HIGH POINT — When suppliers open the doors to their Showtime showrooms here on Sunday, many will be introducing fabric lines with a strong hand-crafted aesthetic. Reminiscent of textiles found in global bazaars or created using centuries-old techniques, these artisanal fabrics are an important option for upholstery suppliers trying to address consumer demand for customization.
— Cindy W. Hodnett
If judged by furniture styles, cuddling is a favorite recreational activity.
Numerous showrooms at the October High Point Market featured cuddle chairs - large, comfortable models perfect for snuggling in front of the television or while sharing reading time. Also referred to as a chair and a half, the cuddle chairs are made for leisurely lounging. - Cindy W. Hodnett
It's often said that there's nothing new under the sun, but there were some intriguing new product introductions revealed at the October High Point Market.
Sectionals aren't just for the casual family room setting anymore. Introductions here are streamlined, chunky, neutral and vibrant and all things in between.
They are appropriately called accents.Although diverse in style, accent chairs are the ideal punctuation mark to create excitement at market and on retail floors.
TUPELO, Miss. — Color popped up in surprising places at the Tupelo Furniture Market earlier this month as manufacturers offered dealers a rainbow of fabrics. Many exhibitors reported that retailers at all price points are adding more color to their upholstery offerings.
For manufacturers placing less emphasis on the category, it's a given that formal dining continues to lose ground to more casual dining footprints. Yet resources still developing and marketing formal dining say there is still plenty of business to be had, especially among consumers with larger homes that have a dedicated dining area.
Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles organizers say they expect more than 42,000 visitors at the Aug. 27-29 show. One noteworthy item is that Proposte - an Italian trade fair organizer - is hosting a pavilion at the Shanghai show for the first time, bringing premium Italian and European decorative and furniture fabrics exhibitors to buyers in China.
Ask any fashionista to tell you what represents the Rolls Royce of handbags and you'll probably hear Hermes mentioned. The venerable Parisian couture and accessories company has millions of loyal fans, and although the $12,000 price tag of a Birkin means it's not in the budget for most people, the craftsmanship of the leather is duly appreciated by those familiar with the brand.
See photo highlights from our recent 2013 Logistics Conference - In Search Of A Seamless Supply Chain. The event featured expert speakers, panels and workshops devoted exclusively to retailers and manufacturers in the gifts and home furnishings industries.
A tribute dinner in New York for Sealy CEO Larry Rogers and Art Van Furniture CEO Kim Yost raised $750,000 for the Anti-Defamation League.
The first freestanding ZZZ's by Ashley mattress store officially opened in Highland Park, Ill., under sunny skies earlier this month.
The 125-year-old Montgomery's is getting a warm consumer reception to its third and largest store, located in Watertown, S.D.
The 25th edition of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair here was marked by a distinctive contradiction between high and low: tech, that is. Recent advances in technology resulted in cutting-edge creations utilizing 3D printing as well as LED applications - not just for lighting but also for innovative wall décor, furniture and more.