate their operational strengths and possibly identify where improvements can be made," Erickson says.

The ICFA benchmarking survey was conducted by Industry Insights, a consulting firm that has been serving the research needs of trade associations in the home furnishings industry since 1980.

AHFA Organises a Meeting

Industry leaders from across the country took part in a legislative and regulatory forum here this week, meeting with key officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), as well as lawmakers, to discuss issues with a significant impact on the residential furniture industry.

At the top of the agenda for members of the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) Board of Directors were the EPA's proposed rules for implementing the federal formaldehyde emission standard and the NLRB's reissuance of the so-called "ambush election rule."

Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, told the group on Tuesday that his tour of a North Carolina furniture factory in March, along with comments submitted by AHFA, helped the agency shift its thinking on how laminated products will be handled in the formaldehyde rules.

"AHFA staff and key member executives have been engaged on this issue since the proposed rules were released by the EPA last May," states AHFA CEO Andy Counts. "We have mobilized teams to meet with lawmakers in Washington, submitted technical comments and participated in public hearings on behalf of the industry. We were gratified to hear from Mr. Jones that our message is being heard."

During the two-day meeting on Capitol Hill, executives also met with eight different lawmakers, including Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC), as well as Representatives Gregg Harper (R-MS), Bob Latta (R-OH), Lee Terry (R-NE), Richard Hudson (R-NC) and Virginia Foxx (R-NC).

Attendees, in addition to AHFA staff, included executives from American Leather, A.R.T., Ashley, Century, Craftmaster, DMI, Gat Creek, Flexsteel, Home Meridian International, Hooker, Johnston Casuals, Klaussner, Magnussen, Riverside, Sauder Woodworking, Universal, Vanguard, Vaughan-Bassett and Veneman.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Satya Tiwari Receives EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Award Finalist

Satya Tiwari, president of Surya, a progressive manufacturer of area rugs and home accessories, has been named a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Award in the Southeast region. This prestigious award recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Under Satya’s leadership, Surya has grown from $2.7M in sales in 2004 to more than $80M last year and has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s fastest growing privately held companies for three consecutive years.  

With the goal of creating a one-stop shop for coordinating, fashion-forward home accessories, Satya continues to push the envelope to drive innovation both at Surya and within the home furnishings industry. Reflecting his entrepreneurial spirit, he has incrementally added new categories to Surya’s initial rug line – doubling marketing spend and expanding product offerings at a time when many companies have cut marketing and operating budgets. Similarly, rather than outsource the product development function, Satya has invested in a robust in-house team to accelerate the product development cycle and quickly bring to market fresh, leading edge designs.

“At its core, Surya is focused on helping our customers optimally meet their customers’ needs by offering highly relevant, on-trend home accessories for all lifestyles and budgets,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “Our exceptional growth would not be possible without our team of dedicated employees, both in the U.S. and India, who share in this commitment and work tirelessly each day to make sure our customers’ expectations are not only met but exceeded. I am honored to be a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and to be in the company of some of the Southeast region’s most forward-thinking leaders.”  

Surya currently services more than 6,000 retail, design and e-commerce customers and offers over 30,000 products across a range of categories – including rugs, pillows, throws, wall decor, accent furniture, lighting, decorative accents and a recently launched bedding line. The company’s flexible distribution model has resulted in one of the fastest fulfillment rates in the industry, with 90 percent of products shipping within 24 hours.

Award recipients will be announced at a special gala on Thursday, June 26 at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta. Regional winners go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on November 15, 2014. 

Axor/Hansgrohe Ready to Take on NYC Design Week

Axor and Hansgrohe are once again set to make their mark on Manhattan during New York Design Week this spring. Axor's WaterDream with Nendo concept will make its North American début at WantedDesign, one of the city’s hottest international design events. In addition, Axor Product Manager Manuel Züfle will be flying in from Germany to participate in a WantedDesign Conversation, where he will weigh in on the creative process.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Resource Furniture and ConcreteWall Join Forces to 'Wow' at ICFF

Resource Furniture, named “the biggest retailer in the multifunctional space in the U.S.” by The Wall Street Journal, is excited to team up with ConcreteWall to exhibit at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) from May 17-20, 2014 at booth 803. ConcreteWall is a unique collection of photographic wall coverings and bed linens, designed and manufactured in Norway.

ConcreteWall is the brainchild of photographer Tom Haga, who is traveling from Norway to join Resource Furniture at ICFF. He uses his skills and ingenuity to capture genuine concrete and brick walls in locations across Norway. The collection features high resolution images of authentic concrete, brick, wood, cinder block and even graffiti.

Each order is made using the precise measurements of the installation, creating zero waste. This way, the wall essentially becomes one large photograph without any repeats and produces a trompe l'oeil.

The high quality, non-woven vinyl wall coverings are long lasting, providing both excellent UV and scratch resistance. Installation of ConcreteWall is simple and can be removed with little effort without damaging walls, ideal for renters or tenants that may need to remove the coverings at a later date.

The designs are ideal for private homes, retail stores, offices or restaurants aiming to achieve a particular mood. Not only do authentic wall coverings make for an excellent conversation piece, but the feeling of exposed walls is one element that adds immediate character to any space.

ICFF is hosted at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The ConcreteWall collection is now available exclusively through Resource Furniture.

YLiving Announces First Bedroom Event

YLiving has announced its first Bedroom Event, running from May 12 to May 27. Premiere designs from leading European and American brands such as Modernica, Modloft, Eastvold, Cattelan Italia, and Steuart Padwick are up to 20% off, exclusively at YLiving.

In addition to top-of-the-line beds, the event includes nightstands, dressers, storage, and mirrors to round out the room. Ranging from midcentury modern to sleek Italian styles, the assortment of bestsellers and newly released items features finishes like luxe leather, rich woods, and more.

Some notable designs in the event:
—Chelsea: Modloft’s best-selling bed is distinguished by a leather headboard and frame resting atop a streamlined chrome steel base.
—Case Study Daybed: This George Nelson icon from Modernica features thick wooden arms and exposed steel supports, enabling it to function as a fully supportive sofa by day.
Cattelan Italia William Bed With Storage: This luxurious bed comes with an oversized, cushioned headboard and a fully upholstered timber body that lifts open to a storage component.

The sale features free shipping and YLiving’s usual team of product experts available by phone.
“We’re thrilled to hold our first bedroom event,” says YLiving general manager Jennifer Baceda. “It’s a consistently popular category with our customers and we are able to bring them the best products for a great value.”

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

BSC Spokesperson and ISPA President to Speak at Furniture Bedding Conference

Lissa Coffey, spokesperson for the Better Sleep Council, will talk about the importance of connecting with today’s consumers on better sleep issues. She will provide some practical ideas on how retailers can communicate the better sleep message to their customers.

In a separate session, ISPA president, Ryan Trainer and Michael Kattman, executive director of Spring Back Recycling, will be panelists discussing recent developments on the recycling front. The panel will be moderated by Shelly Sullivan, the Mattress Recycling Council’s public relations representative. Both sessions will take place on Thursday morning, May 15th, at Furniture Today’s 2014 Bedding Conference being held May 14-16 in Orlando, FL.

Monday, May 05, 2014

ISPA Releases First Quarter 2014 Bedding Barometer

ISPA’s March 2014 Bedding Barometer reports that unit sales increased by 3.6% in March 2014 over the same month in 2013, while the wholesale dollar value of those units grew by 12.7%, compared to March 2013. The average unit selling price increased 8.8% in March 2014 compared to March of last year. Year-to-date unit sales and the wholesale dollar levels of those units increased by 0.4% and 3.8%, respectively, compared to 2013 levels. The year-to-date AUP also increased 3.4% over the same period of 2013.

The Bedding Barometer reports U.S. sales activity (including Puerto Rico) for 14 U.S. mattress producers. The participating companies accounted for 70% of the mattress units shipped and 78.5% of the wholesale market revenue for mattresses sold in 2012. The experience of these participants as a group does not necessarily reflect those of the entire mattress manufacturing industry. Furthermore, comparisons of Bedding Barometer results for different time periods can be affected by a number of factors, including differences in the number of workdays and holiday promotions in a given month, weather conditions, non-reporting manufacturers entering or exiting the market and other variables.


Saturday, May 03, 2014

Kincaid Furniture to Hold Upholstery Program

Kincaid Furniture’s build-your-own custom upholstery program, available at authorized retail locations across the country, offers more than 13,000 ways to build a custom sofa.

“When someone comes into a retail store looking for a sofa, they usually have an ‘I’ll know it when I see it’ attitude,” said Max Dyer, vice president of marketing for Kincaid. “Our build-your-own program allows you to choose the features you want and need in a sofa and play with different fabric choices and finishing details until you have designed your dream sofa.”

Customers use interactive furniture design software to design and build the perfect sofa. A myriad of frame options, from the shape of the arm to the finish on the leg, allows customers to create a look that is all theirs. Additional options include the choice of seat depth; available in 36, 40 and 44 inches, Kincaid custom sofas can be designed to scale for many living spaces from apartments to great rooms. Available designs range from the small loveseat for a sitting room or master bedroom to large sectionals, perfect for family rooms and hosting the big game.

“Besides being incredibly easy to use, the best part of this program is the ability to visualize the piece of custom furniture before you order it,” said Dyer. “Once you’ve decided on the shape and size, you can drape the sofa with a variety of fabrics until you find the one that’s just right for you. The program will walk you through the process step by step until you have a rendering of your finished piece.”

Another important part of Kincaid’s build-your-own custom upholstery program is its extensive line of fabrics. The full line of fabrics has 600 designs, including 50 Sunbrella® fabrics for interiors. Stylish and functional, Sunbrella® fabrics are durable, fade-resistant and easy to clean, which makes them the perfect choice for adults who love to entertain or families with kids or pets.

“The growing popularity of sites like Pinterest and Houzz is a reflection of people’s desire to take a hands-on approach to decorating their homes,” said Dyer. “At Kincaid, we build quality, bench-made upholstery one piece at a time in our factory in western North Carolina, but it all starts with our customers and their inspiration.”

Bernhardt Showcases Classic English Style

Classic English style that mixes tradition with a bit of unexpected Carnaby panache enters the American vernacular today in Bernhardt Interiors—a permanent, eclectic collection totaling some 300 pieces of high design furniture.

Among 75 new case goods and occasional pieces, wood and metal forms and surfaces are dressed out in a razzle dazzle mashup of golds—shiny 70s brasses, scumbled gold-leafed woods, satiny jewel box cabinetry. The reflective golden metals appear both serious and playful — and will offer more visual interest to the rest of a homeowner’s decor.

Some 25 new upholstery pieces are shown in classic English types of covers. There are velvets, flaxes and linens, layered patterned cut cloths, and fabrics with a soft metal glow to them. A new color palette is composed of pomegranate, teal, spruce, greige, and... gold, basic black’s shiny cousin.

“London has always been recognized as a hotbed of really great style,” says Ron Fiore, Bernhardt creative director. “From the punk culture of the 70s to the 80s and even today, London is where we like to think eclecticism originated. We’re bringing that energetic, classic English suavity into our whole-world approach at Bernhardt.”

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Houston Furniture Company to Hold Annual Meet the Builder Day

The Amish Craftsman, a Houston furniture store specializing in custom, hand-made Amish furniture has announce that they will be holding their 4th annual Meet the Builder Day on May 3rd. This year, the event will include five Amish craftsmen who will be visiting from Indiana. The craftsmen are expert builders of dining room, living room, bedroom, and office furniture.

“We are so excited to have our favorite craftsmen and their wives back down to Houston for our 4th Annual Meet the Builder Day,” says Kimberley Murphy. “The builders are excited to meet all of our wonderful customers and it’s a rare opportunity for them to meet the people that enjoy furniture from The Amish Craftsman in their homes. We invite you to stop by the store to visit with them to learn a little more about craftsmanship and furniture design or just to chat!”

The staff at The Amish Craftsman has been working hard to prepare for the event. The showroom has been updated so that all of the craftsmen’s newest designs will be on display. These new designs include dining room tables, hutches and sideboards, entertainment centers, living room seating, bedroom furniture, desks, credenzas, file cabinets, and bookcases.

The event includes food, like ice cream and sweet treats, and other festivities. For every order over $1,000, customers will have the chance to pop a balloon for cash prizes. Every balloon is a winner and prizes go as high as $500.

Additionally, special savings will be offered on the visiting craftsmen’s pieces displayed on the showroom floor. These savings are only available once per year, on Meet the Builder day.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hooker Furniture Leaders Honored with Spirit of Life awards

The recent Spirit of Life awards dinner honoring two preeminent leaders of the furniture industry– Alan Cole, retired president of Hooker Furniture, and the Baer family of Baer’s Furniture – raised more than $1 million for cancer and diabetes research at City of Hope. The prestigious Spirit of Life award is City of Hope’s highest accolade, presented annually to industry leaders in recognition of their outstanding personal, professional and philanthropic achievements.

As a world-renowned biomedical research and treatment center, City of Hope shortens the times from new research idea to new medical treatment in order to quickly bring cures to patients. Its breakthrough research has led to therapies now used by people worldwide.

“We are thrilled with the overwhelming support the Baer family and Alan Cole have championed for City of Hope,” said Brittany De La Torre, director of corporate philanthropy at City of Hope. “The passion exhibited by both honoree teams has been phenomenal – a truly personal drive to make a difference in the future of medicine.”

The gala, held April 6 at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C., honored this year’s award recipients, but previous honorees as well, treating all to a VIP reception followed by the awards dinner.

Added Alan Cole of Hooker Furniture: “City of Hope’s scientists have had a global impact with research that benefits more than 100 million people. Our family is personally grateful for the advances made in cancer treatment at City of Hope.”

In addition to the awards ceremony, the evening’s highlights included a video of the honorees touring City of Hope, where they made wishes of hope and healing for their loved ones on City of Hope’s Wishing Trees. Dinner guests were invited to complete their own wishing tags, to be displayed on City of Hope’s campus in Los Angeles later this week. The appeal asked participants to make a wish and a donation at the same time, raising an additional $30,000 for cancer research at City of Hope.

Also at the event, Linda Malkas, Ph.D., deputy director of research at City of Hope, explained the mission of City of Hope’s translational research and its ability to directly impact patients through life-saving clinical trials. During the VIP reception, City of Hope surprised Russell Bienenstock, editor of Furniture World, with the Volunteer of the Year award.

Chuck Reilly, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing at AICO, chairs the National Home Furnishings Industry group supporting City of Hope, and Kevin O’Connor, chief executive of Samson Marketing, chairs the organization’s Spirit of Life Award Dinner campaign.

Gorman's Home Furnishings & Interior Design President Receives Award

Bernard (Bernie) Moray, chairman and CEO of Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design and former president of the National Home Furnishings Association, has been named one of the recipients of Jewish Senior Life (JSL) of Metropolitan Detroit‘s “Eight Over Eighty” award.

This award honors eight extraordinary community individuals over the age of eighty who have practiced Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) throughout their lives. Proceeds will benefit the JSL Kosher Meal Program.
Moray, 92, will be honored at an award luncheon on May 4 at Congregation Adat Shalom Synagogue, 29901 Middle Belt Rd. in Farmington Hills. He has served as the chairman and CEO of Gorman’s since 1965, and is a longtime volunteer in the greater Detroit community.

“I believe you are either born with a feeling of obligation or not,” said Moray. “I have been very fortunate throughout my life, both personally and through my business, and feel it is only humane to help my fellow man.”

Moray has been volunteering all his life but really became involved in giving back after the completion of his military service and when he entered the workforce in the 1950s. Personally, his main focus is on the Friendship Circle, which he has supported since its founding. He also is a supporter of numerous other Jewish organizations and secular groups. Through Gorman’s, he has raised more than $1 million for nonprofits such as Toys for Tots, American Cancer Society and Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

The Franklin, Mich. resident is a past president of the National Home Furnishings Association, which merged with its Western affiliate and the Home Furnishings Independents Association in 2013 to become the North American Home Furnishings Association. Moray  was also named “Master of the Game” by Furniture/Today in December 2013, is a former executive committee member of the Interior Design Society and currently serves on the visitor’s board of Wayne State University Business School.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Philippines CITEM Returns to the ICFF

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) announces the return of the Philippines Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), after 13-years. The CITEM contingent, Design Philippines, numbers 15 companies deep, guaranteeing the Philippines a significant presence on the floor of New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center during this year’s global market, May 17-20. Designed with a system of hanging metal frames, the CITEM exhibit will show the impressive wealth of products available from its participants.

Alexandra Cabat, ICFF’s sales director, says, “With its superb craftspeople and up-to-the-minute production facilities, the Philippines are among the world’s great design resources. We’re thrilled to welcome CITEM back to North America’s premier platform for global design after a hiatus. The presence and numbers of the Design Philippines contingent at the 26th annual ICFF signals that the international design world recognizes the ICFF as one of the world’s most powerful markets for international design.”

The Design Philippines participants include Ann Pamintuan, atelier a, Catalina, Contemporaneo, Industria, ITO KISH, KENNETHCOBONPUE, Lightworks, MASAECO, Mayumi, Nature's Legacy, PRIZMIC & BRILL, SCHEMA, TADECO Home, Vito Selma.

The ICFF is produced and managed by GLM.

Registration for Summer Las Vegas Market Opens

Registration for the upcoming Summer Las Vegas Market, running Sunday, July 27, through Thursday, July 31, 2014 is open. Pre-registration ensures attendees will receive their badge in the mail before Market. Hotel reservations also are available, with “early bird” discounts offered at four select partner hotels through April 23rd and June 4th at eight partner properties.

“Las Vegas Market is coming off of the strongest market in the history of Las Vegas Market with overall buyer attendance up 21% over the prior year,” commented Robert Maricich, Chief Executive Officer, International Market Centers. “In addition to attendance growth, we have added more than 1200 new furniture, home décor and gift resources to the market and expanded the depth and breadth of product exponentially.”

Las Vegas Market is continually upgrading its online registration to streamline the process for attendees. Pre-registrants are guaranteed to receive important market updates, including new resources and showrooms, networking events and the latest trends and exclusive offers. The online process allows first-time registrants to upload qualification materials directly online, rather than having to email, fax or mail documentation; and allows returning registrants to review on-file registration information to save time.

Las Vegas Market is the most comprehensive, cross-category market in  the western U.S., presenting 2,000+ furniture, home décor and gift resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of furniture, home décor and gift lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. The Summer 2014 Las Vegas Market runs Sunday, July 27, through Thursday, July 31, 2014, at World Market Center Las Vegas. According to Maricich, “we shifted our opening day to Sunday rather than Monday at the request of buyers who wanted a weekend day to attend market. We began this new schedule at the January 2014 Market, and it was very well received by buyers and exhibitors.”

The Summer Las Vegas Market will feature even more new resources across all furniture, home décor and gift categories, along with thousands of new product introductions, a full week of educational and networking opportunities, and a focus on industry trends for the coming season.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mercury Rising by Currey & Company

Mercury glass is having a bit of a moment right now! It seems to be everywhere. Silvered glass was first patented in 19th century Europe with large productions coming from glassworks in the Bohemian Forest. Originally double-walled glass coated with silver on the interior, mercury glass contains neither silver nor mercury. Instead, a liquid silver nitrate solution is used to create the silver effect. The same solution is used to create everyday household mirror Currey & Company’s Design Team has reinterpreted mercury glass with the introduction of five new chandeliers and lanterns.

The glass on the new lighting fixtures has been manipulated with solvents to partially remove the silvering and has added antique washes to create warm, metallic tones. The Florence Chandelier is a beautiful combination of metal work and mirror that has been finished to have transparency and the in termittent patterns of mercury glass. Mouth-blown glass captured in a square wrought iron cage is used to create the Marmande Lantern.

The blown glass interior is finished in the same way as the Florence Chandelier along with the addition of an antique gold wash.

Student Industrial Tour 2014 Held for furniture Students

The Student Industrial Tour 2014 of the Furniture Company took place in early April, giving 34 Foundation, BA and MA students, of varying ages and drawn from many different colleges and universities, the chance to visit a number of our industry partners.

Organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company as part of the extensive education programme, the tour was led by Liveryman Pauline Purves; Grants and Education Manager Damilola Bamidele; Richard Jones, Programme Leader BA (Hons) Furniture Making at Leeds College of Art; and Doug Morris, previously a lecturer at Rycotewood College.

Burgess Beds showed the students the intricacies of producing handmade and bespoke beds, and talked about how a small family-run business can be grown.

Knightsbridge Furniture Productions, which manufactures hotel, community care and healthcare furniture, gave the group a tour of the factory and they met key design and production personnel. At CD limited, the exclusive distributors of the specialised manmade material CORIAN, the students saw the machinery and tools involved with production, and toured the showroom where the end products are displayed.

Makers of upholstery foams, Vitafoam, gave the group a tour of both of their huge sites, the first where they saw how foam is made, and the other where foam is cut.

Alice Mansell, studying Interior Furniture at Wolverhampton University, said: “This tour has benefited me as a designer in so many ways. Seeing British craftsman, making British products right in front of me definitely brought a tear to my eye. The illusion of ‘we don’t make anything anymore’ I now know to be wrong and I will freely admit to becoming very patriotic as I visited the numerous sites.

“Every single site visit was beneficial and extremely insightful. This experience will stay with me forever and has provided me with the drive to keep our British furniture making industry alive. On behalf of myself and The University of Wolverhampton, thank you for the amazing opportunity.”

Friday, April 11, 2014

Six Suppliers to Expand Showrooms at Las Vegas Market

Las Vegas Market announced that six leading suppliers of gift merchandise will open or expand showrooms for the upcoming Summer Market, July 27 -31, 2014, further increasing the number of major industry suppliers presented in Las Vegas Market’s Building C. Newcomers Colonial Tin Works, Honey & Me, and Thompson’s Candles are opening their first showrooms; tenants Giftcraft and Roman, Inc. are expanding existing showrooms; and Meravic is renewing its commitment.

The 9th floor of Building C will showcase key newcomers for the Summer Market including Colonial Tin Works/CTW Home Collection, a supplier of lighting, country and primitive motifs, decorative accessories, gifts and garden décor, opening its first West Coast showroom at Las Vegas Market, in a 1,610-square-foot space; Honey & Me, a resource for country and primitive looks, plush items, gifts and seasonal décor, opening a 1,077-square-foot showroom ; and Thompson’s Candles, a supplier of candles, gifts, country looks and primitive motifs, opening 1,610-square-foot showroom .  Meravic, a resource for seasonal, floral, personal accessories, jewelry and gifts, is renewing its lease on a 5,560-square-foot showroom.

Leading vendors planning showroom expansions for Summer Market include Giftcraft, a supplier of gifts, plush, juvenile, baby, kids, fashion, decorative accessories and home décor, which is expanding its showroom to 3,446-square-feet on floor C6; and Roman, Inc., a producer of seasonal, floral, personal accessories, jewelry, gifts and decorative accessories, which is expanding by more than 30% to a 6,052-square-foot space on floor C9.

Las Vegas Market’s Building C has experienced dramatic growth in the gift and home décor product categories since 2013, with 550,000 square feet of expanded showrooms as well as the addition of new resources and categories, such as specialty tabletop, lifestyle merchandise, fashion accessories and artisanal crafts.  Notable brands among the 900 new suppliers added in the last year in Building C are: Abbiamo Tutto, Alessi, Andrew Martin/Cisco Brothers, Ann Gish, Anne McGilvray, Archipelago, Bramble Company, Child’s Studio, Design Legacy, Enesco, Fine Lines, Giftcraft, Just Got 2 Have It!, Jonathan Adler, Karen Robertson Collection, Lenox, Luna Bella, Michael Aram, MATCH, Moe’s Home Collection, Oly Studio, Roost, Skyros/Bodrum, The Gerson Companies, Toyology, Vagabond House, VIETRI, Waterford Wedgwood and many more.

Displays & Exhibits Debuts Fold Flat Furniture Line: umlot

Displays & Exhibits, Inc. (D&E), a division of Absolute Exhibits, a major force in the trade show exhibit building industry, is bringing a new line of flexible furniture named ümlot, to the trade show floor. These products are the very essence of simplicity. These furniture pieces which include chairs, podiums, bar height tables, pedestals, and bar stools, are craftily cut from one piece of flexible, sustainable and weatherproof polypropylene and require no tools for assembly. The products have incredible style and flair and a uniquely colorful, fun style that personalizes any environment. They may be used indoors or out, they come in a variety of colors and they can be customized with graphics printed on them for exceptional business-to-business marketing opportunities.

Originated in Holland by two young Dutch designers for the furniture industry, the original chair garnered major design awards and legions of fans following its introduction. The chair looks like a giant envelope and transforms into a true designer chair. It features rounded edges and is available in eight lively colors. One look by Peter Holman, the D&E director of sales, and he was hooked, “Their chair was the best item I have seen at Global Shop in years, a real stand-out for the trade show industry. Their products will add unbelievable style to any exhibit, giving it a great finishing touch. The product line has everything I look for in my online offerings – lightweight but sturdy, it’s chic, and let me tell you, that chair is comfortable!”

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The American Society of Furniture Designers Announces the 2014 ASFD Merit Scholarship Winner

The American Society of Furniture Designers announces Ian O’Hare as the winner of the 2014 ASFD touching lives by design Merit Scholarship. The scholarship, which rewards academic excellence in the major of furniture design, continues the mission of the association to support, motivate and inspire the designers of tomorrow.

O’Hare, a junior majoring in furniture design at Appalachian State University, located in Boone, North Carolina, was selected for the outstanding academic success he has achieved in his major and for excelling in activities related to the major of furniture design.

“ASFD is pleased to award this scholarship to such a qualified candidate. The caliber of Ian’s resume set him apart, making him the clear recipient of this year’s scholarship” notes ASFD President, Richard Schroeder.

The ASFD touching lives by design Merit Scholarship is awarded at the association’s annual Spring Dinner held during the April High Point Market.

Hubbardton Forge Announced Winner of Design Photo Contest

Hubbardton Forge announced the winner of a $10,000 prize in the company’s 2013 Design Photo Contest, at an awards ceremony held during the BD West trade show in San Diego.

Bill Rooney Studio was chosen as the contest winner for photography of a 16-foot custom lighting sculpture, designed by Rooney with production assistance from Rob Veluz, and manufactured by Hubbardton Forge. The lighting piece is a focal point at the new Marriott Residence Inn property located at 1717 Broadway in New York City.

Designer Bill Rooney describes his inspiration for the custom lighting piece: “The sculptural lighting feature draws reference from Central Park as well as the urban chic nature of the space it is in. The resulting organic form is transformed into a modern theatrical experience in hand forged aluminum. Harmony is created by utilizing the familiar juxtaposed with the new and the feeling of the moment is nourished with elements from the past used throughout the Residence Inn lobby.”

Hubbardton Forge created the Design Photo Contest last year and partnered with Boutique Design magazine on the project. The contest was designed to award hospitality project photography that used Hubbardton Forge fixtures to best define the space in which the lighting was placed. The contest garnered many entries from hotel, restaurant, assisted living, and other commercial spaces across the United States.

“It’s always fascinating to see our products used in so many different settings and applications, particularly as our design aesthetic has expanded so much in the past few years. As a designer it’s both educational and fun for me to see how others visualize and create the space where our products can either accent it or help define it,” said David Kitts, Director of Design for Hubbardton Forge.

Hubbardton Forge offers a special thank you to all design and architecture firms who entered, and to Boutique Design magazine for sponsoring the 2013 Design Photo Contest. “We’re excited to have partnered with Hubbardton Forge on this innovative competition that showcases product design creativity in a hospitality setting,” said Michelle Finn, President of Hospitality Media Group, LLC, owner of Boutique Design magazine.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

AHFA and NAHFA to Oppose FR Label Bill

A bill proposing to dictate point-of-purchase signage in California home furnishings stores will be opposed by both the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) and the North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) at a Senate committee hearing here this week.

Senator Mark Leno proposed the measure (SB 1019) last week in an effort to provide California consumers with easily accessible information on whether upholstered furniture contains flame retardant chemicals.

Last year California adopted a new fire safety standard – Technical Bulletin 117-2013. The new standard requires upholstered furniture to pass a smolder test to ensure that it is resistant to ignition from a burning cigarette – the number one cause of household fires involving upholstered furniture.

The smolder test replaces an open flame test that California required for more than 35 years. The state's new standard does not prohibit flame retardant chemicals, but the smolder test can be passed without them.

Sen. Leno's legislation proposes a lengthy addition to the law label that is currently required on all upholstered furniture offered for sale in California. After stating that the product meets California's furniture fire safety standard, manufacturers would have to indicate whether the product "contains added flame retardant chemicals" or "contains NO added flame retardant chemicals." This would be done by checking a box next to the appropriate statement.

Leno also proposes that the law label include the following statements:
"The Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation found that flame retardant chemicals in furniture do not provide a meaningful fire safety benefit. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), such flame retardant chemicals can migrate into air and house dust where people can be exposed to them."
In addition to lengthening the law label with this required "flame retardant chemical statement," Leno proposes that manufacturers of upholstered furniture be required to provide point-of-sale signage with this same statement for each product shipped to California retailers.

Stores would be required to display the sign "next to the price or description of the covered product." Furthermore, Leno wants the sign to be "sized and placed so as to remain clear and conspicuous to consumers."

Catalog retailers would have to place the message on each page containing a description of an upholstered product and Internet retailers would need to place the message "in close proximity to the price" on each web page that contains a description of an upholstered product.

The joint statement, which was submitted on behalf of AHFA, NAHFA and the Polyurethane Foam Association, further asserts that the point-of-sale requirement puts the burden of compliance on retailers, who have little control over what individual products contain.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Surya Launches a New Customer Loyalty Program

Surya has launched an enhanced version of its Surya Rewards customer loyalty program. The expanded program builds upon the company’s existing rewards program, which provides customers with free Surya samples and displays, product discounts and other benefits as they reach key sales milestones.

With the new program – the first of its kind in the industry – customers will have a choice in how they wish to be rewarded. They can choose to earn “Surya Points,” which can be redeemed for Surya products, or to accrue miles or points for their preferred frequent flier or hotel program. Alternately, they can opt to earn Gift Card Points™, which can be redeemed for a wide variety of popular retailer gift cards.

Well-received benefits of the current program, including an entry to win a trip to Surya’s factory in India and donation of a Surya rug to a charitable event on the customer’s behalf, will be carried over into the new program. Surya has also preserved the program’s humanitarian aspect by enabling participants to donate Surya Points to feed children in India through Akshaya Patra, the world’s largest NGO-run mid-day meal program.

“We are excited to provide Surya’s customers with the opportunity to earn miles or points towards many of the programs that they already use on a regular basis,” said Graham Farrell, president of Lift & Shift, the company who will administer the new multi-currency rewards program for Surya. “Surya is known as an innovator in the rug and home accessories industry and this unique program will provide the brand’s loyal customers with an even wider range of benefits, along with a more convenient way to access those benefits.”

Through an interface very similar to those found on popular consumer rewards websites, Surya’s customers will be able to visit the Surya Rewards website and check their rewards account balance 24/7. They also can earn bonus points by taking advantage of special offers that will be listed on the site or sent to them in special Surya Rewards communications.

“Our customers had been telling us that they were looking for more flexibility and convenience in a rewards program and we listened,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “We always strive to provide our customers with the best service possible and are pleased to be able to recognize their growth and loyalty with broader reward options that better address their needs.”

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.



Thursday, February 27, 2014

EZMod Furniture Announces New Arrivals That Include Mounted Photographic Images announces a bounty of new arrivals for customers with an interest in furnishing or accessorizing any space well. The site now offers wall hangings in the form of well-proportioned mounted photographic images.

Softening the modern furnishing edge just a bit, now offers, amongst its newest arrivals, a bevy of mounted photographic images for customers looking to fill wall space. Numerously offered, the site brings specific locales to life by way of interesting photographic vantage points captured by creative photographers worldwide. No less than thirteen mounted photographs can be had on three out of four of the website’s New Arrivals pages. One need only sign on and pour over the offerings and begin the arduous task of choosing just one or two.

Vivian Du, President of said of the modern furnishings website’s new arrivals, “ We have quite a few new things for our customers this time around. Everything from a Pryor inspired loveseat bench to a Tillman inspired display shelf. That said, our newest venture into wall hangings are just breathtaking with originality. Hanging our new photography is the next best thing to being there.”

Mounted photography offered in diptych style include “Majesty” which captures the Eiffel Tower from an ominous ground view in black and white. Equally enrapturing but with a symmetrical approach is the “Rocky Shore” mounted image reminiscent of Carmel, California also in black and white. This accessory highlights wind shaped trees jutting out over a seascape with rocks resting in oceanic repose. For a French inspired full-color image EZMod offers their “French Chateaux” photo which portrays an expansive reflecting pool for added emphasis. All offered at the new arrival price of $69.99 other photographic images include “Autumnal Boulevard” awash with glorious yellows, oranges and reds and “Glorious Giraffes” with the same color influences. “Manhattan” gives one the feeling of flying over New York City skyscrapers to a blue, billowy cloud-filled horizon. Also offered are the calm reprisals of “Desert Solitude”, “Canoes”, “Mountains” and “Horizon” all in stunning colors that pop with intention. “Iconic Italy” is offered in black and white and puts one in the mind of a 1950s film with a gondolier piloting an iconic gondola. Rounding out the offerings are “Waters” for solitude, “Grecian Crossroads” for the traveler at heart and “Zebras” for a safari-like romp on a Savannah.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Brian Boggs Chairmakers Set to Unveil Two New Product Lines at the Architectural Digest Show 2014

Brian Boggs has chosen the 13th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show, in NYC, as the platform for unveiling his latest Sunniva outdoor line and Lily barstool.

After more than 30 years as a chairmaker, Brian is internationally recognized as one of the world's premier furniture designers and craftsmen. He is excited to be showcasing several unique and mouth-watering pieces at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show.

The Brian Boggs Chairmakers booth will include Brian's newest design, the Lily barstool. Brian created this inviting addition to his Lily line after the floral-inspired Lily dining chair was named a finalist in the 2014 Niche Awards. The booth will also feature several pieces from the Sunniva Collection, named from a Gaelic word meaning gift from the sun. This collection offers the finest in highly durable yet luxurious outdoor furniture, including a swing, armchair, rocker, settee and cocktail table. Each of these pieces are elegant sculptures perfectly crafted with ergonomically responsive curves and angles for ultimate comfort. Both the Sunniva line and the Lily barstools are a must-see for those attending the show in March.

The 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show includes a curated selection of limited-edition, one of a kind fine art, furnishings, photography, and lighting. The Jenn-Air Master Class studio held in the show's theatre, will feature exclusive programming by Architectural Digest and the New York Times. Trade seminars, keynote presentations and a seminar series are also provided.

This is truly an international design show with exhibitors from the UK, Italy, New Zealand, Belgium and Spain. The show features today’s top artisan design talents in the MADE section.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Woodhaven Industries to Debut at High Point

Woodhaven Industries will debut an expanded furniture and upholstery exhibit in High Point in April. Woodhaven plans to introduce new lines of upholstered furniture and bedding at a 6,000 sq. ft. display in the Home Fashions Resource Center (Fabric Center) located at 312 South Hamilton Street, 3rd floor. Although Woodhaven is a new exhibitor at High Point, the manufacturing division has been creating quality furniture for more than 40 years. With two upholstery and eight bedding plants located around the country, Woodhaven produces “built in the U.S.A.” furniture for Aaron’s, Inc. lease-to-own stores and for other major retailers. Woodhaven employs more than 750 employees.

“We’re very excited about unveiling our expanded line of upholstered furniture and bedding at High Point,” said Mike Jarnagin, Vice President of Woodhaven Industries. “For 40 years, we’ve built furniture enjoyed in homes across America. Because we control the quality, cost, delivery, styling, durability and quantity of our furniture products, our customer benefits by having access to the most popular pieces at affordable pricing. We stay in front of the trends in order to offer the most current and popular products demanded by the consumer”.

Woodhaven has been recognized for its sustainability practices. Woodhaven was announced as the winner of the Green Save Award at the 2011 Atlanta Business Chronicle Environmental Awards. On average each year, Woodhaven recycles more than 10 million pounds of material and has reduced the waste sent to landfills from its plants by 92 percent. “We are saving the world, one sofa at a time,” said Mike Jarnagin.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Hans Wegner, Axel Christiansen Sell High in Kaminski 20th C. Modern Auction

On January 12, 2014 Kaminski Auctions of Beverly, Massachusetts held a high quality 20th Century Modern Design auction. The sale achieved an approximate sell-through rate of seventy percent, while displaying a steady rhythm of strong hammer prices. Bidders showed great enthusiasm on the floor, on the phones and particularly through several online bidding platforms.

An outstanding Axel Christiansen rosewood credenza was also featured prominently in this sale, achieving $3,500 amidst heated competition on the floor and between several telephone bidders. Ceramic enthusiasts and furniture collectors also clearly appreciated a mammoth pair of Swedish “onion” lamps, circa 1950s, with original parchment shades and matching ceramic finials. These classically Scandinavian lamps sold for $3,250.

Sculptural and glass items drew interest from all bidding platforms, leading to a strong hammer price of $3,000 on an outstanding work by David Aronson, “False Messiah”. Buyers also appeared to covet the small collection of Lalique objects and placed bids accordingly. A Lalique plaque titled “Masque de Femme” sold for $4,750, followed by a Lalique Bacchantes vase selling for $2,000 mid-way through the sale.

A hand-signed silkscreen titled “Six Variants” and dated 1969 by Joseph Albers reached a strong price of $1,100. A staunch advocate of teaching the fundamentals, Albers joined the Bauhaus faculty in 1922 until its closure in 1933, at which time he was invited to teach at Black Mountain College located in North Carolina. There, Albers presided over artists such as Cy Twombly and Robert Rauschenberg as head of the painting program until 1949. Albers transitioned to Yale University in 1950 and has been credited with implementing a complete overhaul of the university’s Art program.

In the same genre of Abstract Expressionism, an original oil painting by Elaine de Kooning (wife of renowned artist Willem de Kooning), “Untitled Bull”, was awarded to an anonymous phone bidder against an online bidder for $3,000. Rounding out the sale were two works by Henry Moore. Both of the small watercolors on paper depict several abstract, reclining nudes, as was often Moore’s signature subject. The first of the two lots by Henry Moore achieved $5,000, while the second reached $4,000.

Past lots are now available for after-auction purchase and can be reviewed by accessing the prices realized link on Kaminski Auctions is currently seeking new consignments for the upcoming Spring 2014 Modern sale, to be held May 10th.

Friday, January 31, 2014 Showcases the Versatile Hillsdale Metro Bedroom Collection will showcase the versatile Hillsdale Metro Bedroom Collection. This collection features three different beds in two different finishes each. The unique feature of this collection is that no matter which bed you choose, they all share the same case goods. This makes it great for furnishing both a bedroom and a guest room or for mixing and matching items.

The Hillsdale Metro bedroom collection comes in two different finishes, a dark espresso and a cherry. The case goods include a nightstand, dresser, mirror, chest and media chest. The media chest is nice because it offers storage space for clothes while also giving you a space to put your television and media player in as well. The rest of the case goods feature strong lines and aged pewter finished pulls. They are crafted from solid hardwood and also feature dovetail drawer construction and full-extension ball-bearing drawer glides for years of trouble free use.

"This Hillsdale Metro bedroom collection proves to be a very popular collection since customers are not limited to just one or two bed styles for a particular collection. In the past, we have had many queries from customers that like a certain styling but for example require a storage bed instead of a regular bed. The fact that this collections comes in two very popular finishes is also a plus."

The Hillsdale Metro Martin bed is a storage bed that features two dark brown vinyl cushions in a tufted style on the back of the headboard. The two large castered drawers create a lot of extra storage space, great for hold off season clothes, linens, bedding and more. The Hillsdale Metro Liza bed is a platform bed, which means no box spring is required. It features strong lines and a bold vertical slat design on the headboard giving it a unique and stylish feel. The Hillsdale Metro Riva bed is also a storage bed. It features an elegantly arched headboard with open panels and also features useful storage drawers underneath it. All of the Metro beds are made of solid hard woods and are available in cherry or dark espresso.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Interior Design Camp Partners with 2014 Las Vegas Summer Market

International Market Centers partnered with the organizers of Interior Design Camp, a two-day seminar hosted by Celebrity Interior Designers Kelli Ellis and Lori Dennis, for the next Summer Las Vegas Market, July 27-31.

Interior Design Camp, held July 29-31 at World Market Center, will feature guest segments led by national industry experts in niche fields, along with networking events for attendees to mingle with industry friends and leaders. The programs at the Camp will be designed to help designers at every level successfully brand, market, position and promote their interior design business through all channels, including online, magazines, television and through social media networks.
A number of leading brands in the home furnishings industry have joined the event as sponsors including Barbara Cosgrove, Cyan Designs, Four Hands, HGTV Home Furniture Collection, Jaipur, Lamps Plus, Left Bank Art, Made Goods, Olioboard, Palecek, Wayfair, Worlds Away and Zuo Modern.

The roster of speakers confirmed are Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason of Aphro Chic, Sheliah Mac Sporran of Olioboard, Patrick Dragonette of Dragonette on La Cienega, editor and best selling author Susanna Salk, Adam Japko, founder of the Design Bloggers Convention, plus more than a dozen other experts in the field of design, retail, media and marketing.

Lori Dennis is a top interior designer, speaker, best selling author, custom furniture designer, celebrity and star of HGTV’s The Real Designing Women.  With offices in Los Angeles, New York and Miami, the firm handles national and international projects and specializes in sustainable, green and high end, luxury design. A multiple award-winning designer, Dennis has appeared in magazines, websites and television screens throughout the world including Elle Decor, LUXE, Dwell, People, the New York Times, House Beautiful, Coastal Living, Los Angeles Times and All the Best Blog. Recognized by industry leaders like HGTV, ASID, NBC, Viking and countless others as an expert in luxury and green lifestyles, Dennis speaks at events around the globe.

Interior Design Camp co-creator Kelli Ellis is an award-winning internationally known celebrity, interior designer and design psychology expert.  Ellis splits time as an author, brand ambassador, educator, life coach, speaker, professional blogger and on-camera designer. Ellis is the featured designer on the long-running TLC’s Clean Sweep, star of HGTVs Takeover My Makeover, and star designer on HGTVs top hit show, Celebrity Holiday Homes. Ellis has guest appeared on NBC, CBS and ABC broadcasts as well as featured in The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, LV Luxury, Riviera, Angeleno, Orange Coast Magazine, and OC Magazine.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Mayor Sofa New Edition Showcased

MAYOR SOFA is introduced with a black stained base frame, in addition to the oak and smoked oak editions. The MAYOR SOFA was designed in 1939 but it is safe to say that after its reissue by &tradition in 2012, the sofa is experiencing a spirited revival. Last year the sofa received the award for Best Reissue in the prestigious Wallpaper* Design Award and in Denmark it was awarded Classic of the Year by the Bo Bedre Awards.

Now MAYOR SOFA is introduced with a black stained base frame, in addition to the oak and smoked oak editions. MAYOR features a unique style that draws as much upon the Danish tradition of fine woods and functional solutions as on the international modernism for which Arne Jacobsen is famous. The new black stained frame adds a more edgy and graphic expression to the sofa, yet still revealing the solid wood and its regional tradition.

Woodcraft Project Raises Over $6,000 for Fresh Wood

Woodcraft and its customers donated more than $6,000 in 2013 to support Fresh Wood, a student competition founded to encourage and support young woodworking designers and builders like Mollie Ferguson, a beginning furnituremaker who won two top Fresh Wood awards in July 2013.

In April 2012 Woodcraft invited customers to join the company in supporting Fresh Wood by making donations that Woodcraft would match up to $10,000, and in January 2013, Woodcraft gave Fresh Wood a check for $4,260.
“Woodcraft is pleased to be able to give Fresh Wood a larger check this year – $6,186 from 2013 donations,” Woodcraft President Jody Garrett said. “Woodcraft will continue the Fresh Wood project in 2014 in an effort to keep woodworking as a viable career choice for future generations.”

Founded by The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS) in 1999 when the industry faced shortages of skilled workers, Fresh Wood promotes woodworking and design education programs, as well as students pursuing careers in these fields. Held in conjunction with the AWFS Fair every two years, the Fresh Wood competition offers a place for students to showcase their work, be introduced to the industry as artists, designers and woodworkers, and be exposed to industry career opportunities. In addition, winners take home monetary and tool awards.

“We awarded over $19,000 in prize money for Fresh Wood 2013, and thanks to Woodcraft contributions, we were able to increase all prize check amounts by over 25% per prize level. A portion of the funds was also used to offset the costs of travel and hotel allowances for the Fresh Wood finalists and their instructors attending the AWFS Fair,” Adria Torrez, AWFS assistant director of education, said.

Ferguson, who lives in Oakland, California, won the Best of Show and first place in the post-secondary chair category for her 2013 chair entry, “dulcius ex asperis.” Her awards included a wood sculpture, $2,224, a 14" Rikon bandsaw, and a certificate of merit. She entered the competition as a College of the Redwoods graduate, having completed two years of study in 2012.

Ferguson said she became interested in furnituremaking while earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. When her career path veered away from furniture design, Ferguson decided to more seriously pursue furnituremaking. Realizing that she would need more woodworking instruction, she enrolled at the College of the Redwoods.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

DA Stores Partners with GFI Contemporary Furniture

Since 2006, DA Stores has filled the role of a specialty retailer for contemporary home furnishings and accessories for consumers around the nation. Its retail store is based in Los Angeles and it offers a massive digital catalog from some of the world’s most recognized brands, including GFI.

With much of the company’s focus on modern living room collections, platform beds and other bedroom furnishings, along with dining collections, accessories and outdoor furniture, efforts continue to further expand partnerships to offer its customers an even greater variety. It also means great partnerships with some of the most recognized names in the residential furniture market, such as GFI.

GFI is an American company with more than 2 million sq. feet of technologically advanced manufacturing space. Located in Dallas, Tex., this company rose quickly as a heavy hitter in the modern residential home furnishings sector and continues to expand its base. “This partnership allows us to offer our customers an even more versatile playing field, one that includes those popular and stylish contemporary elements such as chrome and leather,” said a spokeswoman with DA Stores. “It’s just another fantastic way we deliver to our customers the quality, style and affordability they’ve come to expect from DA Stores.”

With furniture sales growing by more than 8 percent in 2012, the largest increase in a decade, the demand is rebounding as more consumers begin to settle into an economy that doesn’t have the burden of a recession. Home sales are improving and those homeowners are looking for “great furniture at costs that won’t mean they lose sleep,” explained the spokeswoman. “We’re proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and look forward to continually growing both our customer base and our partnerships.”

Consumers are invited to visit the digital catalog and explore the many options GFI presents. They may also learn more about DA Stores, its business model and other offerings. See for yourself the type of modern home furnishings Los Angeles shoppers have enjoyed for years.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

NAHFA To Provide RRC Packed at Las Vegas Market

The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) provides Las Vegas buyers a one-stop marketplace filled with business service providers offering money-saving tools to improve their businesses. The Retailer Resource Center (RRC), located in B-1050, hosts more than 30 vendors that offer products and services ranging from advertising and marketing, financial, consulting, and design, to technology, training, and warehouse distribution.

Companies exhibiting in the Retailer Resource Center
ACA / Advertising Concepts of America
Acceptance Now
Association Insurance Services
Best Buy For Business
Clear Destination
Cory 1st Choice Home Delivery
Credit Source Insurance & Finance
Custom Design Software
Diakon Logistics
DSI Delivery
Furniture Training Company
Furniture Wizard
FurnitureCore by Impact Consulting
GE Capital
Genesis Financial Services
Genesis Software Systems
Guardian Protection Products
JRM Sales & Management
Knorr Marketing
Mail America
MicroD, Inc.
Moso Graphics
Myriad Software
Profitability Consulting Group
PROFITsystems, Inc.
R&A Marketing
Service Lamp Corporation
Speedy Delivery, LLC
Tidewater Finance Company
Trekstone Financial
Truckskin, LLC
NAHFA Warehouse Store
United Steel Storage Inc. (USSI)

This market, the NAHFA will offer free trips to the 2014 Home Furnishings Networking Conference in Chandler, AZ, June 1-2. Buyers who join the Association during market receive free conference registration, $500 towards airfare, and a $500 room credit. The NAHFA’s RRC is open to members and buyers January 26-30, 2014.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Las Vegas Market Offers Expanded Range of Product

The Home Furnishings Temporary Exhibits located on the second floor of Building B at the World Market Center in Las Vegas will feature the largest-ever roster of exhibitors at the Winter 2014 Las Vegas Market, running Jan. 26 to 30.

Space for the 35,000-square-foot floor is sold out, with more than 80 companies set to show, including a number of first-time exhibitors. Newcomers include Fusion Designs, a producer of high-quality dining, occasional, living room and bedroom furniture made in the United States by Amish craftsmen; Reclaimed Rustic Woodworks, a producer of living, dining, bedroom and office furniture and cabinets made from barn wood and other reclaimed materials; Sleep Angel, a designer and producer of innovative sleep technologies, including pillows and covers; and the Authentic Home Furnishings Association Pavilion, which will feature nearly a dozen producers of ready-to-finish wood furniture.

In addition, the B2 floor also will feature a special 2,000-square-foot area near its entrance showcasing five resources specializing in designs inspired by the American Southwest. These exhibitors are Southwest Looms, offering Southwestern-design area rugs and Navajo reproduction carpets; Silverado Home, top-of-bed products and tabletop items in Western, ranch, Southwestern, Old World and Tuscany styles; Tables and More, rustic-design dining and occasional tables, chests, barstools and bedroom furniture; American West by Paladin Industries, upholstery with rustic styling reminiscent of a lake cottage or mountain retreat; and Karen Kreek Camp Design Furniture, rustic, hand-painted log cabin furnishings with wildlife art motifs. At the July Las Vegas Market, Tables and More received “best booth” honors.

B2 also features a wide range of other leading resources such as Borkholder, a producer of authentic, Amish-crafted dining room, bedroom, occasional, office and entertainment furniture and the floor’s largest exhibitor; Alder & Tweed, a source of furniture and home accents for vacation home destinations, which has expanded its space this market; and Old Hickory Furniture, offering hand-crafted heirloom furniture and accents for lodges, resorts, cabins and homes in rustic, Western, lodge, Mountain Modern and Arts & Crafts styling.

“B2 provides retailers with an exciting mix of hidden gems, one-of-a-kind products and up-and-coming sources all in one easy-to-shop location that’s right in the middle of all the Las Vegas Market action,” said Jonathan Papesh, leasing manager for B2. “This market, we’re featuring the strongest lineup of temporary exhibitors yet, covering the most space since this area has been on campus.”

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Home Furnishings Temporary Exhibits Largest Roster Of Exhibitors

The Home Furnishings Temporary Exhibits located on the second floor of Building B at the World Market Center in Las Vegas will feature the largest-ever roster of exhibitors at the Winter 2014 Las Vegas Market, running January 26 to 30.

Space for the 35,000-square-foot floor is sold out, with more than 80 companies set to show, including a number of first-time exhibitors. Newcomers include Fusion Designs, a producer of high-quality dining, occasional, living room and bedroom furniture made in the United States by Amish craftsmen; Reclaimed Rustic Woodworks, a producer of living, dining, bedroom and office furniture and cabinets made from barn wood and other reclaimed materials; Sleep Angel, a designer and producer of innovative sleep technologies, including pillows and covers; and the Authentic Home Furnishings Association Pavilion, which will feature nearly a dozen producers of ready-to-finish wood furniture.

In addition, the B2 floor also will feature a special 2,000-square-foot area near its entrance showcasing five resources specializing in designs inspired by the American Southwest. These exhibitors are Southwest Looms, offering Southwestern-design area rugs and Navajo reproduction carpets; Silverado Home, top-of-bed products and tabletop items in Western, ranch, Southwestern, Old World and Tuscany styles; Tables and More, rustic-design dining and occasional tables, chests, barstools and bedroom furniture; American West by Paladin Industries, upholstery with rustic styling reminiscent of a lake cottage or mountain retreat; and Karen Kreek Camp Design Furniture, rustic, hand-painted log cabin furnishings with wildlife art motifs. At the July Las Vegas Market, Tables and More received “best booth” honors.

B2 also features a wide range of other leading resources such as Borkholder, a producer of authentic, Amish-crafted dining room, bedroom, occasional, office and entertainment furniture and the floor’s largest exhibitor; Alder & Tweed, a source of furniture and home accents for vacation home destinations, which has expanded its space this market; and Old Hickory Furniture, offering hand-crafted heirloom furniture and accents for lodges, resorts, cabins and homes in rustic, Western, lodge, Mountain Modern and Arts & Crafts styling., a full-service provider of online marketing solutions, also exhibits on B2.

“B2 provides retailers with an exciting mix of hidden gems, one-of-a-kind products and up-and-coming sources all in one easy-to-shop location that’s right in the middle of all the Las Vegas Market action,” said Jonathan Papesh, leasing manager for B2. “This market, we’re featuring the strongest lineup of temporary exhibitors yet, covering the most space since this area has been on campus.”



Monday, January 06, 2014

Chuck's Furniture and America's Mattress Lowers Its Prices

Chuck's Furniture and America's Mattress of Clarksburg and Morgantown have lowered the prices on all Icomforts. This means huge savings for customers. This isn't just a weekend sale either. These prices will be good through March.

As Serta prepares to revamp their lineup, the current models are still the same quality beds that they've always been. Serta wants to move product to help pave the way for these new models.

The Icomforts represent a great alternative to the expensive memory foam mattresses that have been offered for years. They were the first models to utilize a new process in mixing memory foam with gel to reduce the temperature that many people disliked about traditional memory foam. For customers, this means you can get a high end bed for half the price of a comparable model from the competition.

Customers don've have to sacrifice quality either. Not only does Serta have a longer warranty than Tempurpedic, they also offer an in home trial that lasts one month longer. That's how confident Serta are that people will love a new Icomfort.

For people with back problems, memory foam can help tremendously. It tends to be more supportive than traditional innerspring beds. The foam fills in the "problem" areas like knees and lower back.

For couples that have different sleep schedules, nothing reduces motion transfer like memory foam. People don't have to worry about partners disturbing them in the middle of the night.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Better Furniture Investment Protection is Now Available from Table Pad Factory

Table Pad Factory offers a wide selection of table pads that can be customized to fit unique items, non-standard measurements and odd shapes. By creating each order as it comes in, they ensure full customization since there is no pre-made stock. Every consumer is searching for a better, easier way to make their dining furniture, buffets, kitchenettes and other important surfaces last longer. Thanks to custom table pads, that solution is more convenient than ever.

Replacing a table because of an unsightly scratch is something that thousands of consumers do every single year. Heat and water tend to be the main culprits for causing damage, but a number of things can change a valuable investment into a piece of glorified garbage. Pianos, serving tables, pool tables and much more are susceptible to wood-related accidents when a high quality tablepad is not in place.

Table pads that are purchased through Table Pad Factory are designed in a way that makes them virtually invisible. Consumers are given the ability to choose their color and style to ensure a seamless blend. Woodgrain options are also available for those who would like to maintain the natural finish of a beautiful oak, cherry or mahogany table. Whether the table itself is round, oblong, rectangular or even boat shaped, customers have the luxury of choosing from a wide range of customization options.

Extra leaves are also available for those who need to protect their tables regardless of how many will be seated. Up to 10 leaves can be added to orders, making ordering simple and convenient. Table Pad Factory also offers a standard shipping rate of $29 on most orders (exclusions do apply), and they also offer shipping outside of the United States for an increased fee.

Table pads are also heat resistant, making it easier for users to serve guests with confidence. Table pads are ideal for buffets and serving stations for this reason, and they’re utilized by many banquet establishments thanks to their durability and quality. For those who enjoy entertaining, a high quality table and serving station is a fantastic investment. By adding custom table pads to these items, those who enjoy entertaining will never need to hesitate when setting down a hot plate, pan or bowl ever again.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Lippert Components Partners with Ashley Furniture

Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI) announced that it is partnering with Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. to provide its customers with top-quality designer furniture for RVs.

“Ashley Furniture is one of the largest furniture manufacturers in the country. By offering this line to our customers, we are giving them a widely-recognized consumer brand that will add value to every RV they manufacture,” said Vice President of Lippert Interiors Ryan Smith.

LCI will offer a full line of Ashley sofas, sectionals, theater seating and recliners to the RV industry. The relationship between LCI and Ashley allows LCI to provide customers with extensive furniture options to choose from and allows Ashley Furniture to expand into a new market.

Smith says the arrangement with Ashley Furniture is another example of LCI’s commitment to offering the best products to fit the customers’ needs. “We believe that offering the Ashley Furniture line, along with our other quality furniture lines, provides our customers access to the broadest furniture product line in the industry.”

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Ashley Furniture HomeStore Supports Convoy of Hope’s Work

Ashley Furniture HomeStore recently raised more than $25,000 for Springfield-based Convoy of Hope by participating in the organization’s One Day to Feed the World initiative, which asks participants to donate one day’s wage to help the poor and suffering.

“We’re blessed to work with Convoy of Hope each year,” says Andrew Covington, president and owner of Ashley Furniture. “They are God’s hands in our communities and around the world feeding the hungry, giving drink to those who are thirsty and providing shelter and much needed family support. I am grateful for employees who gave one day of their wages to help those in need.”

Ashley Furniture HomeStore has partnered with Convoy of Hope on multiple projects in the past including having Convoy of Hope on site to serve hot dogs to customers, answer their questions and accept donations that were matched.

“Partnering with Ashley Furniture HomeStore is crucial to what we do,” says Hal Donaldson, CEO and co-founder of Convoy of Hope. “We’ve been fortunate enough to have an ongoing partnership with them and we’re grateful for the generosity of their owner and employees. In just one day, they’ve made a difference in the lives of many children throughout the world.”

Convoy of Hope, a faith-based organization founded in 1994, has a driving passion to feed the world through community outreaches, children’s feeding initiatives, disaster response and partner resourcing. Convoy of Hope has a long history as a first responder in times of natural disasters and has been a Four Star Charity as recognized by Charity Navigator for nine consecutive years.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Las Vegas Market Announces Educational Offerings at January 2014 Market

The Upcoming January Las Vegas Market will feature a stellar line-up of retailer and designer-oriented educational programming, presented by an impressive slate of top designers, style editors, bloggers and other industry thought leaders addressing subjects such as design trends, brand-building, social media, and other business and marketing strategies.

“Attending Markets is a critical component to retailers and designers staying on trend in terms of both product selection and best business practices,” said Scott Eckman, chief marketing and strategy officer, International Market Centers, parent company of Las Vegas Market. “We’re presenting a full program roster to bring retailers and designers up to speed on the latest trends, as well as ideas and inspiration to drive their future business.”

The star-studded speaker roster includes such brand names and industry leaders as Barbara Barry, Jaime Rummerfield of Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design, Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap Cottage; Gretchen Aubuchon from Fashion + Decor; Christian May of Maison21 Interior Decoration, author and lifestyle entrepreneur Tracy Porter, founder of Poetic Wanderlust®, and Laurie Pressman from Pantone Color Institute, among others.

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.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

James Keane is the Next Chief Executive Officer of Steelcase

Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry, today announces the appointment of James P. Keane to Chief Executive Officer. Keane will officially succeed long-time CEO James P. Hackett in March 2014 at the beginning of the company’s next fiscal year.

 In his current role as President and Chief Operating Officer, Keane is responsible for product development, manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution for all Steelcase brands around the world.

“Throughout his 16 years at the company, Jim has proven to be a strong leader with a passion for winning and a deep understanding of the business,” said Rob Pew, Board Chair, Steelcase Inc. “His creativity and strategic execution make him a great steward of the Steelcase legacy and the right choice to lead Steelcase into a future of continued growth and tremendous technological change.”

At various times, Keane led research and development, corporate strategy, information technology and finance for the company before taking over leadership for the Steelcase brand in North America in 2006.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Steelcase.  I’ve learned a lot by working with Jim Hackett as he guided the company through significant changes in the world of work,” said Keane. “We have a talented leadership group, and an amazing network of employees worldwide who help our clients create great experiences wherever work happens.”

Keane, a Chicago native, earned a bachelor of science degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois and a master's in management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He serves on the boards of Rockwell Automation, IDEO and the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA).

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jim for many years, and he understands what is needed to drive innovation in today’s globally competitive environment,” said Jim Hackett. “His results-oriented approach and proven track record will only continue to grow the business and deliver increased value to the company and our shareholders.”

As previously announced, Hackett will assume a new position as vice chair for one year when the CEO transition is complete.

Friday, October 25, 2013

ICFA Continues Fall Webinar Series

The International Casual Furnishings Association will continue its fall webinar series on Wednesday, November 20, with "Your Customer Doesn't Live Here Anymore," designed to help businesses identify and target market to their core customers.

Presented by Tom Shay, an author and speaker on business-building marketing techniques, the 2-3 p.m. webinar is free for ICFA members and only $95 for non-members. Few businesses can afford the detailed demographic research typically used to identify their core customers. Shay helps business owners bypass this expense by taking a strategic view of their current customers and what those customers are buying or identifying as what they want to buy now. He cautions retailers not to rely on a customer profile from years gone by – that customer "doesn't live here anymore!"

By providing retailers with the tools they need for developing the customer base that is most profitable to their business, Shay helps companies pave the way for future success.

Shay's first job was working in his grandfather's general store, and he later spent 26 years in successive family businesses. In 1997, he sold the family business to devote his time to developing seminars and writing about proven, business-building marketing strategies. He has authored 12 books, among them a series of management guides that includes "100 Profits Plus Ideas for Power Promoting" and "100 Profits Plus Ideas for Power Managing."

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

LofaSofa Announces New Sofa-Bed is Made-to-Order in Canada

Mitch Wapen, owner of Lofa Sales International, has achieved success with his LofaBed, which completely redefines the traditional concept of futons, sofa sleepers, and Hide-A-Beds. His design combines a davenport base with a futon mattress, resulting in a practical and economical alternative to the traditional pullout sofa-bed. The LofaBed looks like a traditional upholstered piece of furniture, but instead incorporates an 8" buttoned futon mattress of standard dimensions, a storage compartment big enough to hold sheets, blankets and pillows, and an easy-to-use wall-hugging mechanism. And for those living in small spaces, the LofaBed can be "knocked down" for easy carrying and placement in locations too small for other sleepers.

Upon completion of his first design, Wapen went about marketing it through a network of retail furniture dealers in both Canada and the U.S. The problem was that the "landed" price, including freight, was simply too high for retailers to be competitive. So Wapen created a website, LofaSofa that offered the LofaBed at wholesale prices, directly to the North American consumer over the internet. What he found was a huge audience of customers who not only loved his invention because of its comfort and practicality, but also absolutely hated the bar-in-your back, heavy, and skinny mattress mentality of the existing array of sofa sleepers.


Source: PR Web

Friday, October 18, 2013

IKEA Group Celebrates Increased Sales

The IKEA Group total sales increased to EUR 27.9 billion in the financial year 2013, an increase of 3.1% compared to the previous year (+3.6% adjusted for currency impact). Sales in comparable stores grew by 1.8%.

“Value for money is increasingly important to our customers – and our sales development shows that people all over the world appreciate our concept of good quality, well-designed products at low prices”, says President and CEO Peter Agnefjäll.

“Reducing household energy bills is the most important issue for many people today when it comes to living more sustainably at home. In the last year, we sold 20 million energy saving LED products at affordable prices. And by 2016 we will convert all of our lighting products to LED to help even more people save money at home. Sustainability should not be a luxury good,” continues Peter Agnefjäll.

Some of the strongest growth was in Russia and China, and there was also significant progress in North America during the past year. While southern Europe continued being affected by the current economic situation, the IKEA Group continued gaining market shares in almost all markets.

Source: FORDAQ

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.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

20th Century by HKFA Promises Freshly Sourced Antiques and Vintages

Might sound like an oxymoron, but “Fresh-Antiques” can be regarded as the main theme for this year’s exhibition, scheduled to be held at High Point Fall Market, from 18th-24th October, 2013. This version of the fair promises a wide variety of antique and vintage pieces ranging from lighting to furniture and other lifestyle products associated with up-market home furnishing and decoration.

The collection arranged by HFKA includes variation of products in the form of upholstered chairs, vintage dining room pieces alongside with few pairs of end tables and lamps, tabletop and decorative accessories including signed paintings and mirrors. This comprehensive package provides an opportunity for the buyers to enhance their individual collections of 20th century furnishing and design. HFKA has confirmed the incorporation of the latest trends and design innovation into the vintage collection, offered to the modern buyers.

The management of the organization has confirmed the fact that they are mostly targeting the niche segment of modern day buyers who have keen interest in antiques and vintage products. But at the same time, the designers have also ensured the implementation of modern designs to complement the Antique & Design Center, as designated to them by this edition of High Point Fall Market.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Furniture & Accessories Delineates Four Seasons of Life

San Fransisco-based architecture and design firm BAMO took the charge of redefining the notion of beauty and making it out of the league. They have recreated paradise on earth in its true sense using the Polynesian resources and much more to wonder about the munificence of Bora Bora at the holistic healing centre of Four Seasons.

Nestled at the edge of the lagoon and surrounded by tropical groves, the critically acclaimed spa features breathtaking views of the pristine Pacific Ocean.

With a turquoise lagoon protected by a fringe of white coral and two soaring peaks formed by an extinct volcano, Bora Bora is a tropical paradise beyond compare.  BAMO Principal Pamela Babey and her team were charged with designing Four Seasons Bora Bora.  Their design of this award-winning, 5-star resort honors its stunning locale and transports visitors to a place of serenity.  Like BAMO we have tried to delineate the exotic corridors of Nature, wait for our upcoming issue to get released. Wait for Furniture & Accessories Europe Sep-Oct issue.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Techtextil Calls for Papers

The 2014 edition of Techtextil North America is now accepting papers for the highly acclaimed Techtextil North America Symposium to be held between May 13-15, 2014, at Georgia World Congress Center Atlanta, Georgia USA.

Papers are especially solicited in the following areas:
1) New Fiber Technologies– basics
2) New Fiber technologies–advanced
3) Intelligent Composites–high performance fibers/fabrics
4) Protective and Military–textile advancements
5) High Performance- fibers and fabrics for sports and outdoor
6) Automotive–textile applications
7) Non-woven textile–advancements
8) Intelligent Textiles–for a cross section of application bases
9) Nanotechnology in technical textiles – real world applications
10)Textile Regulations
11) Medical–research and application based

Selection of papers to be presented will be based on abstracts of 300-500 words. Authors should emphasize on new and significant findings/developments. Deadline for submission is August 1, 2013.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Shoe designer Martin Keen designs for office furniture industry

Martin Keen the reputed shoe designer has turned his interest from the shoes into creating something new for  the  furniture industry. His new creation is called Focal Upright Furniture.
Keen, the creator of a sandal that's everywhere on the feet of hiking aficionados, visited Chicago last week to attend an office furniture expo where he showcased his design which is the design of a workstation for those who don't fully want to sit down or stand up.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Furniture for your eyes?

Takeshi Miyakawa has created furniture that could give some of the  world’s best magicians a run for their money. The Brooklyn-based designer has used mirror finished acrylic to generate the vision of disappearing chairs and tables and a few have been exposed to extreme heat to bend and deform their appearance. Miyakawa presented his series of designs at salon 94 during New York design week, where he awed the visitors with distorted nature of the collection  that makes it seem as if it’s phasing in and out of reality.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Mushroom furniture by Philadelphia University students

Innovative and crazy often make it big in the American marketplace, and now is the time for fungal furniture - furniture made from mushroom roots is making it out there.

Brian McClellan, 23, and Merjan Tara Sisman, 21, aim to be with the mushroom chair and pendant lights they created for their senior project at Philadelphia University this year.

"I hate mushrooms, sadly. The texture is too funky. But I love their growing capabilities," said McClellan

From the get-go, McClellan and Sisman were intrigued by the idea of designing with a living material,

The pair is inspired by the British fashion designer Suzanne Lee, who makes cloth out of green tea, yeast, and bacteria. They explored pressed leaves and seaweed at the Material ConneXion library in New York. They considered moss. And they read Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets. And mushrooms won the toss and so the experimentation began. And they have now come up with mushroom chair and mushroom pendant lights, and they are constantly bettering their products.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

La-Z-Boy Furniture Donates to Ronald McDonald House

The Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House just got stylishly comfortable, thanks to a La-Z-Boy furniture donation from the Chattanooga La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries store.  A total of four chairs were donated.  The furnishings will make the atmosphere more comfortable for the families of sick and injured children staying at the Ronald McDonald House.
“The arrival of these new furniture pieces will help further our mission to provide a warm and welcoming interim home for families in need,” said Jane Kaylor, CEO of RMHC of Greater Chattanooga. “We are very grateful to have a community partner like La-Z-Boy that shares our dedication to comfort.”


Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Marriott imports a new hotel brand

Marriott International is to announce their introduction to the U.S. a European-based hotel chain that is aimed at young travelers.
Marriott plans on importing the AC Hotels by Marriott, a Madrid-based, midprice brand it partnered with in 2011 to broaden its European presence. The Bethesda, Md.-based hospitality giant is betting on the urban lifestyle hotel chain to capture the lucrative Millennial market and its rapidly growing purchasing power.
"It's the right time to bring it to the U.S.," says Brian King, global brand officer for Marriott Endorsed Brands. "You import wine and you import cars. We're going to import a hotel brand."
It's a first for Marriott. And it's the second aggressive move the company has made on the Generation X and Y traveler this year. Recently, Marriott announced it is partnering with the Swedish IKEA furniture company to launch Moxy, a budget chain for Europe. It will run the AC Hotels by Marriott as a joint venture in the U.S. There are already 79 AC Hotels by Marriott in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy.
The company will describe its plans for AC Hotels by Marriott at the 35th Annual New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference today.
Chekitan Dev, an associate professor at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and author of Hospitality Branding, said other hotel companies have started brands to appeal to the young traveler, most notably Starwood's Aloft and IHG's Hotel Indigo. Commune Hotels & Resorts, parent company of Joie de Vivre Hotels and Thompson Hotels, last week announced it is launching Tommie, a brand for the price-conscious youthful traveler.
"There are multiple brands that are capitalizing on the Millennial demand growth with smart design and advanced technology," Dev says. "This space is expected to grow."
Marriott hopes to open 200 AC Hotels by Marriott in the next 10 years. The company is scouting out locations for the first property but could open one as soon as next year.

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.

Monday, April 22, 2013

DIFFA/Chicago Believe 2013 Red Hot Ball

Red Hot is equivalent to the renewed passion. They are on the cusp of new developments, advancements and discoveries and come together to rejoice, advocate and to educate not only on behalf of humankind as they look to eradicate Aids.

Raising awareness in the fashionable and designer way onSaturday, June 8 at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, DIFFA/Chicago(Designindustries foundation fighting Aids, Chicago)is welcoming all to the Believe 2013 Red Hot Ball, the third in a sequence of Believe Galas dedicated to their Grantees. Merging pleasure with a noble cause, this shall be a cocktail party to be followed by dining, dancing and live appeal. This year's gala will recognize organizations supporting Advocacy & Education. Tickets and tables have to reserved beforehand. Time to ring in the cheers for a cause.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Head up for Fresh Wood competition at AWFS 2013


The full-scale international AWFS Fair, to be held from July 24 – 27, 2013 in Las Vegas, has become a hub for international commerce in the woodworking industry. The AWFS Fair collectively brings the entire home and commercial furnishings industry, including manufacturers and distributors of machinery, hardware, lumber, construction materials and other suppliers to the furniture, cabinet manufacturers and custom woodworkers.

Fresh Wood is a student woodworking competition which is a part of AWFS Fair and is open to full-time students in an accredited high school or post-secondary woodworking or related program and part-time students in an accredited post-secondary woodworking or related program who are transitioning into a career in woodworking or design within North America. The competition has six categories at both school levels: case goods, chairs, open production/contract, reproduction and tables.


Five notable woodworking and furniture industry professionals have been chosen for AWFS 2013 Fresh Wood student woodworking competition this year. The jury consists of Janis Colella, owner at Culin & Colella high-end custom architectural woodwork and furniture, Paul Epp, Industrial Design Department Chair at Ontario College of Art & Design, Darrell Peart, of Darrell Peart Furniture Maker and specialist in Greene & Greene style furniture, Gene Valcke, Regional Manager at Hanes Fabrics Co. and AWFS Board Director Rob Zoehfeld, Product Line Manager at Datesweiser custom office and corporate furniture.

The judges are to begin their work in May, with a round of preface judging and then come together at the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas to select the winners. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Gift+Home At Las Vegas Market Ends Successfully

The Winter GIFT+HOME at Las Vegas Market, January 28-February 1, 2013, was the most successful market since its launch for all participants.  With the first in a planned series of strategic moves debuting this January, including re-merchandising gift and home floors in Building C to enhance category representation and launching new floors and categories, Las Vegas has begun to secure its position as the leading market for gift & home décor in the Western U.S.

Winter market highlights included the debut of C3 and its concentration of 20+ better home décor resources. “We came to C3 from Building A because we definitely needed more space, with the success we have had here with the West Coast market,” said Chris Hyun, president of Leftbank Art. “We saw an opportunity to expand on C3 and to be with great companies, in great surroundings and to build a great community.  The World Market Center delivers a western states audience plus Mexico and Canada, and gives us market share we don’t see elsewhere.”

The reorganization and categorization of temporary exhibitors this winter also resulted in improved layout and traffic flow, and buyers from all 50 states and 74 countries were spotted in the aisles. 

In line with these gains in depth, breadth, and quality of resources, the market also experienced a surge in gift and home attendance levels and geographic reach.  Both permanent tenants and temporary exhibitors noted an increased number of buyers from throughout the western United States, as well as from South America and Canada.

“Overall, the traffic is better than we anticipated, and we have far surpassed the number of orders I thought we would write,” said Dan Loughman, president and CEO of Roman. 

The Summer 2013 Las Vegas Market runs July 29-August 2, 2013, at World Market Center Las Vegas.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Furniture Brand Declares the Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Earnings Conference Call


Furniture Brands International, Inc. one of the leading in designing, manufacturing, sourcing and retailing home furnishings announced that it will release its financial results for the quarter and year ended December 29, 2012 before the market opens on February 13, 2013.
A conference call to discuss the results will be held on that day. The conference call will be webcast and can be accessed via the Investor Relations section of the Company's
website at

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Alexa Hampton And Kravet To Host Trunk Show At Winter Las Vegas Market

Vegas Design Center (LVDC) at World Market Center, the region’s premier design resource, presents a special event during Winter Las Vegas Market for design industry professionals and market attendees. 2013 Design Icon Alexa Hampton will showcase her latest fabric and trim collection with Kravet during a live trunk show following the Design Icon award presentation. The collection is inspired by the northeastern coastal landscape, resulting in a versatile and casual selection grounded by linens and textures in a fresh color palette of coastal blue, jade and neutral. The fabrics, along with additional collections by Hampton from other design-inspired manufacturers, will be showcased in a dramatic window display located on the first floor of Building C throughout Market.

Hampton is president and featured designer of Mark Hampton LLC, one of the country’s most prestigious and respected interior design firms. A perennial member of Architectural Digest and House Beautiful’s top designers’ list and Elle Décor’s A-List, Hampton has received countless recognition from other premier outlets, from The New York Times to Cosmopolitan to Cottages and Gardens, as well as from international publications. She is a trustee for the board of the New York School of Interior Design, a published author, a contributing columnist to the Wall Street Journal and was one of three interior designers who launched Gilt Group’s Home Design Boutique. Additionally, she has designed a number of successful eponymous collections of furniture, fabrics, trimming, lighting, rugs, and mantels.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

AHFA's California Officials to Present at 2013 Sustainability Summit

The California official heading up revisions to that state's longtime flammability regulation and the scientist whose research prompted the urgent regulatory overhaul currently underway will both participate in the 2013 Sustainability Summit presented by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA).

The event is slated for February 20-21 at the Marriott South Park in Charlotte, N.C. Registration information is available online here.

"The environmental and health consequences of our industry's efforts to comply with longtime flammability regulations have been the subject of much debate in 2012. And the resolution of those issues is likely to impact all segments of our industry in 2013 – suppliers, manufacturers and retailers alike," notes Bill Perdue, AHFA's vice president of regulatory affairs. "As a result, we have decided to devote the entire first half of our 2013 Summit to the regulatory policies, emerging science and consumer debate surrounding upholstered furniture flammability."

Featured guests for the first half of the program include Tonya Blood, chief of the California Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation (BEAR-HFTI), and Dr. Arlene Blum, founder and executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute in Berkeley, Calif.

The Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation is tasked with protecting California consumers by implementing health and safety standards for bedding, furniture and thermal insulation. The bureau fast-tracked revisions to its 1975 flammability standard, TB 117, after a Chicago Tribune investigative report last summer examined the suspected eco-toxicity of flame retardant chemicals used to meet the standard's strict open flame test. Blood, who was appointed to her post just last April, has overseen the revisions and will present the finalized rule at the Sustainability Summit.

Blum has been examining the toxicity of flame retardant chemicals since the 1970s when her research was instrumental in banning the use of brominated tris in children's pajamas. Her studies figured prominently in the Tribune's investigative report, and she made headlines again in November with the release of a study examining the flame retardant chemicals found in sofas purchased over the last two decades. She has been invited to present the Summit's keynote address on how business, industry, science and government can work together on a "sustainable" strategy for chemical policy reform.

To bring further depth to the FR chemical conversation, AHFA has assembled a stakeholder panel to be moderated by Dr. Ana Mascareñas, policy and communications coordinator with Physicians for Social Responsibility in Los Angeles (PSR-LA). In addition to Tonya Blood and Arlene Blum, the panel will include:

Robert Luedeka, executive director of the Polyurethane Foam Association;
Hardy Poole, vice president of regulatory and technical affairs for the National Textile Association;
Don Coleman, president of the Upholstered Furniture Action Council (UFAC); and
Malin ¤sman, product requirements and compliance specialist for IKEA North America.
To add a national perspective to the discussion, Chris Andresen from Washington D.C.-based Dutko Associates will bring attendees up to date on the Consumer Product Safety Commission's progress on a federal flammability standard, as well as efforts to reform the federal Toxic Substances Control Act. Also, Joel Tenney, director of advocacy for ICL Industrial Products, will address emerging technology within the FR chemical industry.

AHFA's Perdue will close the opening day business program with a brief review of California Proposition 65 labeling requirements for upholstered products that still contain the flame retardant TDCPP.

While the first half of the Summit will address the environmental impact of product – specifically, the environmental impact of flammability policy and regulation – the second half will be devoted to the environmental impact of manufacturing and distribution operations, with a special emphasis on energy efficiencies. Bob Leker, renewable energy program manager for the North Carolina Energy Office will present "Embracing an Energy Efficient Future," and Wendy Cockerham, of Weaver Cooke Energy Solutions in Greensboro, N.C., will discuss "Lighting Retrofits and Improved Energy Efficiencies."

A case study in environmental efficiencies will be presented by Paul Kaminski, director of environment, health and safety for Ethan Allen Inc. Kaminski has spearheaded modifications to AHFA's EFEC environmental management program in order to implement it across Ethan Allen's company-owned store and distribution center network. As a result of Kaminski's efforts – and the cost-saving efficiencies experienced at the company's retail locations – AHFA is now preparing a modified EFEC program designed for implementation at retail stores.

Shifting the attention to responsible recycling initiatives, AHFA has invited Ryan Trainer, executive director of the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA), to share his organization's battle against "extended producer responsibility laws," which require manufacturers to finance the costs of recycling or safely disposing of their products. Several initiatives have targeted bedding, and upholstered furniture could easily be added to these state-by-state efforts to reduce landfill content. ISPA supports a more efficient, cost-effective national system with uniform rules from coast to coast.

Finally, AHFA will close the 2013 Summit with a panel discussion including representatives from several organizations promoting consumer information labeling within the home furnishings industry. "What Consumers Really Want to Know: The Case for Transparency," will cover foam, fabric, bedding and furniture labels designed to provide health and environmental information to consumers in an easy-to-understand format.

Until January 31, registration for the 2013 Summit is $299 for AHFA members and $399 for non-members. After January 31, member registration increases to $350, and non-member registration will be $500.

The Summit registration covers a light breakfast both mornings, plus lunch both days. In addition, all Summit attendees are invited to attend an awards reception February 20, during which the 2012 Sage Award Winner for environmental excellence, Gat Creek Furniture, will be honored.

A limited number of rooms are available at the Marriott SouthPark at the discounted group rate of $150 until January 29. Attendees are urged to contact the hotel promptly at 800/228-9290 or 704-364-8220 for reservations, requesting the AHFA group rate.

AHFA's Sustainability Summit is the only forum in the home furnishings industry devoted to sustainability issues.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Art Van Furniture Has A New Vice President

Brian Bandarra has been named Vice President, General Manager, Mattress World Stores, for Art Van Furniture. Bandarra comes to Art Van Furniture with an impressive retail resume encompassing over 20 years of experience, having served as Executive  Vice President of Sales and Operations for such diverse national retailers as Mattress Firm, Lenscrafters, Pearle Vision, General Nutrition Centers and David’s Bridal Shops.

“I am very excited to join the Art Van Furniture organization,” said Bandarra. “The company’s reputation as a furniture and mattress powerhouse is well known throughout the industry. I am looking forward to working with the team and will look to add value as fast as possible.”

Bandarra replaces Armando Murillo, who left the company to pursue other interests. In his position, Bandarra will be responsible for the entire Mattress World operations, both in Michigan and Indianapolis, Indiana.  In a related move, Bandarra and the Mattress World operation will now report to Steve Glucksman, Vice President, New Business Development.

From 2005 to 2010, Bandarra acted as the Executive Vice President of Sales and Field Operations for Mattress Firm, a national bedding chain.  In this role, Bandarra oversaw the company’s growth from 220 to 520+ locations throughout the United States. Since 2010, he has been involved in a start-up retail operation based in Texas.  

Bandarra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and served five years as a supply officer in the US Navy prior to beginning his retail career.

Surya Announced Partnership With Rug Designer Malene

Surya has announced an exclusive partnership with Brooklyn, NY based designer, Malene B. Known for her globally inspired aesthetic, she has gained a strong following in recent years within the design community for her thoughtfully designed custom rugs.

Her passion for world travel and cultural exploration are reflected in Voyages and Destinations, two broad new ranges of flat-weave and hand-tufted area rugs that bring her signature style to the consumer. From the rice paddies of Bali to Carnival celebrations in the Caribbean, the spirited collections transport home decor to faraway places with their globally inspired motifs, unique textures and rich palettes. “Malene B brings an entirely new aesthetic to the Surya brand with her globally inspired design perspective and playful sense of color. Her designs tap into the growing convergence between distinct cultural styles – which I believe will resonate strongly with our retail partners and consumers,” says Surya President, Satya Tiwari.

The collections will make their debut during the upcoming Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market beginning January 9 – 16, 2012. Surya will be co-hosting an event with Malene B in the home accessory brand’s expansive new showroom, 11-A-1, where she will share her style inspirations with retailers and designers. The catered event begins Thursday, January 10th at 2pm. Surya customers, media and all Market visitors are invited to attend.

New ICFA Members In 2013

The International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA) announces that Bruce Erickson of Williams All Seasons, Highland Park., Ill., will continue as chairman of the organization's Retail Council in 2013.

ICFA membership includes all sectors of the casual furnishings industry, including retailers, manufacturers, suppliers, sales representatives and designers. The Retail Council provides leadership for programming and services designed to meet the needs of the industry's retail stores.

Kristine Schultz-Hutchinson, Patios Plus, Rancho Mirage, Calif., will serve as vice chairman of the council in 2013. Gail Williams, Sunshine Furniture, Vero Beach, Fla.; and Mary Beth Singleton, Tropic Aire Patio Gallery, West Columbia, S.C., are new members to the council.

Returning to the council for 2013 are Bruce Aronson, Pool & Patio Center, Metairie, La.; Cathy Galbreath, ABSCO Fireplace & Patio, Birmingham, Ala.; David Schweig, Sunnyland Furniture, Dallas, Texas; Garrett Wallace, Yard Art Patio & Fireplace, Irving, Texas; Paul DeMerlis, The Sign of the Skier, Toronto, Ontario; Mary Fruehauf, Fruehauf's Patio & Garden, Boulder, Colo.; Becky Stover, Stover Hearth & Patio, Frederick, Md.; and Greg Martin, Kolo Collection, Atlanta, Ga.

Source: AHFA

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Upcoming Exhibitions At Dayton Art Institute

A trio of art exhibits commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Dayton flood will kick off the 2013 special exhibition schedule for The Dayton Art Institute. The just-announced DAI calendar also will include a pair of summer exhibitions celebrating sports in art and will wrap up with an exhibition of medieval alabaster sculpture from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. In the fall of 2014, the museum will host an exhibition of Japanese art in the Deco style. Associate Director Jane...

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Friday, January 04, 2013

Bruce Erickson To Continue As Chair of ICFA Retail Council

The International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA) announces that Bruce Erickson of Williams All Seasons, Highland Park., Ill., will continue as chairman of the organization's Retail Council in 2013.

ICFA membership includes all sectors of the casual furnishings industry, including retailers, manufacturers, suppliers, sales representatives and designers. The Retail Council provides leadership for programming and services designed to meet the needs of the industry's retail stores.

Kristine Schultz-Hutchinson, Patios Plus, Rancho Mirage, Calif., will serve as vice chairman of the council in 2013. Gail Williams, Sunshine Furniture, Vero Beach, Fla.; and Mary Beth Singleton, Tropic Aire Patio Gallery, West Columbia, S.C., are new members to the council.

Returning to the council for 2013 are Bruce Aronson, Pool & Patio Center, Metairie, La.; Cathy Galbreath, ABSCO Fireplace & Patio, Birmingham, Ala.; David Schweig, Sunnyland Furniture, Dallas, Texas; Garrett Wallace, Yard Art Patio & Fireplace, Irving, Texas; Paul DeMerlis, The Sign of the Skier, Toronto, Ontario; Mary Fruehauf, Fruehauf's Patio & Garden, Boulder, Colo.; Becky Stover, Stover Hearth & Patio, Frederick, Md.; and Greg Martin, Kolo Collection, Atlanta, Ga.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

IKEA in Kansas City Area

Welcome!IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today expressed its appreciation to the City Council of Merriam, Kansas for its unanimous approval last night of plans for a Kansas City-area store – increasing the Swedish retailer’s presence in the Midwestern United States. Last month the plans received unanimous approval by the Merriam Planning Commission. Pending the land purchase, permits and demolition of on-site buildings, construction of the future IKEA Merriam can begin Summer 2013, and open Fall 2014. Until then, customers can shop at the closest IKEA stores in Centennial, CO; Frisco, TX; Bloomington, MN; Bolingbrook, IL; or Schaumburg, IL; or online at

“IKEA is thrilled and honored at the support voiced by Merriam City officials and staff in favor of our opening a Kansas City-area store in Fall 2014”

Located eight miles southwest of Kansas City, Missouri, the 349,000-square-foot future IKEA store will be built along the eastern side of Interstate-35 at the Johnson Drive exit on 18 acres to be purchased from DDR Corp. One level of parking below the store, a two-level parking structure, and spaces accessible at-grade will provide more than 1,200 parking spaces on-site. Store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. IKEA also is evaluating potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at 90% of its U.S. locations.

“IKEA is thrilled and honored at the support voiced by Merriam City officials and staff in favor of our opening a Kansas City-area store in Fall 2014,” said IKEA U.S. president Mike Ward. “We look forward to bringing our unique shopping experience closer to the 60,000 customers already in the area, to introducing new customers to the IKEA concept, to hiring 300 coworkers and to creating more than 500 construction jobs.”

IKEA Merriam will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, preferred parking and play areas throughout the store. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected to be created during the construction phase, approximately 300 coworkers would join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Merriam also would provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can be a good business while doing good business and aims to minimize impacts on the environment. Globally, IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. Specific U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating environmental measures into the actual buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, phasing-out the sale of incandescent light bulbs, facilitating recycling of customers’ compact fluorescent bulbs, and by 2016 selling and using only LED bulbs. IKEA also is in the process of rolling out solar energy installations atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, and has installed electric vehicle charging stations at nine stores in the West.

IKEA strives to be ‘The Life Improvement Store,’ and since its 1943 founding in Sweden has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 330 IKEA stores in 40 countries, including 38 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives benefiting children and the environment.

Source: BusinessWire

Monday, December 31, 2012

Surya Joins Hands Sustainable Furnishings Council

Surya has announced its membership in the Sustainable Furnishings Council. Surya joins a group of progressive home furnishings industry players to promote sustainable practices across all levels of the chain, from manufacturing to the retailer and end-consumer.

The Sustainable Furnishings Council was formed in 2006 to act as a valuable repository of knowledge on a number of issues concerning sustainability and provide up-to-date guidelines for best practices. "We are delighted to have welcomed Surya into Sustainable Furnishings Council membership - they are a dynamic company, bringing unique energy to their product development and marketing efforts. The company's profound commitment to excellence will result in responsibility to the cause, as well as to their customer," says Susan Inglis, Executive Director of the Sustainable Furnishings Council.

Surya has been increasing its collection of products made out of natural materials – recognizing the growing need in the market for sustainable products. “As a home accessories manufacturer, we look for ways to work smarter and eliminate waste wherever possible within the supply chain. Joining the SFC organization will give us more tools to affect industry change and a platform to share valuable information with other manufacturers and retailers,” says Surya President, Satya Tiwari.

Surya will be showcasing numerous rugs and poufs made out of natural materials during the upcoming Atlanta and Las Vegas winter markets.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Herman Miller Reports Decrease in Sales

Herman Miller, Inc. today announced results for its second quarter ended December 1, 2012. The company reported net sales in the quarter of $441.8 million; a decrease of 0.9% from the same quarter last fiscal year. New orders in the second quarter of $475.8 million were 8.1% higher than the prior year. Sequentially, net sales in the quarter decreased 1.8% from the first quarter of this fiscal year, while orders were up 5.3% over the same period.

Herman Miller reported second quarter diluted earnings per share of $0.14. This compares to $0.41 per share in the same period of fiscal 2012. The company’s earnings this quarter were reduced by non-cash charges associated with the strategy to terminate its domestic defined benefit pension plans and expenses associated with previously announced restructuring actions. Excluding the impact of these items, adjusted diluted earnings per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 were $0.35.

Brian Walker, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “While the quarter’s sales came in below our expectations, we see progress and momentum in our strategy, evidenced by solid growth in consolidated orders and backlog. A combination of factors contributed to lower than anticipated sales in the quarter, including long-leadtime orders, disruption caused by the East Coast storm, and further weakening of demand in Europe. However, we’re encouraged by the increased order activity reported by each of our segments and by the particular strength of our key growth initiatives.”

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Nova LifeStyle Redesigns Showroom

Nova LifeStyle, Inc.,  a rapidly growing US based designer, manufacturer and global distributor of urban contemporary furniture, announced that it has completed extensive renovations at many of its 100 franchise stores in China, in preparation for what is expected to be a long and successful New Year's sales season.

Ms. Tawny Lam, president of Nova LifeStyle, noted further, "We actually are now looking at achieving some mattress sales ahead of schedule in December this year, which should strengthen our sales as well as our margins heading into the New Year. The response from franchisees and customers to the initial products we've shipped thus far has been outstanding and we remain very excited about the contribution these new products will make to our already strong growth."

She added, "Together with the start up of our OEM sales in China to IKEA, which should add $20-$25 million to our top line in 2013, we see direct sales to consumers through our chain of franchised stores becoming a much bigger percentage of our total sales in China, especially as the anticipated economic recovery there begins to take hold."

The Company said it will be supporting holiday sales with an extensive ad campaign, with particular emphasis on the Internet, and sees Internet sales contributing increasingly to growth as well.

Source: Market Wire

Saturday, December 15, 2012

New Showroom In Atlanta For Surya

Surya announces its move to an expansive new 13,500 square foot showroom in Atlanta’s AmericasMart complex. Located at 11-A-1, the new showroom will double the brand’s square footage at the popular rug and home accessories market. "We’re excited about this expansion. The larger space on the home accessory geared 11th floor will allow us to showcase a complete range of Surya’s lifestyle products in a more convenient location," says Surya President, Satya Tiwari.

On an aggressive growth track to expand the company’s reach over the next five years, the Atlanta move follows Surya’s Spring 2012 move into a massive new 26,000 square foot High Point flagship location at Showplace 4100, as well as expansion into smaller regional shows such as the Tupelo Furniture Market. The company’s product breadth has also evolved in recent years to become a complete home accessories solution for retailers – with the addition of pillows, throws, poufs and wall art to coordinate with the brand’s expansive line of area rugs.

"Across every aspect of its brand, Surya epitomizes innovation," notes Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., AmericasMart Atlanta President and Chief Operating Officer. "Its forward-reaching product mix, design aesthetic and marketing indicatives define a company both grounded in tradition and compelled to the future. We expect to see all of this and more, showcased in Surya’s expanded space," adds Portman. The new space will open its doors for the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® beginning on January 9.

Las Vegas Market 2013 To Be Attended by Top Furniture Brands

Four powerhouse brands within the design industry will open showrooms within Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Center in time for the Winter 2013 Las Vegas Market, scheduled January 28-February 1: Christopher Guy, Stanley Furniture, Julian Chichester/Mr. Brown and Norwalk Furniture.  These four new-to-market showrooms encompass more than 26,000 square.

2013 is slated to be a milestone year for Las Vegas Design Center (LVDC), already regarded as the region’s premier resource for many of the best and most sought after design brands and the home of two bi-annual home furnishings markets.  According to Paul Watson, vice president of LVDC, 2013 is shaping up to be a banner year that brings some of the most exciting, innovative and well-respected design names to the 40-plus showroom center that caters to the interior design trade.  

These brands join the center’s existing design stars open year-round, including Robert Allen│Beacon Hill, Global Views, Four Hands, Capel Rugs, Palecek, and multi-line showroom LMS Design Group.

World-renowned Christopher Guy will open an 8,184 square-foot showroom on the first floor of Building A, A100. Originally known for a wide-range of decorative mirrors, the Christopher Guy brand has grown into a collection of upholstery, chairs, dining tables, sofas, headboards, office furniture and more.

Next door, bellwether manufacturer Stanley Furniture is set to open two new showrooms in A109 and A110 totaling 11,549 square feet, the company’s first trade showroom expansion west of the Mississippi.British manufacturer Julian Chichester will debut a 2,693 square-foot showroom for its Mr. Brown line in A133.  Upholstered furniture leader Norwalk Furniture is launching a 4,194 square-foot showroom on the second floor of Building A.  Norwalk Furniture offers classic designs, over 850 fabrics and leathers, and highly customizable offerings all made in the USA.

These four new showrooms will be joined by several other major brands scheduled to open later in 2013, making LVDC the premier west coast destination for interior designers and retailers seeking the best in design.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

IP Filings Growing Globally

A new WIPO report shows that while the global economy continued to underperform, intellectual property (IP) filings worldwide kept growing strongly in 2011. It also finds that China’s patent office became the largest in the world, as measured by the number of patent applications received. Before 2011, China already accounted for most filings of utility models (UMs), trademarks and industrial designs.1

World Intellectual Property Indicators 2012 shows that patent filings worldwide grew by 7.8% in 2011, exceeding 7% growth for the second year in a row. Similarly, UM, industrial design and trademark filings increased by 35%, 16% and 13.3%, respectively.

“Sustained growth in IP filings indicates that companies continue to innovate despite weak economic conditions. This is good news, as it lays the foundation for the world economy to generate growth and prosperity in the future,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry.

China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) overtook the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2011 to become the largest patent office in the world, after having surpassed the Japan Patent Office (JPO) in 2010. In the 100 years before 2011, only three patent offices – Germany, Japan and the United States - had occupied the position of largest office.

In the Report’s foreword, Mr. Gurry points out that “even though caution is required in directly comparing IP filing figures across countries, these trends nevertheless reflect how the geography of innovation has shifted.”

Industrial design applications worldwide grew strongly over the last two years. In 2011, design filings increased by 16%, following 13.9% growth in 2010. This considerable growth was mostly due to strong growth in China. SIPO accounted for 90% of total growth from 2009 to 2011. The 775,700 industrial design applications filed worldwide in 2011 consisted of 691,200 resident and 84,500 non-resident applications.

Unlike patents, the list of top 20 offices includes 8 offices located in middle-income countries. China – a middle-income country – received the largest number of design applications (521,468) in 2011. Turkey, another middle-income country, received 41,218 filings, which is larger than the number of filings at the JPO or the USPTO. Between 2010 and 2011, the IP offices of China (23.8%), India (16.7%), Mexico (17.2%), Turkey (17.6%) and Ukraine (17.5%) each saw rapid growth in filings.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

New High Point Market Logo Design Features Hashtag

In a bold move, the High Point Market is changing its logo to a more up-to-date image that uses the Market’s hashtag, #hpmkt. The change makes the High Point Market one of the first organizations in the United States to incorporate a hashtag as a main element in its business identity.

“The High Point Market is the premier destination for design enthusiasts, both in retail and in the decorating world,” says Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. “The Market’s brand is a solid one, but the former logo didn’t accurately reflect the brand. This new logo showcases something unique, modern, strong, and ahead-of-the curve. Those are words that accurately describe the High Point Market as well.”

According to a recent New York Times article, hashtags are becoming the new URLs and are one of the top search tools on the Internet and social media, accelerating search functionality.

“The Market’s hashtag #hpmkt was already being used on social media as a replacement for the full High Point Market name,” says Cheminne Taylor-Smith, vice president of marketing for the High Point Market. “That gives the HPMkt acronym in the Market’s new logo an immediate recognition factor. And as the logo is used online, it will help increase the SEO for the High Point Market and its website.”

The new logo, designed by the Market Authority’s agency Emisare, offers several styles that showcase the hashtag, as well as the Market’s tagline “The World’s Home for Home Furnishings.” The logo is being unveiled today on the website and throughout all the marketing and collateral for the Market. It will also be used for the High Point Market Authority, the official sponsor and organizer of the High Point Market.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Storis Introduces New Vision 9.1 Enhancements

STORIS, a supplier of software solutions and services to the home furnishings retail industry is distributing enhancements of its current product suite Vision9.1.

The manner in which companies engage customers and manage a database of customer-related information can vary greatly. Vision9.1 has expanded the features of its existing User-Definable Field options, which can be accessed from within the Customer’s Account file. With this updated capability the user can enter information that is specific to that retailer’s method of customer management.  Salespeople, designers, service personnel, or receivables/collections teams can access customized fields for entry of information that would otherwise be handwritten or provided by another business application. Because there is no limit to how many customized entry fields are indicated, the retailer can scale their business model to maximize the benefits of the Vision9.1 platform.

David Berger, Director of Product Management at STORIS indicated, “We want improvements that are easy for existing clients to quickly embrace. Offering customizable data entry is an ideal way for clients to maximize the scalability of their system for the purpose of tracking various tangents of customer information.”

Monday, November 26, 2012

High Point Market authority Design Award for Surya

Surya is pleased to announce its recent recognition at the Fifth Annual Showroom Design Awards, held at the recent High Point Market Press Breakfast. Sponsored by the Market Authority, these awards single out exhibitors for excellence in display design. Surya was presented a crystal trophy for the event’s first ever Fashion Focus Award for a window display featuring a mannequin draped in a gown crafted out of the brand’s popular flat-weave rugs.

“Our team is very excited to receive this recognition from the High Point Market Authority. We strive to create showroom environments that not only inform, but also hopefully inspire our retailer partners with unexpected approaches to home accessory display,” said Surya President, Satya Tiwari. Winners were determined by a distinguished panel of industry judges including Newell Turner, editorial director of Hearst Publications; Mark McMenamin, senior editor at Interior Design; and Tobi Fairley of Tobi Fairley Design. Other nods in showroom design went to innovative furniture brands Bernhardt and Four Hands.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Alexa Hampton Named 2013 Design Icon at Winter Las Vegas Market

Alexa Hampton will be honored as the 2013 Design Icon during Winter Las Vegas Market, Jan. 28-Feb. 1, 2013. Hampton, known around the globe for her classic, traditional and electric work, is a first time recipient of this prestigious award, which celebrates modern day design legends and their significant contributions to the industry.

“Las Vegas is expanding and enriching as a valuable destination for designers, with the introduction of many leading brands and showrooms joining the market in 2013. As we elevate our offerings at Las Vegas Market and position our year round business, Las Vegas Design Center, as the region’s largest and premier furnishings and design resource—we are delighted to deliver events that serve our A&D community, both on and off market,” said Paul Watson, Vice President of Design for International Market Centers, parent company of Las Vegas Market. “Design Icon is the centerpiece of our designer programming for the upcoming Winter Market, and as such, we are pleased to present Alexa Hampton as the recipient of our 2013 Design Icon award. Her industry tenure, accomplishments and influence make her a natural fit for this award and we are most fortunate to have her present market attendees with highlights and influences of her illustrious career.”

Hampton’s involvement in design goes far beyond serving as president and featured designer of Mark Hampton LLC, one of the country’s most prestigious and respected interior design firms. A perennial member of Architectural Digest and House Beautiful’s top designers’ list and Elle Décor’s A-List, Hampton has received countless recognition from other premier outlets, from The New York Times to Cosmopolitan to Cottages and Gardens, as well as from international publications. She is a trustee for the board of the New York School of Interior Design, a published author, a contributing columnist to the Wall Street Journal and was one of three interior designers who launched Gilt Group’s Home Design Boutique. Additionally, she has designed a number of successful eponymous collections of furniture, fabrics, trimming, lighting, rugs, and mantels.

Hampton joins the ranks of the industry’s leading designers who have been recognized as past Design Icons including Vladimir Kagan, Juan Montoya, Vicente Wolf, Christopher Guy, Larry Laslo, Roger Thomas and Jaime Drake.

“Design has always been my passion, and I simply can’t imagine working in any other industry,” said Hampton. “I am flattered to join such a talented group of industry professionals and former Design Icon recipients, and I look forward to attending one of the most talked about markets of the year.”  

The 2013 award presentation takes place on Wed., Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Building C - Seminar Room C-176. The event includes a presentation and remarks from Hampton, followed by a book signing and trunk show featuring Alexa’s newest fabric & trim collection with decorative fabric & furnishings manufacturer Kravet. The event is open to all Las Vegas Market attendees.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Paul Toms Jr. Honored With Service Award

Paul B. Toms, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Hooker Furniture, has been honored with the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the American Home Furnishings Alliance. The award was presented Friday, November 9, during the organization's 2012 Annual Meeting at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami, Fla.

Toms, grandson of Hooker Furniture founder Clyde Hooker Sr., pursued a career in business and finance before stepping in as the third generation to lead the venerable Martinsville, Va.-based furniture manufacturing company begun in 1924. Toms joined the company in 1987 as vice president of sales, then added marketing to his responsibilities in 1993. In 2000, Toms was named to his current post when Clyde Hooker Jr. officially passed the torch of leadership to him. Under his guidance, Hooker Furniture has remained true to serving dealers large and small with a growing spectrum of quality products in its core casegoods line, as well as in its acquisitions of Bradington-Young, Sam Moore and Opus Designs.

"A man's life is a mosaic of many endeavors and opportunities – family, church, country, community, industry and service to others," Vaughan-Bassett Chairman John D. Bassett III stated in presenting the award. "While some excel in just a few of these areas, few excel in all of them. The exception is honored here."

The award recognizes Toms for the successful leadership of his company, valuable contributions to improving the quality of life and education in his hometown region, and making a significant impact in the home furnishings industry. He served as chairman of AHFA in 2007 and was chairman of the High Point Market Authority from 2003 to 2006. He has also previously served on the Board of Trustees for High Point University and as a director for the Harvest Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing challenges in health, education and community vitality in Martinsville and Henry County, Va.

"Perhaps what sets this man significantly apart is his unwavering fortitude as a leader – of his company, his industry association and its multiple pursuits. He has stepped up when called upon to take charge during challenging circumstances and changing times," Bassett said, noting that Toms keeps a "No surprises" sign on his desk that originally sat on his uncle Clyde Hooker Jr.'s desk for decades prior to his retirement.

AHFA's Distinguished Service Award has been presented annually for the past 46 years. Recipients are noted for their contributions to the industry, to the AHFA and to their local communities.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

AHFA Appoints New CEO

Wyatt Bassett, president/CEO of Vaughan-Bassett, Galax, Va., was elected 2013 chairman of the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) Board of Directors during the group's 2012 Annual Meeting today.

George Revington, CEO of Home Meridian International, High Point, N.C. has moved to first vice chairman and Kevin Sauder, President and CEO of Sauder Woodworking, Archbold, Ohio, was elected second vice chairman.

Ralph Scozzafava, chairman and CEO of Furniture Brands International, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., will move to immediate past-chairman of the Board of Directors. All of the new officers will assume their posts on January 1, 2013.

Executives newly elected to three-year terms on the Board of Directors include: Roger Bland, Southern Motion, Pontotoc, Miss.; Andy Bray, Vanguard Furniture, Conover, N.C.; Gat Caperton, Gat Creek, Berkeley Springs, W.V.; Doug Collier, La-Z-Boy Inc., Monroe, Mich.; Jeff Cook, A.R.T. Furniture, Ontario, Calif.; Allan Palecek, Palecek, Richmond, Calif.; Glenn Prillaman, Stanley Furniture, High Point, N.C.; Henry Vanderminden IV, Telescope Casual, Granville, N.Y.; and Todd Wanek, Ashley Furniture, Arcadia, Wisc.

The Annual Meeting is underway at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove in Miami.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

New Version of Furniture Sustainability Standard Adds Point for Lower Formaldehyde Emissions

The ANSI/BIFMA e3-2012 Furniture Sustainability Standard now includes an additional point for furniture products that meet a new, lower formaldehyde emissions limit. The e3 Standard represents a structured methodology to holistically evaluate the environmental and social attributes of furniture products and constitutes the technical criteria of the level® product certification program.

“This new revision further strengthens the health basis of e3 by incorporating the most stringent formaldehyde emissions limit established by the State of California Department of Public Health,” said Randy Carter, Manager, Global Codes & Approvals at Steelcase and Chair of the BIFMA Furniture Emissions Sub-Committee.

Modeled after the LEED rating system, the e3 standard includes six prerequisites and numerous optional credit criteria.  As a product is determined to conform to the various optional criteria, points are accumulated toward an ultimate score and corresponding conformance tier.  A minimum of 32 points (of the 91 total now available) must be achieved in order to reach the first conformance threshold. The updated standard is the result of an extraordinary amount of collaboration on the part of numerous stakeholders representing a broad cross section of disciplines, backgrounds, and perspectives.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Brad Pitt Turns A Furniture Designer In Partnership With Pollaro

Brad Pitt joins a familiar ensemble cast. This time Pitt’s costars are Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Pierre Chareau, and Paul Dupré-Lafon. In his debut as a furniture designer, the actor is presenting about a dozen pieces—tables, chairs, and one rather fantastic bed—alongside 45 or so works by his collaborator, Frank Pollaro, whose New Jersey firm is noted for its impeccable reproductions of Art Deco furnishings.

The unveiling, which will take place November 13 through 15 in New York, has been years in the making. “I’ve been doodling ideas for buildings and furniture since the early 1990s, when I first discovered [Charles Rennie] Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright,” says Pitt. “Actually, I found Wright in college, when looking for a lazy two-point credit to get out of French. It forever changed my life.”

Pitt’s passion for architecture and design is well established, evidenced by his Make It Right foundation, which enlists prominent architects to create quality affordable housing in post-Katrina New Orleans, as well as by his high-profile collecting of modernist and contemporary furniture. When Pollaro paid Pitt a visit to install a reproduction Ruhlmann desk the actor had commissioned a few years ago, he spotted Pitt’s sketchbook, filled with drawings of furniture designs.

They started with the bed—an Art Deco ocean liner of a bed, featuring a lustrous tropical-hardwood frame that extends from its gently curved headboard, along the floor, to a graceful arc that ends in a cantilevered bench capable of seating, one imagines, the entire Jolie-Pitt clan. Refinements include exposed nickel trusses to support the king-size mattress, integrated shagreen foot pads, and nickel side tables with silk-under-glass tops that seem more suited for cocktails than alarm clocks. It took Pollaro and his team more than two years to make the piece, in part because of “difficult physics and engineering issues related to the simplicity of the design,” he says. Once it was completed, he and Pitt agreed it should be exhibited. But not just the bed—a whole collection of Pitt’s creations. And their partnership was born.

In addition to the bed—only nine will be made, each in different materials—the Pitt pieces include a dining table, a cocktail table, several side tables, a few club chairs, even a bathtub for two in Statuario Venato marble. That line can be geometric, as in the case of a 17-foot-long wood dining table whose jagged base dramatically zigzags at unexpected angles. Or it can be sinuous, as with a glass-top side table that features a wispy spiraling metal base finished in 24K gold.

All of the initial designs, customizable in a variety of materials and finishes, will be made in numbered editions or limited production and signed by Pitt and Pollaro.

Source: Architectural Digest

Thursday, November 08, 2012

New Officers at BIFMA

C. Young has joined BIFMA International as its Chief Marketing Officer. In this newly created role at the contract furniture industry’s trade association, Young will direct all branding, marketing, education, and advocacy related activities.

“Development of a strong brand presence is critical to success in today’s marketplace,” said Executive Director Tom Reardon. “Lisa’s experience and talents in this area will be essential to BIFMA’s continued growth and industry leadership.”

Young currently serves as the president of the American Marketing Association of West Michigan and is a board member of the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Prior to joining BIFMA, she was the marketing director of a regional law firm and spent time as a public relations consultant for multiple clients, including office furniture manufacturers. She has served in various volunteer roles with the American Heart Association, March of Dimes, LOOP afterschool programs, Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative, and the Women’s Resource Center, among others. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University, the Center for Community Leadership’s Rising Women Leaders program, and the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center’s Institute for Healing Racism program.

Friday, November 02, 2012

High Point Market Appoints New Chairman and Board Members

At its annual board meeting today at the High Point Market, the High Point Market Authority recognized the long service of outgoing board Chairman Kevin O’Connor of Samson Marketing, as well as board members who have completed their terms, including High Point Mayor Rebecca Smothers, Center Point’s Lynn Underwood, and Polo Ralph Lauren’s George Clopton, who represented the High Point Chamber of Commerce. O’Connor will remain a part of the board’s Executive Committee as Immediate Past Chair.

At the meeting, the board also formally recognized its new Chairman Doug Bassett of Vaughan-Bassett, who most recently served as Vice Chairman. “Kevin O’Connor has given many years of service to the High Point Market Authority, and has been an amazing catalyst for the High Point Market and the industry,” says Bassett. “Under his leadership, the Market Authority has strengthened its role as an independent entity that represents all of the constituents that have a stake in the High Point Market.”

The Market Authority also named new board members today, including Scott Eckman, CMO of International Market Centers; industry veteran Joe Mussallem; Mark Phillips, CEO Phillips Collection; and Tim Schelfe, Director of Interior Design, JDavis Architects.

“We are happy to welcome our newest board members,” says Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. “Each of the new members gives us a strong representation for the many groups that have a stake in the High Point Market. We now have a board that better represents each constituent, from building owners and exhibitors, to retailers and designers, to city and county government.”

The new members join the current board, including John Bray of Vanguard, Tom Mitchell of IMC, Tom Dayvault of High Point Chamber of Commerce, John Gunter of Home Comfort Furniture & Mattress Center, Jena Hall of Jena Hall Designs, Mike Huber of Belfort Furniture, Heinz Kattenfeld of 220 Elm, Tim Mabe of the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau, Strib Boynton of City of High Point, Britt Moore and Foster Douglas of High Point City Council, Bruce Davis of Guilford County Commissioners, Steve DeHaan of the National Home Furnishings Association, Rick Gillispie of the International Home Furnishings Representatives Association, Kevin Archer of High Point Plaza Hotel, and Loren Hill of High Point Economic Development Corporation.

Patios Plus To Have Its Sales Team Complete ICFA Training Program

Patios Plus, an outdoor furnishings retailer in Rancho Mirage, Calif., is the first retail member of the International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA) to have its entire sales team complete the ICFA Sales Training Certificate Program.

ICFA's Sales Training Certificate Program was developed in cooperation with Greg Welsh, Welsh Sales Group. The California-based training company has developed retail sales and management training programs for retail chains, manufacturers and buying groups. Welsh has personally trained over 15,000 sales professionals over the past 19 years in 48 states and in more than 12 countries.

"With the current state of our economy and our wide range of clients, it has become much more important for us to adapt our selling styles to meet their needs," explains Jim Schultz. "With the completion of the ICFA training videos, we learned much more about reading our clients' needs – and not being afraid to ask for the sale when we have met them. Overall, it was a great way to refresh our sales team with new ideas and positive ways to look at every sale situation. In turn, we have seen a positive shift in our closing ratio, keeping us on the upswing for our new season."
The three-tier ICFA sales training program is DVD-based and includes companion workbooks, tests at each level and a certificate upon completion. Each sales associate who successfully completes the program also receives a lapel pin.

"As a three-time Apollo Award winner, it is no mistake that Jim and Kristine recognize the value of training their entire team to a very high level," says ICFA Chairman Eric Parsons, Gloster Furniture.

Source: AHFA

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Edward Ottoman from Gabby

Gabby has launched a host of new products for the new collection. New products also include darker finishes as well as gilded, metallic, antiqued, gold and silver and finish that contrast well with their current product offering. Edward Ottoman is one of its recent additions. It is a classic quatrefoil shaped ottoman featuring a tufted linen top supported by an iron base with a matching metal quatrefoil design in the center of its stretcher.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

2012 Sage Award for Environmental Excellence Went to Gat Creek

The Sage Awards were launched in 2008 by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) to seek out and spotlight environmental innovators from whom others in the home furnishings and bedding industries can learn. The Sage Awards Breakfast was held Sunday, October 14, at the High Point Furniture Market in High Point, N.C. Gat Creek, a West Virginia-based producer of hand-crafted, solid wood furniture, received the 2012 Sage Award for environmental excellence. President Gat Caperton actively promotes...

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Monday, October 15, 2012

IMC Announced Successful Leasing Cycle Leading Up to Fall High Point Market

International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC), operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries with properties on both coasts, announced its most successful leasing cycle on record as it prepares for the highly anticipated Fall High Point Market, October 13-18 2012.  IMC has also approved a multi-million dollar capital plan for building improvements and infrastructure to enhance the market experience, including extensive WiFi upgrades in all IMC buildings in High Point.

Across the 5.1 million square feet of showrooms IMC owns and operates, company officials tout an impressive 92 percent occupancy rate for its High Point buildings this fall, which includes 34 new permanent tenants and 15 showroom expansions. New in IHFC are A-America, Durham Furniture and European brand Siedo Solutions showing for the first time with Eurostyle—to name a few. Rowe and Chandra will open spectacular new showrooms in Showplace, while Highland House along with high-end rug resources Art Resources and Bokara will introduce new permanent showrooms in Market Square.

Sought-after and sold-out destinations at High Point Market— including InterHall, SALON, Pavilions on Main 3 and Showplace First Floor Temporaries—are 100 percent occupied. In the Suites at Market Square, 90 of the 300 exhibitors are showing for the first time, meaning nearly one-third of the Suites will feature brand new resources. SALON has expanded onto the Mezzanine Floor, directly above the original SALON area on the Ground Floor and will feature 17 new exhibitors. In addition, buyers will see 11 new exhibitors in the Pavilions on Main 3, seven in InterHall and seven new exhibitors on the first floor of Showplace.

IMC has also approved a multi-million dollar capital plan for building improvements and infrastructure to enhance the market experience. Among the investments is a $1 million investment in enhanced WiFi service in IMC lobbies and exhibit areas for this market. Complementing IMC’s WiFi investment, the City of High Point has also invested in improving wireless service in the public areas around the Market district in High Point.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

SURFACES and Las Vegas Market To Co-locate for 2013 and 2014

SURFACES and Las Vegas Market are excited to announce they are forming an extended strategic partnership to co-locate their events for 2013 and 2014 in order to provide their attendees an enhanced product sourcing, educational and networking experience.

SURFACES 2013, being held at Mandalay Bay Convention Center January 28 – 31, serves as the industry’s introduction of the newest product styles and selections that consumers will be demanding for the coming year. Every floor covering product, tool and technology will be featured on the show floor with daily complementary installation demonstrations where attendees can see these products in action.

Las Vegas Market, being held January 28 – February 1 at World Market Center Las Vegas campus, is an international home furnishings showcase that combines style, inspiration and productivity like no other market. Retailers and designers can shop product offerings from trend-setters in all home furnishings categories—from furniture and mattress to home décor and gift. A ‘total marketplace’ for today’s home furnishings professionals, Las Vegas Market features 1,000 world-class manufacturers and fresh new resources as well as educational, networking and hospitality events all week long.

Due to scheduling conflicts in 2012 our dates were one week apart and we were met with disappointment from our attendees; therefore both parties agreed that it was in the best interest of our events to hold our dates concurrently and give our customers a convenient, one-stop-shopping opportunity, saving them both time and money.

As part of on-going efforts to attract interior designers and due to the popularity of the program in 2012, SURFACES has expanded the Designer Day program to two days. The two days, January 29 and January 30, will be filled with innovative products, tours and education. This all-day educational event is a must-attend for interior designers looking to get the latest trends and the newest products available for their clients.

The official sponsor of SURFACES is the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), the floor covering industry's largest advocacy organization representing floor covering retailers, contractors and allied service providers throughout North America.

The WFCA is a recognized leader in marketing research, industry certification programs, and operates the premier consumer flooring web site,, providing unbiased information about every type of floor covering and connecting customers to members’ retail stores. The WFCA also influences public policy affecting the floor covering industry and consumers.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Three Awards For Brown Jordan At ICFA

Brown Jordan received three prestigious design excellence awards from the International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA) at this year’s International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market, including the Lillian B. Winchester Best of Show award for the Flight Woven Adjustable Chaise. Brown Jordan’s Kantan II Lounge Chair won the ICFA Design Excellence award in the Tubular Materials category.

Chris Carmicle, President of Brown Jordan comments, “The International Casual Furniture Market is a premier event in the casual furnishings industry and we are truly humbled by these honors. These awards are a testament to our commitment to the Brown Jordan legacy of innovation in design and materials. We take pride in continuing to offer the best in timeless design as we expand our portfolio to attract new consumers and meet new markets worldwide.”

This is the seventh time Brown Jordan has received the Lillian B. Winchester Best of Show award, which is selected from among the eleven category winners.

The competition, sponsored by the International Casual Furnishings Association, recognizes products for quality of design as well as marketability, innovation, color, and imaginative use of materials. Selected to win the top award in the “Woven” category and ultimately the “Best of Show” award from over 100 product entries, the Flight Woven Adjustable Chaise features a striking mix of materials with a streamlined frame constructed of cast and extruded aluminum, and a seating element handwoven in Brown Jordan’s all-weather Resinweave®. Designed by John Caldwell, Flight is characterized by its simplicity and sophistication, offering a crisp and tailored look that speaks to today’s tastes.

Receiving the top award in the “Tubular Materials” category, Kantan II re-interprets a design originally created in 1956 by Tadao Inouye exclusively for Brown Jordan. Executed with a naturally lustrous brass frame and Brown Jordan’s proprietary Suncloth straps, the Kantan II Lounge Chair represents the enduring appeal of mid-century modern design concepts and Brown Jordan’s history of bringing new materials to market.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Arab American and Chaldean Council Honor Art Van Founder

Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman Art Van received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arab American and Chaldean Council. It was to honour him for his outstanding work as a longtime businessman, philanthropist, and community leader.

On Saturday, September 29, the Arab American and Chaldean Council (ACC) hosted its 33rd Annual Civic and Humanitarian Awards Gala: Celebrating Michigan. Every year, the ACC honors extraordinary individuals who are visionaries in their respective areas of work. This year, the ACC honored Art Van Elslander with its Lifetime Achievement Award for his committed effort to  support those with disabilities and education for underprivileged youth, the homeless and countless others in need.

“The ACC is proud to recognize someone who has a history of over five decades of commitment to the State of Michigan economically and philanthropically.” said Dr. Haifa Fakhouri, ACC President and CEO. “Mr. Van Elslander has made it clear that giving back is a priority and we thank him for his continued unwavering support to the overall well-being of the community.”

“I am deeply humbled,” said Art Van Furniture founder and chairman, Art Van Elslander, “I love Michigan and its people, and I am honored to receive this award from the ACC- a group that does so much to help people build a life in this great state.”

750 attendees were on hand as Van Elslander and seven others were honored, including Susan Goodell, President and CEO, Forgotten Harvest, an Art Van Million Dollar Challenge partner. Previous Achievement Awardees include: U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida, and Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

NSF International and BIFMA Join Forces to Develop PCR

NSF International in collaboration with the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) to develop a Product Category Rule (PCR) for office storage products. This PCR will provide a science-based and internationally recognized method for reporting the environmental impact of office storage products including casegoods, files, cabinets, and other related products throughout their entire life cycle. Product Category Rules define how to conduct a life cycle assessment (LCA) for a particular product group and what to include in the resulting report, called an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).

NSF International's Sustainability division provides EPD verification by confirming that the data was collected in accordance with the applicable PCR and meets all ISO requirements. The office storage PCR will be established in accordance with international environmental management guidelines (ISO 14025) through the NSF National Center for Sustainability Standards (NCSS). The NCSS will utilize an open consultative process to develop the PCR with participation from an expert panel of storage product manufacturers, suppliers, regulatory agencies, environmental organizations, and end users. The NCSS has developed PCRs and American National sustainability standards for a wide range of product categories, including chemicals, commercial furnishings (e.g. seating), flooring, building products and materials, and water treatment and distribution systems.

“We are pleased to partner with NSF International on another Product Category Rule for office storage products. In addition to the recently developed commercial seating PCR, the PCR for office storage products will continue the work of both NSF International and BIFMA to create rigorous and science-based PCRs that will help the commercial furniture industry move toward a more sustainable future,” said Thomas Reardon, Executive Director of BIFMA. “The office storage product PCR will enable office furniture manufacturers to conduct LCAs and publish EPDs that can help their buyers identify the products with preferred environmental profiles. This information is crucial in helping businesses and government agencies meet their greener purchasing goals,” said Tom Bruursema, General Manager of NSF International’s Sustainability division.

Friday, September 28, 2012

ICFA Announces 2012 Award Winners

At the gala award event during the International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market, ICFA (International Casual Furnishings Association) honored top retailers, manufacturers, representatives and designers. The event was held at the the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on September 21. On September 22 annual Apollo Awards winners were honored.

The Apollo Awards recognize retail excellence in the sales and marketing of outdoor furnishings. The winners for this award were:
•    Sunshine Furniture, Vero Beach, Fla., was the single store winner.
•    Patios Plus, Rancho Mirage, Calif., was the multi-store category winner.

Design Excellence Awards recognize products for their overall design, as well as their marketability, innovation, color, construction and imaginative use of materials. Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. co-sponsors the awards. Category winners included:
•    Cast Metal: Martini Barstool by Kara Karpenske, Karmarron Design Inc., for The Veneman Group
•    Complementary Casual Products: Dansk Coffee Table by Philip Behrens for Gloster
•    Fabric: Crazy Horse Lemongrass by D2 for Outdura Corp.
•    Outdoor Lighting: Bamboo 120V LED Floor Lamp by Dale Klaus for Patio Living Concepts
•    Outdoor Rugs/Carpeting/Flooring: Violet Pebble Yellow Outdoor Rug from Sawgrass Mills by Hatteras Outdoors
•    Rattan/Wicker/Woven Materials: Flight Woven Adjustable Chaise by John Caldwell for Brown Jordan
•    Resin/Fiberglass: Adirondack MGP Chair by Bill Vanderminden for Telescope Casual Furniture
•    Shade Products: Plantation Max F-1 by Dougan Clarke for TUUCI
•    Tubular Materials: Kantan Lounge Chair from Brown Jordan
•    Wood Furniture: Solana Dip Down Lounger by Povl Eskildsen for Gloster Furniture
•    Wrought Iron/Wrought Aluminum: Verano Arm Chair from Summer Classics

The Lillian B. Winchester "Best of Show" award, selected from among the 11 category winners listed above, went to the Flight Woven Adjustable Chaise by John Caldwell for Brown Jordan.
The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, reserved for individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the casual furniture industry and to their individual communities went to Don Bottemiller and John Miles, both of whom are retired from Homecrest Outdoor Living.

One manufacturer was honored in each of 10 categories for the design and quality of their products, along with their merchandising, customer service, ethics, communications and trade relations. Winners were:
•    Pride Family Brands – Cast Metal
•    Elaine Smith – Complementary Casual Products
•    Trans Ocean Import – Outdoor Carpeting/Rugs/Flooring
•    Woodard – Outdoor Lighting
•    Lloyd/Flanders – Rattan/Wicker/Woven Materials
•    Telescope Casual Furniture – Resin/Fiberglass
•    Treasure Garden – Shade Products
•    Tropitone – Tubular Materials Furniture
•    Gloster Furniture – Wood Casual
•    O.W. Lee – Wrought Iron/Aluminum

From among the 10 category winners listed above, O.W. Lee was named "Manufacturer of the Year." Both the category winners and the Manufacturer of the Year were selected in online voting.
Sales Representative of the Year selected from four finalists and determined through online voting, was Dean Smith, a representative for O.W. Lee for the last 31 years; Alu-mont for 23 years; Gold Crest for 22 years; Hanamint for 15 years; and Gloster for 8 years.

Enhanced Exhibition Experience At Gift + Home At Las Vegas Market

The winter session of Gift + Home at Las Vegas from January 28-February 1, 2013 at World Market Center Las Vegas will enhance the experience with ten distinct product sections.  Designed to facilitate the buyers’ shopping and sourcing experience, the market’s first such categorization will feature: GIFT, GLOBAL, GOURMET, HOME, MADE, STYLE, TEXTILES, TREND, VINTAGE and CARRY!.

“This new categorization of the Gift + Home temporary exhibits is another component of the market’s overall reorganization strategy and will position Las Vegas as the industry’s premier Western US marketplace,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift + Home Décor, International Market Centers.”

With this change, Gift + Home at Winter Las Vegas Market will dedicate two floors of World Market Center's Building C – C4 and C5 – to curated collections of temporary exhibitors.  In addition to creating concentrations of related products in key existing categories, the sectionalizing also allows for the introduction of several categories new to Las Vegas Market.  

“These new categories will benefit buyers, offering a more streamlined, easy-to-shop experience,” said Pam Williams, director of tradeshows for International Market Centers. “The show floors will be much easier for buyers to navigate, and the introduction of new categories such as MADE and GLOBAL will further differentiate Gift + Home at Las Vegas Market.”

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Pavilions at IHFC Sold for October Market

The Pavilions on Main 3 temporaries at the IHFC are sold out for the High Point Oct 13-18 market. Around 38 exhibitors will showcase a wide range of stylish furniture, rugs, wall art and other decorative accessories.

One of the most visited destinations at the IHFC, the Pavilions on Main 3 takes up the entire third floor of the Main wing. This market, the area features 12 new exhibitors.

“The Pavilions presents an exciting range of furniture and home accents in a casual, easy-to-shop atmosphere,” said Julie Messner, vice president of leasing for International Market Centers. “Buyers can leisurely browse the inviting, open-market walkways while they discover a variety of fashion-forward furnishings.”

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

IFAI Expo Americas 2012 To Showcase The Best Of Industry

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced its signature trade show event, IFAI Expo Americas 2012, will be held Nov. 7-9, 2012, at the Boston Convention Center, Boston, Mass., co-locating with JEC Americas 2012 Composites Show & Conference.

IFAI Expo attracts thousands of registered participants from 60 countries each year. Nearly 400 top companies will showcase the latest developments in fabrics, fiber, films and chemicals, end products, components, equipment, and technology services. Major buyer markets represented include fabric architecture, shading, structures, construction, environmental, geosynthetics, safety, medical, military, marine, upholstery, transportation, filtration, agriculture, covers, sports and many other niche industries.

IFAI will honor its 100th Anniversary by showcasing a remarkable history of fabric advancements, from canvas to nanotechnologies, in an IFAI History Museum on the show floor, and celebration party. Some of the most innovative new products that point to the industry's revolutionary future will be entered by exhibitors in a new ShowStopper Awards competition that will be voted on by show attendees.

"This industry runs on innovation, enabling attendees to get a heads up on emerging markets and products. The scope and depth of the specialty fabric markets represented at IFAI Expo enables connections to be made throughout the industry's value chain," says Todd Lindemann, IFAI vice president of conference management.


Friday, August 31, 2012

Bassett Board Announces Special Dividend

Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc., announced that its Board of Directors has declared a special dividend of $1.25 per share of common stock outstanding payable on October 26, 2012 to holders of record on October 12, 2012.

For the past two quarters Bassett has paid a quarterly dividend to shareholders of $0.05 per share. And, as previously announced, the Company's third quarter dividend will be paid later this week at the $0.05 per share level. Previously this year, on January 3, 2012, shareholders received a special dividend of $0.50 per share. Today's announcement of the latest special dividend means that by the end of October, Bassett will have paid shareholders $1.995 per share since the sale of its interest in the International Home Furnishings Center in May 2011, totaling approximately $22,000,000. Furthermore, the Company has continued to repurchase its shares in the open market. Counting shares that have been acquired in its third quarter, Bassett has repurchased 887,195 shares since the beginning of 2011. Going forward, the Company is able to repurchase an additional $14,800,000 of stock under the currently authorized plan.

"We are pleased to be in the position to announce another significant special dividend to our shareholders in fiscal 2012," said Robert H. Spilman, Jr., President and CEO. "Although growing our top line sales and further improving our operating results remain the best means of enhancing shareholder value, we believe that our present level of liquidity warrants the additional distribution to shareholders that our Board of Directors has just approved. We also believe that after this distribution in October the Company has adequate financial means to execute future growth strategies in both its wholesale and retail segments."

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Brown Jordan Appoints Casey C as VP

Brown Jordan has appointed Casey C. Ramage as its Vice President of Marketing. Ramage will oversee the areas of marketing, branding and licensing for Brown Jordan and Brown Jordan Services brands. Brown Jordan is the leading luxury outdoor furnishings manufacturer and distinguished legacy brand.

Casey joins Brown Jordan with over ten years of experience in marketing, brand development and licensing, most recently as Vice President of Marketing and Brand Development for Churchill Downs Incorporated where she successfully led the initiative to export the 137-year-old brand to a new, younger generation. As a seasoned marketing executive, she brings a wealth of experience from multiple industries. Before joining Churchill Downs, Ramage spent four years at the Pacific Design Center as the Director of Marketing where she produced the internationally recognized WestWeek market for design professionals which included more than 80 events held over the course of three days. Prior to that role, Ramage was the Director of Showrooms and Accessories for Brown Jordan International, leading sales and marketing efforts for Brown Jordan’s U.S. showrooms.

Ramage is a graduate of University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics and the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School Executive Education Program. She resides in Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband and Labrador retriever.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

HGTV(R) HOME Design Studio At Bassett Home Furnishings

The HGTV HOME Design Studio only at Bassett debuts this week in Bassett stores across the country featuring an HGTV HOME-branded line of custom upholstery and accent furniture.

"This strategic partnership with HGTV leverages Bassett's more than 100 year history of building quality home furnishings while tapping into the popularity and credibility of the HGTV brand among home enthusiasts," said Robert H. Spilman Jr., Bassett's president and chief executive officer. "The launch with HGTV HOME drives Bassett's commitment to combining stylish, well-priced custom furniture with top notch room makeover advice from our team of design consultants."

The HGTV HOME experience has been added throughout the store to create a fresh, creative design studio expression that highlights Bassett's unmatched custom manufacturing capabilities. The custom upholstered sofas, sectionals, beds, ottomans, and benches are available in more than 1000 fabrics, are delivered within 30 days, and are made in the USA.

"HGTV Home is about creating smart and stylish products based on our years of experience informing and inspiring consumers both on-air and online," said Ron Feinbaum, general manager of consumer products for HGTV. "Our viewers look for great furniture products that bring them the right style, design and quality for their homes.  With the HGTV HOME Design Studio only at Bassett, they can easily create custom-designed living spaces from the wide range of styles that are available."

Friday, August 24, 2012

Important Speakers at International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market

Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) announced a high-level line-up of speakers and events being planned for this year's International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market™, which will be held from September 20-23, 2012, at the Chicago Merchandise Mart. The four-day market event will feature HGTV's John Gidding; esteemed editors from national, consumer home and garden publications; and a selection of other complimentary educational and networking events for exhibitors and attendees.

HGTV personality and designer John Gidding will present the Casual Market keynote presentation, entitled "Turn Up the Curb Appeal for Great Outdoor Spaces." Gidding will share information about his design background and creating outdoor living spaces for his clients and HGTV fans. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn tips about outdoor room and backyard design, and the importance of curb appeal.  

The panel consists of five major consumer magazine editors, including Kit Selzer, senior home editor at Better Homes & Gardens; Jodi Bech, publisher at Garden Design; Amy Elbert, senior architecture editor at Traditional Home; Amy Mitchell, managing editor at Coastal Living; and Eugenia Santiesteban Soto, style director at Veranda. The session, "Inspired Exteriors: Consumer Media Panel," will take place on Friday, September 21.

 Two award events will be held. The ICFA Awards Reception will highlight the presentation of the Design Excellence Category Award winners and announcement of the Lillian B. Winchester "Best of Show" Award. The ICFA Sales Representative of the Year Award will also be presented along with the coveted Manufacturer of the Year Award. Hosted by the ICFA, this year's awards reception will take place on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Ballroom. This event is for ICFA members and invited guests.

A major highlight of Casual Market, the Apollo Awards Banquet will celebrate influential contributions made by industry leaders. "Top retailers in single- and multi-store categories will be honored, and the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award honorees will be recognized by the ICFA," says Kelly.

Hosted by the ICFA and MMPI, the Apollo Awards Banquet will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the Field Museum in Stanley Field Hall.

AWFS 2013 Fresh Wood Student Competition 2013 Dates Revealed

The Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS®) is now accepting entries for the 2013 Fresh Wood Student Woodworking Competition to be held from July 24-27 in Las Vegas. The competition, which will be showcased at the Fair is open to full or part-time students in an accredited high school or post-secondary woodworking or related program that are transitioning into a career in woodworking or design. Post-secondary schools include colleges and universities as well as trade, art and union apprenticeship schools.
At the 2013 AWFS®Fair, the display of Fresh Wood finalists will be located in the Gallery, an area in the supply hall that includes the AWFS bookstore, the theater and a lounge. This gives attendees and exhibitors an opportunity to network with the students and teachers in the competition and expose the students to the different companies and products within the industry.

Final judging will take place on Tuesday, July 23 at the AWFS®Fair. Winners will then be announced at the Fresh Wood awards ceremony, which will take place on Friday, July 26 in the AWFS theater and is open to all attendees and exhibitors. First place, second place and honorable mention awards may be given out in each category and at each school level. A “Best of Show” award will also be selected from all first place winners. A People’s Choice award, for which all AWFS®Fair attendees and exhibitors have the opportunity to vote, will also be given. All finalists will be featured in the sixth volume of the publication Fresh Wood, which will be available for purchase in late 2013.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Ethan Allen Registers Five Facilities in EFEC Program

The American Home Furnishings Alliance announced that Ethan Allen has completed EFEC registration at all of its domestic manufacturing facilities, including five manufacturing plants and one sawmill. EFEC – or Enhancing Furniture's Environmental Culture – is a voluntary environmental management program created for the residential furniture industry by the American Home Furnishings Alliance.
"We are proud of our commitment to environmental stewardship," says Ethan Allen Chairman President and CEO, Farooq Kathwari. "In all of our facilities, we work hard every day to not only make the best use of our resources but also to ensure the health and safety of our employees and their communities."

The manufacturing facilities include a wood furniture plant in Old Fort, N.C.; Ethan Allen's upholstery manufacturing complex in Maiden, N.C.; a wood furniture plant and sawmill in Beecher Falls, Vt., that dates back to the 1800s; a wood furniture plant in Orleans, Vt.; and a home accents (custom lighting and wall decor) plant and distribution facility in Passaic, N.J.

Eventually, Ethan Allen plans to extend the EFEC environmental management system into all of its company-owned retail locations, which currently number about 150. This would be the first application of the EFEC program in a retail setting.

Summer Las Vegas Market A Super Success

The Summer 2012 Las Vegas Market delivered an energized show and attracted thousands of upbeat home furnishings buyers—many of whom were there for the first time—from around the United States and abroad. Las Vegas’ Summer Market, July 30-August 3, was highlighted by buying power among retailers who were ready to do business, as well as incredible momentum among new exhibitors including a vibrant temporaries section, the debut of a high-end home décor showcase in Building B, and the signing of 43 new showroom leases since the start of the year totaling approximately 265,000 square feet of space—adding to the diversified merchandise mix that buyers can find at Las Vegas Market.

“At the start of the year, Las Vegas opened the doors to its strongest market in three years and set the tone for a positive 2012. While total traffic at August show was lighter, as at other summer markets, individual store attendance was up from prior summer shows. Furthermore, the retailers who came were serious about buying,” said Robert Maricich, chief executive officer of IMC. “It’s very encouraging to see the number of individual buying units continue to grow especially given the summer slow down at retail. The trajectory at Las Vegas Market continues to trend upward.”

Las Vegas Market officials reported a modest increase in retail store attendance over last year, and an 8 percent increase over two years ago.  Furthermore, leading furniture manufacturers reported growth in year-on-year sales volume despite current macro economic trends.

Las Vegas Market also experienced a significant influx of new sleep product buyers at this summer’s Market. Buyers showed up in droves, as the number of first-time mattress buyers at Las Vegas Market increased by 124 percent, reinforcing its standing as the nation’s premier bedding market.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Art Van Furniture Creates Tallest Stack of Mattresses

On Friday August 3, 2012, Art Van Furniture broke a very challenging Guinness World Record; the tallest stack of mattresses! The current record for the World’s Tallest Stack of Mattresses was 13 ½ feet.  Using hi-lo equipment, Art Van Furniture topped the world record by strategically  placing king size King Koil mattresses 14 ½ feet high!

“A big part of setting a world record is having fun, and we did just that!” says David Van Elslander, Vice President of Art Van PureSleep.  “This is just another event that solidifies Art Van’s commitment to fun, style and unpredictability.” 

“We’re very excited because this accomplishment will officially put Art Van in the record books,” continued Van Elslander.  “We will always be known for great value in our merchandise and strong dedication to our community, but we’re also devoted to creating some unexpected and sometime unpredictable good times.”

Scores of Art Van associates witnessed this memorable moment.  Each year, about a quarter of the records in the Book of Guinness World of Records are broken. The current mattress stacking record of 13 ½ feet  was set at the Texas State Fair in September 2011. Art Van Furniture is Michigan’s number one mattress retailer, putting more than half of the state’s residents to bed every night.  

ICFA Opens Voting for 2012 Sales Rep of the Year

The International Casual Furnishings Association has opened the online voting for the 2012 Sales Representative of the Year, an award designed to recognize and honor the outdoor furniture industry's best sales representatives.

Votes must be cast no later than Monday, August 20.

Voting for the ICFA Sales Representative of the Year Award is limited to the Association's manufacturer, retailer, designer and supplier membership. Each dues-paying member in those categories is eligible to cast one vote. The ballot can be found here.

The winning candidate will be announced on Friday, September 21, at the ICFA Awards Reception at the Ballroom of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The 2012 Manufacturer Leadership Awards and the Lillian B. Winchester "Best of Show" Design Excellence Award also will be announced at the Awards Reception.

Source: AHFA

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Gift+Home at Las Vegas Market Awarded Three Exhibitors

Three gift and home décor exhibitors were recognized this week for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Merchandising at Gift+Home at the 2012 Summer Las Vegas Market. Primitives by Kathy, eyebobs eyewear and The Naked Bee all took home awards commending their aesthetic sensibility. Each winner received celebratory flowers and champagne, plus a credit toward space at the next Market.

Celebrity designer Monica Pedersen of HGTV and home products and trends editor Julie Smith Vincenti evaluated spaces on innovation, creativity, technique and aesthetic. Because space was limited by booth size, each exhibitor was challenged to craft an inviting display using limited resources and space.

Pedersen and Smith Vincenti said this year’s winners were very attentive to vertical space, branding identity and smart signage. The winners managed to beautifully display their products while also sending clear messages about personality and price. Each winner managed to craft a narrative through the product arrangement, similar to what you’d find in a retail environment. Thanks to the thoughtful designs, each winner saw strong traffic throughout Market.

Annie Schickel, designer for Primitives by Kathy, said that the award was meaningful to her and to the business. “We were thrilled to have received this merchandising award and appreciate everyone in Las Vegas for recognizing us,” said Shickel. “Sometimes it’s about building an awesome display with what you have available, so to be recognized for what we do is amazing. We work hard to make our space inviting so that customers connect with it and want to come in. We have had a great show and have seen so many new customers.”

Jason Engelman, certified optician and designer for eyebobs eyewear, created an innovative backdrop with light boxes and mirrors to make the product pop. Engelman said he’s pleased that the displays have been successful. “I think it’s fantastic to be recognized for something we’ve been working so hard on,” he said. “The traffic at this market has been better than it has for a long time. Every show has grown and that’s why we’ll keep coming back. The venue is fantastic.”

Rob Bates, director of sales and marketing with The Naked Bee, a natural bath and body product line, said that this recognition amplified an already successful Market. “We were surprised, thrilled and quite humbled and honored to receive the merchandising award. We try to create a fun and exciting atmosphere to invite the customer in. It was exciting when the crew walked up with cameras flashing, champagne and flowers to present the award. We are impressed with the energy level and hospitality at the Market. We will certainly be back.”

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Marc-Michaels Interior Design Inc. Awarded for John Cannon Homes Inc.'s New Model

Marc-Michaels Interior Design Inc. is designing a new model home for John Cannon Homes Inc. The Baylin model is located in the new Haddington community of Club East Village located in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. The two-story Tuscan inspired home is approximately 3,325 square feet and elegantly designed in a California casual style that will appeal to the luxury empty-nester buyer.
The great room and dining area of The Baylin will have a sophisticated mood created by a soothing color palette of soft greys that will be contrasted with amber tones. Modern energy is created throughout the home with clean silhouettes, rich natural textures and polished metal accents mixed with dark walnut wood tones. The exterior of the home features a summer kitchen and a dramatic entertainment area highlighted by a fire pit in the pool area.

Source: PRWEB

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Dates Declared For Winter and Summer Las Vegas Markets

In 2013, the Winter Las Vegas Market will take place January 28-Feb 1, 2013 and the Summer Las Vegas Market will be held July 29-August 2, 2013. In 2014, the Winter show will be held January 27-31, 2014 and the Summer Market will occur July 28-August 1, 2014.

Selected Market dates are based upon extensive feedback from both exhibitors and buyers, analysis of other industry events, as well as careful consideration as to the best way to deliver the most efficient and effective event. Market dates have been carefully planned to optimize opportunities for industry suppliers and buyers, avoiding significant overlap with established home furnishings and gift shows.

Furthermore, these selected market weeks for 2013 and 2014 extend World Market Center’s strategic partnership with SURFACES, the floor coverings industry’s leading event. The co-location of both Las Vegas furnishings events give hundreds and hundreds of  buyers who attend both shows the ability to shop the widest range of suppliers as well as convenient access to services such as shared registration badges and direct shuttle service to both venues.

Rowe Furniture Debuts Fall Collections In Las Vegas

Rowe Furniture, will introduce three collections at the Las Vegas World Market, July 30- August 3. New collections feature innovative designs from Rowe, Robin Bruce, and Clayton Marcus. In addition to the new sofa groups, Rowe will also debut several product enhancements and fabrics.

The introductions for the Las Vegas World Market include:

The Wrigley Sofa Group by Rowe – This small-scale sofa is distinguished by its high back and flared track arms. The sofa group also offers a 62” loveseat, chair, and an ottoman. 

The Hartley Sofa Group by Robin Bruce – This slipcover sofa offers optimum comfort and versatility.  Standard in down seating with slipcovers available in any of our designer fabrics this is the perfect “live-in” sofa for any home.  In addition to the sofa the Hartley sofa group also includes a loveseat, chair and ottoman.

The Gerrard Sectional by Clayton Marcus – This posh sectional expands upon our best selling Gerrard sofa group.  It is distinguished by a single row of buttons delicately placed along the base, lovely low roll arms and exquisite turned legs.

Rowe is exhibiting at the 2012 Las Vegas World Market located in World Market Center, Building C, Space C-1312. 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Online Effect on Retail Industry

Internet has overcome the barriers of time and space. The competitive age leaves consumers with very less time to spare for shop hopping to find the right kind of products. Retailers have realized the need to come up with e-commerce portals to cater their clients living in the fast lane. E-commerce sales are sales of goods and services where an order is placed by the buyer or price and terms of sale are negotiated over an Internet, extranet, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) network, electronic mail, or other online system. Payment may or may not be made online.

The e-commerce service gives the consumer to check and compare the products various manufacturers and decide on their choice of product without having invest time in travelling to the showroom. A large section of consumers find this convenient.  The idea seems to have worked too. As per statistics by the US Dept. of Commerce, e-commerce comprised a 75.2 percent of the total sales of furniture and home furnishings in 2009.

Retailers online thrive to improve the consumers buying experience online. There is a segment of software industry innovating applications for the purpose. Buyers can view the products in different dimensions to be assured of the quality. Ashley furniture in its online retail portal offers additional views feature which gives an enlarged look of the image of its furniture from various angles. (Give Ashley image)

Design Within Reach (DWR), a furniture retailer which with the aim to make modern design ‘accessible’ launched the DWR 3D Room Planner, an innovative online tool that allows users to design their own iconic rooms using DWR’s vast collection of furniture. This application has the potential to turn website visitors into potential clients, while, clients can judge suitability of the furniture they decide to buy online. (Give dwr pic)

The biggest cause of concern for consumers buying online is trustworthiness while conducting a transaction. Consumers are willing to pay online only after the assurance of a reliable deal. Hassle- and delay-free services, product delivery and after sales services add to the comprehensive list of services.

Social networking and blog sites are the new marketing tools to inform the buyers about products and offers by furniture industry players, retailing online or from stores located geographically. The web binds the entire globe together and those keeping away from the benefits offered by the internet are sure losing out on the experience and sales as well.

Mr. Booth about the growing phenomenon of online retailing says, “The internet allows the retailer to connect with the consumer faster and better than ever before. Being in connection with the consumer is the key which leads to sales. Retailers that are not texting, tweeting or posting are missing the opportunity to engage the consumer.”

The demographics of consumers have changed. He adds, “The Gen X and Gen Y now combine to be the largest segment of the US population. This has major impact on retailing and presents major challenges to overcome. Challenges that can only be met with the right product-product that is of design and value. The “new customer” made up of the Gen X and Gen Y has no defined spending patterns. It is for these challenges that being in connection with the consumer and capturing market share becomes pertinent.”

Read more on the current issue of Furniture & Accessories USA

Friday, July 27, 2012

ISPA Supports Connecticut Legislature's Decision on Recycling Law

The international Sleep Products Association (ISPA) issued a statements regarding the Connecticut General Assembly’s decision to adjourn for the year without passing used mattress recycling legislation.

According to ISPA, collecting, dismantling and recycling discarded used mattress can be a complicated process. After inferring the fundamental physical problems that a new statewide system may encounter, the Connecticut legislature decided not to enact a mandatory used mattress recycling law. ISPA opposed the bill when it was introduced because it would have imposed unreasonable costs and burdens on mattress manufacturers, retailers and consumers. ISPA supports the decision not to enact a mandatory state recycling law.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

ANSI Approves New Test Standard For Storage Units

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the new edition of ANSI/BIFMA X5.9 Storage Units – Tests standard, and copies of the new edition are available from BIFMA. The BIFMA File/Storage Subcommittee worked to revise this new edition of ANSI/BIFMA X5.9 with changes to unit loads, drawer cycles, door drop cycles, numerous test clarifications for consistency, and several changes that harmonize with other BIFMA standards.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Philippe Starck Designs Broom for Emeco

Withstanding their long relationship Phillip Starck and Emeco presented stackable chair named Broom during NeoCon 2012. Made from 75 percent reclaimed polypropylene,15 percent reclaimed wood fiber and 10 percent glass fiber, the chair are suitable for indoor as well as outdoor use. The chairs are available in six bright colors, dark grey, natural, green, orange, yellow and white. All the colors are suitable for outdoor use except orange.

Reaad about more such products in Jul-Aug issue of Furniture & Accessories USA

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ashley Furniture Homestore Donates For Habitat

Ashley Furniture Homestore is joining the Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity by donating to Habitat at the Hattiesburg Ashley Homestore on July 20. 

This  allows for Ashley Furniture Homestore to promote non-profit organizations that are positively impacting the community.  Guests who choose to donate $20 or more to the Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity will also receive largest discount offer of the year on any purchase made that day along with coupons for local restaurants. Each $20 donation will also be matched by Ashley Furniture Homestore.

Hattiesburg’s Ashley Furniture Homestore is privately owned by brothers Bo and Adam Pennebaker who institute the tenants of servanthood and continuous improvement throughout their organization. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to promote Habitat for Humanity’s wonderful mission of changing lives through affordable housing,” Bo Pennebaker said of the store’s Community Night.  “Our entire team looks forward to these events as we all learn more about the great works that are happening throughout our community.”

Monday, July 16, 2012

Edgar Blazona: Blazes Ahead

A person embodying talents of a builder, architect and a designer, Edgar Blazona has left a trail of achievements behind which is no less than a manuscript for any upcoming designer. Family was always a support; both his parents were in the construction business and shared an eye for design.

Edgar who is now known for his outstanding modern structures and furniture designs began his dream career at the age of 22, however, designing became his source of income when he was just 19. He explains, “When I was about 19, I got my first apartment. I had no furniture, or anything for that matter. I decided what every bachelor needs is a dining table and chairs. After going to some of the big name retailers where I just couldn't afford anything, I decided I would have to make it myself. I got a welder and taught myself to weld. I made a dining chair and small dining table. Shortly after, while cruising around San Francisco, I found a cool gallery selling handmade objects and art. After talking to the owners for a while, I told them about my tables and chairs. They wanted to take a look so I came back a few days later to show them my work. They offered to sell it for a pretty big price; a lot more than what it cost me to make it. And within 3 days, the pieces were sold. I realized that there was a way to make money in furniture.”

Read more in the upcoming edition of FAU

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Randy Wells Appointed As The New VP Of Stanley Furniture

Randy Wells has been named to the newly created position of vice president of marketing and and brand development for Stanley Furniture Co.

In his role, Wells will oversee  the development and reach  of the company’s Stanley brand. Wells reports to Glenn Prilaman, president and CEO. Well’s appointment marks the completion of an executive team that is responsible for the development, designs, overseas manufacturing and logistical support of the company’s adult product lines.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

High Point Market Announces Olioboard Contest

The High Point Market has partnered with, the interior design online 2D and 3D moodboard creator, to develop a new contest to select a ninth Style Spotter. This is the first time that Market has opened up the social media program to more than eight tastemakers.
At each High Point Market, the award-winning Style Spotters program selects home fashion trendsetters to showcase top Market products and trends on Pinterest, a website that lets users organize and share photos on virtual pinboards. The Spotters present exhibitors with signs that promote their selection and offer a QR code and URL for the Market Pinterest board. Market attendees also participate by voting on the pinboards and products, by generating “likes” or by re-pinning.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012


The report analyzes the US market for Outdoor Furniture in US$ Million by the following Material Types: Metal, Plastic/Resin, Wicker/Rattan, Wood, and Others. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2009 through 2017. Also, a six-year historic analysis is provided for this market. The report profiles 159 companies including many key and niche players such as Agio International Ltd., Brown Jordan, Casual Living, Gibraltar Furniture, Grosfillex North America, Hanamint Corp., Homecrest Industries Inc., Home Casual LLC, Kingsley-Bate, Ltd., Leisure Furniture & Powdercoating, Inc., Lloyd Flanders Industries, Inc., Mallin Casual Furniture, Meadowcraft, Inc., Modern Outdoor, O.W. Lee Company, Inc., and The Coleman Company, Inc. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based upon search engine sources in the public domain.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012


The 9th International Design Award, organised by Hettich and REHAU, focuses on the theme of “Beyond the edge!” and is open for registration.

In the latest International Design Award to be launched, Hettich and REHAU invite design and architecture students across the globe to take a different look at home and work environments and enrich them with intelligent furniture that tomorrow’s user wouldn’t want to be without. Taking into account the product portfolios of Hettich and REHAU, the competition is looking for furniture designs that involve established processes and technologies.

With immediate effect, students can register for the competition on the official website and post their designs by 31 January 2013. An international panel of expert judges will then examine and assess all designs.


Friday, June 29, 2012


BIFMA, the not-for-profit trade association for business and institutional furniture manufacturers, elected Chuck Saylor, Founder and CEO of izzy+ as the new BIFMA president. Chuck will succeed Stan Askren for the position. The decision was taken during the annual membership meeting of the association on June 13.

BIFMA also announced the election of three new Directors; Bret Ackerman of Indiana Furniture, Michael Keilhauer of Keilhauer, and Greg Moore, MooreCo.  These new directors were elected to replace retiring directors Anne Bernahardt, Bernhardt Design, Shaun Mannix, Transwall and Mr. Saylor (who will continue on the Board as President although his term as a Director is complete).

Bret Ackerman is President and CEO of Indiana Furniture based in Jasper, IN.  Bret joined the company in 1997 and was named president in January 2010.  He had most recently held the position of CFO prior to his promotion.

Mike Keilhauer is President of Keilhauer, a Toronto, ON based manufacturer of seating products.  As one of the founding partners, Mike led the company from a start up operation in 1981.

Greg Moore is President and CEO of MooreCo based in Temple, TX.  Greg began working in the family business in 1991, became President in 2000 and has held the position of President and CEO since 2007.

Thursday, June 28, 2012


The High Point Market has partnered with Trade Only Design Library (TODL) to create the High Point Market Residential Library, a unique online database with interactive and branding capabilities to connect home furnishings industry insiders. All exhibitors at the fall High Point Market – held Oct. 13-18 – will be included in the High Point Residential Library, found exclusively on

The trade-only home resource will be accessible to all High Point Market registrants, exhibitors, and media, providing access to the industry’s only product-level specification database.

“The new partnership with TODL is yet another way that the High Point Market connects exhibitors with buyers and interior designers,” says Cheminne Taylor-Smith, vice president of marketing for the High Point Market Authority. “We are very excited to work with TODL to provide opportunities for Market exhibitors to create new relationships, maintain existing clients, and to grow their brands.”

TODL is the design industry’s largest product research and specification library online or in print, and is accessible only by trade professionals. As a source of detailed trade information, TODL requires fewer calls and clicks to get the specification information interior designers and retail purchasers need to make decisions quickly.

All High Point Market exhibitors will receive a free Interactive Brochure in the Library specifically designed to facilitate 24/7 interaction and commerce with existing TODL members and High Point Market registrants. The brochures include company description, logo, website, showroom location, product and installation images, and will be branded with a High Point Market badge to distinguish them in relevant searches.

In addition to providing exhibitors with enhanced visibility within the High Point Residential Library, the site can also be used to create interactive product brochures and to connect with TODL’s 65,000-plus design trade members.

A High Point Market branded section will showcase every exhibitor and their showroom location, and every member’s “Your Studio” login landing page will feature the Market’s tab leading members directly to the section. Display ads that promote High Point Market will directly link to the branded section and to Market’s online registration.

“Joining forces with High Point Market allows us to create an all-encompassing experience both during the show and after,” says Stacey Tiveron, TODL founder. “Attendees can take their in-person experience one step further by utilizing TODL’s ability to provide resources for any stage of the design process—planning, execution, and beyond. The relationship between manufacturer and designer grows exponentially, while at the same time becoming increasingly simple and convenient.”

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Dan Baker the newly appointed vice president of sales for the Glideaway Sleep Products. The new VP of Sales will be responsible for the company’s sales and will be one of the think tank behind the company’s marketing and merchandising products line.

Glideaway is a full-service bedding supplier to full-line furniture retailers, specialty sleep shops, and web-based e-tailors.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


High Point Market is counting down the days to the fall show with a new Countdown campaign. Featuring exclusive information, new content, tips and tools, the campaign is designed to build excitement for the Oct. 13-18 Market, and to mark the days until registration opens on July 10.

The campaign’s microsite features new content each day, including the best tips for navigating Market, the top apps and tools for the show, the latest trends in fashion and home, and even special announcements like the roster of new Style Spotters and other exciting plans for the launch of the new season and the Fall Market.

Visitors to the site can see the current day’s content, as well as articles and photos from previous days, and they can also preview topics that will appear on future dates.
“The Countdown campaign is an engaging way to showcase the excitement that surrounds the High Point Market, which is our industry’s version of Fashion Week,” says Cheminne Taylor-Smith, vice president of marketing for the High Point Market Authority. “It also allows us to provide even more content and information, not only about Market, but also about social media, trends, and new ideas for the industry.”


Monday, June 25, 2012


Delivering a fashion-forward collection of home décor resources for its growing retail and designer attendee base, World Market Center Las Vegas will launch a newly merchandised and expanded presentation at the 2012 Summer Las Vegas Market. The new destination at World Market Center, located in Building B on the third floor, will be a combination of new lines to Las Vegas and hand-picked showrooms relocated from other buildings.

B-3—now 100 percent leased—will be a vibrant, must visit location for buyers across all industry sectors from interior designers to furniture retailers to gift stores. Several educational and networking events will also be held throughout the week in B-3 showrooms.

“Bringing together this caliber of resources in one easy-to-navigate area of the Las Vegas Market truly elevates the experience and offerings for design-centric buyers,” said Lee Hershberg, Vice President of Home Décor for International Market Centers, parent company of World Market Center Las Vegas. “We have a growing collection of better merchandise in Las Vegas—and concentrating these resources together on one floor will give buyers looking for the most up-to-date, on-trend presentation a fantastic experience. We believe this vibrant destination will attract additional trend-setters across all categories to Las Vegas and will be an immediate catalyst for growth.” 

 B-3 showrooms new to the market include: Wendover Art, a maker of unique and high-quality wall décor; Daniel Stuart Studio, a purveyor of fine furnishings for the home with a specialization in high-end upholstery, bedding and decorative pillows; Best Slip Cover, a family owned company with more than 50 years experience in the furniture and slipcover industry; Pacific Green Furniture, the world’s leading pioneer in Palmwood® technology; Made Goods, a leading provider of fine furnishings, lighting and accessories, with a specialization in mirrors; Furniture Classics, a maker of solid wood, antique reproduction furniture; LuLu & Co., a wholesale distributor of the fine French products including linens, furniture, accessories, glassware and ceramics; and Blue Ocean Traders, a wholesale importer of unique items and furnishings from all over the world.

“Las Vegas has always been a good market for us and we are thrilled to be a part of this new initiative. The community of high design that is being created on B-3 will benefit both vendor and visitor and we believe, will make a good market, great,” said Daniel Penciner, CEO of Daniel Stuart Studio.

Tenants relocating to B-3 from other areas of Las Vegas Market include: Lazy Susan, an innovative home accessories company focusing on clean and simple design aesthetic; Noir, a manufacturer of home furnishings that emphasize natural, simple and classic designs; GO Home, a maker of vintage inspired home furnishings, giftware and accessories; Bougainvillea, a luxury wholesale distributor of preserved botanicals, fragrant candles, ladies apparel accessories, home accessories and jewelry; D.B. Imports, Ltd., which bills itself as the source for store fixtures and home accents for the wholesale and retail trade markets; Artisan House, which designs and creates unique, high-quality metal sculptures for wall, floor and tabletop; Arteriors Home, a manufacturer of accessories, furniture and lighting designed to have timeless appeal with a nod to the latest trends and Brownstone Furniture, a manufacturer of high-end furniture with innovative and timeless design.

Existing showrooms already located in B-3 and will be integral to this new collection of vendors include Chandra, a maker of high-design rugs; Paragon, an award-winning wholesale supplier of wall décor and its sister company, Propac, featuring a vast wall collection including matted framed and textured art, canvas transfers, metal collections and mirrors; and Surya, a high-end manufacturer of wool rugs and complementary accessories.

The full listing of B3 participants includes:

Arteriors B360 relocation

Artisan House B354 relocation

Best Slip Cover B324 NEW

Blue Ocean Traders B355 NEW

Bougainvillea B335 relocation

Brownstone B362 relocation

Chandra Rugs B300 as-is

Daniel Stuart Studio B316 NEW

DB Imports B350 relocation

Furniture Classics B346 NEW

Go Home B326 relocation

Lazy Susan B320 relocation

LuLu B365 NEW

Made Goods B349 NEW

Noir B305 relocation

Pacific Green B328 NEW

Paragon B301 as-is

Propac B301 as-is

Surya B370 as-is

Wendover Art Group B306 NEW

Friday, June 22, 2012


The International Sleep Products Association sent the following Advocacy Connection Alert to its members on June 13. ISPA opposes state-by-state solutions to the problem of used mattress disposal and favors a national solution. ISPA has proposed federal legislation, the Used Mattress Recycling Act, to help create a national program for recycling used mattress materials that would be an efficient, industry-led solution to mattress disposal. For more information on ISPA’s advocacy efforts on recycling, check

The International Sleep Products Association has defeated several bills in Rhode Island that would have required the mattress industry to develop and operate an extended producer responsibility program for discarded mattresses. An EPR program requires manufacturers to fund and operate a system for collecting and disposing of their products at the end of their useful lives. The Rhode Island legislation would have required the mattress industry to establish such a system specifically for mattresses discarded in Rhode Island and to shoulder all associated costs.

ISPA testified in opposition to the various used mattress EPR bills in Rhode Island and worked with manufacturing and retail groups in the state to lobby against the legislation. ISPA supports the responsible recycling of used mattress materials, but the state-level approach taken in the Rhode Island bills would have imposed unreasonable costs and logistical burdens on the industry. The state’s legislature adjourned June 13 without voting on any of these bills.

Source: Bed Times

Thursday, June 21, 2012


The High Point Market and its Style Spotters program won the EXCITE Award for Best Use of Social Media at Expo Magazine’s Next Conference in Baltimore today. The EXCITE Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in trade shows and events, and the winners will be profiled in the July issue of Expo Magazine. All winners and finalist can be found at the Awards website “We are thrilled to receive this recognition for the High Point Market and for the Style Spotters,”...


Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Once again offering Las Vegas Market attendees an exclusive preview of the hottest new home design trends, World Market Center Las Vegas’ signatureAhead of the Curvewill be back as a live broadcast for its fifth installment at the Summer Las Vegas Market and Gift+Home. This year’s cast of top U.S. designers includes Betsy Burnham, principal designer and founder of Burnham Design; Philip Gorrivan, founder of Philip Gorrivan Design and Darren Henault, founder of Darren Henault Interiors....


Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Entries have began for the 2012 Sage Award. Now in its fifth year, the Sage Award program was designed to recognize environmental leadership at home furnishings and bedding companies. Entries are sought from companies that have not only reduced the environmental impact of their operations, but are also on a pathway of continual environmental improvement. The 2012 winner and up to two finalists will be announced during the October 13-18 High Point Market in High Point, N.C. The winner be featured...

Read More "ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR 2012 "


Kincaid Furniture is contributing 1% of the wholesale price of every piece ordered during June from the company’s entire line of solid wood case goods and custom upholstery to Habitat for Humanity. Kincaid is a corporate partner for the international charity.

With the promotion, dubbed the Better Home Event, each order that Kincaid receives generates an automatic donation to Habitat, a not-for-profit organization that has built over 500,000 affordable homes and served more than 2.5 million people worldwide.

The company originally designated their groundbreaking Homecoming collections crafted from solid pine, maple, walnut, and oak as the generators of the ongoing multi-year program with Habitat.

“Many of our retailers have had tremendous success working with their local Habitat organizations over the last 18 months, providing grassroots support and significant contributions in their communities. With the Better Home Event, all Kincaid retailers, regardless of what collections they order, are now supporting this exceptional cause through their purchases,” said Dyer.

Kincaid has made a significant investment in promoting and supporting retailers whose efforts benefit Habitat, including the creation of a new dedicated website, development of advertising materials and promotional support, direct access to Habitat staff to help guide retailers in their efforts, and more.

“Everyone deserves decent, affordable housing,” said Dyer. “In collaboration with our dealers we can help make that goal a reality.”

Source: High Point Market


Kincaid Furniture is contributing 1% of the wholesale price of every piece ordered during June from the company’s entire line of solid wood case goods and custom upholstery to Habitat for Humanity. Kincaid is a corporate partner for the international charity. With the promotion, dubbed the Better Home Event, each order that Kincaid receives generates an automatic donation to Habitat, a not-for-profit organization that has built over 500,000 affordable homes and served more than 2.5 million...


Saturday, June 16, 2012


Leland International received two 2012 Best of NeoCon Awards today. The Quarry Bench was awarded the Seating: Benches Gold Award and The Fast Table received an Innovation Award. “Every year we work extremely hard to introduce products worthy of this competition,” said Shanna Anderson, vice president of sales for Leland International. “To see our hard work pay off and be recognized with not one but two awards this year, we’re absolutely thrilled and so proud of our designers and product-development team. Receiving these awards is truly an honor for all of us at Leland.”


Quarry, awarded the Seating: Benches Gold Award, was inspired by designer Bruce Sienkowski’s desire to create a collaborative workspace that was also light and flexible. Sienkowski wanted to take a form from nature and simplify it, and a rock quarry fit his vision perfectly. The symmetrical shapes work well for seating, and by configuring the pieces, one can create spaces with very organic, natural feels. A distinct and intentional stitch line mimicking a rock fissure helps to further define the shape.


The Fast Table, winner of an Innovation Award, is a universal table with a cross-shaped foldable structure designed by Carlos Tíscar. A number of top shapes complement just two base sizes, which lets people generate many table configurations with low inventory. The pivoting, x-shaped base with flag indicators makes it easy to select the right base position, depending on the top size. The base-to-table connectors are intuitively designed to clearly indicate the correct attachment alignment. These features make it simple for everyday users to quickly and clearly reconfigure the product.

Friday, June 15, 2012


A number of furniture retailers are sitting pretty Thursday after their stocks surged on a strong quarterly report and a raised 2013 forecast from Pier 1 Imports Inc.

Pier 1 said its first-quarter profit rose 26 percent with shoppers more willing to pay full price for its home furnishings. The results beat market expectations.

The results bode well for other furniture sellers, which have spent the past few years marking down a lot of their big-ticket items to draw cost-conscious consumers in tough economic times.

Pier 1 said its revenue from stores open at least a year increased 7.2 percent. This is a closely watched indicator of a retailer's financial health because it excludes stores that recently opened or closed. That gives investors some assurance the earnings increase is more than an anomaly tied to new stores opening.

Jefferies & Co. analyst John Marrin said he believes the company's stronger guidance may be based on share repurchases that weren't reflected in its earlier forecast, but he still sees the company's earnings report as positive.

Here's how selected furniture sellers' shares were doing by mid-afternoon:

— Pier 1, up 27 cents, at $15.81.
— Kirkland's Inc., up 75 cents, 6.8 percent, trading at $11.83.
— Haverty Furniture Companies Inc., up 16 cents, at $10.73.
— Ethan Allen Interiors Inc., up 41 cents, at $21.76.

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Thursday, June 14, 2012


Cardi's, the legendary Rhode Island and Massachusetts furniture and mattress provider, is proud to announce the addition of the unique and innovative Dr. Breus Bed to its line of top-quality furniture and bedding.

Developed by sleep specialist Dr. Michael Breus, The Dr. Breus Bed™ has been specially designed to give you a perfect night of sleep, every time. The Dr. Breus Bed™ utilizes an exclusive proprietary layering system to achieve unbeatable comfort that leads to an ideal night of sleep. Up to 13 separate layers of pure Talalay latex and luxurious polyfoams are installed by hand into the beds by expert artisans during the sophisticated manufacturing process.

These exceptional beds are now available at all Cardi's Mattresses and Cardi's Furniture locations.

The unique system designed by Dr. Breus relies on his ingenious "Sleep Assessment" feature, which is based on his four tenets of better sleep: thermo-neutrality, a feeling of zero gravity that comes from superior pressure relief, complete relaxation and tranquil sleep that results from reduced movement.

In addition to The Dr. Breus Bed™, prospective buyers can experiment with the SleepMatch™ sleep assessment system to help you find the perfect bed for your body type. Thousands of volunteers of various body types assisted in the creation of this special SleepMatch™ system.

Dr. Breus is a sleep expert, best-selling author, clinical psychologist, Diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Dr. Oz Show, the Today Show and many other national TV programs and publications. He is a widely recognized leader in the field of sleep study.

The premier furniture and mattress store in MA and RI, Cardi's traces the roots of its operation back to the year 1901 in the town of Itri, Italy, with the first Cardi's in America opening as a general store in 1928. After undergoing several stages of expansion through the years, Cardi's now has multiple furniture, mattress, clearance and design locations throughout RI and MA, including Cape Cod. With an emphasis on flawless customer service, the Cardi's family is proud to guarantee the best furniture and mattress shopping experience in the business.]

Source: PR WEB

Wednesday, June 13, 2012



OfficeMax Incorporated, a leader in office supplies, technology and services, today announced a new delivery program that reuses and recycles boxes it uses for deliveries to business customers. The new program – Boomerang Box by OfficeMax – is projected to reduce box consumption by 80 percent among participating businesses.

Boomerang Box by OfficeMax launches this month in Seattle, and will expand nationwide in the second half of 2012. Business participation in the program is free and voluntary for all customers nationwide that are served through OfficeMax's delivery fleet. The program is also designed for easy use to encourage widespread adoption.

"Every business wants to support more environmentally sustainable practices," said Sue Mills, director, environmental practices at OfficeMax. "With Boomerang Box we're giving customers an easy, no-cost way to help do that."

Bringing Delivery Full-Circle

Businesses that participate in the Boomerang Box program will have their office supplies delivered by OfficeMax in reusable, stackable delivery boxes that are made from a minimum of 50 percent post-consumer content. Customers need only to save and stack the boxes for OfficeMax's fleet to pickup with the next order delivery. The cycle continues until the boxes can no longer be reused. Then, OfficeMax will recover the boxes for recycling.


SmartWay Transport Partnership

The new reusable delivery box program is just one of many ways that OfficeMax acts to reduce its overall environmental footprint, and help its customers do the same. OfficeMax also recently received re-certification to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Transport Partnership for the fourth consecutive year. The SmartWay Transport Partnership certification recognizes OfficeMax's commitment to reducing its environmental impact by using clean operating vehicles and fuels that improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its delivery network.

"OfficeMax is committed to supplying our products and services in a manner that reduces our carbon footprint," said Larry Hartley, senior vice president, supply chain at OfficeMax. "Responsible environmental stewardship is a component of our success as a company."

Source: PR Newswire

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Ithaca, NY-based e2e Materials, an innovative clean technology spinoff of Cornell University that develops products made from its advanced biocomposite materials used for the furniture and cabinet industries, today announced the formation of e2e Office, a new company brand focused on serving a wide range of office furniture needs with new products that are safer, less expensive, stronger and lighter than conventional wood-based products. e2e Office is addressing increasing customer demand for more environmentally friendly office products that contribute significantly to LEED certification and provide a safer and more collaborative work environment. The first commercially available product from e2e Office is the award-winning TransFORM Workstation, a highly versatile work surface made from e2e Materials' proprietary biocomposites comprised of soy flour and flax fibers that "off-gasses" no formaldehyde and is free from hazardous ('red list') chemicals as defined by the Living Building Challenge.

"We are experiencing customer demand for office furniture products that meet aggressive environmental standards combined with exceptional durability, weight reduction and affordability factors," said Dave Ferrari, president of One Workplace, Northern California's largest commercial furniture dealership and e2e Office channel partner. "That's why we're partnering with e2e Office. Their innovative biocomposite-based office product line addresses each of these important criteria. It also gives our customers new opportunities for earning LEED points and improving employee satisfaction levels due to the significant environmental safety advantages offered by e2e Office products."

Aided by the design expertise of furniture industry legend Carl Gustav Magnusson, e2e Office has a pipeline of products currently under development--including mobile whiteboards, mobile acoustics, unique storage and group communication products--all specifically designed to meet today's open space and mobile workforce needs that emphasize greater collaboration for improved productivity and creativity. All products are being made with e2e Materials' proprietary biocomposites and far exceed the requirements of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM), offer LEED points across multiple categories, and rank higher than any other material when measured against the stringent Living Building Challenge and Pharos Project criteria.

As the first commercially available product in the e2e Office product line, the TransFORM Workstation is uniquely sustainable leveraging a highly versatile work surface and a series of privacy/communication panels both made from e2e's proprietary biocomposite material. Optional re-used and refurbished leg systems that contribute additional LEED points are readily configurable to meet today's design needs. e2e Office products have been fully tested and validated to meet the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) standards and use only 19 percent of the embodied energy of traditional wood composites. By using e2e biocomposites, the TransFORM Workstation utilizes annually renewable feedstocks, is 100 percent bio-based and completely fossil fuel free. Offering a full five-year warranty, the TransFORM work surface leverages e2e's patent-pending i-core open architecture construction providing customers with lighter and more durable office furniture.

The company's proprietary biocomposites--featuring 28 pending patents--are made from plentiful feedstocks including soy flour and natural grass fiber such as jute, flax and kenaf, which eliminates the off-gassing of formaldehyde or any toxic chemicals. Using these biocomposite materials enables e2e to manufacture lighter products that maintain the tensile strength and durability approaching some steel products and have been extensively tested and validated to multiple industry standards. In addition, the company employs a unique 3-D forming capability that eliminates costly manufacturing processing steps and associated waste.

"The formation of e2e Office is in direct response to accelerating demand from global customers for innovative products that are sustainable, free of toxins, more durable than conventional wood-based alternatives and highly affordable," said Pat Govang, CEO of e2e Materials. "We're responding to this multi-billion dollar global market with a series of in-demand products that will fulfill the needs of leading office furniture OEMs and channel partners."

Source: Market Wire

Monday, June 11, 2012


Market leader SitOnIt Seating today introduces Torsa™, its newest ergonomic work chair. In addition to its exceptional comfort and affordability, Torsa is set apart by stunning design inspired by nature.

"Torsa balances a sculpted design with broad color options and advanced functionality," says Mark Mannon, Director of Product Marketing for Exemplis Corporation, makers of SitOnIt brand products. "We see this chair positioning well as both a high-performance work chair and as a more elegant conference solution."

Innovative Product for 2012
The Torsa work chair is one of the nominees for The Best of NeoCon® 2012 competition for contract furnishing products.  The chair was conceived and built by the SitOnIt Seating in-house design team headed by John Phillips, Vice President of Engineering. "The chair emulates comfortable, natural body posture, ease of motion and adjustability to yield a holistic integration of seating structure with the human form," says Phillips.

Suggested list pricing for the Torsa work chair, with adjustable seat-depth, lumbar and arms is $690. Options include granite and white frame and arm colors in addition to a broad selection of mesh colors.  Availability is slated for early September 2012.

Source: PR Newswire

Saturday, June 09, 2012


Ethan Allen announces that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) Environmental Stewardship Initiative has awarded the company a Certificate of Environmental Stewardship "for its voluntary and proactive measures taken to go beyond compliance in an effort to improve the environment and ensure a sustainable future" in its Passaic manufacturing facility.

“We are very aware as a company that everything we do impacts our local environments, “said Ethan Allen Chairman, President and CEO, Farooq Kathwari. “We are pleased to have the state of New Jersey recognize the efforts we are making to ensure the safety and health of our employees and their communities.”

The NJDEP acknowledgment is based on Ethan Allen’s engagement in eight individual stewardship activities that include the development of an environmental policy, analysis of the facility's carbon footprint, implementation of green building materials and techniques, and reduction of material waste.

Stewardship reports for all participating sites in New Jersey are available on the NJDEP website. The NJDEP continuously updates reports on participant progress in ongoing stewardship initiatives.

Ethan Allen has also begun to implement the Enhancing Furniture's Environmental Culture (EFEC) program in all of its manufacturing facilities including its Passaic facility. Launched by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) in 1999, EFEC is an environmental management system that requires companies—on a facility-by-facility basis—to analyze and better understand the environmental impact of their processes, raw materials, and finished products.

Thursday, June 07, 2012


Pindler & Pindler has added an exclusive line of European-inspired fabrics from the Richard Frinier Collection for Sunbrella®. “Maison et Jardin” features Frinier’s interpretation of classic linen constructions and coordinating stripes and jacquards, resulting in elegant home décor that offers legendary Sunbrella performance.

“We have seen a huge demand in the marketplace for upper-end Sunbrella® performance fabrics that can be used both indoors and out,” said Curt Pindler, president of Pindler & Pindler. “Using subtle nuances of yarn shades and weave effects, Richard has created the look of natural linen that is very popular among the design trade; the timing of this collection is perfect.”

Frinier created the Maison et Jardin Collection to erase the boundaries between indoor and outdoor upholstery. Authentically designed linen constructions in two weights are complemented by a duo of sun-washed stripes and four vintage jacquard patterns. Each fabric is subtly distressed to create the luxurious appearance of gently-aged surface textures with a naturally soft hand.

“We have re-interpreted heirloom linen weaves and authentically styled jacquards for today’s professional interior designers and their clients,” said Frinier, who is an internationally recognized fabric, furniture and accessories designer. “These fabrics can be used to transform transitional and soft-modern living spaces to evoke the romantic essence of the countryside of Provençe or to create more sophisticated, contemporary living spaces with neutral and tonal textures.”

The Maison et Jardin Collection includes Classique, which is a lighter weight construction reminiscent of traditional linen textiles historically used for fine clothing and table linens. Vintage is a heavier weight construction epitomizing rich and textural characteristics sought after in antique linens.

La Mer and La Plage are two stripe patterns with vintage textural surfaces inspired by Frinier’s travels to Mediterranean seaside and coastal villages. The four correlating jacquard patterns are Fontainebleau (floral motif), Fleur-de-Lis (classically styled lily or iris), Volute (scroll-shaped forms) and Orleans (garden gate pattern.)

“Success in today’s marketplace requires collaboration among companies and individuals with common goals and aesthetics,” said Greg Rosendale, interior fabrics manager for Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, the makers of Sunbrella. “Pindler & Pindler, Richard Frinier and Sunbrella have long histories of bringing beautiful and durable fabrics to the marketplace; this latest addition by Pindler & Pindler furthers our partnerships for the benefit of professional interior designers.”

Monday, June 04, 2012



The Contemporary Crafts Market will be returning as the West Coast’s premiere event for one-of-a-kind functional and decorative crafts June 8-10, 2012. The market will feature the distinctive works of over 250 of the nation’s finest artists and craftspeople, ranging from intricate jewelry, unique glassware and ceramics to hand-painted textiles, custom furniture, mixed-media creations and much more. All items on display and for sale have been jury-selected for their exceptional quality.

The Contemporary Crafts Market has been a showcase for burgeoning and established talent since its inception 27 years ago. The market brings together an eclectic mix of artisans, while also allowing visitors to meet the artists behind some of the nation’s finest crafts.

Roy Helms, Contemporary Crafts Market founder, has continually sought to raise awareness of fine crafts as a serious art form by highlighting talented artists who have created a name for themselves and whose works can be found in national and international museums or galleries.

“Each year, the Contemporary Crafts Market provides shoppers and collectors with some of the finest craft pieces from across the United States,” Helms explains. “This year will be no exception, as these artists have provided visitors with a truly extraordinary array of pieces that are perfect gifts for friends and family.”

This year’s market will feature a number of artists who take a novel approach to the art of craft:

Susan Eastman’s Ruby Lee line is a collection of handmade wearable art scarves and wraps. Eastman combines drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and photography into her pieces. A fine artist residing in Oakland, California, her work can also be found at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art store.

Marianne Bernsen creates one-of-a-kind canvas floor cloths. Bernsen’s “art for the floor” is the perfect combination of good art and utility. All cloths are hemmed and mitered, painted and polyed to last a lifetime.

Alison Antelman creates handmade jewelry in organic shapes with a kaleidoscope of color from unusual semiprecious and precious stones set in materials such as sterling silver and 18k and 22k gold. Hollow forms allow pieces to be light and comfortable to wear, yet substantial for making a statement.

The Contemporary Crafts Market is held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St. in Santa Monica. 

Saturday, June 02, 2012


Scott Tucker is a New York based artist, sculptor and designer. His line of contemporary furniture design titled 'Ruanjiba' has been available for several years now and according to the home and lifestyle website continues to go from strength to strength. Anyone who has ever designed anything will no doubt be aware that finding the balance between offering a new unique product and not alienating your potential market can be a difficult path to tread.

Scott Tucker's background in painting, sculpting and fabrication seems to have given him something of a headstart when it comes to furniture design. According to the the home and recreation blog site, the continued success of Tucker's furniture design is in part due to his ability to effortlessly blend traditional furniture materials like mahogany and teak with more modern contemporary materials like bamboo and mongoi.

The lifestyle website went on to add that Tucker seems to have developed a unique style of incorporating rectangular shapes into his designs that appeal to a broad range of customers. The blog also added that Tucker is able to craft his designs to suit individual client specifications. Tucker's artistic background and eye for detail looks set to ensure he will be a busy man for quite some time to come.

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The International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA) has named Don Bottemiller and John Miles recipients of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. The two men, both of whom are retired from Homecrest Outdoor Living, will be honored at the casual furnishings industry’s annual awards gala to be held September 22, at the Field Museum in Chicago, during the 2012 International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market. The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award is reserved for individuals who...


Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Loll Design’s Lago chair is inspired by Hans Wegner’s designed chairs which made Danish design a widespread rage. The conspicuous width of the chair has been allowed for extended hours of lounging. The steep angled seat and back with slight curve allow a comfortable posture. The seat also has simple notches which can be used to hold stemmed wine glass when the table is out of reach. The chair is available in eight different shades.


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Saturday, May 26, 2012


Just five months into 2012, Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) is pleased to announce that it is on pace for a record-breaking year for leasing activity with its contract furnishings permanent showrooms.  
Year to date, MMPI has signed 29 new, expansion, and renewal leases totaling 119,021 square feet of permanent showroom space during calendar year 2012, nearly tripling the leasing activity for a typical year. The renewals, early renewals, and significant expansions of permanent showroom space in The Mart feature leading names in the contract furnishings industry including AIS, Exemplis, Haworth, Momentum Textiles, and Shaw. These companies cross over into all product categories, including systems furniture, modular walls, seating, floor coverings, and textiles.
Eight existing industry-leading tenants have significantly expanded their showroom space, totaling 29,702 square feet, including Andreu World, AIS, Decca Contract, Exemplis, Magnuson Group, Momentum Textiles, Shaw Contract Group, and Teknion. MMPI has signed 13 renewal agreements totaling 67,719 square feet, including AIS, Decca Contract, Egan Visual, Global, Green Hides, Haworth, Krug, Nightingale Chair, Okamura Neutral Posture, Paoli, and Woodtronics.

MMPI has also reached agreements with eight new showroom tenants totaling 21,600 square feet, including Bush Business Furniture, CP Furniture Systems, Source International, and Wieland Healthcare. Boasting 125 mid-to -upper-end contract furnishings showrooms , The Mart is a critical channel by which manufacturers launch, display and sell innovative furniture and interior resources for corporate, hospitality, healthcare, retail, government, institutional and education environments. Products include systems furniture, flooring, ceiling systems, casegoods, lighting, seating, tile, technology, textiles and architectural products.
The Mart welcomes 38,500 people each business day and millions of people each year. Visitors frequent The Mart’s retail shops and restaurants, LuxeHome kitchen and bath boutiques, 11 floors of permanent showrooms for gift, home, outdoor and commercial furnishings, 15 major trade and consumer shows as well as hundreds of meetings and special events.   The National Exposition of Contract Furnishings (NeoCon), scheduled for June 11-13, 2012, is North America's largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, providing architecture and design professionals with more than 120 CEU-accredited seminars and association forums, top-notch keynote speakers. NeoCon attendees discover thousands of innovative products and resources for corporate, hospitality, healthcare, retail, government, institutional and residential interiors from more than 525 showrooms and exhibitors.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Tracey Glover launched three new lighting designs in entirely customizable format. The lighting designs consist of a chandelier and two sconces. The Silver Lining chandelier is a sculptural lighting fixture with hand-blown glass elements suspended on nine individual stainless steel cable strands. The nine illuminated glass diffusers are interspersed with non-illuminated spheres. Metal canopy is available as square, circle or rectangle, in choice of six finishes.

The two sconces Blackburn and Wickford too are made of hand-blown glass. In Blackburn a glass diffuser is suspended from a cantilevered post attached to a metal backplate. A handblown glass cylinder floats before a rectangular metal backplate in Wockford.

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Monday, May 21, 2012


The-Collection.US will be teaming up with Bruehl furniture designer to bring a select set of pieces to our customers. The-Collection.US is proud of its new relationship with Bruehl furniture, and will invite all of our customers to browse the fine pieces that will soon be available. Whether you are looking for a single piece of furniture to complement an existing room or planning to decorate an entire house, we are confident you will find just what you are looking for in the new Bruehl line of...


Saturday, May 19, 2012


April 26 marks the celebration of World Intellectual Property Day, a day in honor of visionary innovators and designers who have come above the ordinary to create something new. Every year intellectual property (IP) Offices and associations, across the world organize numerousactivities on the day to educate and create greater understanding about the role of intellectual property. World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO Director General Francis Gurry describes intellectual property as an...


Friday, May 18, 2012


Art Van Furniture executives gathered at Woodward Avenue on May 15 for a ceremonial ground breaking of the furniture store's design center, Scott Shuptrine Interiors. The expansion of the Royal Oak store transformed a large portion of the parking structure into a magnificent Scott Shuptrine Interiors showplace. It featured an amazing grand staircase, sculptural ceiling and dozens of elegant, over-the-top amenities to assure a pleasurable, first-class shopping experience. In addition to the...


Thursday, May 17, 2012


Imports are forecast to continue increasing their dominance within the US market. In the five years to 2017, IBISWorld forecasts revenue of US Outdoor Manufacture will decrease. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Outdoor Furniture Manufacturing industry to its growing industry report collection. To the first point, imports are expected to account for an estimated 90.4% of domestic demand.Overseas manufacturers, particularly in Asian nations like China...


Wednesday, May 16, 2012



Designing and innovation goes hand in hand and perhaps Emiliano Godoy, the Mexico based industrial designer knows it best. His designs make us think and renew the production and consumption structures as he brings along a new wave in the designing industry. He paves the way to change the  unsustainable patterns of product development into sustainable innovation process.
A professional Industrial designer from Pratt Institute’s graduate program (New York, 2004), with a BA degree in industrial design from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City, 1997) and furniture design studies from the Danish Design School (2003), Emiliano Godoy  runs his own design firm Godoylab. He considers his laboratory as a place for practice, observation and testing and invites all to visit there as he believes only together we can device solutions that are market appropriate, manufacturing adequate, technologically advanced, environmentally responsible, aesthetically innovative and future friendly.
He terms design as an intellectual activity that defines objects, images and spaces, socially responsible, environmentally sustainable, symbolically pertinent, functionally effective and economically viable.  To him, object is an active character that interacts with all the social, economic and environmental mechanisms of culture. Thus, designs are not paralyzed in time and are isolated from their surroundings and independent from interpretations. 
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012


WebCollage Inc., the industry-leader in publishing rich product information to retailer websites announced that it has broadened into the Furniture Category in an agreement with Bush Industries, Inc. which offers ready-to-assemble furniture designed for office and home. Thousands of manufacturers and major retailers rely on WebCollage for detail rich online product descriptions including videos, tours, images and text. WebCollage manages real-time, automatic content updates across a network...


Monday, May 14, 2012


The main goal of 14th Abimad which is scheduled on July 25-28,2012 is to showcase the leading proposals, trends and exclusive new features within the luxury furniture and home decor sector. Split into two annual editions – one during summer, at the beginning of the year, and the other in winter, in July , Abimad is already considered traditional in the agenda of events staged in the São Paulo capital. With a mix of products that includes furniture and decorative objects, the exhibition...


Saturday, May 12, 2012


The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) issued a statement regarding the Connecticut General Assembly’s decision to adjourn for the year without passing used mattress recycling legislation. According to ISPA, collecting, dismantling and recycling discarded used mattresses can be a complicated process. After inferring the fundamental practical problems that a new statewide system may encounter, the Connecticut legislature decided not to enact a mandatory used mattress recycling...


Friday, May 11, 2012


Leather Creations has grown to be a respected custom leather furniture manufacturer with four retail stores, a manufacturing plant in Atlanta, and two retail stores in Chicago. Profile magazine is a print and digital publication that identifies and promotes innovation in prominent American industries. Their in-depth editorial chronicles the ideas that reshape markets in every sector of the economy. As a media advocate for both the established and the cutting edge, Profile provides a unique forum...


Thursday, May 10, 2012


While May 13 is being celebrated as Mother's Day, one furniture seller is creating a stir about another celebration: Tulip Day. Tulip mania in one form or another has been around since the 1600s, but the recent petal uprising has generated a proliferation of festivals devoted solely to the tulip. The famed Canadian National Tulip Festival in Ottowa is celebrating their 60th year this week; while the Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan has been running since 1929. What has troubled...


Wednesday, May 09, 2012


CompX International Inc. announced sales of $35.5 million for the first quarter of 2012 compared to $34.8 million in the same period of 2011. Operating income was $2.9 million in the first quarter of 2012 compared to $8.8 million in the same period of 2011. Net income for the first quarter of 2012 was $1.5 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to $4.0 million, or $0.32 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2011. Net sales increased in 2012 principally due to $1.1 million in new sales...


Tuesday, May 08, 2012


Furniture Brands International announced that Vance Johnston has been appointed to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective on and from May 18, 2012. Johnston will assume responsibilities from Steven Rolls, Furniture Brands’ current Chief Financial Officer. Johnston joined Furniture Brands in March 2010 and has since served as Senior Vice President, Growth and Transformation. He started his career at KPMG Peat Marwick and held corporate strategy roles...



ECi Software Solutions, a leader in industry-specific information technology solutions is available as a cloud-based solution, increasing accessibility to an industry-leading ERP solution for small and medium-sized businesses by reducing the cost and implementation time. As a 100-percent hosted solution, it does not require investment in an onsite server, which also eliminates the costs associated with server maintenance. Cloud-based solutions are also easier to implement, and so a business is...


Monday, May 07, 2012


Ashley Furniture is with hottest colour trends for 2012-13. As a furniture manufacturer, the largest in the United States, Ashley Furniture HomeStore is with a new hue. Ashley Furniture HomeStore's 2012-13 color trends reflect a little of all of that. They reveal something else, too. Consumer color tastes are getting more sophisticated. Even neutral hues are moving beyond beige, gray and taupe to hues with complex undertones. Some of the trendy colours are: • Linen - The trend to...


Saturday, May 05, 2012


Coles Furniture Store in Mount Morris has been closed after 62 years. Lisa Cole, co-owner of Coles Furniture Store on North Dort Highway in Mt. Morris commented that financial realities struck for the business earlier this year. The store that sat at 9212 N. Dort Highway east of Frances Road for 62 years will now close permanently. The doors of the store closed to business last week. All the remaining items are scheduled to be sold in an auction this weekend. The auction is scheduled from noon...


Friday, May 04, 2012


William Davies, President of Davies Office testified on behalf of the office furniture remanufacturing industry before a U.S International Trade Commission (USITC) hearing in Washington D.C. on February 28, 2012 (inv. no. 332-525). The hearing served as a supplement to the USITC study of the U.S. remanufacturing industry, Remanufactured Goods: An Overview of the U.S. and Global Industries, Marketing and Trade, to further evaluate U.S. remanufactured goods industries and markets, U.S. global trade...


Thursday, May 03, 2012

REHABMART.COM JOINRD WITH POPULAS TO OFFER ADA AND LEED FURNITURE A LARGER CONSUMER BASE, an online e-commerce company that sells rehabilitation and medical supplies, has joined into a distribution partnership with Populas Furniture to offer ergonomic, ADA compliant and LEED certified furniture to a larger consumer base. Formerly known as AD-AS (Accessible Designs--Adjustable Systems), Incorporated, Populas is headquartered in Boise, Idaho and all of their products are proudly made in the USA. They design and manufacture attractive, durable and adjustable ergonomic...


Wednesday, May 02, 2012


In a trend report, published in the July 2011 edition of Casual Living, more and more manufacturers and retailers have found themselves fielding questions from the consumer asking where the product was made and specifically asking for the Made in the USA tag. Reasons for this can be attributed to tough economic times, the desire to keep jobs in America, and the fact that American made has always brought with it a superior quality and long lasting durability. A year later, it would appear that...


Monday, April 30, 2012


High-end furniture at Flegel’s Home Furnishings and Design showrooms in Menlo Park and San Ramon will be discounted during the Bay Area furniture store’s annual May Sale, giving shoppers the chance to save up to 35% off regular prices for the entire month of May. Stunning furniture from Stickley, beautiful pieces by Baker, and interior design essentials from brands like Swaim, Councill, Hancock & Moore, and Milling Road will be on sale from May 1 to 31, 2012, right before the...


Saturday, April 28, 2012


Patrick Industries, Inc. , a major manufacturer and distributor of building and component products for the recreational vehicle (RV), manufactured housing (MH) and industrial markets,reported its financial results for the first quarter ended April 1, 2012. Net sales for the first quarter of 2012 were $102.7 million compared to $69.5 million in the same quarter of 2011, an increase of $33.2 million or 47.8%. The sales increase reflected a 57% increase in the Company's revenue from the RV...


Friday, April 27, 2012


Christopher Guy, world-renowned luxury furnishings brand and Creators of the World's Most Fabulous Furnishings, will celebrate the opening of a new flagship furniture showroom on May 5, 2012, in the heart of West Hollywood. Located at 8900 Beverly Blvd, this flagship destination will house a complete state-of-the-art experience in an extraordinary showroom presentation, aimed at capturing the essence of Los Angeles' famed lifestyle. The grand opening of the Christopher Guy West Hollywood...


Thursday, April 26, 2012


TAKKT Group's divisions began the new financial year with differing dynamics. TAKKT AMERICA benefited from the positive economic conditions, while TAKKT EUROPE felt the effects of the slowdown of the economic development in Europe. Overall, turnover increased by 4.4 percent and the EBITDA margin surpassed the very high previous level at 17.9 (2011: 17.1) percent due to lower advertising costs. For the current financial year, the TAKKT Management Board has reaffirmed its forecast for organic...


Wednesday, April 25, 2012


The Sustainable Furnishings Council has named Margaret Casey as its new President. Casey, currently a consultant for the Presidio Trust in San Francisco, helped to found the SFC and played a pivotal role in its growth. Previously the Director of Programming at World Market Center Las Vegas, “Margaret brings a seasoned appreciation of the business of the home furnishings industry coupled with an up-to date understanding of the environmental concerns of its customer base, “says Bob...



Art Van Furniture announced the hiring of Steve Caprario to the position of Vice President of Warehousing and Distribution. Caprario's responsibilities include all facets of Logistics, Central Services and Home Delivery. He is also in charge of Quality Assurance and Repair Center Operations. This is a huge job that includes managing our 1,000,000 square-foot warehouse along with 250 employees, over 200 trucks and efficient delivery of millions of dollars of inventory at any given time, explains...


Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Heartland Financial USA, Inc. reported net income of $12.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, which was an increase from the $4.2 million recorded for the first quarter of 2011. Net income available to common stockholders was $11.8 million, or $0.71 per diluted common share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, compared to $2.9 million, or $0.18 per diluted common share, for the first quarter of 2011. Return on average common equity was 17.27 percent and return on average assets was...


Monday, April 23, 2012


Ashley Furniture, a manufacturer and distributor of home furnishings, has planned to open a new manufacturing and distribution facility in Davie County. The announcement was made possible in part by a state Job Development Investment Grant and a One North Carolina Fund award, according to Gov. Bev Purdue's office. The company has grabbed up to $825,000 from the state's One North Carolina Fund. This fund assists the state in industry recruitment and expansion deemed by the governor to...


Saturday, April 21, 2012


Chromcraft Revington, Inc. reported its results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011. Sales for the fourth quarter of 2011 were $15.7 million or 19.0% higher than the prior quarter and 8.2% higher than the same period last year. The net loss for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $255,000, which was 75.5% lower than the prior quarter, marking the fourth consecutive quarter of reduced losses, and 90.5% lower than the loss in the same period in 2010. Residential furniture shipments...



Steelcase Inc. , a global leader in the office furniture industry, added two seasoned executives -- Uli Gwinner and Hamid Khorramian -- to its senior leadership team. Gwinner and Khorramian will report directly to president and CEO James P. Hackett, overseeing key aspects of the company's global strategy. Prior to these changes, Gwinner and Khorramian reported to Mark Baker, senior vice president, global operations officer. Mark has played a major role in Steelcase's lean journey and...


Friday, April 20, 2012


Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) and the nonprofit Conservation Fund have joined forces to back Fern Studios with a $7,500 loan, intended to foster the company's vision for creating hand-crafted artisan furniture made from sustainably sourced American hardwoods. Programs like Kiva popularized the concept of microloans for global entrepreneurs, but small green businesses in the U.S. are still significantly underfunded. That's where The Conservation Fund's newest loan program, ShadeFund(TM),...



Furniture Brands International announced that it will be releasing its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 before the market opens on May 3, 2012. A conference call to discuss the results will be held at 7:30 am Central Time on May 3, 2012. The conference call will be webcast and can be accessed via the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at .


Thursday, April 19, 2012


The leading fair of the furniture sector in Latin America, Movelsul Brasil, broke away from some paradigms in its 18th edition, with the help of to two major changes that have produced results beyond expectations: the segmentation of exhibitors by product type and its positioning as the first furniture fair intended for the consumer market of the new Brazilian middle class. From March 26-30, 2012, 38,148,000 visitors attended the show at Parque de Eventos in Bento Gonçalves (RS), including...


Wednesday, April 18, 2012


To celebrate Market Week, the High Point Market Authority has brought back the tradition of a commemorative poster. The Market Authority will produce a new commemorative poster each April and October. The Discovery poster’s design showcases hundreds of photos that depict the High Point Market’s breadth of product, the tens of thousands of buyers who attend Market, and the social media and press coverage about the show itself. The limited-edition Discovery poster will be presented...



Stanley Furniture Company reported sales and operating results for the first quarter of 2012. Highlights from the first quarter of 2012 include: -- Net sales were $26.8 million, a 0.8% increase compared to the first quarter of 2011 and an 8.7% increase on a sequential quarter basis. -- Gross margin improved to 13.4% of net sales compared to 6.4% in the first quarter of 2011. -- Selling, general and administrative expenses were $4.6 million (17.1% of net sales) compared to $5.1 million (19.3%)...



Hooker Furniture has named Matt Cowan to the position of Vice President--Special Accounts. Since 1990, Cowan has been a sales representative for Hooker in Northern Texas and Oklahoma. He has been a professional sales representative in the furniture industry since 1983, beginning with Riverside and then Universal before joining Hooker. The development of key accounts is an important part of our business today and will be a vital part of our growth going forward, said Alan Cole, president of...


Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Brandwise has announced that Arteriors will debut its new VMi iPad sales app at the High Point Market. VMi, or “Visual Merchandiser for iPad,” is the latest platform extension of the Visual Merchandiser tool, making it the only hardware-independent order capture tool on the market – meaning it can be used on any laptop, tablet, PC or iPad. With VMi reps can quickly and easily create high-impact, striking visual sales orders on the iPad. It seamlessly integrates with any existing...



Stanley Furniture Company planned to consolidate its High Point, N.C. showroom and corporate offices into a newly remodeled 60,000 square foot space at 200 North Hamilton Street in downtown High Point early next year. A $4 million investment in the new space, to be completed by High Point's Spring 2013 Market, will be partially funded by both the City of High Point and Guilford County, as well as the State of North Carolina. The investment is also a joint effort in partnership with International...


Monday, April 16, 2012

Modern Line Furniture to exhibit at the upcoming National Restaurant Association

Modern Line Furniture is excited to exhibit at the upcoming National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show on May 5-8 at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL.

The NRA Show is one of the most celebrated restaurant and hospitality shows in the world drawing in over 58,000 industry professionals from all 50 states and over 100 countries. Exhibitors represent over 900 product categories including but not limited to Beverage, Equipment, Food, Furniture/décor, Lodging, Paper, plastics and supplies, Services, Tableware, Linens, Technology and Entertainment and Uniforms.

Exhibiting at booth #457 Modern Line Furniture will be displaying products that are not only functional but also visually appealing. On display will be the new Model Sierra (pictured below). This tall-back modular booth collection features interchangeable, tufted style exposed back panels for a clean, sophisticated look when utilized in an open-concept dining or hospitality environment. The smooth touch of the leather seat combined with the generous width of each seating component exemplifies a new standard in dining comfort. Comprised of two modular components, a corner piece and an armless chair, Sierra is assured to meet needs of both a modern, contemporary designed environment as well as a functional, exclusive dining experience for patrons.

In addition to Model Sierra, Modern Line Furniture will also be displaying DejaVu Chairs, Diana Dining Table and Bench, C84 Dining Table, C80 Bar Table and the new 179 Bar Stools. This is the debut of Model 179 Bar Stools. These commercial grade modern bar stools are manufactured from high quality steel supporting up to 300 pounds for safe operations in commercial venues. Removable backs and adjustable heights with a 360 degree swivel, makes these bar stools a must have. Choose for an array of leather colors to match your establishment.


Friday, April 13, 2012


Leggett & Platt, Inc., a diversified manufacturer of engineered products serving several major markets, will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss first quarter results on Friday, April 27, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. Central Time). Leggett & Platt is the leading U.S. manufacturer of: a) components for residential furniture and bedding; b) carpet underlay; c) adjustable bed bases; d) components for office furniture; e) drawn steel wire; f) thin wall, large diameter,...


Thursday, April 12, 2012


Hooker Furniture reported net sales of $222.5 million and a net income of $5.1 million, or $0.47 per share, for its fifty-two week fiscal year ended January 29, 2012. Annual net sales increased by $7.1 million, or 3.3%, and net income increased 56.1% compared to last year. Earnings per share were $0.47 compared to $0.30 for the prior year. All things considered, we had a very good year, said Paul B. Toms Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. Progress in many areas of our operations this...


Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Randy Wells has been named to the newly created position of vice president of marketing and brand development for Stanley Furniture Co. In his role, Wells will oversee the development and reach of the company's Stanley brand. Wells reports to Glenn Prillaman , president and CEO. Wells' appointment marks the completion of an executive team that is responsible for the development, design, overseas manufacturing and logistical support of the company’s adult product lines. Leading...


Tuesday, April 10, 2012


The newest interior design trends are invoking a playful vibe into rooms by mixing and matching different styles for an eclectic, fun look. According to ELLE Decor, home decorating is shifting toward a more theatrical and eclectic decorating style highlighting richer colors, layers of textures and patterns and a fusion of time periods, styles and atmosphere. Homeowners who want to express their own unique style can blend a mix of traditional and contemporary elements, says Erinn Valencich, L.A.-based...


Monday, April 09, 2012


Ashley Furniture HomeStore announced the launch of its new design-focused boards on Pinterest, which will showcase images that celebrate its fans' interests and inspire their lives. Pinterest is a popular social media site -- a virtual pinboard -- that allows people to collect and share images on the web, including home décor, design and lifestyle ideas, says Kris Woodcock, VP of Merchandising. We're excited to join this online community because it's yet another avenue for...


Friday, April 06, 2012


BBI International’s Pellet Mill Magazine has completed its 2012 U.S. & Canada Pellet Mill Map, which contains data pertaining to more than 170 fuel pellet production facilities operational, idle, under construction or proposed. In the U.S., Pellet Mill Magazine editors confirmed the status of 134 pellet plants, four of which are currently idle with a combined capacity of 172,000 tons. Three plants are currently under construction with a combined capacity of 589,000 tons, and thirteen...



Rug Pad Corner announced that it manufactures and has added Dura-Grip furniture grippers and floor protectors to its line of quality floor pads. Rug Pad Corner, the nation's online source for quality rug pads, announces the addition of its newest product, Dura-Grip furniture gripper. Dura-Grip is a furniture floor pad that is meant to prevent furniture from slipping on all floors as well as to protect floors from furniture damage. Rug Pad Corner offers Dura-Grip furniture grippers and floor...



The Ottawa collection with extendable dining table concept, by Karin Rashid for BoConcept, constitutes a dining table, sideboard, storage unit, dining chairs and lighting. The collection has been named Ottawa after the city where he studied industrial design 30 years ago.


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Thursday, April 05, 2012


The market week at High Point beginning April 21 and extending till 26 will be a showcase on trends reigning the design scenario in the upcoming edition. High Point Market is the largest furnishings destination in America which never fails to serve the trend updated revelers at his show. This season colors seem to be defining the style of the interiors. Julieann Covino of the Jace Interiors in an article of High Point Market declared yellow as the color of the season. She wrote: “It's...


Wednesday, April 04, 2012

PLANEfurniture by Michael Boyd

PLANEfurniture by Michael Boyd

This collection by Michael Boyd, who apart from designing has a flair for writing and painting as well, will be exhibited at the Edward Cella Art + Architecture from April 28 to June 2. In this collection the designer has reinterpreted modernist principals of function and form. The chair, tables and desk in the collection have been fused with new forms and rationality making it timeless. The collection consists four series namely; ROD, WEDGE, PLANK and BLOCK.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2012


Very few designers have the ability to satisfy one’s dream of decorating the residence and workplace perfect. Jamie Drake is one such name. The architect of some of the country’s most glamorous spaces, this New York-based designer believes and manifests the truth that the best décor expresses one’s personality and place. Known for his exuberant color sense and eyes for perfection, his practical approach to planning, with equal talent in traditional and modern styles,...



The recession of the 2008-09 had had great effect on the building and interiors industry, sums ASID (American Society of Interiors Designers) in its report “Interior Design- In The New Economy”. The mantra “think mean, lean and green” replaced the previous decorum in design industry which yearned opulence. Focus was now consigned on revenue by adopting cost cutting measures and using ecologically sourced and safe materials. The design industry which had creativity ruling...


Saturday, March 31, 2012


Art Van Furniture will sponsor a massive job fair that includes dozens of major Michigan employers, such as Compuware, DTE Energy, Ford Motor Company, Oakwood Healthcare and Wayne State University. Organized by the American Society of Employers, the event will take place on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. For these brave men and women who have given so much, we owe a great debt of gratitude, and an opportunity to have a job to help them return to civilian life, says Kim Yost, CEO of Art Van Furniture....


Friday, March 30, 2012


In anticipation of their 4-year anniversary, home furniture e-retailer announced that their entire patio furniture collection can now be customized. By giving their customers the option to change both the rattan color, and seat cushion color, the site has clearly upped the ante in the market. As explained by their Founder & CEO Brent Gensler: It has become very clear to us that people want customized solutions for their home. We have had tremendous success by providing this...



Mor Furniture for Less, a prominent home furniture retailer in the Pacific Northwest since 1983 is expanding its furniture store offering with a new Lynnwood location. The new Seattle area furniture store is now the company's 24th showroom and joins its largest in Kent, Washington. This is currently the second furniture store in the Seattle market for Mor Furniture for Less and joins others throughout Washington and Oregon, in service for nearly 30 years. The company's first bedroom...


Thursday, March 29, 2012


In order to automate and expedite content gathering for their vast product catalog, Number1Direct decided to move away from off-shore third parties in favor of blosm. With 40,000 SKUs coming in from various manufacturers across several industries, gathering and inputting the necessary amounts of data was rather laborious and time consuming. In order to get things running more smoothly, Steve tasked Jeff Minor, CIO & CTO with overseeing the project. As Jeff recalls, “we tried manually...



With almost 200 exhibitors from 62 countries, the nearly 3,200 mattress industry participants that attended the International Sleep Products Association’s (ISPA) EXPO 2012 experienced the latest in machinery, components, services and technology at this leading biennial event. Held March 14-17 in Indianapolis, ISPA EXPO also featured nearly 60 first-time exhibitors. Jerry Pratt, president of Creative Ticking noted, “ISPA opens doors to the opportunities available in the industry and...


Wednesday, March 28, 2012


National Business Furniture (NBF) has made a diverse and extensive grouping of healthcare furniture products available through Attainia, a recognized resource for the planning and development of healthcare facilities. Architects, planners and designers use Attainia’s web-based software program to plan, allocate funds and oversee capital installations in hospitals and medical facilities. The software integrates with CAD programs used in facility design, allowing budget-impacting decisions...


Friday, March 23, 2012


Hertz Furniture, leading school furniture supplier, attended the 66th Annual Conference for the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO). TASBO is a non-profit professional association offering many essential services to its 5,550 members. As conference participants, Hertz Furniture representatives, including Houston area rep Daniel Goldfine, West Texas rep Shane Ronay, and Eastern Texas rep Gabriel Schwartz, were able to interact personally with current and future customers at...


Thursday, March 22, 2012


TAKKT Group continued on its growth course in 2011. By acquiring the US direct marketing company for display products, TAKKT further expands its US portfolio and significantly strengthens its e-commerce competence. 2011 financial facts : • Organic turnover growth of 7.3 percent • Gross profit margin improves to 43.3 percent • Share of online turnover exceeds twenty percent for the first time • At 14.2 percent, EBITDA margin reaches the upper third of the target corridor...


Wednesday, March 21, 2012


A national survey of used office furniture dealers conducted by, the largest on-line source for new and used office furniture, revealed a number of interesting trends and facts of the state of the industry. The results were extremely positive. Over 81% of respondents said their 2011 business was higher than 2010. The dealers are also optimistic about 2012. Over 75% of respondents said they are expecting a better year than 2011. With the 1st quarter of 2012 coming to a close,...



Miami based Pavilion Furniture was recently visited by U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson. Pavilion was chosen and praised based on its success as a manufacturer of U.S. product and its initiatives in selling U.S. product to the world market. Pavilion has just completed trips to both Panama and Hong Kong in which they worked closely with the U.S. Department of Commerce to establish new contacts to support export opportunities in those regions. Secretary Bryson spoke of recent initiatives...



Everywhere there were pastels in the High Point Market. The light and airy appeal of the colors may have first graced the runway, but home lines are following suit to bring a vibrant, yet graceful air to interiors. In fact, many designers have already been infusing pastels into their work, including several rooms at last year’s Hampton Showhouse. The two colors, Sweet Lilac and Tangerine Tango, were a part of Pantone's Spring 2012 Fashion Color Report. Tangerine Tango is the bold and...



World Market Center Las Vegas announced that ELK Group International, a home furnishings leader made up of eleven brands including the recently announced partnership with HGTV, will expand its presence at Las Vegas Market and relocate to a larger showroom as it gears up for Summer 2012 Las Vegas Market, July 30 – August 3, 2012. The company is transitioning from a 1,336 square-foot showroom located in Building A, Suite 347 and a 2,926 square foot showroom in Building A, Suite 455 to a 10,176-square-foot...


Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Alfred Sharp, president of The Furniture Society announced five winners of the 2012 Furniture Society-Powermatic Student Workshop Scholarship. These workshop scholarships are awarded annually to enrich the hands-on education of creative students of furniture design. Scholarship recipients were selected by a committee consisting of John Dennison, past conference co-chair, North Saanich, BC; Barry Schwaiger from Powermatic, LaVergne, TN; and Miguel Gomez-Ibanez, former Furniture Society president,...



Jenn-Air is going to have its largest presence ever at the upcoming Architectural Digest Home Design Show, scheduled for March 22-25,2012 at Pier 94 in Manhattan. In addition to doubling its display area for this 11th edition of the show, Jenn-Air is launching its new DesignVision iPhone application. The first-of-its-kind application lets users select Jenn-Air appliances and instantly see how they will look in their new kitchens. They can also choose finishes, take and share photos, and find...


Monday, March 19, 2012


Restaurant furniture supply company Fashion Seating is presenting its newly expanded collection of lounge furnishings to bar and club owners. Commercial furniture supplier Fashion Seating is presenting a new collection of sleek, swanky bar chairs designed for club, lounge, and hotel lobby settings. “No one understands better than Fashion Seating that it’s essential to have a diverse stock of restaurant and bar furnishings available, so club, lounge, bar, hotel, and restaurant owners...



Jaron’s Furniture Outlet, a discount furniture store offering quality furniture at affordable prices, is celebrating the grand opening of their Lumberton, NJ furniture store located at 1710 Route 38, at 11 a.m., Sunday, March 18, 2012 with special in-store sales and savings, celebrity guest appearances, giveaways, and more. “We are thrilled to be opening our second furniture store in New Jersey,” said Greg Jaron, founder and owner of Jaron’s Furniture Outlet. “Our...


Saturday, March 17, 2012


Steelcase launched a year-long celebration of its 100th anniversary, and its reinvention as a globally integrated enterprise, focused on the future of work. Looking ahead to the next 100 years, Steelcase is launching a celebration called 100 Dreams, 100 Minds, 100 Years as a dialog around the future and innovation necessary to support the changing world of work. Steelcase began its anniversary initiative by asking children from around the world to envision how people will live and work in the...



Art Van Furniture planned to help the tornado-stricken victims in Dexter to rebuild their lives with an exclusive furniture and mattress discount program. Art Van Furniture will offer tornado victims mattresses at cost and extend its employee purchase pricing. Guests will need to bring photos of damaged home or an insurance claim into an Art Van store. Their purchases will need to be approved by a store manager or sales manager and are good for a one time purchase only. This will also include...


Friday, March 16, 2012


Launching their latest national campaign to coincide with “May is Better Sleep Month,” the BSC is reaching out through traditional and new media to tell consumers that quality time with their mattresses is more important than they may think. “In our manic, overworked, overstressed, sleep-deprived world, people aren’t spending enough time with their mattresses, which means they’re falling asleep somewhere else,” says Karin Mahoney, communications director for...



Demand for LED lighting, estimated to hit $11 billion by 2015, is escalating as commercial property owners, retailers, automotive dealers, and others with large areas to light, seek reduced energy consumption, extended product life span, environmentally-friendly products and accurate color rendition. CCG LED Solutions, founded in 2010, counsels its clients on the right LED solutions to maximize a return on investment, while decreasing light energy costs and the environmental impact. The company...


Thursday, March 15, 2012


U.S. retail sales posted their largest gain in five months in February, with Americans feeling confident enough to buy more cars and other goods even as they paid more for gasoline. In the latest sign of improvement in the U.S. economy's prolonged recovery from the 2007-09 recession, sales rose 1.1 percent last month, the Commerce Department said on Tuesday, after a 0.6 percent increase in January. The sales gains were broad-based and numbers for previous months were revised higher, suggesting...


Tuesday, March 13, 2012


The US home furnishings store industry includes about 20,000 stores with combined annual revenues of about $25 billion. Major companies include Bed Bath & Beyond and Williams-Sonoma. The industry is concentrated: the 50 largest companies account for about 75 percent of industry revenue. Furniture stores and retailers of floor coverings are covered in separate industry profiles. Demand is driven by consumer income. Large companies compete through volume purchasing, breadth of products, and...


Monday, March 12, 2012


The 44th annual NeoCon, to be held June 11-13 at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, provides show attendees a full calendar of special events for networking and unwinding after navigating the largest contract furnishings show in North America. Following is a summary of scheduled special events featured throughout the show: SPECIAL EVENTS • DIFFA/Chicago Believe 2012 GardenGala Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile Designers, architects and design industry leaders will show their support...


Saturday, March 10, 2012


The research report titled “Outdoor Furniture: A US Market Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of the furniture market, impact of recession, current market trends, key growth drivers, recent industry activity, and profiles of major/niche global market participants. The report provides annual sales estimates and projections for the years 2009 through 2017 in value (US$) terms for the United States market. Key furniture materials analyzed...


Friday, March 09, 2012


Contemporary Italian furniture manufacturer Selene Furniture is pleased to announce the launch of their new Website The Canada-based Selene Furniture offers the best in custom and highly sought-after modern Italian design home furnishings to modern furniture Toronto buyers. Modern furniture Toronto buyers as well as fine furniture lovers the world over are immediately drawn to the sleek lines, design sensibilities and craftsmanship of Italian-made furniture. Their new Website...


Wednesday, March 07, 2012


Once again on the cutting-edge of technology and social media, the High Point Market has produced a unique interactive video to showcase a buyer’s discovery of the world’s largest home furnishings show and all that it has to offer. The Discovery Video puts a spotlight on the depth and breadth of the High Point Market and its reach around the world. As the buyer in the video learns more about the High Point Market, the viewer can interact with the video itself, discovering embedded...


Tuesday, March 06, 2012


Wholesale Furniture Brokers has added 4 gel mattresses, 3 gel mattress toppers, and 1 metal bed frame by Boyd Specialty Sleep to its online stores. Wholesale Furniture Brokers is introducing 8 mattress products by Boyd Specialty Sleep on its US and Canadian online stores. The eco-friendly gel mattresses are a step up from Boyd's original collection of memory foam mattresses. The gel memory foam offers a cooler sleep compared to traditional memory foam, says Matt Holmes, Wholesale Furniture...


Monday, March 05, 2012


GIA announces the release of a comprehensive US report on the Outdoor Furniture market. The US market for Outdoor Furniture is projected to exceed US$5.0 billion by the year 2017, spurred by changing consumer trends in the residential sector, economic revival, popularity of fashionable lifestyle products and higher disposable incomes. In addition, rising concept of outdoor living, particularly lavish outdoor living spaces with new materials, comfortable seating and elaborate lighting steers the...


Saturday, March 03, 2012


CompX International Inc. announced sales of $33.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to $32.3 million in the same period of 2010. Fourth quarter 2011 operating income increased primarily due to the increase in sales and lower litigation and facility consolidation expenses in 2011 partially offset by a less favorable product sales mix and higher raw material costs in 2011 compared to 2010. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $1.0 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared...


Friday, March 02, 2012


20-20 Technologies Inc., a specialist in 3D interior design and furniture manufacturing software, announced a strategic alliance with Interiorvista Decoracion Digital S.L. 20-20 will market and sell Interiorvista's applications worldwide with exclusivity in the United States and Canada as well as in the United Kingdom. The partnership will deliver a series of initiatives to enhance the sales activities of the design and furniture industries as well as the way their respective products are configured, presented and sold.

"The partnership with Interiorvista is an important step forward in 20-20's recently implemented partnership strategy," said Jean-François Grou, 20-20's Chief Executive Officer. "Interiorvista's leadership and expertise will allow 20-20 to serve our customers better by offering them the extended set of tools they need to engage consumers in an innovative and interactive manner. The added bonus is that our customers will also be able to use this technology to reduce their costs while leveraging their 20-20 catalog assets."

20-20 provides software solutions tailored specifically for the interior design and furniture industries that integrate all functions of the process, from design to manufacture, including a 3D space planning application. Interiorvista specializes in computer generated images (CGIs) and other interactive applications. By combining their respective technologies, 20-20 and Interiorvista can create an environment where kitchens, for example, can be visualized and accessed through a variety of formats including the web, mobile applications and interactive kiosks.

Other benefits of the partnership include the introduction of computer generated images (CGIs) to the interior design and furniture manufacturing industries. This partnership will enable 20-20 to introduce its customers to a new way of making catalogs and related marketing materials - by using lower cost photo-realistic CGIs instead of photography.

"This alliance will truly help Interiorvista add more value to our existing applications and will allow us to address new, untapped markets," said Enrique Pont, General Manager at Interiorvista.

Source: Canada News Wire

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


The High Point Market and the collaborative online community Decor Mentor are co-hosting two upcoming events for interior designers and retailers.

The first will be a global Twitter chat on Wednesday, March 14, at 6pm. Using the hashtag #hpmkt, the chat will feature Decor Mentor ambassador design professionals who will showcase and discuss new products, trends, and events for the upcoming High Point Market, April 21-26. 

Exhibitors who want to share their new product introductions or events are invited to send information and photos to before Monday, March 12. 

“The Twitter chat will be a fun way to preview the incredible products and collections that will debut in April,” says High Point Market Authority Vice President Cheminne Taylor-Smith. “Anyone interested in getting inside information and seeing early product shots is welcome to join in the chat.”

During the High Point Market, an interactive and educational installation titled ELEVATE will be located in the 3rd floor lobby of 220 Elm. Designed by Decor Mentor founder Lisa Ferguson, ELEVATE is an interactive installation that will allow design pros to post their business cards and take cards left by others in an exchange of expertise, encouragement, and inspiration. 

The ELEVATE wall will be launched on Saturday, April 21, with a cocktail event that begins at 4pm in 220 Elm, a co-host for the event, and the wall will be up through all six days of Market.

“We are so excited to offer a way for design pros to take their businesses to new heights,” says Lisa Ferguson. “Look for our mentors in their Tangerine Tango as they show you how to use the ELEVATE wall to find business contacts and to share information.”

Friday, February 24, 2012


CORT Event Furnishings, a leading event furniture, lighting and accessories rental company, announced collaborating with renowned event designer Richard Carbotti. CORT and Carbotti will celebrate the partnership with a Richard Carbotti-designed event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. on March 6.

“CORT furnishings have given life to my event designs for years and I was thrilled for the opportunity to officially partner with them,” said Richard Carbotti, event designer of Perfect Surroundings. “This event will celebrate the partnership and set a stylistic tone for the year by unveiling CORT’s new products that strategically align with my event trend predictions for 2012.”

Richard Carbotti and his sons Jordan and Evan bring more than 25 years of experience in the industry, along with experience from their design firm Perfect Surroundings, to this partnership.

 Guests at the event will experience CORT’s new Lounge22 product offerings which focus on trend setting designs such as the Odyssey barstool in black and white python and filigree patterns, along with the new Crescent cocktail table in gold alligator and python patterns offerings. Lounge22 Powered by CORT products are available nationwide.

In addition to the products revealed at this event, CORT recently introduced the versatile Blofield by CORT; a European designed air-filled seating collection available for rental in the U.S. exclusively from CORT.

 Other sponsoring event companies for the party include the Four Seasons Hotel, Swank Audio Visuals, Entertainment Exchange, Chuck Fazio Media, Capital Décor and Event, bbj art performance, U Take The Cake! and Impact Marketing & Events.

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Aaron's, Inc., a sales and lease ownership firm with specialty retailing of residential furniture, announced that the Board of Directors has elected interim CEO Ronald W. Allen as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. R. Charles Loudermilk, Sr., Chairman of the Board said, “Ron has been an active and vital member of our Board of Directors for 15 years. We are quite pleased with his commitment to daily involvement at Aaron's while offering his guidance and leadership...



The National Home Furnishings Association (NHFA) is forming an alliance with Web4Retail to provide complete Internet Marketing Services to NHFA members. The services include website development, search engine optimization, social media marketing, reputation management and email marketing. Members will select from a complete packaged offering or individual services. “Our membership has requested that we develop a program in conjunction with a provider to handle all aspects of internet marketing...


Wednesday, February 22, 2012


According to Robert Maricich, CEO of International Market Centers, the Winter Las Vegas Market of 2012 was the strongest in three years. Las Vegas Market officials reported significant increases in attendance by retailers, interior designers, and international buyers - especially those from Canada, Latin America and the Middle East. Compared to the winter market a year ago, 14% more companies were in attendance, and more than 4,000 buyers attended the Las Vegas Market for the first time. Compared...


Tuesday, February 21, 2012


The Midwest Furniture Show will again return to the Schaumburg Convention Center on September 6th and 7th. Ashley Furniture, Simply Amish, Corsicana Bedding, John Thomas Furniture and Brady Furniture are among the manufacturers and distributors that have already signed up for the show. The Club is currently taking deposits for the 2012 show and is beginning to work on the floor plan. “We are getting inquiries and requests from several manufacturers to begin the show sign-ups earlier this...


Saturday, February 18, 2012


For this year’s Neocon, which is to be held from June 11 to June 13 at Chicago’s famed Merchandise Mart, show organizers have lined up four incredible and informative keynote speakers including Richard M. Daley, former Mayor of the City of Chicago, Primo Orpilla, Principal of Studio O+A, Gary Lee, Principal of Gary Lee Partners, and Ian Schrager of Ian Schrager Company. Keynote programs are free to attend, open to trade professionals only, and merit 0.1 CEU credit. Richard M. Daley...


Friday, February 17, 2012


The world of design is constantly evolving, and retailers are eager to discover that next big thing. This year High Point Market brings new twists on old ideas and motifs, updated according to new inspiration. For 2012, ethnic embellishments abound, oversized botanicals are in bloom, metallics make their mark on all things home decor and bold graphic patterns make furnishings come alive. Specifically, four trends will be there at the High Point Market 2012 to dazzle the visitors with contemporary...



KBIS 2012 is going to be the ultimate Kitchen & Bath destination, 300,000+ net square feet of easy-to-navigate exhibits that are literally sparkling with the freshest designs, products and technology from 500 leading manufacturers and suppliers. Keynote Speaker Candice Olson and many more exciting conference sessions, including David Lupberger on Effective Communication as a Remodeler, Karl Champley on Transforming Wasted Spaces, and Sally Hogshead will present Fascinate/Influence/Engage...

Read More "ROCKING KBIS 2012"

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Innovative direct marketing executive, Jeff Horowitz, has been named to the furniture industry board, known as the Greater Metropolitan Furnishings Association (GMFA). Jeff Horowitz, president and CEO of LS Direct Marketing, will be part of the GMFA's newly created Board of Directors. Jeff will serve the board as part of their membership committee. Jeff Horowitz brings both retail experience and marketing expertise to the board. He served ten (10) years as the Vice President of Suffern Fine...



The furniture market operates in close call with the housing industry which was severely affected by the economic downturn. Despite the recovery, growth remains unstable as customer confidence continues to waver in view of the volatile economic environment in Europe, soaring gasoline costs and subdued employment rates. With no significant increase in personal incomes or in sale of homes, the furniture market is yet to pick up pace. Faced with declining margins and intensely competitive conditions,...


Wednesday, February 15, 2012


The wood decors, Swiss Elm and Lancelot C were exhibited at the ZOW 2012 to represent the RENOLIT exhibition motto Let's move!. They not only graced the front and tops of two chests of drawers but also the walls behind them. Furniture and walls thus blended into one another and demonstrated the quality and application opportunities of high-quality, decorative surfaces. One of this year’s innovations included the deep-pore embossing effect “Okasha” which allows the viewer...


Monday, February 13, 2012


Villa Tugendhat, the Modernist masterpiece by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the Czech Republic, will reopen to the public on March 6, 2012 after a two-year restoration. Villa Tugendhat in Brno, Czech Republic opens to the public March 6, 2012 and is located at Černopolní 237/45 613 00 Brno-Černá Pole, Česká republika. Brno has an international airport and is also accessible by train, bus or car from Prague, about 200 miles away. In 2001, the United Nations...


Saturday, February 11, 2012


Knoll has agreed to acquire Richard Schultz Design, Inc., the designer and manufacturer of outdoor furniture for the residential, hospitality and contract office furniture markets. The acquisition is expected to close on or about March 1. Andrew B. Cogan, Knoll CEO, said, The acquisition of Richard Schultz reflects our ongoing interest in remixing our business with high design, high margin specialty offerings which appeal to both commercial buyers and consumers worldwide. The Company, which...



Belfort Furniture in Dulles, Virginia, led by Mike Huber, and Lawrance Furniture in San Diego, California, led by Howard Haimsohn, are National Home Furnishings Association’s Retailers of the Year for 2012. NHFA’s prestigious Retailer of the Year Awards are presented annually at the Spring High Point Market Furniture Industry Awards Gala. This year’s Gala will be held on Monday, April 23, at 6:00 p.m. in the IHFC Ballroom, 11th Floor, Green Wing. Mike was elected to the...


Friday, February 10, 2012


About three out of four home furnishings companies that use outside carriers for product handling and delivery have chosen a specialized furniture carrier rather than a general commodities carrier, according to an independent study conducted by North Carolina State University. Companies using specialized furniture carriers said they value these companies' services for their furniture handling expertise, personalized service and support for the furniture industry, according to the study....


Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Janette Ewen on Canadian Furniture Industry

Janette Ewen the celebrity décor and lifestyle expert, born in Oakville, Ontario now lives in Toronto, Ont., Canada. After working in a number of magazines Ewen moved to television. Currently working as a co-host with Ty Pennington on Inside the Box, Ewen can rightly be described as the spokesperson for Canadian furniture industry.

FAW: You have worked on almost all the modes of media, which one for you is the most comfortable and according to you apt for the furniture and design industry?

Janette Ewen:I love working on TV, I feel like I can really connect to my viewer and bring my spaces to life. I like to bring a personal style to my designs and being able to talk “real time” about those designs and the furniture and manufactures I work with, just feels so natural and honest.

FAW: ‘Celebrity designer’ – how does it work for the industry?

JE:Ha! I’m still a little uncomfortable with that title or term. I think it applies to any of us who have translated our designs to TV and really reached a larger audience. I think it’s good for the industry on a whole as it draws awareness to the world of design and the importance of things we value, in my case that includes Quality Canadian Furniture.

FAW: Your take on the Canadian furniture.

JE: I love Canadian furniture, the designers and manufacturers. I work a lot with them and there is such a level of quality, care and sincere craftsmanship, it’s so rare to find that. I love the originality of the designs; it’s a beautiful blend of North American design and European style.

FAW: How do you think the Canadian designers and manufacturers can keep up with the rapidly changing international design parameters?

JE:I think they can keep up and raise the bar through their quality, eye for detail and use of unique materials. I think that Canadian manufacturers are so committed to creating a quality product with strong design lines that their work really speaks for itself, it doesn’t need to compete, it just quietly stands above.

FAW: You’ve mentioned in your blog that your design Muse is your perspective of the world. What have attracted you recently?

JE: Lately I am so inspired by landscapes, especially on the west coast and in rural California. This past summer, I was lucky enough to have a friend take me to so many amazing places throughout California (Big Sur, Yosemite, San Luis Obispo) my friend was like a personal tour guide, showing me amazing rugged landscapes, breathtaking vistas... It refreshed my love of nature, the outdoors and the importance it plays in design (as a reference and inspiration). As I get older I realize more and more that people, their experiences and their wiliness to share their passions with me are what inspire me and fuel my creativity. I think dynamic people are becoming my muses…

FAWShare your trend predictions for the season.

JE: My top trend for the season, rural-rustic cowboy style, byzantine glamour (super over the top), Sahara-desert inspired color schemes, 1920’s lounge (think of a prohibition era speakeasies), an overall Hitchcock-mood in living spaces, geometric patterns (very pop, 1960’s).


Ashley Furniture Home Store has updated on tricks that would help use the fiery color, red in an interior that does not make it look overboard. Kris Woodcock, VP of merchandising explained that when red is used in the right way, it summons people into a room rather than overwhelming them. He suggests pairing this color with other colors that can help create an array of different looks, from sophisticated and chic, to earthy to playful. Ashley Furniture HomeStore has created four red-hot color...


Saturday, February 04, 2012


A QR code or Quick Response code is a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) first designed for the automotive industry. Recently, the system has become more popular than ever. It has almost become obvious in all the brochures and advertisement materials (print/digital) even in our industry. The technology has become widely popular in Asia and gaining momentum in USA and European countries as well. QR codes are now used over a much wider range of applications, including commercial tracking, entertainment and transport ticketing, product marketing and in-store product labeling. 
Created by Toyota subsidiary Denso Wave in 1994 to track vehicles during the manufacturing process, the QR code is one of the most popular types of two-dimensional barcodes. It was designed to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed. 
The information encoded can be made up of four standardized kinds of data (numeric, alphanumeric, byte/binary, Kanji), or by supported extensions virtually any kind of data.

Read the latest issue of Furniture & Accessories USA to know more about QR code and its ramifications in the furniture industry

Thursday, February 02, 2012


Brazil holds an important podium in the furniture industry today. It is the main producer and exporter in the Latin America region and contributes to 2% of overall global production. Movelsul Brazil 2010, the largest trade fair in Latin America announced a record breaking pending sales of US$300 million. The fair, held in Bento Goncalves, a city in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, had attracted 34,100 visitors from over 60 countries from all the corners of the world. Production in the Brazilian...


Wednesday, February 01, 2012


Charles and Ray Eames have their names glorified in the history of architecture and furniture design industry for their timeless and revolutionary contribution to the field. Charles, an architect and Ray, a painter are the creators of some of the most iconic furniture designs in the world and also hold recognition for their remarkable work in graphic designing, industrial designing and films. Even decades after their death and significant industrial and technological development their works continue...


Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Footprints of technology are electronic waste which has found its way into the interiors but with a whole new refurbished outlook. Chilean designer, Rodrigo Alonso has developed an innovating outlet which does get rid of the waste by incorporating it into creation of N+ew which is a stool, sculpture and installation enrolled into one. N+ew is the abbreviation for No More Electronic Waste and it created by filling the base for the piece with chunks of electronic waste, epoxic resin and melted aluminum.

Each piece utilizes various sorts of electronic wastes such as multi-colored cables, keyboards, motherboards, CDs, circuit boards, computer components and other e-stuff that lie unused in the trash zone. Rodrigo masses these trashes into a cubic mold and fill it with epoxy resin and melted recycled aluminum which binds the components together. The piece is further polished to attain a high-gloss finish.

Monday, January 30, 2012



Making kid’s furniture is no child’s play. Each piece has to be crafted to be health-friendly and unconditionally safe. Moreover, design must possess elements to catch children’s fancy and accommodate in their Utopian world. Kids’ furniture goes through rigorous treatment with intensely active life of a child revolving around studies, crafts, games and sports. Furniture for kids, often, switches roles between a toy and prop besides, its original utility.

Designed to Develop

A kid’s place is a den of creativity and the furniture adorning the rooms must be complimentary to their flow of ideas. The designers are not hounded by limitations barring them from stepping into the by lanes of imagination, a child’s world is a gamut between reality and supposition. This space can be discerned for its individuality, characteristic of the child’s activities and interests.

Get to know about the sector in the pilot issue of our magazine.


Renowned lighting designers these days prefer to work with LEDs including the organic LEDs. For most of them, LED is the future. Some of the greatest artisans spoke to us on LEDs. Wait for our upcoming issue of Furniture & Accessories USA where renowned designers and experts share their ideas about LEDs and other sources of lighting and the latest astonishing designs from the industry.

McClellan, Peter Raynham, Rogier Van der Heide are some of the lighting wizards who will be cited in our magazine. Wait for the pilot issue of the magazine.


Design that exudes class and craft, occupies one’s mind through eternity. Christopher Guy has carved an illustrious name for himself, pursuing his unique design concept that transcends modernity and traditional limitations to achieve a style that is cosmopolitan and timeless. Born in Britain, brought up in Spain and France Christopher Guy Harrison is currently based in Singapore. His multi- national background emanates the quintessential stroke in his creations, a blend of exoticism and...



One of the most celebrated thing in the world, it expresses joviality, it portrays life, without it you don’t really like to live; we are talking about colors. Color plays on the psyche of the consumer, to personalize the piece of furniture in one’s room, a suitable color is the most crucial. When most of the trend forecasters around the world are having a tough time to analyze the trend in demand every season, we have Mark Woodman to tell us what’s in a color! Mark...